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August 2009

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Those lazy, dog days of Summer are upon us, and while that means Summer is winding down, this edition of the Insider is winding up.  In this edition we check out the latest deals, learn about a new package, find out how to get to those early breakfasts at the parks, catch the buzz on the new Bay Lake Tower, find out how to stick together while watching Wishes, learn how making Advanced Dining Reservations will change in October 2009 and find out what INTERCOTees have to say about the Kim Possible Adventure at Epcot.   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 Savings--


Annual Passholder rates have been released for the time period of 10/4/09-12/24/09.  Save big with a stay at a Value Resort for $69 per night in the regular season or $54 per night in the value season. Enjoy a stay at a Moderate resort for $99 per night in the regular season or $89 per night in the value season.  Relax at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for $169 in the regular season or $139 per night in the value season.  Escape to Disney's Polynesian resort for $294 per night in the regular season or $254 per night in the value season.

>> 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


The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin offers its Guests many ways to save on their room rates, but Guests can also save on Dining at the resorts great restaurants with the new Dine & Dream plan. Book a two night minimum stay, and for an additional $89 per adult / per day, (minimum two adults) enjoy breakfast and dinner (tax and gratuity included) in several of the resorts world-class restaurants.* From Todd English’s bluezoo, to Shula’s Steak House, Il Mulino New York Trattoria and others, delight in the award-winning dining options that the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is known for. Children age 12 and under receive complimentary breakfast and dinner when accompanied by a paying adult (one child per adult). Guests may enjoy entrées from our prix fixe menus for dinner at Todd English’s bluezoo, Shula’s Steak House or Il Mulino New York Trattoria and breakfast at Garden Grove or Fresh Mediterranean Market..

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


Many Guests enjoy character breakfasts at Walt Disney World's theme parks, but Guests who book breakfasts earlier than the park open often have the quandary of how to get to their breakfast.  To help get these Guests to their morning munchies, Walt Disney World buses typically start running between Disney Resort Hotels and the 4 theme parks at 7:00 am in order to accommodate Guests with early breakfast reservations at the parks.  Once a the park Guests should look for a turnstile marked for Guests who have Advanced Dining Reservations for Breakfast.  Guests will be able to enter the park at this turnstile by providing their reservation number.

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 about the brand new Bay Lake Tower section of Disney's Contemporary Resort:


"I checked into Bay Lake Tower on Friday morning. My room was ready at 11:00 AM. It's a 1-Bed Room on the 11th floor with a Bay Lake view, right in the middle of the "C", so it overlooks both the pool and Bay Lake. The views from almost every angle are great. I love resorts with great views (which is why I like the Board Walk views at Board Walk Villas), and this resort delivers!   The pool area is nice, the pool bar has some nice food options, and the slide is fine. The other recreational opportunities, such as the marina with boat rentals, tennis, etc. are also nice. We had dinner at the California Grill last night, and then went up to the Top of the World lounge on the 16th floor of Bay Lake Tower.  The lounge and viewing area on the 16th floor are fantastic and offer great views of the surrounding area, especially the Magic Kingdom. The appetizers were nice; as was the drink selection"-- DVC Mike


"We checked into Bay Lake Tower 8/8 for a week. Had a Grand Villa on floors 15 and 16 with Bay Lake view. I think that view might be even better than Magic Kingdom view. We could watch the boats going back and forth, the fireworks from Epcot every night, see the water pageant at Wilderness Lodge 9:30 and then for Contemporary at 10:00. Pool was great and the water slide fun. The walkway to Contemporary makes monorail travel convenient. I think they need a better system for the Lounge. They lock off one elevator in the South Bank from 5p to 11p just for the lounge. That makes it difficult for everyone else around supper time trying to get to their dinner reservations to get out of building. Overall, two thumbs up for Bay Lake Tower. It's a winner."--AuntLaura

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>>


--November 2009--


The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules for November 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.  


>> 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 a space for a group to watch Wishes together at the Magic Kingdom can seem like a daunting task, but the park has recently introduced a new dining option that can make this gathering much easier.  The new Fireworks Dessert Party grants Guests an exclusive viewing area for the Wishes fireworks show at the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station. If that isn't a sweet enough treat by itself, for one hour before the Wishes fireworks begin, Guests enjoy a self-service dessert buffet. The Fireworks Dessert Party is priced at $23.42 for Guests ages 10 and over; $12.99 for Guests Ages 3 - 9.   These parties are currently schedule to continue nightly through October 31, 2009. Guests should call 407-WDW-DINE to book.

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: 

>> Holiday Dining Premium Dates

--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  


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


Although some Guests find it hard to plan in advance for a sit-down meal, doing so can save a lot of time once they are on vacation.  To avoid waiting 30 minutes or longer to be seated at a Table Service restaurant, Guests can make Advanced Dining Reservations.  Guests should be advised that the booking window for these reservations will be changing again this Fall.  Effective October 27, 2009, Advanced Dining Reservations will  go back to a 180 booking window. This does not affect  resort reservation for dates through January 24, 2010. Anyone booked through January 24, 2010 will continue to use the 90 day booking window. This change will not impact existing dining, recreation and tour reservations. 

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


Here's what some INTERCOTee's are saying about the relatively new Kim Possible Adventure at Epcot:


"There is a "sign-in" area at Innovations, they will scan your park ticket and give you a Fastpass type ticket with a time and a location for you to start. We've never had much of a wait, and have been able to start right after World Showcase opens at 11am.  Depending on the size of your group, you might want more than 1 "kimmunicator" device, but in our family of 3, 1 is all we need. If you want more than 1, you'll have to sign-up separately. Once you have your device, you are sent to a country, follow the clues and help Kim save the world.  Each mission (country) takes about 30 minutes, depending on if you stop to look around.  It is quite fun."--ibelieveindisneymagic 


"An Epoct must do! Although we didn't really know who Kim Possible was prior to the trip.  Dear daughter (age 7) and I went on the missions. It was a lot of fun! We especially liked Japan, Norway and England. Dear husband found a nice spot in the shade and waited for us to stop running around each country. He did participate in the Japan mission and thought it was brilliant."--Princess'Mom 


"We did it when we were down in April and only did 3 of the countries on the first day. We went back on another day and when we were checking in the Cast Member asked if we had done any countries. He then set our Kimmunicator to not cover the countries we already had done. Dear Son thought it would be really "dorky", but he really enjoyed doing it once we started. I think we probably spent about 1 1/2 hrs to do the 3 countries each time. The only drawback is if you are following someone else, we waited until they had done the portion in front of us before we started so we wouldn't see what would happen."--c&d


"Don't for a second think that only kids are participating in Kim Possible missions - you'll find just as many adults as children joining in the fun. Certain countries seem to be more "fun" than others (In my opinion). Japan has some of the coolest stuff - especially inside the department store. In France, during one of the missions, your picture is snapped and then sent to your phone (very cool).  All the countries that participate have good missions. Also - missions can change in a country - so if you get China twice, it may not be exactly the same both times (although there will undoubtly be similar experiences).  Mission time is totally dependent on the participant. You could finish it in 15-20 minutes moving quickly, or you could take your time and really make it last 45+ minutes."--Maleficent's Dad


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 edition has simmered to conclusion.  The summer may be starting to fade into the first crisp wisps of Autumn, but its never out of season to plan that next great Disney vacation.  We'll be back in a few weeks with another edition bursting with great tips, insights, and reviews from fellow INTERCOTee's.   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!

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Magical Journeys
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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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