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Fall is fleeting, but another edition of the Intercot Insider is coming your way. This after Thanksgiving edition is stuffed with an in-depth review of Cinderella's Royal Table.  We also check out how to save big on a Disney Cruise, find out how to stay with Santa this Holiday season, try to settle a delicious debate, find out how to keep-up your Holiday traditions while on vacation, and take a look at the latest Disney park calendars. It's Insider time!

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with Magical Journeys Travel Agency


--Cruise into Savings  --


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<<Stay with Santa>>

with The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin


It's been a busy year for Santa and his elves preparing for the upcoming holiday season, so he and Mrs. Claus have decided to take a little vacation during the months of November and December and chill out at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin! Santa says our Heavenly Beds are just the right thing to get him rested up enough for the big flight on Christmas Eve. Mrs. Claus loves the fact that they can pick from so many types of restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world.  On select days, you will find Santa and Mrs. Claus lighting the Christmas tree in the lobby and hanging out with Guests by their special Florida tiki hut. There’s going to be lots of photo opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else, so bring your cameras and get ready to party Florida style with Santa and Mrs. Claus!!! Enjoy daily holiday cheer with cookie decorating, choir performances and more! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making appearances on the following dates: December 3 - 4, 9 - 11, 16 - 19

Rates start from $122 per night. But hurry, rooms are limited so book today to secure our best rates! Call 888-828-8850 or book online now!

>> Holiday Events Calendar

>> The Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin


<<Feast Like Royalty with Faline>>


Our party consists of two mature adults and no children. So why did we select a character luncheon filled with Disney princesses? For one thing, we used to dine here before the princesses visited during each and every meal. Plus, if we waited for children to be part of our travel group, it might be a very long time, if ever, before we could say we were selecting this restaurant for the children. So, the truth of the matter is, we selected this dining location and meal for the two adults who reverse to a state of immaturity whenever setting foot on the grounds of Disney World.

While one might expect an entrance on the Main Street side of the Castle, the entrance to Cinderella’s Royal Table is located on the Fantasyland side. We find ourselves at the entrance a little bit earlier than our advanced dining reservation time. Our first stop is the reception desk which is set up outside the doors to the Castle. We need to wait a few minutes for the folks in front of us to finish. When it’s our turn, we provide our name and dining time. We are given a document to take inside with us and are admitted through the doors and into the entrance hall.

There is a large throne and Cinderella, herself, is in attendance. The document you received outside the door is collected and a picture is taken with Cinderella. You can also request that your personal camera be used by the photographer to capture another picture with Cinderella. Once the picture taking is complete, you can make yourself comfortable on one of the benches that line the side of the entrance hall. Take this opportunity to look around this area. Towards one end is an elevator and to the left of that a curved staircase. From the benches, where you are seated, look up high and there, on a ledge, you’ll spot Jaq and Gus, Cinderella’s mouse friends.

On this occasion, we wait only a few minutes before we are summoned to our table. The restaurant is actually located upstairs from the entrance hall. You can make your way upstairs via the staircase or the elevator. If possible, I suggest going up in the elevator (It’s round.) and coming down the staircase. The restrooms are located halfway down the stairs, between the restaurant above and the entrance hall below. Plus, there is a balcony type area where you can look down on the entrance hall.

Some lucky tables are right against the windows which overlook Fantasyland and the carousel below. Our table is toward the window side of the restaurant but we are a bit back from the window and up a level from the window tables. Still, we are able to see the carousel from where we are seated. 

We are each provided with a wishing star which, we have since discovered, actually glows in the dark. A little while later I’m presented with a princess wand and my spouse receives prince’s sword. I guess they took pity on our lack of children! These items will be useful a little later in the meal. During our meal, our Cinderella photo package is delivered to our table. The cost of these photos is part of the fixed price you pay for your luncheon here. The photos are delivered in a folding cardboard cover. A likeness of Cinderella is drawn on the cover. Inside, on the left is a photograph of Cinderella’s castle. Tucked in behind that, are 4 4x6 color photos of your party with Cinderella. On the opposite side is a larger photo of your party with Cinderella. If you’re using photopass, you can slide this picture out of the holder and peek at the upper left corner. That number can be added to your photopass account and this photo will become available to you as part of your photopass selections.

At some point during the meal, there was a wishing ceremony. In case you need to know, keep these magic words in mind – Bibbidy, Bobbidy, Boo. I also seem to recall that, at some point, we were asked to raise our wands and swords. 
I don’t remember specifically what they were but our appetizers were delivered and were good. The appetizers are included with your fixed price and are the same for all tables. Choices of entrée include Pasta Al Pomodoro; Pan-Seared Salmon; Herb-Crusted Pork Tenderloin; Focaccia Sandwich with ham, turkey, and cheese; or Major Domo’s Pie which is a beef dish. There are also several children’s entrées that any little ones in your party can choose. We both ordered the pork and ice tea. The pork was delicious! Also, I’m hungrier than I thought I was! For dessert, I have a chocolate cake with cream cheese – very rich and very good! My spouse had the rice pudding which he liked. I don’t recall all the dessert choices.
The princesses arrived during our dessert. We were visited by Snow White, Belle, Ariel, and Sleeping Beauty. All are very much in character, very interactive, and very gracious! 

This couple was very pleased with our dining experience here and would certainly choose this meal again!


<<Beyond the Berms>>

with Universal Orlando Resort


Butterbeer, it's a tasty treat ripped from the pages of Harry Potter and is available at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Islands of Adventure. It seems like a no-brainer to partake in this tasty treat, but which Butterbeer is better? Regular or Frozen?  Here's what some INTERCOTee's had to say:


"Just got back, had one of each to split with the family. The regular was ok (seemed to have carbonation as my son noticed right away- although not as much as soda), but the frozen was really good! We all agreed that was the best, in our opinions. And yes, really sweet. We now have a nice mug to keep"--Disneymom4ever


"I had both. While I liked the regular I didn't think it was worth the price. The frozen, in my opinion, was much better and made the price easier to swallow."--NJGIRL


"We all liked the regular better, but boy are these drinks sweet. 4 of us shared one regular and one frozen, we didn't quiet drink all of the regular and we didn't even drink half of the frozen. At least we had the mugs to keep. "--buzznwoodysmom 

>> INTERCOT's Universal Orlando Resort Forum

<<The More the Merrier>>

with ALL STAR Vacation Homes


-- Celebrate Your Family Traditions on Your Orlando Vacation --


Looking for a way to celebrate and keep your family traditions while on your Orlando vacation?

Orlando vacation home rentals provide the space, furnishings and amenities to bring your family together to celebrate your favorite pastimes.Prepare family favorites in fully equipped kitchens. Enjoy family game nights and share memories with scrapbooks and photo albums in spacious living and dining areas.

Some Orlando vacation homes feature game rooms where you can hold fun tournaments, home theatres and big screen TV's to watch family movies and sports games like football and basketball during the Thanksgiving holidays - plus private pools and patios, great for cookouts and pool parties.

You can also enhance your family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries and holiday celebrations with vacation home services such as professional photography, gift basket and flower delivery, catering and Christmas tree rentals.

For more information on these services, visit the ALL STAR Vacation Homes Guest Services Directory or call 1-800-606-3373.


>> ALL STAR Vacation Homes 

>> ALL STAR Vacation Homes Guest Services Directory


<<Calendar Corner>>


-- May 2011 --


Extra Magic Hours, Operating, and Event schedules have been released for May 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 >>

Put a fork in this newsletter, because its done.  Holidays are in full swing at the Walt Disney World resort and we'll be back in a few weeks to look at some of the festivities.  We'll also re-cap the latest news around the Resort to see what new things Guests have to look forward to in the New Year.   See ya real soon!
<< Thank You To Our Sponsors! >>

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