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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive >June 2009 Edition 1


June 2009

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It's Summertime and that means cookouts, outdoor games and most of all ... Summer Vacations! The Insider is back from a brief Summer Break ourselves, but now we're back in your mailbox again bringing you more tips, insights and deals that will help you plan a great Disney Vacation.  In this issue we find out how Passholders can save big this Summer, get a tip on hot to get your Boma favorites without break the bank, find out way the Polynesian resort is a great place to stay if Epcot is your favorite park, learn the best places to request around Disney's Old Key West, check-out the latest scheduled released, find out where big groups can grab some quality "air time", catch the latest buzz around info Central, learn why eating late can be great, and learn why three isn't a crowd at Walt Disney World .  Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the internet!

<<Disney Deals>>

Brought to you by Magical Journeys Travel Agency


--Passholder Summer Savings--


Annual Passholder rates have been released for the travel dates now through 8/8/09.  Passholders can reserve rooms Sunday through Thursday at pre-tax rates as low as $74 a night at a Value Resort, $169 a night at the Fort Wilderness Cabins, or $303 a night at the Grand Floridian.  Rates vary during the discount time period so be sure to check-out all the options if you are planning to vacation during this time period.


>> Details and 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.


>> Magical Journeys


<<Ways to Save>>  

Brought to you by The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin


Boma is a favorite of many INTERCOTee's, but at $30.88 per adult and $14.99 per child frequently dinning at this buffet can be a bit tough to swallow on many Guests' budgets.  The near-by Mara quick service restaurant is an oasis to many INTERCOTees taste buds and pocketbooks. If you want to grab an inexpensive light dinner, but don't want to give up the great cuisine Boma offers, you won't be settling for less with the soup selection at Mara.  Mara offers the same soup that is available on Boma's $30 per person buffet, but for $2.59 per cup.  Have a sweet tooth for the "world" renowned Zebra Dome, but don't want to dish out $30 at Boma every time you have a craving?   Mara also offers a serving the same delicious dessert for $3.69.  


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, nurse, or Florida resident, the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin has additional discounts available just for you! 


>> Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin


<<Getting Around the World>>  

Brought to you by Quick silver Tours & Transportation


Disney's Polynesian Resort is a favorite of many INTERCOTee's for it's immersive themeing and great restaurants, but also its convenient transportation to Epcot.  Unlike other hotels on the Monorail system, Guests need not take the Resort monorail to the Ticket & Transportation Center and change monorails; rather Guests can simply make a short walk to the Ticket & Transportation Center and take the Epcot monorail directly from there.  Guests can find the path to the Ticket & Transportation Center by following the paths between the Tahiti and Rapa Nui longhouses or following the path between Rapa Nui longhouse and the parking lot.  


>> Disney's Polynesian Resort Property Map


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 rates.

>> Quicksilver Tours & Transportation


<<DVC Discussions>>  

Brought to you by The Timeshare Store


Here's some recent insight INTERCOTee's have shared in the Disney Vacation Club forum on the best sections of Disney's Old Key West resort to request:


"Old Key West now has a booking type called 'close to hospitality house' and if you want to be near the main pool and building then you should request that. It can be nice being near the quiet pools and lots of people have different favourite areas. I usually ask for a water view where ever I am, but you can ask for golf course view. If you can manage steps the upper floors have better views"--dlpmikki


"Just last week I made our reservations for next May and the Cast Member said "I can give you close to the Hospitality House if you want" and I thought that was very nice of her to let me know she had that available; so the location must be in high demand.  That being said, we also like the Turtle Pond area as well. You can request close to the pool in that area which also has its own snack shop."-- Checkers


"We definitely prefer close to the Hospitality House. We have a car with us so using the transportation is not an issue either way. It is nice to be able to walk to the main pool or the general store."--SFD998

The Timeshare Store offers the largest selection of Disney Vacation Club Resales anywhere! Contact them and see how easy and affordable it is to purchase your very own piece of the "MAGIC".


>> The Timeshare Store


<<Calendar Corner>>


--September 2009--


The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules for September 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 back often.  During the Insider's summer break, August 2009 hours were released and can be found at the same links below.


>> Current Park Hours 


>> Extra Magic Hours Schedule and Info


>> Fireworks, Parades, & Event Schedules


<<The More the Merrier>>

Brought to you by All Star Vacation Homes


Finding activities a large group can do together at Walt Disney World just got a little more up-lifting.  Large groups can now visit Downtown Disney guests to get a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort as they soar to new heights in the new Characters in Flight attraction.  Now open at Downtown Disney's West Side near Pleasure Island, this giant tethered gas balloon rises into the sky carrying up to 30 passengers to a height of 400 feet. The balloon itself is decorated with a whimsical Disney design featuring a dozen of Disney's animated flying characters in silhouette such as Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and Dumbo. Flight times and availability will depend on weather conditions. Guests can catch flights 7 days a week  for $16 per adult and $10 per children ages 3-9. Availability is on first-come, first-serve basis.

All Star Vacation Homes are great place to stay when visiting Walt Disney World with a large group. With over 170 Orlando vacation homes and condo rentals that can accommodate 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.

>> All Star Vacation Homes

<< Inside info Central>>

--Central Spotlight--

This month's featured section of INTERCOT info Central is: 

>> Electrical Water Pageant

--What's Updated?--

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  


>> INTERCOT Advanced Dining Reservation Planner


>> Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party


<< Maximizing Your Day >>
 Brought to you by Radisson Orlando - Celebration

Many Guests feel the need to take a break in the evening to eat a nice Dinner during their day at the Theme Parks; however, grabbing a quick bite in the evening and dining later can be a way to better maximize your day.  Most Table Service restaurants in the Theme Parks will take Dinner reservations right up-to the park's scheduled closing time for that day.  If dining this late is not a bother to your appetite, it is a great way to visit attractions and experience shorter lines while most other Guests are eating dinner.  Doing so also allows you to grab a great spot for the nighttime show while most others are eating, and then eat your Dinner after the show.  Restaurant policies can vary depending on the time of year, so make sure to make an Advanced Dining Reservation in advance if you plan on eating this late.

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 parks.

>> Radisson Orlando - Celebration


<<Park Points>>
Brought to you by The Official Ticket Center


While there's no such thing as a third wheel at Disney World, attraction seating with a group of three can seem like a bit of a quandary when most rides seat two across.  Not to fear, many INTERCOTee's have advice on how the situation is usually handled.   Here's some of their great advice:


"For the marathon weekend each year, I visit Walt Disney World with my friend and her husband. Most of the time, they sit together and I am either immediately in front or behind them."--irish1967


"On most rides, one of us just rides alone. On rides with a single rider line, one of us just pairs-up with someone else, and it really isn't a big deal at all.  For things like The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Snow White's Scary Adventure, Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, etc.; it is just a case of different rows. For things like Peter Pan's Flight or the Haunted Mansion, the single person just goes in behind in the next ship or doombuggy. The Cast Members at all of the rides are pretty good at telling you where to go, and keeping the group as together as possible."--ibelieveindisneymagic


"If it is a ride that has a single rider line, then the third person is usually paired with someone from that line.  If the ride does not have a single rider line then you will ride 2 and 1."--cfoshe


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".


>> The Official Ticket Center


<< Conclusion >>

This issue has winded down, but Summer is just winding up.  With warmer weather on the weather forecast, planning a trip to Disney World is on the brains of many.  We'll be back in a couple of weeks with more ways to spend your Summer planning a great Disney trip and how to enjoy a great Disney trip this Summer. See ya real soon!

<< Thank You To Our Sponsors! >>

The INTERCOT Insider and INTERCOT.com are supported by the following sponsors who in turn, help us bring the Magic to you!

All Star Vacation Homes
Website: Vacation Home Details Here
Choose from the finest selection of vacation homes and condos in the closest locations to Walt Disney World.

The Official Ticket Center
Website: Buy & Price Tickets Now!
The Official Ticket Center is Walt Disney World’s, Universal Studios and Sea World’s #1 guest service provider for the last 3 years. The Official Ticket Center sells tickets only, at a discount price.

Magical Journeys
Website: http://www.yourmagicaljourneys.com
INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency.  An unconventional Travel Agency for the unconventional client, Magical Journeys is dedicated to finding the best pricing for your next magical journey. We work hard to save you money, and still give you the quality service you deserve.

Quicksilver Tours & Transportation
Website: http://www.quicksilver-tours.com
Our drivers are the first personal contact you have when you arrive in Orlando.  No other transportation company goes to the lengths we do to ensure that your trip is exactly how you imagined it. At Quicksilver, we truly believe there's no such thing as going "above and beyond" for our clients. Instead, it's all part of doing our jobs correctly.

Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration
Resort Details Here
Conveniently located just 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World with free shuttle service. roomy guest accommodations and a Starbucks and Pizza Hut right on property!

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Website: http://www.swandolphin.com
In the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is your gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. Come discover our 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds®, the luxurious Mandara Spa, and many special Disney benefits.

The Timeshare Store
Website: http://www.dvc-resales.com
This Disney Vacation Club resale site offers the largest selection of DVC Resale's anywhere!  They are the number one Disney Vacation Club Reseller in the world. See how easy and affordable it is to purchase your very own piece of the "MAGIC".

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