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happenings. Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the
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Remy stars in a new guest experience
entitled “Bon Appétit from Chef Remy” at Les Chefs de France at the
France pavilion in Epcot. Six days a week, four times a day (subject to
change), a Maître d’ greets diners with a rolling gourmet food cart.
Dramatically lifting the lid from a silver-domed cheese platter, the
Maître d’ reveals the guest of honor – a six-inch-tall rat with
silky-soft fur, pink paws and traditional toque. Chef Remy then comes to
life, entertaining diners with sprightly movements and lively banter.
Winding their way through the restaurant, Remy and his Maître d’ pal
make stops at each table. In addition to his hijinks, Chef Remy might
even bust a move to the beat of different tunes, from the soft sway of a
French love song to the hot sounds of hip-hop. The 40-minute experience
provides guests an up-close encounter with the “Ratatouille” star
through September 5, 2009.
Brought to you by Magical Journeys Travel
purchase a 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way hotel and theme park ticket
packages, your family will enjoy the Disney Dining Plan Free. Valid for
stays most nights 8/16/09 to 10/03/09. Guests may book through June 21,
Details & Discussion
Magical Journeys is dedicated to
finding the best pricing for your next Magical Journey. They work hard
to save you money, and still give you the quality service you
deserve. They find their clients deals like the ones above and add them
to qualifying reservations, saving their clients both money and the
hassle of watching for the deals themselves.
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Extra Magic Hours are a great way for
Guests of participating resort hotels to experience their favorite
attractions with shorter lines than they would likely encounter during
regular park hours. The Magic Kingdom park is adding to Guests
enjoyment by operating additional attractions during the park's Extra
Magic Hours events. Effective April 23, 2009; Big Thunder Mountain
Railroad, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Cinderella's Golden
Carousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it's a small world”, Mad Tea
Party, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White's Scary
Adventures, Splash Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, and The Many
Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be offered during the park’s Morning
Extra Magic Hour and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear's
Space Ranger Spin, Cinderella's Golden Carousel, Dumbo the Flying
Elephant, "it's a small world", Mickey's PhilharMagic, Peter Pan's
Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Stitch's Great
Escape!, The Haunted Mansion, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, The Many
Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Tomorrowland Speedway will be offered
during the park’s Evening Extra Magic Hours.
Few things can beat a great day at
a Walt Disney World theme park, but saving money on your park tickets
can make it even better. As Orlando Florida's most recommended discount
attraction ticket agency, The Official Ticket Center's tickets are all
discounted, cheap, and tax included with "No Hidden Fees".
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<<WebDisney Round-Up with Mel>>
Headlines Around the World -- March 14th through April 16th, 2009
Monster's, Inc. Ride & Go Seek!
Debuts In Tokyo
The first new attraction to open at Tokyo Disneyland in five years,
Monster's Inc. Ride & Go Seek officially opened .
Play Toy Story Mania At Home - Only On Wii
Disney Interactive Studios has announced Toy Story Mania!, inspired by
the Disney/Pixar animated feature 'Toy Story,' will be released
exclusively for the Wii home video game console this fall.
New Waterfront Eatery Opens At Downtown Disney Early May 2009
Paradiso 37, a high-energy restaurant and bar featuring cuisine from
North, South and Central America, welcomes guests to its table in May at
Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort.
Characters In Flight Debuts at Walt Disney World
Downtown Disney guests can get a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World
Resort as they soar to new heights in a new attraction now open at
Downtown Disney's West Side near Pleasure Island.
Chef Remy Comes To Life At Les Chefs de France In Epcot
The newest chef at Walt Disney World Resort may be small in stature, but
he's a big hit with guests enjoying haute cuisine at Les Chefs de France
Disney Wonder Heading West
Disney Cruise Line has announced plans to reposition the Disney Wonder
from its Florida base in Port Canaveral to the West Coast in 2011.
Disney Puts Hong Kong Expansion On Hold
Walt Disney Co. has put the long-delayed expansion of its Hong Kong
theme park on hold after failing to agree with the city's government on
a cash infusion, the company said
Magical Express Contract Extended Through 2016
Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport completed a deal to
continue the resort's free passenger-and-luggage shuttle until at least
the end of 2016.
Cat Cora To Open New Walt Disney World Restaurant
Chef Cat Cora and Disney are joining together to open an exciting new
family dining restaurant, Kouzzina, at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort.
Stay tuned to WebDisney for the
latest company-wide Disney News
<<Ways to Save>>
Brought to you by The Walt Disney World
Swan & Dolphin
Want to save on calories and cash
when grabbing a quick snack at the parks? Then why not enjoy a banana,
apple, grapefruit, pear, or orange. These snacks are not only
nutritious, but the fruit is also frugally priced at around $1.00 per
piece. You can procure this tasty produce in the Magic Kingdom at the
Adventureland Market, Toontown Farmers Market, and Liberty Square Market
locations; in Epcot at Sunshine Seasons; in Disney's Hollywood Studios
at Anaheim Produce; and in Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Harambe Fruit
Market and Anandapur Local Food Markets locations.
To save even more on your vacation,
book a stay at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin on select dates
through-out 2009 or enjoy a free night's stay on your Birthday!
If you are
a member of our military, a teacher or school support staff member,
or Florida resident, the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin has
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<<Clubbing Around the World with Mikki>>
Brought to you by The Timeshare store
I asked in the last Disney Vacation
Club (DVC) round up what Old Key West and Boardwalk had in common that
no other Walt Disney World DVC resort had. The answer is that they were
new locations for a hotel. All other Walt Disney World DVC properties
have either been added on to existing hotels or, in the case of Saratoga
Springs, built to replace the Disney Institute.
Today I am going to look at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge. This is one
of my favourite DVC resorts even if you only get a view of trees from
your room. As you walk into your own lobby you are transported to a
simpler time. Wooden rockers cluster around a fireplace and the huge
open centre area just draws your eyes up to the wooden roof. The Iron
Spike room (now renamed) has some of Walt's model railways, comfy
chairs, chequers games and a very warm, welcoming and relaxed
The rooms are down what seem very very long corridors (especially if you
have a room at the far end as we did once!) but once in them the decor
is just right for the theming. You have your own quiet pool but the main
hotel pool is only a short walk away. You get all the advantages of
staying at Wilderness Lodge - the restaurants, the boat ride to the
Magic Kingdom and the hourly geyser and the sheer beauty of the resort.
What more could you want? Watch this space and next time I'll tell you
what some other folk want more!
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<< A New Way to Dine >>
Turn your meal at Disney's Animal
Kingdom Park into an adventure with the new Picnic in the Park program.
To enjoy this new offering stop by the Picnic in the Park podium,
located in front of Guest Relations at Disney's Animal Kingdom to place
your order, or visit the Tusker House Restaurant Podium in Africa.
Select which tier of entrees you would like and your choice of gourmet
sides and desserts. Meals are tailored to feed 3 – 6 people and are
priced $24.99 - $56.99 plus tax. Each picnic comes in a reusable bag
packed with plates and utensils, plus a map to help guide Guests to
picnic spots through the Park. You may pick up your order at Kusafiri
Coffee Shop & Bakery, adjacent to the Tusker House Restaurant in Africa.
Payment is due upon pick-up.
<<Getting Around the World>>
Brought to you by Quick silver Tours &
Downtown Disney is a popular place
for on-site Guests to visit, while most of the on-site resorts provide
bus transportation, there are a few other ways of getting to this
shopping and dinning mecca from some of the nearby resorts. Guests
staying at Disney's Port Orleans: French Quarter resort, Disney's Port
Orleans: Riverside resort, Disney's Old Key West resort and Disney's
Saratoga Springs resort can enjoy a a ride along the Sassagoula river.
Trumbo Ferries run two routes between these resorts and the Downtown
Disney Marketplace. One route runs between the Port Orleans: French
Quarter, Port Orleans: Riverside resort and Downtown Disney Marketplace
and the other route runs between the Old Key West resort, Saratoga
Springs resort, Downtown Disney WestSide and Downtown Disney
Marketplace. Guests can find the Marketplace dock for both routes near
Captain Jack's and the Rainforest Cafe. The ferries typically run
between Noon and 9:40 pm, so Guests will need to plan for alternative
transportation outside of those times. Guests staying at Disney's Old
Key West resort and Disney's Saratoga Springs resort can also enjoy a
leisurely stroll to Downtown Disney by using the Nature Trail that
connects the resorts to the Downtown Disney . The approximately mile
long trail starts at the Old Key West resort and ends at Downtown Disney
Westside connecting to the Saratoga Springs resort along the way.
Guests wishing to use this trail should keep in mind that it is intended
for use between dawn and dusk only.
A great way to travel between the
Walt Disney World resort and the airport is with Quicksilver Tours &
Transportation. Quicksilver goes to great lengths to ensure that your
trip is exactly how you imagined it at rates lower than standard taxi
Quicksilver Tours & Transportation
More the Merrier>>
Brought to you by All Star Vacation Homes
Dining with a large group can be
great fun, but finding a restaurant to seat your party together can be a
little hard to come by. Recent discussions in the Dining Forum have
identified the following Walt Disney World restaurants as being "INTERCOTee
approved" for best accommodating groups of 8 - 10 Guests:
~ Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom
~ Chef Mickey's Restaurant at
Disney's Contemporary Resort
~ Chefs de France at Epcot
~ Cinderella's Royal Table at The
Magic Kingdom park
~ The Hollywood Brown Derby at
Disney's Hollywood Studios park
~ Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian
~ Le Cellier at Epcot
~ Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic
~ 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian
~ Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's
Wilderness Lodge Resort
All Star Vacation Homes are great
place to stay when visiting Walt Disney World with a large group. With
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an array of group sizes (some up to 16 Guests), it's easy to stay close
to Disney World with all the comforts of home.
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Inside info Central>>
Released for July 2009
The Walt Disney
World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event
schedules for July 2009. For guests visiting during this time, you will
want to visit the Park Hours and Events pages to aid in planning your
trip. Remember, all times and schedules are subject to change, so check
Magic Hours Schedule and Info
Current Park Hours
Fireworks, Parades, & Event Schedules
INTERCOT info Central has recently updated the following
sections to keep you up-to-date as you plan your Disney World Vacation.
Closing & Refurbishment Schedule
Historic Temp Averages by Day
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
<< Maximizing Your
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Orlando - Celebration
It's typical for most Guests to
spend a day at Disney's Animal Kingdom taking in its shows, exhibits,
and attractions, but many may run-out of time to take in the park's meet
and greet locations. Recognizing this scheduling dilemma, Disney's
Animal Kingdom has now made it convenient for Guests to spend their day
dashing between attractions and still catch their favorite Disney
characters. The Adventurers’ Celebration Gathering is a new interactive
experience held near the theme park entrance each evening during park
closing. Khaki-clad cast – including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and
Goofy – gather to bid farewell to guests with a music-filled
celebration. Cast members shake their pom-poms and urge guests to join
in the street-party fun by dancing to the music and forming a conga line
procession while Mickey, Minnie and Goofy keep the beat from atop their
For a hotel that's convenient
on location and on your wallet, consider a stay at the Radisson Orlando
- Celebration. Located in Celebration on 20 beautifully landscaped
acres, the Radisson Orlando - Celebration is only 1.5 miles from Walt
Disney World and provides scheduled shuttle service to all four theme
Radisson Orlando - Celebration
<< Yo Ho, Yo Ho,
A Pirate Make-Over for Me >>
Avast ye matteys! Thar be a new
experience dropping anchor at the Magic Kingdom for those that 'ave the
allure of the sea. Starting June 29th, the The Pirates League opens in
Adventureland to train park guests of all ages in the scurrilous ways of
buccaneers. Each guest checking in at the plunder-filled recruitment
office gets an official pirate name. Next step is the Muster Station
where – after applications of beards and eye patches, scarves and scars,
earrings and gold teeth – the new recruits leave their old identities
behind. Past a hidden portal and into the treasure cache, the new
shipmates speak the pirate oath and have their official “pirate
portrait” taken before being turned loose on an unsuspecting
Adventureland – and no doubt feeling right at home at the Pirates of the
Caribbean attraction. The standard boy's package, dubbed "First Mate"
and the standard girl's package, dubbed "Empress", are offered for
$49.95 plus tax and include pirate accessories (including a sword), 5x7
photo and a "personalized pirate oath". The deluxe package, dubbed
"Captain", is offered for $124.95 plus tax and includes choice of pirate
costume, pirate accessories (including a sword), three 5x7 photos, and a
"personalized pirate oath". Boys, girls and grownups ready for the
pirate life start the process by calling 407-WDW-CREW beginning May 11,
2009 for reservations June 29th and beyond up to 90 days in advance.
<< Staying Cool >>
Brought to you by The Clarion Resort &
Many Guests enjoy a cool ride on
the Rock 'n' Rollercoaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but did you
know there is an even cooler way to beat the heat just outside of this
rad attraction? KRNR The Rock Station is an often over-looked snack
kiosk right outside of the Rock 'n' Rollercoaster attraction that serves
up some not-so-common (at least around a theme park) ways to cool off.
You can enjoy a Strawberry, Banana, Strawberry/Banana, Orange Pineapple,
or Cappuccino non-fat yogurt smoothie (priced at $3.99); a Minute Maid
Frozen Lemonade (priced at $3.29); or Vanilla, Chocolate, or Swirl
gelato served in a waffle cone (priced at $3.79). This eclectic mix of
cool treats is sure to be a one-stop way to beat the heat and please the
Another great way to stay cool is
with a stay at the Clarion Resort & Water Park. Conveniently located in
Kissimmee, the Clarion Resort & Water Park is a full-service Orlando
area hotel and a state-of-the-art water park that's perfect for kids of
Clarion Resort and Water Park
<< Food for Thought with
Cape May Café has been a family
favorite of ours for several years. Located in the Beach Club, they have
a wonderful buffet with a little something for everyone. The theming is
a Cape Cod Clambake and the food is very good.
A character breakfast is a great
way to start your morning off. Yummy waffles, sausage, bacon, eggs,
fruit (and more things I can’t even think of right now) our breakfast
there was quite enjoyable and the character interaction was wonderful!
Dinner at Cape May Café is a non
character meal but just as good. The buffet is a square and each side
offers something else and you can start anywhere you want. One side
offers salads, fruits and soups while around the corner you’ll find red
potatoes, steamed mussels and clams, corn on the cob, corn bread, rolls,
butter, etc. The menu does have some variation but always includes a
pasta dish, chicken dish, beef dish, and always a vegetable, mashed
potatoes, and BBQ ribs. And don’t forget the desserts!!!!
After dinner we’ve always enjoyed
a stroll around the lagoon behind the Epcot resorts. Or catch an early
dinner then head over to Epcot for Illuminations.
That wraps up
this double decked edition over flowing with travel tips, money saving
tricks, and all the latest happenings to keep you up-to-date on planning
a trip. With
the Summer starting to come into sight, many people are starting to plan
that perfect summer Disney vacation. We'll be back in a few weeks with
our first look at some tips and trips geared specifically toward a
Summer trip. See ya real soon!
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