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In this edition of the INTERCOT Insider, we round-up the latest ways to save, roll out the newsreel, learn the latest developments on Rivers of Light, find out about a new series of Disney Vacation Club member events, and dish out the changes at Walt Disney World restaurants.  Hang on to them hats and glasses, cause this here's the most informative ride on the internet!

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Book by Feb. 26, 2017 for stays most nights Feb. 20-June 10, 2017
Book by March 30, 2017 for stays most nights April 9-June 10, 2017

-- Fun & Sun Room Offer--

Save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels.

Offer valid for stays most nights from February 20 through June 10, 2017

-- Kindermoon Vacation Package --

We've all heard of honeymoons and babymoons. But now we'd like to introduce you to the "Kindermoon"—a family getaway to Walt Disney World® Resort during that precious time right before your little one becomes a "big kid" and goes off to kindergarten.

With this offer, you can enjoy a 3-night stay in a standard room at a Disney's All-Star Resort and 2-day Magic Your Way base tickets for as low as $987*. Sample package price is valid for a family of 3 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from February 26 through March 9, and from April 23 through May 25, 2017.

Plus, you will receive 2 FastPass+ vouchers** with this package in addition to the standard FastPass+ selection allotment. The FastPass+ vouchers can be used at the following preschool-friendly attractions (valid park admission required):

•1 voucher valid at Disney's Hollywood Studios® for Disney Junior - Live on Stage!

•1 voucher valid at Magic Kingdom® Park for your choice of one of the following attractions: Dumbo the Flying Elephant®, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor® or Mickey's PhilharMagic®

Tier 1: Book by Feb. 26, 2017 for stays most Sunday-Thursday nights February 26 through March 9, and April 23 through May 25, 2017

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>>Details on INTERCOT Discussion Boards
>>Contact Magical Journeys Today!

<< INTERCOT Newsreel>>

We're rolling out the Newsreel for January to cover all the new happenings at the Walt Disney World resort:

>> Guests may now shop and dine along Main Street USA beginning at 8:00 am on days with a 9:00 am park opening. Individual rope drops are held at each land entrance at the time of park opening.

>> Epcot has given a look ahead at new features for the 2017 International Flower & Garden Festival. Festival “firsts” this year will include brand-new topiaries of Belle and Figment, two new outdoor kitchens (bringing the total to 15) offering up tasty snacks, a “Cars” interactive play garden for kids in honor of the upcoming film June 2017 release of the Disney•Pixar sequel, “Cars 3.” New Garden Rocks Dining Packages Will Debut At Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Dining packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants, combining dinner and reserved seating for a performance.

>> Let the Magic Begin is a new welcome show at the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. The 5 minute show stars Mickey Mouse and Fairy Godmother who start the new day at the Magic Kingdom with a little dose of magic. Mickey is joined on stage by Minnie and an enchanting ensemble including Aladdin, Alice, Chip & Dale, Belle, Elena, Jasmine, Mary Poppins, Merida, Pluto, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Tiana. The show is scheduled to start most mornings at 8:55 am on days with a 9:00 am park open.

<< See a Sneak Peek Video of the New Welcome Show >>

>> To kick off the New Year, Disney Parks & Resorts has confirmed the return of the the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! fireworks show it debuted in 2016 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Dates for the 2017 offerings will be announced later in the year.

>> The forthcoming raft ride at Typhoon Lagoon has been renamed prior to opening. Just beyond the pineapple fields of Crush ‘n’ Gusher awaits an all-new, family-raft attraction owned by Captain Mary Oceaneer—a sea-faring treasure hunter whose haul was caught in a rogue typhoon… and scattered across this tropical paradise years ago. From your 4-person raft, feel a rush of excitement with family and friends as an aquatic conveyor belt chutes you into action. Then, hold on tight as you spy precious artifacts collected from all around the globe.

<< See Concept Art of the Full Slide>>

>> A new multi-story building is planned for Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. The plans first became evident with height balloon tests conduced in September 2016. Guests and Casts spotted construction height test balloons being used at the resort near the existing Barbados Village section. Plans appear to have moved forward with the filing of permits on January 17, 2017 with the South Florida Water Management District, "Application #: 170117-29 Permit#: 48-00714-P Project Name: Project 88/Caribbean Beach-Project Acres: 60.58: The Project proposes to construct building, parking lot and roadway modifications within the project area."

<< See a Map of the Construction Site >>

>> Looking to the skies above Disney Springs may bring a new sight. The Characters in Flight balloon has re-opened with a new appearance and color palette that fits the new Disney Springs aesthetic.

>> Epcot will commemorate its 35th Anniversary in 2017 with special merchandise at the park and special historical web features. Further details of the 35th anniversary commemoration are expected to be announced later in the year.

>> To celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial on 7/1/16, Epcot is hosting a trivia activity now until Canada Day. veryone is invited to join in the fun and answer questions like, “What do Canadians call a one dollar coin? Answer – A Loonie” and “Who hosts Hockey Night in Canada Coach’s Corner? Answer – Don Cherry and Ron MacLean” to receive a button.

>> Stay Tuned to the INTERCOT News Forum for the Latest Updates and Announcements


<< A Magical Membership>>

Disney Vacation Club has announced a new series of Member Event. isney Vacation Club presents 11 “Moonlight Magic” events for Members and special guests as part of “Membership Magic Ever After.” These complimentary, after-hours events at Disney Parks feature shorter-than-usual wait times at some of the parks’ most popular attractions, special entertainment and character appearances, complimentary treats and more. These complimentary, after-hours events at Disney Parks feature shorter-than-usual wait times at some of the parks’ most popular attractions, special entertainment and character appearances, complimentary treats and more.
>> Get the Latest on the Disney Vacation Club in the DVC Forum

<< The Dish on Disney Dining>>

The Dining scene at the Walt Disney World resort is constantly serving up new offerings and changes.  Here's the dish on the latest news bites:

>> Disney’s Hollywood Studios has continued Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine in 2017. The Seasonal Character Meal is being offered now through March 19th.

>> Dole Whips (or something presumably very similar) can now be found at a second location at Walt Disney World outside a theme park. Marketplace Snacks in Disney Springs recently added Pineapple Soft Serve to their menu priced at $4.19.

>> The Planet Hollywood Observatory opened on January 27th with Lunch Service. Advanced Dining Reservations are now available for February 1, 2017 and beyond. The menu features a two sections currated by celebrity chef Guy Fieri as well as decedent desserts and milkshakes with oversized toppings.

<< See the Full Menu & Food Pics >>

>> A popular snack has returned to Disney’s Animal Kingdom after almost a full year hiatus. After leaving the park in February 2016, Churros have returned after recently being added to the Dino-Bite Snacks menu in DinoLand U.S.A. The sweet treat is priced at $4.29 and comes with a side of chocolate dipping sauce.

>> Disney Springs has announced opening details for Paddlefish. Paddlefish will open February 4th following a multimillion-dollar transformation and a seafood-centric menu that includes a few guest favorites from the former Fulton’s Crab House. he iconic paddleboat at Disney Springs has been reimagined into a modern yacht experience by Levy Restaurants, with clean lines, crisp designs, refined woods and a sophisticated color pallet of blues and grays. The new menu will feature delectable Maine lobster, King and Snow crabs and a selection of fresh fish including sea bass, catfish and salmon. Fan favorites and classic dishes from Fulton’s Crab House remain, such as Lobster Corn Dogs and crab legs. Cocktails are inspired by classic turn-of-the-century American cocktails, and an expansive wine list includes both Old and New World wines. Paddlefish will be open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday brunch.

>> Through February 22nd, guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort for the day can purchase a Disney Dine-on-the-Go one-day, quick-service offering that includes one lunch quick-service entrée and one non-alcoholic beverage that’s good until 4 p.m., and one dinner quick-service entrée and one non-alcoholic beverage that’s good after 4 p.m. (Dessert is not included). Guests can purchase Disney Dine-on-the-Go at Magic Kingdom Park Vacation Planning booths. Participating restaurant locations include Casey’s Corner, Columbia Harbour House, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe and Pinocchio Village Haus. Price is $29.00 {Ages 10 and up}, and $12.00 for ages 3 to 9.

>> A replacement for the Margarita Kiosk in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion has been officially announced. Choza Tequila is slated to open in Early 2017 and offer “refreshing hand-crafted margaritas and classic Mexican cuisine like tacos, empanadas, chips and fresh guacamole”. The new kiosk is presumably being built behind the construction walls currently to the left of the pyramid structure in the pavilion.

>> Casey's Corner has announced a new specialty "hot dog of the month" and has added croissant donuts to its dessert menu.

>>Grab a bite of Dining Reviews & Disney Food News in the INTERCOT Dining Forum

<<Conclusion >>

This edition has snowballed its way to the end.  Whether you are a DVC Member excited about Moonlight Magic, a Foodie excited about the new dining options, or just plain excited about Walt Disney World; we hope it has given you some great reasons to plan that next 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! >>

The INTERCOT Insider and INTERCOT.com are supported by the following sponsors who in turn, help us bring the Magic to you!

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