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Drop off at Hollywood studios

intercot.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:53
Our daughter and grandson are going to the Star Wars event at Hollywood Studios. We are staying off property. Can we drop them off and pick up without having to pay parking fee?
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Epcot

intercot.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:47
Spent a very pleasant day at Epcot. It was rather breezy, at times, but the sun was shining and it wasn't cold, hot, or humid.

It took a full 20 minutes to get through the security when we arrived just before the park opened - and I got in what was a shorter line.

The last several times we went to Epcot, we hadn't gone on a single ride. This time we did go on a number of rides including Spaceship Earth (We were able to walk right on as soon as we got into the park. Later, the line was considerably longer), The Seas with Nemo, Soarin (fast pass), Living with the Land (also fast pass and this was definitely needed), The Circle of Life, Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival (very cute), and the Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico.

We also wandered through the aquarium and stopped to watch the Voices of Liberty. We had fast passes for Journey Into Imagination but did not do this ride. We were hungry when the fast pass time came up and, while we were at lunch, received an e-mail saying the ride was down.

For lunch, we stopped into Spice Road Table where we immediately seated on the outdoor patio (at our request). We did not have reservations. We shared an order of calamari and a chocolate cake and ice cream dessert which made for an enjoyable lunch.

The rest our our time was spent wandering around World Showcase and stepping into various shops. I guess it's been a while since we've been in the store in Japan as it has been completely remodeled since we last wandered in.
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Episode 1589 - Disney On Ice

wdwtoday.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 14:00
We discuss Disney On Ice touring show and whether it's worth the price tag! Thanks to Barkbox for supporting Walt Disney World Today. Visit barkbox.com/wdw for a FREE EXTRA MONTH of BarkBox when you subscribe to a 6 or 12 month plan.
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Backstage Magic Tour at Walt Disney World, what you need to know

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 13:57

It’s the ultimate Walt Disney World backstage tour, the Backstage Magic tour (BSM) is a 7+ hour adventure behind the scenes at the most magical place on Earth. We were invited guests of Walt Disney World yesterday for our first time on the tour. As you might expect, there are...

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12 things not to miss at this year’s Disneyland Holiday Season

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 12:54

It’s the most merriest time of the year at the Happiest Place on Earth as holiday fun returns to the Disneyland Resort now through Jan. 7, 2018. From a 60-foot-tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., to more than 400,000 lights adding sparkle to “it’s a small world” Holiday, the...

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Disney Cruise Line updating the Disney Magic with more fun for families

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 12:30

Since 1998 the Disney Magic has been sailing the open seas providing magical vacations to Disney fans. Disney Cruise Line has announced that Disney’s original cruise ship will soon get a makeover for three of its guest spaces. A Tangled-themed family restaurant, a fresh new space for teens and a...

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3 New Areas Coming to the Disney Magic in Spring 2018

intercot.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 01:12
Disney Cruise Line has announced renovations and enhancement of three areas on the Disney Magic:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
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An Enchanting Dining Experience for Families

At Rapunzel’s Royal Table, your family will delight in an all-new dining experience inspired by the beloved story of Disney’s “Tangled.” The first table service restaurant themed to “Tangled” that features characters and live entertainment will transport Disney Magic guests to the kingdom of Corona for an evening of music and interactive fun with Rapunzel and the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs.

Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll step inside a regal ballroom in the royal castle, lit by glowing wish lanterns and adorned with colorful drawings that reflect Rapunzel’s artistic talents. Here, the King and Queen of Corona invite you to take part in a festive celebration of Rapunzel’s birthday and the anniversary of her return to the kingdom.

Throughout dinner, you’ll be treated to live entertainment, including spirited singing and dancing, a merry band of musicians, the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs and of course, Princess Rapunzel herself.

The family fun is complete with themed menus, special activities and a lively parade to cap off the evening in Corona. The charm and enchantment of “Tangled” in Rapunzel’s Royal Table is the perfect pairing to “Tangled: The Musical” – the spellbinding original production that delights guests during each Disney Magic sailing.

Redesigned Retreat Just for Teens

Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, is being transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. At Vibe, teens can enjoy a new coffee and smoothie bar, play video and virtual reality games, and check out other cool activities like a DJ spin-off and movie making.

Refined Escape Exclusively for Adults

If it’s grownup retreat you’re seeking, Cove Café is being redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. It’s the perfect place to sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day, or indulge in wine or a cocktail and light bites during the evening hours.

Elsewhere around the Disney Magic, other enhancement highlights include the addition of Club Disney Junior in Disney’s Oceaneer Club for children and a redesigned Rainforest Room with steam and hydrotherapy in Senses Spa for adults.

The new enhancements debut on Disney Magic starting March 9, 2018, on sailings from Miami, Fla.
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DIS Unplugged Podcast – 11/14/17 – Disney World Show

disunplugged.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 01:00
In this episode, Disney shows declines everywhere except Parks & Resorts, when will Hall of Presidents reopen, plus we discuss this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! Want to get in touch? Check out our contact page. Podcasts 11/14/17 – Walt Disney World Discussion + Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: [Download Mp3] Show Notes: REMEMBERING BOB VARLEY [...]
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Disney's Hollywood Studios Announces New Entertainment for Galactic Nights 2017 Event

intercot.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 00:54
New entertainment has been announced for the Dec 16, 2017 Galactic Nights hard ticket event at Disney's Hollywood Studios:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... Some thrilling updates to this year’s event were just announced moments ago on “The Star Wars Show” on StarWars.com that we had to share with you, as this year’s Star Wars Galactic Nights is truly a can’t-miss offering.

First up – Wicket. Wald. Willow. Wollivan. Warwick Davis has long been part of the Lucasfilm family and beloved by Star Wars fans since his career-starting performance as Wicket the Ewok in “Return of the Jedi.” An established film and television actor, Davis is known for other Lucasfilm roles in “Ewoks: Battle for Endor” and “Caravan of Courage,” and for portraying the title character in “Willow.” He returned to the galaxy far, far away for the prequels as well, with several roles in “The Phantom Menace.” He recently played Wollivan in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will appear in this year’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and 2018’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Actor David Collins will also appear at the event to host a special “Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” panel discussion with members of the Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm team. The panel, which will include Scott Trowbridge, Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering; Robin Reardon, Executive Creative Producer at Walt Disney Imagineering; Chris Beatty, Executive Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering and Doug Chiang, VP/Creative Director at Lucasfilm, will give guests an inside look at the making of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park. Attendees will also get an exclusive peek into the progress being made and learn what it’s like to bring the epic saga to life in the theme parks.

Guests can’t miss Star Wars: Galactic Destinations on the Sunset Boulevard area of the park. Through state-of-the-art projections, the facade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel will transform to showcase stunning locations from across the galaxy. Favorite film moments, special effects, lighting, and of course the stellar Star Wars cinematic score supports each galactic location moment all evening long.



Star Wars Galactic Nights will also be a great opportunity for guests to celebrate the release of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi at different park attractions, such as the Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi and “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” which will debut new touches inspired by the film that night. Tickets are still being advertised available via 407-W-DISNEY (407 934-7639) priced at $129 Guests Ages 10 & Up and $124 Guests Ages 3-9. Attached Images  
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Disneyland Introduces Disneyland After Dark Event

intercot.com - Wed, 2017-11-15 00:38
Similar to the Disney After Hours Event at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland has announced their own spin on a hard-ticket after hours event:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts ... beginning next year, you will be able to experience this enchanting time with a new series of events. Disneyland After Dark kicks off January 18 with its first after-hours event – Throwback Nite!



Step back in time to the ‘50s and ‘60s for a taste of the classic after-dark experience at Disneyland. Come dressed in your best to enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth under a million twinkling lights, swinging to the tune of the bands and enjoying your favorite rides in the cool moonlight ‘till the clock strikes 1 a.m.!

Original attraction posters of Disneyland experiences from yesteryear welcome you as you commemorate the evening with special photo locations – and unlimited digital downloads are included with your event admission! Live music and dancing bring the bygone era to life throughout the park, and the sky lights up with an exclusive showing of “Fantasy in The Sky” fireworks. Guests will receive a commemorative lanyard and a vintage-inspired park map that will highlight the special experiences taking place throughout the evening.

This trip down memory lane will truly be one for the ages! Tickets for Throwback Nite will be available on Disneyland.com for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders beginning Nov. 30 and for general public beginning Dec. 7.

And this is just the first in an ongoing series of unique events! Each Disneyland After Dark “nite” will be a can’t-miss experience featuring specialty entertainment, themed food, collectible merchandise and more. Attached Images  
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Warcraft, Disneyland and Beaches Oh My Day 4

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-11-14 23:24
Me- 46 year old Disney lover who doesn't act her age
DR (Dear Roommate) - 33 year old who has no idea what he is getting himself into

Today we got to sleep in and relax. Aaaahhh. I think we slept until 11 and then explored around the "resort". Beso del Sol isn't what I typically expect from a timeshare. There were only 10 units. No staff were around, but we had the manager's phone number if we needed anything. The beach was maybe a 3 minute walk away from us. There was a media room with a computer in it. There was a laundry room, which we put to good use during the afternoon. It was only one washer and dryer, but we didn't have to pay for it. The fact that we didn't have to mess with quarters made the one washer/dryer situation well worth it. For most of the week, we were the only ones there. It was a great place if you wanted a nice, quiet, solo or romantic getaway on the beach.

Around 4 pm, we started to get hungry. A fellow intercotee had suggested that we check out Old World Village, so that was our plan for the evening. Most of the shops were closed, but we went to the German restaurant and had a great meal. There was supposed to be a band called Lakatos there according to the website schedule, but we never saw them. There was a guy that got up on stage and sang German songs. Two little girls around age 7 or so stole the show though. The more outgoing stood up at her table and started dancing. As more and more people watched and cheered her on, she moved up to in front of the stage. Her sister, not to be outdone, joined her at the front of the stage. Sister #1 wasn't too keen about sharing the spotlight with her sibling, so as she was swinging her shoulders and hips around to dance, she would lean over and elbow her sister off to the side. DR and I had quite a few laughs at their antics. We ate schnitzel things that I couldn't pronounce for dinner. He had apple struedel for dessert, and I had German chocolate cake. The slice I got was large enough to feed a small army.
We waddled out of the restaurant and meandered through the Old World Village shops. It was probably really amazing in its heyday. We passed a little bakery and regretted getting dessert at the restaurant. The homemade stuff looked delicious. I would have liked to have seen the inside of the church, but no doors were open. After about 30 mins of wandering, we returned to our timeshare.
I had the brilliant idea of actually going out to the beach, since it was right there. A moonlit stroll on the beach could be romantic in the movies or the scene of a brutal murder in a horror flick. In reality, a moonlit stroll on the beach is freezing cold. I returned after maybe 5 minutes, running into the room to turn on the nice warm fireplace. DR just laughed at me.
We had a full day planned for Monday, so I turned in early. DR stayed up watching some movie on his Ipad. He regretted that in the morning. :P
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Ideas for showing pins other than lanyards

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-11-14 21:50
On my trip last week, I saw someone with pins attached to their jacket. I thought about attaching my pins to a jean jacket to wear, but I haven't even gotten through all of them and the jacket weighs a ton. Lanyards are too heavy around my neck. Do you guys do anything else with your pins?
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Dessert Party December 30

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-11-14 21:15
Anyone planning on cancelling a Tomorroland Terrace Dessert Party on December 30 for the later fireworks?
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Mobile food ordering and DDP

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-11-14 15:42
I know when I was checking out the mobile food ordering through the app about a month ago - it said you can’t mobile order and use DDP. Has that changed? I just looked at it again and am not getting that message anymore. Just planning ahead for my upcoming trip.

Also - any opinions on the mobile ordering process?

Thanks!


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Disney Cruise Line wins best family cruise line in US News report

TheDisneyBlog.com - Tue, 2017-11-14 11:36

Disney Cruise Line’s hard work to keep its ships updated with upgraded room features, new entertainment, new activities for children, and improved adult only spaces has paid off. It has been recognized by US News and World Report as both the best cruise line for families and the best cruise...

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Episode 104 - You Forgot My Cheese

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-11-14 06:03
The Cast: Carolyn Pongracz, Cindy Jachrimo, Ian Mitchell, Jason Kauffman, Justin McCarthy & John Yaglenski

- And we're back from ICOT20
- Hang Out at the Hangar
- A Magical Day at The Kingdom
- New Magic Kingdom Snacks
- Mobile Order works well
- You forgot my cheese
- No More Secret Menu Nachos, What's Next?
- Monorail...Party in the Sky?
- Onto to Epcot!
- Soarin', & Mickey Bars, & Fiesta's oh my
- Gary's Column
- Real, live Canadians
- A strange evening at Jellyrolls
- The Low Down on the Minnie Vans
- Exploring Pandora
- Bees are good, hornets are bad
- A wrap up to a great weekend
- RunDisney Cancelled at Disneyland
- New Hotel for Disneyland
- Swan and Dolphin and Pterodactyl?
- DisneyQuest Demolished
- An Oddly Specific Swinging Ride Patent
- A spark of hope for Innoventions
- Cheese and Floats?

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First extended clip from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios

TheDisneyBlog.com - Tue, 2017-11-14 04:14

You know, after reading all the early reviews, I got so excited about Pixar’s Coco that I nearly forgot about Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Of course, if you’re visiting the parks at all that’s not easy as Frozen and Olaf and merchandise form the new animated mini-feature is everywhere. Now, we...

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Disney Store and shopDisney.com kick off holiday shopping season with deals

TheDisneyBlog.com - Tue, 2017-11-14 04:03

Disney Store and shopDisney.com, the re-envisioned one-stop-shop e-commerce destination, has unveiled its Black Friday deals. Guests will find hundreds of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel toys, home décor, apparel and gifting up to 50 percent off, in-stores and online. Look for new products inspired by the theatrical release of...

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Inside the new prototype Disney Store in Century City, CA

TheDisneyBlog.com - Tue, 2017-11-14 03:57

Members of The Disney Blog staff happened to be in Century City Mall this week and they took the opportunity to check out one of the new prototype stores for The Disney Store. Although there are still a few of the original Disney Stores around, most had been converted to...

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Warcraft, Disneyland and Beaches Oh My Day 3

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-11-13 23:45
Me- 46 year old Disney lover who doesn't act her age
DR (Dear Roommate) - 33 year old who has no idea what he is getting himself into

I had cancelled our breakfast at Storyteller's Cafe for today, so we got to sleep in a little bit. I dropped DR off at Blizzcon and headed to Disneyland! Our tickets were loaded onto the app, and I was trying Maxpass. I went straight to the gate where they took my pic and gave me a paper ticket. It was a very fast process.

When I am alone in Disney, I tend to slow down and soak in the atmosphere instead of running from ride to ride. There was a band playing in front of the fire station and an older couple were dancing to the music. It was completely adorable. #relationship goals.

I moseyed on up Main St. and decided to try out MaxPass. I got a fastpass for Buzz Lightyear for one hour later. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride had a 5 minute wait, so I hopped in line for that. After surviving the wild ride, I browsed through the Mad Hatter shop. I was bound and determined to make DR wear a set of ears. I was looking for some marvel ones. I took some pictures around Fantasyland and then wandered to Buzz Lightyear for my fastpass. I have a stuffed dog that my kids gave me for Valentine's Day a couple of years ago. Any time I visit some place, I take pictures with him and post them on facebook with his narrative. It drives my son crazy and makes me laugh. My friends love the storytelling. The whole purpose of this round against the Evil Emperor Zurg was to get the on ride photo with Barksy the dog.

After we saved the galaxy, I decided to head to City Hall to get my disability access card. DR was going to be getting out of Blizzcon soon, and I would need the access to ride the rides I wanted to show him. I was stopped by the Soundsational Parade. I don't normally stop to watch the parades, but I didn't have much of a choice. The parade was pretty good, and I was amazed at how they blended the songs at the end of each segment to make it sound good.

After the crowd dispersed, I headed into City Hall. It was a less than stellar experience. I explained to the Cast Member what I needed, and he told me they had discontinued that service 5 or 6 years ago. I told him that I was just there in May of 2016 and used it. He again repeated that they had discontinued it 5 or 6 years ago and suggested that I rent a wheelchair. I explained to him that I had to change positions every 15 mins and couldn't just ride in a wheelchair. He responded that I could get out and push it during those times. In my head, I thought about all the posts on intercot in which people said the wheelchair system was being abused because they saw someone pushing their wheelchair. I wondered how many of those people pushing their wheelchair were due to Disney telling them to do this. I tried explaining to him that the system where I get a return time works rather well for me. He still stated that they stopped that system 5 or 6 years ago, and he couldn't do anything else for me. I left to pick up DR.

We had fantasmic dinner package reservations at Hungry Bear for 7:15 pm. Our whole purpose for coming to the parks tonight was for him to see Fantasmic, since they don't show it during the week. Once DR was in the park, I used Maxpass to get a time for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. His first theme park ride ever was going to be my favorite. :D We went and picked up our meal from Hungry Bear and sat down to eat it. It wasn't very impressive. He had the salmon, but wouldn't eat the kale salad. I had to order a cheeseburger off of the regular menu, because I couldn't eat anything from the dinner package menu. I asked for the french fries with a side of cole slaw. The lady at the register said I couldn't do that, but I could get cole slaw and ask for a side of french fries. Not sure what the difference there really is. :confused: I said ok, and they never gave me the cole slaw anyway. I just ate DR's salad, and he ate the french fries. His piece of salmon was very small. I realize that you are really paying for the reserved seating, but at least make the meal big enough to fill an adult up.

It was time for our Wildest Ride in the West! I was excited. DR was nervous. We were soon strapped in and riding on an out of control mine train. I was laughing. The girl behind us was screaming, and DR was holding on for dear life which made me laugh even harder. It probably would have been easier for him if it was daylight, and he could see the turns coming. That would have been too easy though. :thedolls:

I used Maxpass to get a time to return to Haunted Mansion Holiday. We had an hour to kill, and Pinocchio's Daring Journey had a 10 minute wait. It was time to introduce him to dark rides. On the way, DR noticed the Star Wars ears that have the light up x-wing battle. Like a moth to the light, he went to look at them. After weeks of resisting, someone suddenly wanted a set of ears to wear. ;) DR is very outgoing and will talk to everyone. He and the cast member at the cart talked for about 15 mins. I took the opportunity to take pictures of Barksy in the photo opportunity Dumbo car.

He loved Pinocchio's Daring Journey, even pretending to be scared in the right spots and telling the donkey kids that he would come back and save them from their cages. His kids are going to have a blast when they all go to Disney World together next year.

It was time for Haunted Mansion Holiday, and we headed that direction. The app said Pirates of the Caribbean was a 25 minute wait, but when we got there, everyone was watching the first showing of Fantasmic. The Pirates queue was empty, so we detoured down there. I told DR he couldn't see any of the Fantasmic show yet, so he averted his eyes. :P Pirates was a walk on. It was weird to introduce someone to the ride who has seen the movie before riding the ride.

Dead men tell no tales, and Davy Jones was waiting for us. He joined the auction by saying he would offer 7 bottles of rum for her. He sang Yo Ho Yo Ho A Pirate's Life for Me with me, attentively checked out Blue Bayou since we had reservations for dinner there later in the week, looked at the fireflies with me since he knows I love them (being from Kentucky, they don't mean much to him), and laughed when I told him I dreamed of living in the little shack with the guy in the rocking chair when I was a little girl.

Next up, it was time to visit the grim grinning ghosts, but they weren't there. Jack Skellington had taken over Christmas. I'm not a fan of Nightmare Before Christmas, but DR is. At the end of the night, this was his favorite ride. After visiting Jack and Sally, we went to find our reserved seating for Fantasmic. He held our spot while I went to get him funnel cake. I got one for myself too. They turned out to be huge, and we could have easily shared one instead. I also got him a coke in a souvenir cup. My cups from Disney World have disappeared from my house while I was travelling, and I need to replenish my stock.

When I returned, no one else had joined the reserved seating area. There were maybe 20 people there. We were right up front, even got a little wet during the show. The dragon, which is the whole reason I watch the show, worked and was amazing! DR was in awe of everything and was asking who the characters were that he wasn't sure about. He was most excited about the green army men on the back of the boat at the end.

We kicked back for a while and let the crowds disperse before heading out, catching the last tram of the night.
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