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A Path Less Traveled - Disney's Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary Tour

intercot.com - Fri, 2018-02-09 01:35
Disney's Animal Kingdom has announced a special tour that will be offered April 1 to May 5, 2018 as part of the park's 20th Anniversary celebration:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts A Path Less Traveled - Disney's Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary

During this tour, you’ll receive an insider's glimpse at what goes into making the magic of nature come to life at the park.

Highlights include:

  • A Visit to Rafiki's Planet Watch – Go backstage and learn about the animal care program at our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Animal Nutrition Center—the meal prep headquarters for more than 1,500 animal residents.
  • Birds Nest Exploration – Play conservationist and check on the homes of the purple martins, a species that migrates here every year.
  • Unforgettable Elephant Encounters – Delve into the wondrous world of our park's largest inhabitants during a one-hour Caring for Giants tour.
  • VIP Viewing of Rivers of Light – Watch the park’s newest nighttime show along the water from the comfort of a premium seat.


Schedule and Pricing
Length: Experiences are spread out throughout the day
Check-In: Tour begins at 11:00 AM; check-in at Curiosity Animal Tours Kiosk at 10:30 AM
Price: $59

How to Book
Reserve this tour by calling, (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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A Path Less Traveled - Disney's Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary Tour

intercot.com - Fri, 2018-02-09 01:35
Disney's Animal Kingdom has announced a special tour that will be offered April 1 to May 5, 2018 as part of the park's 20th Anniversary celebration:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts A Path Less Traveled - Disney's Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary

During this tour, you’ll receive an insider's glimpse at what goes into making the magic of nature come to life at the park.

Highlights include:

  • A Visit to Rafiki's Planet Watch – Go backstage and learn about the animal care program at our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Animal Nutrition Center—the meal prep headquarters for more than 1,500 animal residents.
  • Birds Nest Exploration – Play conservationist and check on the homes of the purple martins, a species that migrates here every year.
  • Unforgettable Elephant Encounters – Delve into the wondrous world of our park's largest inhabitants during a one-hour Caring for Giants tour.
  • VIP Viewing of Rivers of Light – Watch the park’s newest nighttime show along the water from the comfort of a premium seat.


Schedule and Pricing
Length: Experiences are spread out throughout the day
Check-In: Tour begins at 11:00 AM; check-in at Curiosity Animal Tours Kiosk at 10:30 AM
Price: $59

How to Book
Reserve this tour by calling, (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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Movies, Sports, or Shades?

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 20:54
Hi all! We are currently booked for end of May at the Polynesian on rented DVC points. The friend that I rent points from only had enough points left for this user year to book 5 nights for me. She didn't want to borrow from next year, as they will need those points for themselves. Completely understandable!

I want to add an additional 3 nights onto the front of the trip. Looking for an inexpensive place to stay for those nights. We have stayed at all levels (almost every resort on property), but it's been years since we stayed at a value resort. It will be myself and 3 teens, 17, 17, 15.

This is what I am considering based on what is available with the military discount. Actually I already booked Sports, but am fine with changing if I need to.

All Star Sports $152 per night
All Star Moives $152 per night
Shades of Green $155 per night

I also priced the moderate resorts and Caribbean Beach is only $50 more per night. Its our favorite moderate, but with the construction I just don't know.


We have stayed at all 3, but not in many, many years. Looking for advice and recent experiences at these resorts. Or should I splurge to avoid the values? Other suggestions? Thanks!

Edit to ask, which of these resorts has had the most recent update in rooms?
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Movies, Sports, or Shades?

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 20:54
Hi all! We are currently booked for end of May at the Polynesian on rented DVC points. The friend that I rent points from only had enough points left for this user year to book 5 nights for me. She didn't want to borrow from next year, as they will need those points for themselves. Completely understandable!

I want to add an additional 3 nights onto the front of the trip. Looking for an inexpensive place to stay for those nights. We have stayed at all levels (almost every resort on property), but it's been years since we stayed at a value resort. It will be myself and 3 teens, 17, 17, 15.

This is what I am considering based on what is available with the military discount. Actually I already booked Sports, but am fine with changing if I need to.

All Star Sports $152 per night
All Star Moives $152 per night
Shades of Green $155 per night

I also priced the moderate resorts and Caribbean Beach is only $50 more per night. Its our favorite moderate, but with the construction I just don't know.


We have stayed at all 3, but not in many, many years. Looking for advice and recent experiences at these resorts. Or should I splurge to avoid the values? Other suggestions? Thanks!

Edit to ask, which of these resorts has had the most recent update in rooms?
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Dinner Shows

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 19:34
We will be at the parks for Mothers day this year. My mother wants to attend a special dinner show. Its a toss up between the Luao at The Polly or the Hoop-Dee-Do at Fort Wilderness. All the review I have found for both venues cancel each other out. I trust in my Intercot Family....so what are your suggestions? Do you know of anything else that may be done special for mothers day?
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Dinner Shows

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 19:34
We will be at the parks for Mothers day this year. My mother wants to attend a special dinner show. Its a toss up between the Luao at The Polly or the Hoop-Dee-Do at Fort Wilderness. All the review I have found for both venues cancel each other out. I trust in my Intercot Family....so what are your suggestions? Do you know of anything else that may be done special for mothers day?
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Feb 2018 Rumors

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 17:46
I haven't seen a good rumor thread running in a while so I thought I would start one. Below are the Rumors that I have heard recently:

1. The main street theater project has been canceled, and the funds that were allocated for it are going to be used to purchase new Monorails -- I like this if it is true the current monorails have been in service as long as or longer than the original WDW monorails and based on some youtube videos I have seen lately they are in tough shape.
2. Coco will replace the Three Caballeros in the Mexican pavilion -- I don't think they could possibly do worse than what they currently have so, yeah?!?!
3. A Mary Poppins attraction is going to be built in the UK pavilion -- I don't think there is a lot of space there, so I wonder where they are planning on putting it. However I like the idea of something more than just shops and live bands in that pavilion.
4. Tomorrowland speedway is going to get electric cars, and it will be rethemed to Tron to match the roller coaster they are building next to it. -- I think the electric cars is likely, but I do not see how a Tron theming would work in the bright Florida sun.

So has anyone heard anything else? Or has anyone see confirmation of these?
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Feb 2018 Rumors

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 17:46
I haven't seen a good rumor thread running in a while so I thought I would start one. Below are the Rumors that I have heard recently:

1. The main street theater project has been canceled, and the funds that were allocated for it are going to be used to purchase new Monorails -- I like this if it is true the current monorails have been in service as long as or longer than the original WDW monorails and based on some youtube videos I have seen lately they are in tough shape.
2. Coco will replace the Three Caballeros in the Mexican pavilion -- I don't think they could possibly do worse than what they currently have so, yeah?!?!
3. A Mary Poppins attraction is going to be built in the UK pavilion -- I don't think there is a lot of space there, so I wonder where they are planning on putting it. However I like the idea of something more than just shops and live bands in that pavilion.
4. Tomorrowland speedway is going to get electric cars, and it will be rethemed to Tron to match the roller coaster they are building next to it. -- I think the electric cars is likely, but I do not see how a Tron theming would work in the bright Florida sun.

So has anyone heard anything else? Or has anyone see confirmation of these?
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Lovely Animal Kingdom Day

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 16:40
After many below average temperatures during the month of January, we are now experiencing above normal temperatures. Yesterday went into the 80s which made it a lovely day to visit Animal Kingdom.

I was able to get a fastpass to the Safari ride but not until late in the afteroon. We left the park earlier than our fastpass time would roll around so did not get to ride this at all on this day.

We got a big of a late start so got into the park with only 20 minutes or so to go for our Expedition Everest fastpass. I tried to move the time around but no additional fastasses were available for the day. Therefore, we headed directly there once we got through the gate though we did stop for a couple of minutes to see DeVine who was out along our route.

We needed have worried about missing our Fastpass time as the standby line was listed as 5 minutes when we arrived at Everest. I guess everyone was over in Pandora as the waits for the two rides there were more than 2 hours from early in the day. If one did the standby line for each of these two lines, one could spent the whole day in Animal Kingdom and only ride these 2 lines!!

When we exited Everest, we were hungry so stopped for a pleasant breakfast at Yak & Yeti. With tummies full, we headed over to ride Dinosaur on a fastpass. We hadn't been on this ride for quite some time - since before it's last refurb so did notice some differences in the ride.

We wandered over to Pandora - not to ride either of the rides - way too long for me but I wanted to see the shop, Windtraders as we had never been in there. As we left, I noted that The Lion King was going to start in 15 minutes so we headed there and were seated just before the show began. Good, as always.

After checking out the gorillas at the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, we headed towards Asia to walk the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Along the way, we stopped at Thirsty River Bar & Trek for a drink which we took into the Rivers of Light Stadium to sit and relax for a bit.

While we were able to see the male tiger during our jungle trek, we discovered the mom and babies had gone inside just 20 minutes before our arrival so did not get to see them.

We decided we were now hungry so made our way over to Flame Tree BBQ for a late lunch. While there, we saw a couple of very beautiful herons hanging out around the dining tables.

After lunch, we wandered through a few shops as we make our way to the exit and back home again.
Categories: Disney Blogs

Lovely Animal Kingdom Day

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 16:40
After many below average temperatures during the month of January, we are now experiencing above normal temperatures. Yesterday went into the 80s which made it a lovely day to visit Animal Kingdom.

I was able to get a fastpass to the Safari ride but not until late in the afteroon. We left the park earlier than our fastpass time would roll around so did not get to ride this at all on this day.

We got a big of a late start so got into the park with only 20 minutes or so to go for our Expedition Everest fastpass. I tried to move the time around but no additional fastasses were available for the day. Therefore, we headed directly there once we got through the gate though we did stop for a couple of minutes to see DeVine who was out along our route.

We needed have worried about missing our Fastpass time as the standby line was listed as 5 minutes when we arrived at Everest. I guess everyone was over in Pandora as the waits for the two rides there were more than 2 hours from early in the day. If one did the standby line for each of these two lines, one could spent the whole day in Animal Kingdom and only ride these 2 lines!!

When we exited Everest, we were hungry so stopped for a pleasant breakfast at Yak & Yeti. With tummies full, we headed over to ride Dinosaur on a fastpass. We hadn't been on this ride for quite some time - since before it's last refurb so did notice some differences in the ride.

We wandered over to Pandora - not to ride either of the rides - way too long for me but I wanted to see the shop, Windtraders as we had never been in there. As we left, I noted that The Lion King was going to start in 15 minutes so we headed there and were seated just before the show began. Good, as always.

After checking out the gorillas at the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, we headed towards Asia to walk the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Along the way, we stopped at Thirsty River Bar & Trek for a drink which we took into the Rivers of Light Stadium to sit and relax for a bit.

While we were able to see the male tiger during our jungle trek, we discovered the mom and babies had gone inside just 20 minutes before our arrival so did not get to see them.

We decided we were now hungry so made our way over to Flame Tree BBQ for a late lunch. While there, we saw a couple of very beautiful herons hanging out around the dining tables.

After lunch, we wandered through a few shops as we make our way to the exit and back home again.
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One of Space Mountain’s original designers takes a final ride

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 13:15

Warning: You may want to have a tissue handy before reading this story. This week one of Walt Disney’s Imagineers who helped figure out the engineering requirements for one of Disney’s most iconic attractions – Space Mountain was invited back to Disneyland for a final ride on the iconic roller...

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Has Magic Kingdom cancelled its new Broadway-style theater already?

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 12:51

Has Walt Disney World cancelled its recently announced Main Street Theater? It would appear so. Eyewitnesses have reported that construction walls around the physical site where the theater would be constructed have been removed. The location is currently being returned to service as a parking lot. This is a bit...

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Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land – a first look at the ride’s interior

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 12:35

While we don’t yet have an exact date, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is racing to open it’s first big new land in decades sometime early this summer. Toy Story Land is based off Pixar’s super popular Toy Story animated film franchise with the new land shrinking guests down to toy size...

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DIS Unplugged Podcast – 02/08/18 – Universal Show

disunplugged.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 08:00
In this episode, the team talks about their experience at this year’s Universal Mardi Gras event taking place at Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando! Want to get in touch? Check out our contact page. Subscribe to the DIS YouTube Channel – Be the first to watch! Audio Edition #161 – Universal Mardi Gras 2018: [Download [...]
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios won’t change name for the foreseeable future, says Disney

TheDisneyBlog.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 03:54

I don’t know if you heard the big rumor going around the Disney fan community in these early weeks of 2018. The rumor was that Walt Disney World had decided on a new name for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney’s Cinemagine Park was going to be the new name and there...

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Laundry-How much has doing it at the resorts changed in 7 years?

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 03:46
Doing the math, it has been 7 years since I have done laundry at the resorts. It seems like most everything else has changed about staying on-property, so figured laundry has also. Can you still pay with quarters? Or, do you have to use your wristband? :laundry2:
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Laundry-How much has doing it at the resorts changed in 7 years?

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 03:46
Doing the math, it has been 7 years since I have done laundry at the resorts. It seems like most everything else has changed about staying on-property, so figured laundry has also. Can you still pay with quarters? Or, do you have to use your wristband? :laundry2:
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First Look at Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land

intercot.com - Thu, 2018-02-08 00:34
Disney Parks & Resorts is giving a first look at the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction in Toy Story Land:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... Our guests will get to play big in Andy’s backyard and also get to ride big on two family-friendly attractions planned for the new land and one popular fan favorite.

Here’s a first glimpse at the latest artwork for one of them – Alien Swirling Saucers.



Once the aliens have powered up their flying saucers, you’ll get to climb into a toy rocket and hang on as aliens lead the way on an interstellar romp set to an out-of-this-world beat. And if you’re really lucky, you just might get “chosen” by the claw! As speculated, the attraction appears to be a re-themed version of Mater's Junkyard Jamboree from Disney California Adventure. Attached Images  
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