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April showers have brought another edition of the INTERCOT Insider! Springtime is a great time to visit Walt Disney World; in this edition we take a look at all the springtime happenings.  Plus; we uncover some great dining gems, get updates on two lengthy refurbishments, and learn about a new choice at a popular restaurant  Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the internet!

<<INTERCOTee Spring Social>>

INTERCOT was live on social media earlier this month with tons of Springtime happenings around the Walt Disney World resort.  From the opening of Trader Sam's Grog Grotto to a detailed look at the Flower and Garden Festival and from a peak inside the new Disney Vacation Club section at the Polynesian resort to an oversized Easter Egg hunt; INTERCOT showcased a bouquet of new offerings and annual Spring fun around the resort.

In case you missed these updates or if you just want to take a look back, check out INTERCOT's Facebook:

>> Epcot Eggstravaganza 2015 Album

>> Easter Week 2015 at WDW Album

>> Easter 2015: Disney Dream Album

>> Epcot in Bloom 2015 Album

>> The Boathouse Album

>> Dockside Margaritas Album

>> Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Album

>> Polynesian Village DVC Album

<<Digging up Dining>>

You may have stopped hunting for Easter Eggs a few weeks ago, but INTERCOTee's are always hunting for that 'hidden gem' restaurant.  Here are a few of the INTERCOTee favorites:

“We thought Grand Floridian Cafe was a great hidden gem. You don't hear much about it, but it turned out to be one of the best meals of our trip one year.”—buzznwoodysmom

“The breakfast buffet at The Captain's Grill is really good...lots of variety and made-to-order omelets. And it's soo much cheaper than a character buffet. We make it part of every trip.”-- catasaid

“I was blown away by the Trails End buffet. It's now our must do each trip. I would not drive there though. You'd have to park at the front of the campgrounds and ride the bus to it and that takes quite a while. The best way to get there is to take the boat from the Magic Kingdom and from the dock it's just a short walk !!!”-- #1donaldfan

“One of our must do's is Sanaa at Kidani Village (Animal Kingdom Lodge). It's quiet, you can watch the animals while you eat, and it's got a different menu. But soooo good. And while you're waiting to be seated, there is an outdoor animal viewing area.”—azcavalier

“On our trip we had a terrific breakfast on Easter morning at Las Ventanas - Coronado Springs Resort. The service was great and the food delicious. I had the Sourdough French Toast with a berry butter/compote and grilled ham. So Good! My daughter had the Vegetable Omelet which was just as good. The Cast Member was so attentive and even gave us coffee/tea in to-go cups, without asking for it. The restaurant is near the convention hall area past the Pepper Market situated next to the Rix Lounge. The prices were reasonable and we wanted to try dinner there as well, but didn't have time to fit it in this trip. However, I would definitely recommend the breakfast.”—missymouseworld

<<Red Light, Green Light>>

Whispering Canyon Café quietly introduced participation cards in Late 2014. The popular dining location at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is equally known for good grub and Guest interaction. The new participation cards allow Guests to easily communicate to Cast if they wish to participate or not. The green side reads "Jump in and play" and the red side reads "Watch from the fence".

Here’s a pair of INTERCOTee experiences with the new offering:

"I used the disc when I ate lunch there solo during Destination Rewind. I set it to "watch from the fence". I had a limited amount of time to eat before the afternoon session, so I wanted to just enjoy a medium rare bacon cheeseburger and sweet potato fries and be on my way. "--Hammer

"We had the red/green card at Whispering Canyon back in November. We couldn't decide if we wanted to participate or not so it was nice to start off red and then change to green once the family felt more comfortable."--magicofdisney

<<A Tale of Two Refurbs>>

As a refurbishment of a popular restaurant gets extended, the refurbishment of a popular ride gets delayed. The on-going refurbishment of the Flame Tree Barbecue has been extended a second time. The popular Disney’s Animal Kingdom dining location has been re-scheduled to open from refurbishment on May 23, 2015. During the extended refurbishment, signature menu items will continue to be available at kiosks in Discovery Isle and at Trilo-Bites in Dinoland. The announced refurbishment of Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom park has been delayed. The refurbishment originally scheduled to start May 1, 2015 has now been announced to start June 8, 2015

Get more details and join in the discussion on these two refurbishments on the INTERCOT discussion boards:

>> Pirates of the Caribbean

>>Flame Tree Barbecue

<<Conclusion >>

This edition has come to an end, but Springtime continues to bring excitement to the Walt Disney World resort. We hope this edition has given you some great reasons to plan a Springtime trip to Walt Disney World and gave you a peak at all the recent openings and changes.  We'll be back in a few weeks with more great tips, news, and deals.  See ya real soon!

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