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Another year of Disney Dreams comes to a
Christmas just past and the New Year right around the corner, in the sprit
of these holidays the Insider is celebrating INTERCOTee's favorite Christmas
festivities and is looking forward to many new dream-come-true moments for
INTERCOTee's in 2011. In this edition we check out INTERCOTee's favorite
Christmastime festivities and re-cap the latest news from around the resort
that will effect planners for 2011. Hang on to them hat's and
glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the Internet!
<< INTERCOTee Top 5 ¦
While Christmas is
upon us, it's a great time of year to get in the mood for planning a
Christmas trip next year. Here's a Christmas countdown to help you
get a full dose of Disney Christmas magic on your next trip.
Coming in at number
4 ¦ Holidays Around the World Storytellers
comes alive with these special, spirited renditions of Christmas and other
Winter Holiday lore. From international incarnations of Santa Claus to
other December cultural traditions, this Epcot entertainment is both a
favorite of many and something easily overlooked. Make sure to look
for the scroll signs at each pavilion noting the specific times for these
shows. They are typically timed so that you can walk from one pavilion
to the next, leisurely, and catch each show in succession.
Coming in at number
5 ¦ Festive Fireworks
Guests of Mickey's Very Merry
Christmas Party can experience the Magic Kingdom's night time spectacular,
Wishes, with a Christmas twist. Holiday Wishes features dazzling
fireworks set to Christmas music and filled with Disney magic. Epcot's
nighttime tradition, Illuminations, features a festive finale during the
Christmas season. The "Let there be Peace on Earth" sequence is added
to the regular show in a stunning finale that that many INTERCOTee's soon
Coming in at number
3 ¦ Confectionary Creations
Awestriking Guests annually
at the Grand Floridian, is a gingerbread house so large that it doubles as a
real bake shop. Located in the resortâ€™s lobby, the house features
gingerbread using a classic Austrian recipe. The bake shop offers freshly
baked items such as cookies and gingerbread ornaments. Other homemade items
for sale include Stollen Bread, chocolate peppermint bark, lollipops and
special Grand Floridian logo boxes filled with truffles. Demonstrations of
how to decorate a gingerbread house take place in front of the Gingerbread
House six days a week. Over at Epcot an equally edible structure is
another festive favorite. Santa's Gingerbread Bake Shop at Liberty Inn
(at the American Adventure pavilion ) enchants guests of all ages. Guests
peer inside the life-sized gingerbread house at goodies galore. The giant
structure, made entirely of gingerbread, cookies and icing, features more
than 800 pounds of sugar and more than 1,000 eggs. Inside the bake shop,
Christmas cookies and hot and cold beverages, as well as souvenir
gingerbread recipe cards, may be purchased. The Beach & Yacht Club
features festive confectionaries of their own. The Yacht Club lobby
showcases a mountain and village display intricately detailed and completely
made of confectionary construction. The Beach Club lobby showcases a A
life-size, completely edible carousel -- made with gingerbread, chocolate
and sugar paste.
Coming in at number 2 ¦ Osborne Family
Spectacle of Dancing Lights
transform the stunning skyline of the Streets of America into a spectacle of
sight and sound. This massive display has the extra touch of
"dancing" to the music intermittently through-out the night. New for
2010, the cast of Disney Channel's
Channel's Phineas and Ferb television series has joined the spectacle.
In two new show sequences, Guests will find out if Phineas and Ferb can help
fix some troublesome technical issues and if Agent P can foil Dr.
Doofenshmirtz's plan to take over the light show.
coming in at number 1 ¦ Cinderella Castle DreamLights
Castle is transformed into a magical sculpture of ice nightly during the
Christmas season. Sparkling turrets and stunning towers of
illumination glow against the night sky in a truly breathtaking sight to
behold. For a bit of extra magic, be sure to catch the lighting
ceremony where Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother magically transform the
Castle into this wonderful, wintry state.
<< A New
Walt Disney: One
Man's Dream" at Disney's Hollywood Studios reopened from a multi-month
refurbishment last month. The one-of-a-kind showcase of the history of Walt
Disney and The Walt Disney Company has retained its original focus, but has
a new look and feel. One of several new displays is the "WED Imagineering
Workshop" featuring portions of the original model for It's a small world at
Disneyland Park, and the actual Audio-Animatronics Abraham Lincoln figure
that debuted in the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. A new area called The
Legacy Continues will focus on The Walt Disney Company highlights from the
1970s through today, and debuts soon. The film tribute One Man's Dream,
hosted by Julie Andrews remains.
Discussion and Details
The list for Walt Disney World Resort
hotel pool refurbishments has grown for Early 2011. Newly added to the rehab
list are the Stormalong Bay slide, the Luna Park slide, and the Paddock
Springs leisure pool. For a complete update of closings, including park
attractions, golf courses, resorts, and beyond, check INTERCOT's Info
Central. Remember, schedules are subject to change, so check back often.
Walt Disney World
Happenings in the Hundred Acre Wood >>
New enhancements to The Many Adventures
of Winnie the Pooh area have opened.
The changes include a re-designed load area and a re-imagined gift shop
called "Hundred Acre Goods". The refurbished
store specializes in apparel, toys, plush
characters and collectibles featuring Pooh and the gang.
now start their
adventure through the Hundred Acre Wood by swirling
waterfalls of honey,
jumping with Tigger, crawling through Eeyore's house,
and playing in
Rabbit's garden before they board the attraction.
Curtain Call for Toontown >>
The Magic Kingdom
park has announced the last day of operation for Mickey's Toontown Fair will
be February 11, 2011. After this date, the area will begin to be transformed
into a newly themed area as part of the Fantasyland Expansion Project.
Character Meet & Greets in Toontown Fair will be moved to new locations.
Current plans call for most of the Meet & Greet locations to re-open inside
Exposition Hall at the Magic Kingdom and for the Tinkerbell location to move
to Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Walt Disney World Railroad will
operate as normal with-out the Toontown stop.
Discussion and Details
The Walt Disney
World Online Dining Reservation System has recently received some
enhancements and an expansion in choices. Guests can now book
experiences like the Candlelight Dinner Package, The Fantasmic! Dinner
Package, the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party, Dine With an
Imagineer and more through the on-line system. Additionally, the
maximum party size per reservation has been increased from 8 to 14 for
on-line reservations. Guests can now also have the Disney Dining Plan can
now be noted for on-line reservations for additional convenience.
Discussion and Details
The staff of INTERCOT would like to
wish the best to you and yours this Christmas and Holiday Season. From the
bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank each and every one of you for
the more than 17,000 subscriptions to INTERCOT Insider. We'll be back in the
New Year with more great tips and news. See ya real soon!
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