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The Easter Bunny has hopped and gone, but another edition of the INTERCOT Insider is coming your way.  As you snack on candies from your Easter basket, we've got an edition overflowing with vacation planning goodies for you to sink your teeth into. In this edition we check out the latest deals, learn a charming way to make vacations extra special, round-up the latest happenings around "the world", and take a look at the latest park calendars. Hang on to them hat's and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the Internet!

<<Disney Deals>>

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a long-standing history of honoring military personnel and their families, and today, we’re pleased to announce that we are extending our discounted theme park tickets and room rates for active military and spouses, retired military, National Guard and Reservists through September of 2012. This extension coincides with The Walt Disney Company’s participation in “Joining Forces,” an initiative launched by the White House to bring attention to the unique needs of America’s military families.


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<<Eerie Enhancements>>


The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom has unveiled some new effects.  The Hitchhiking Ghosts in the attraction's finale have become more lively, at least for ghosts.  The new sequence features effects allowing the airy apparitions to interact with their merely mortal Guests.  Several INTERCOTee's have already had the chance to encounter these eerie enhancements, and here's what they had to say:


"We went over tonight to ride and we found it to be very fun...a nice freshen up to a classic ride." ~cantgetenuff


"We just rode and my son got "beheaded"! ...  Very well done." ~Melanie


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<<Town Square Theater Opens >>


Mickey Mouse now reigns at a new location in Magic Kingdom to meet and greet his friends. The fun takes place at the Town Square Theater presented by Kodak, located just inside the Magic Kingdom entrance. Previously known as Town Square Exposition Hall, the venue has been re-imagined as a turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century theater where Mickey is the star of a magic show. Guests can go backstage for photos and autographs without waiting in a standby queue! Mickey's new location in the park heralds the first-ever use of Disney's FASTPASS Service for a character meet-and-greet experience.  


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<<Changing of the Guard >>


British Invasion held their last performance at Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion on April 30, 2011.  Beginning  May 3, Epcot will welcome a new four-piece, high-energy band to the United Kingdom pavilion to replace The British Invasion. From the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles, to the music of Led Zeppelin and The Who, Guests will have a whole new reason to sing and dance!


>> Details & Discussion


<<LEGO Imagination Center  Re-Opens >>


The newly re-imagined Lego Store has opened in the Walt Disney World Downtown Disney Marketplace. New outside large Lego sculptures now include Snow White, Toy Story and Sleeping Beauty. The store has also increased it's shopping space by 3,500 square feet.


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<<A Charming Collection with ElenitaB>>


Many go for magnets, some go for mugs, others for t-shirts. But on my most recent trip to Disney World, I got hooked on the baubles and trinkets that are charm bracelets: more specifically, what is known as a Pandora bracelet.

First off, for the uninitiated, a definition: a Pandora-style bracelet consists of bracelet (duh) that can be silver, gold, leather or even waxed cording onto which one threads beads that can then be added to and rearranged. Beads are available in a variety of materials, including sterling silver, gold, enameled and Murano glass; some beads are themselves embellished with Swarovski stones, semi-precious or precious gems.

How does Disney fit into this world? A Minneapolis-based company, Chamilia, has a product line that includes more 45 beads that are based on Disney characters, ranging from Cinderella (and her Fairy Godmother and slippers) to Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy, the inhabitants of the 100 Acre Wood, plus the Chesire Cat, Nemo, Lucky, Thumper and Mrs. Potts. Jiminy Cricket can even guide your conscience while perched on your wrist. You can purchase bracelets and beads at various stores in Disney World, including but not limited to World of Disney, MouseGears and Keystone Clothiers. In addition to a limited selection of bracelets and charms (even the Disney ones), you can also purchase other beads such as beautifully colored Chamilia art glass.

Besides the obviously Disney-themed beads, what else is available that showcase your Disney obsession? Personally, I own beads that depict a teacup (which reminds me of a wonderful afternoon spent at the Grand Floridian’s Afternoon Tea with friends during INTERCOT’s tenth anniversary celebration) and a lighthouse (Old Key West, of course). For those who like to enjoy their vacations with an adult beverage, you can find beads that look like an umbrella drink, martini or wine glass. Like to cruise? There’s a cruise ship bead that even looks like the DCL ships with their distinctive funnels (I have it from a very reliable source that they’re now selling this bead at Disney World). There’s a giraffe to remind you of time spent at Animal Kingdom (the park or the lodge); a moose for Wilderness Lodge; a treasure chest, suitcase, flipflops and airplane all can be yours.

Besides the sentimental, there is a distinct advantage to buying beads and bracelets at Disney World and it can be summed up in one word: Discounts! It is rare to find Chamilia and Pandora beads on sale in the “real world.” However, at Disney, you can use your Annual Passholder, Disney Vacation Club, and Visa discounts. An important word of warning though: Chamilia beads will thread onto a Pandora bracelet, however, Pandora charms won't thread onto a Chamilia bracelet.

So if you choose to start or add to a Pandora-style bracelet for you or a loved one, remember you don’t need to go to Jared’s or begin your kiss with Kay: you can fuel two "addictions" in one place by building your collection at Disney World. 

<<New Fun at the Studios>>


Here's what new fun Guests have to look forward to at Disney's Hollywood Studios:

~Winnie the Pooh begins a meet-and-greet location at Feature Animation on May 16, 2011. 

~Guests will be able to take part in an energetic and fun-filled meet-and-play experience with Phineas and Ferb beginning May 16, 2011

~A "Cars 2" meet-and-greet will begin June 5, 2011.

~Lightning McQueen joins the Cast of  Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Spectacular beginning June 5, 2011.


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<<Night of Joy 2011 Tickets On-Sale>>


Christian music Artist of the Year Francesca Battistelli, TobyMac, MercyMe, newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Jars of Clay and Skillet will headline one of the most-decorated lineups in the 29-year history of Disney's Night of Joy Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, 2011. Filling the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort with the sound of contemporary Christian music will be 16 artists with a 20-year legacy of accolades -- 70 GMA Dove Awards and eight GRAMMY Awards. One-night tickets are $51.95 plus tax in advance, $59.95 plus tax day of. Two-night tickets are $92.95. Groups of 10 or more can purchase one-night tickets in advance for $46.95 plus tax each and two-night tickets for $87.95. 


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<<Pixar's 25th Anniversary Weekend >>


Epcot will celebrate Pixar's 25th anniversary May 13 - 15.  As part of the celebration, many characters from the Pixar family will be available for unique Meet & Greet opportunities.  Guests will have the chance to mingle with the likes of   Remy, Emile, Atta, Boo, Carl, Russel, Dug and many other not-so-common Characters.


>> Details & Discussion


<<"Princess" and "Health" Suites to Debut>>


Walt Disney World is converting some of its 25,000 hotel rooms into moderately priced, princess-themed rooms and high-end, "health-and-wellness" suites, in a bid to carve out new niches from within its existing hotels. The overhauls are part of a directive across the Walt Disney Co.'s theme-park division to develop more specialty hotel rooms that appeal to targeted demographics.


>> Details & Discussion


<<Calendar Corner>>


-- October 2011 --


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

It's time for this edition to hop into the sunset, but we hope it has gotten you excited about planning a trip to Walt Disney World.  Whether you plan on starting a charm bracelet collection, meeting with Phineas and Ferb, checking out new LEGO sculptures, or meeting Mickey in his new home; there's lots of new fun abound. We'll be back in a few weeks with more news, tips and deals. See ya real soon!

<< Thank You To Our Sponsors! >>

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