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INTERCOT Insider
Disney Newsletter

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<<Introduction>>

As the trees start to show signs of the first hints of Autumn, your inbox is showing another edition of the INTERCOT Insider. As we head deeper into fall, Halloween festivities are already in full swing at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. In this edition we check out the latest ways to save, find out what spooktaular sweets are materializing on both coasts, and learn about pin trading.   Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the internet!

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<<Eerie Eats & Creepy Concoctions>>

 

Disneyland and the Walt Disney World resorts are decked out for Halloween and so are their menus. Here's a rundown of this year's highlights:

Disneyland

~ Dia De Los Muertos Ice Cream Nachos at the Golden Horseshoe
~ Pumpkin Mickey Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar and Cafe Orleans
~ Mickey Pumpkin Cupcake at Blue Ribbon Bakery
~ Apple Pie Funnel Cake at the Hungry Bear Restaurant

Disney California Adventure

~ Caramel Apple Smoothie at Schmoozies
~ Ursula Cupcake at Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe
~ Warm Apple Maple Cake at Taste Pilots’ Grill
~ Vampire Mickey Bat Cookie Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at The Magic Kingdom

 

~ Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich with Spooky Sprinkles at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
~ Mummy Cupcake at Main Street Bakery
~ Ghost Cupcake at Gaston’s Tavern
~ Candy Corn Cupcake at Main Street Bakery
~ Candy Corn Cotton Candy at Snack Carts
~ Buggy Brew at the Friar’s Nook
~ Candy Corn Soft Serve at Storybook Treats
~ Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundae at Sleepy Hollow
~ Pumpkin Spice Bubble Tea at The Lunching Pad
~ Wormy Apple Slush at Gaston’s Tavern

 

Epcot

 

~ Chocolate Witch Cupcake at Sunshine Seasons

 

Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

~ Carrot Cake Witch Cupcake at Starring Rolls

 

Disney's Animal Kingdom

 

~ Chocolate Mousse served in Minnie Mouse Jack-o-lantern Mug at Kusafiri Bakery
~ sweet Pumpkin Muffin at Kusafiri Bakery
~ Bat Cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery
~ Chocolate Brownie with Spooky Sprinkles at Kusafiri Bakery
~ Worms ‘n Dirt Sundae at Discovery Island Ice Cream

 

<<Pin Trading Tale with Mickey'sGirl>>

 

Pin Trading is something we got into as a way to encourage our sons, who are autistic, to interact with people at Walt Disney World. Each of the four of us started with an appropriate lanyard; Pirates for my oldest son, Mickey for my youngest son, Goofy for my husband and Pie-eyed Mickey for me. We enjoy collecting pins – and making purchases at various shops (our favourite being the Frontierland Trading Post). We initially found the process to be quite overwhelming … there was so much choice and so many beautiful pins! So, my husband and I decided to choose a theme and concentrate on that. His first lanyard was all Goofy. My first lanyard was solo Mickeys (no other characters on the pin with him), they boys stuck to buying (or having us buy) pins that they liked “just because”.


During our trip we also bought some mystery pins for trading, because our goal here was to have the boys interact with people. Yes, sometimes trading brings on tears of remorse … such as the time when my oldest son traded his newly acquired Test Track pin with Mexican Donald’s handler, and regretted his decision by the time we were taking the Gran Fiesta Tour along the Rio del Tiempo. Thankfully the same handler was still out front when we got back outside, and she happily traded with us again. Sometimes trading builds relationships. Back in 2006, I spied a great little Mickey dressed as Peter Pan pin on a Cast Member named Constantina. Unfortunately, at that time I had lost my only trading pin. I told her I would be back to trade with her, and we spent the next few days seeking her out in Fantasyland. Eventually we met up, and she was able to trade the pin with me! Fast forward a year, and one day while en route to Buzz, we encountered Constantina near the Carousel and she RECOGNIZED US from the Crazy Mickey as Peter Pan Pin Search of 2006. It was so much fun to talk again!


Years on, we pre-purchase trading pins in lots from an online seller. We take them to the World and continue our trading. We also buy the Limited Edition pins that are available to Disney Vacation Club members or Annual Passholders. We have become much more selective in our trading, and last year started working on “Collections”. This is where a group of pins which had been sold as a set has been broken up and traded individually. It started when our youngest traded for a Mickey pin that he liked, and then later traded for another Mickey pin that he liked, and we found that they were remarkably similar. The awesome lady at the Frontierland Trading Post explained that they were part of a set, and gave us a colour printout of all the pins in that set that we could set out to find. By the end of our 17 days, we had collected the entire set of pins. It was so exciting to seek them out and eventually make the trade! When it was complete, our son was so proud!


We have been pin collectors for over 8 years now, and now keep our favourite pins in a book, and others are framed in my bedroom, and still others (the Grape Soda pin my husband bought me last year) are regularly worn on my lapel. It is a fantastic was to meet people and have fun with your family.

 

 

<< Missed An Issue - The INSIDER Archive >>

Have you missed an issue of the INTERCOT Insider Newsletter?  Wish you could go back and read all the great tips/tricks/info of the past?  The archive spanning 12 years of this newsletter going all the way back to 2002 can be found in our Interactive section.

>> INTERCOT Insider Newsletter Archive
 

<< Conclusion >>

This edition has come to an end, but Fall fun is just starting at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Whether this edition made you hungry for Halloween treats or gave you great reasons to trade pins, we hope its helped add some magic to a future vacation. We'll be back in a few weeks with more great tips, news, and deals.  See ya real soon!
 

<< Conclusion >>

As we look forward to all this fall fun, this edition is on its way out. We hope this edition has given you some tips for a last minute trip this fall or some great reasons to start planning a future fall trip. We'll be back in a few weeks with more great tips, news, and deals.  See ya real soon!


<< Thank You To Our Sponsors! >>


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