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INTERCOT > Interactive > INTERCOT Insider Archive > June 2010 Edition Two


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As we roll deeper into Summer, fun keeps rolling out at the Walt Disney World resort.  In this edition we take a look at at the latest News around Walt Disney World, find out the latest deals, take a look at the latest park calendars release, and learn about a new forum added to the INTERCOT Discussion Board.  It's Insider time!

<<Disney Deals>>

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<<A Taste of Africa>>

Animal Kingdom has announced “The Taste of Africa Street Party” event that will run from July 9-24, 2010. The event will be held in the Africa section of the park and will run daily from 3:45 p.m. until park closing. On July 12th and 19th, the event will continue till the end of the Evening Extra Magic Hours.  The "party" will include kiosks selling African food and beverages, an African beer and wine tasting in the Tamu Tamu courtyard, performances by Wasslou, live DJ, a dance party, authentic African merchandise, and educational animal programs with the Harambe Wildlife Team.

<<Best Friends Resort Open for Booking>>

Pet lovers visiting Walt Disney World Resort can now plan to board the family pet in luxurious new accommodations. Reservations are being accepted for pet boarding stays beginning Aug. 27, 2010, at the new Best Friends Pet Care Resort. The resort comprises more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and play areas, and an expansive private dog park for the use of pet resort clients and their dogs. The facility will accommodate up to 270 dogs and 30 cats for both daytime and overnight boarding. Guests can book accommodations for their pets at 877-4-WDW-PETS. 

<<Space Shots>>

As of June 28, 2010 Guests now have new options for purchasing their on-ride photos from Space Mountain at The Magic Kingdom. Guests may purchase their photo as a digital download from the DisneyPhotoPass.com website. Guests may also purchase their photo as a digital file and combined with other bonus digital content on a Disney-themed USB drive. The USB Drive will include the Guest's ride photo plus 7 extra professional stock photos of the Space Mountain attraction.  The original charge for the USB Drive and the first ride photo is $24.95. Additional photos can be added to the same USB drive as part of the same transaction for $9.95 per photo. All regular Merchandise discounts apply. In addition to these new options, Guests may still by prints of the photos at the on-ride photo kiosk.

<<A New Treat>>

The Goebel retail location in Epcot's Germany pavilion will soon close and be replaced by a Werther's Candy Shop. The new location will be named Karamelle-Kueche and give Guests the opportunity to watch some of the candy being made. The store will feature caramel popcorn, caramel apples, caramel-covered marshmallows and caramel-covered strawberries made fresh daily in its show kitchen. The store will also feature pre-packaged caramels, fudge, brownies, cupcakes and cookies.  The new shop is expected to open Late September 2010.

<<Good Times Return>>

The Good Times Gathering Spot has returned to the Animal Kingdom for most of Summer 2010. The entertainment area in Camp Minnie-Mickey is open 10:00 am till 3:00 pm daily. The area features character meet & greets, storytelling with Pocahontas and a live DJ.  The event will run through August 7, 2010.

<<Merchandise Mixing>>

Guests familiar with the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom should plan on extra time to find their favorite wares on their next visit. The Main Street USA shopping staple has recently rearranged most of its merchandise sections. All of the displays appear to have been moved with the exception of the Mouseketeer Ears section, the men’s appeal section, the sport apparel section, and the women’s appeal section. Some of the merchandise relocations include the yearly merchandise section replaced by the Housewares section, the Housewares section replaced by the plush section, the plush section replaced by the toys and collectibles section, and the princess merchandise section replaced by the yearly merchandise section. It does not appear that any merchandise section has been eliminated, just moved to a new location.

<<Beyond the Berms>>

Those looking to plan a vacation beyond the berms of Disney, should look no further than the new Vacations Beyond Disney section of the INTERCOT Discussion Boards.  The new Universal Orlando Resort forum is the best place to ask questions and share information regarding Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, City Walk Orlando, or the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  For vacations elsewhere in Florida or beyond the Sunshine State, check out the other two new forums in this section

>> Universal Orlando Resort

>> Other Florida Parks & Attractions

>> Vacations Outside Florida

>> Official Universal Orlando Resort Website Click Here

<<Calendar Corner>>


-- December 2010 & January 2011 --


The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules for December 2010 and January 2011. 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  


<< Conclusion >>

Whether you can make it down to catch the Summer fun or can take a trip to catch the opening of Epcot's newest treat shop, we hope this edition has helped you plan a great Disney Vacation.  We'll be back in a few weeks with more money saving deals and a look at the coolest tour on Walt Disney World property.  See ya real soon!

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