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Vegetarian Food List

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 18:11
I have been looking at all of the menus to see what choices I have for vegetarian food. Is there a list somewhere?
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Hollywood Studios FastPass Tier

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 17:05
So I'm going to assume that Hollywood Studios will make their new Slinky Dog and Alien Spin rides as FP...possibly splitting the two into different tiers. What do you think the groupings will be? Example:

Choose one of the following:
- Tower
- Rockin'
- Toy Story Mania
- Slinky Dog

Choose 2 of the following:
- everything else...

?????? For example they only let you choose ONE of the Pandora rides for a FP ...what's your theory thoughts on this???! Thanks! LLH:mickey:
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Hollywood Studios FastPass Tier

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 17:05
So I'm going to assume that Hollywood Studios will make their new Slinky Dog and Alien Spin rides as FP...possibly splitting the two into different tiers. What do you think the groupings will be? Example:

Choose one of the following:
- Tower
- Rockin'
- Toy Story Mania
- Slinky Dog

Choose 2 of the following:
- everything else...

?????? For example they only let you choose ONE of the Pandora rides for a FP ...what's your theory thoughts on this???! Thanks! LLH:mickey:
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Anyone have Asthma or SVT? Concerned about the July heat

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:24
I was just diagnosed with Asthma and Supraventricular Tachycardia 2 months ago. We always go to Disney in July. If you have Asthma, how do you handle the heat? Do you get a DAS? What about SVT? The rides have never made me anxious so I don't think the SVT will bother me on the rides. We always speed walk to every ride and go hard most of the day. I don't think I will be able to do that anymore. Any advice is appreciated.
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Anyone have Asthma or SVT? Concerned about the July heat

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:24
I was just diagnosed with Asthma and Supraventricular Tachycardia 2 months ago. We always go to Disney in July. If you have Asthma, how do you handle the heat? Do you get a DAS? What about SVT? The rides have never made me anxious so I don't think the SVT will bother me on the rides. We always speed walk to every ride and go hard most of the day. I don't think I will be able to do that anymore. Any advice is appreciated.
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Why so negative?

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:20
I usually enjoy reading the posts on INTERCOT, but lately I have noticed so much negativity in the responses. I always thought this was a happy place, where we could share ideas, new information, tips, and experiences. It seems that with every post, someone has to make a comment on Disney going down hill, or the price, or the lack of "magic".

I live about 30 minutes away from the "Sweetest" place on earth (Hershey) and believe me, Disney is a bargain compared to some of the other "theme parks" out there. Yes it is expensive, yes the price goes up, yes they have issues from time to time, but they are a corporation, and that's life. Most importantly...YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO! No one is twisting your arm. Don't take the "fireworks and pastry cruise for $99" but also don't complain that they lost the magic because it is right there, and if you CAN afford the cruise, then I bet it's magical!

No matter what happens, people will go. That's what makes anything a success. I try to go at least once a year, and if I could, I would go twice. And I still find magic in every visit, and I still think it is worth every penny. I find something new, or something I have never seen before EVERY TIME! I can't say that about the sweetest place. I'm traveling to an amusement park near Cleveland this summer and the price for 2 nights and tickets is almost the same for a week at a moderate resort. And don't get me started on the price of food!

It's not just the rides, it's the experience. I always tell people "go to an amusement park and you wait in a long line, in the hot sun. Go to Disney and you become part of the ride." That's what you are paying for: The whole experience!

I know Disney has problems, and yes I even see it from time to time, but I can honestly say that at the end of a Disney Vacation...I got my money's worth! I NEVER say that after a week at the beach. EVER!

I know everyone has an opinion, and every one has a right to express it, but really, why come on a forum for the happiest place on earth only be negative? Maybe Disney isn't for you anymore. Maybe YOU have lost the magic.

Sorry, just my opinion.
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Why so negative?

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 13:20
I usually enjoy reading the posts on INTERCOT, but lately I have noticed so much negativity in the responses. I always thought this was a happy place, where we could share ideas, new information, tips, and experiences. It seems that with every post, someone has to make a comment on Disney going down hill, or the price, or the lack of "magic".

I live about 30 minutes away from the "Sweetest" place on earth (Hershey) and believe me, Disney is a bargain compared to some of the other "theme parks" out there. Yes it is expensive, yes the price goes up, yes they have issues from time to time, but they are a corporation, and that's life. Most importantly...YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO! No one is twisting your arm. Don't take the "fireworks and pastry cruise for $99" but also don't complain that they lost the magic because it is right there, and if you CAN afford the cruise, then I bet it's magical!

No matter what happens, people will go. That's what makes anything a success. I try to go at least once a year, and if I could, I would go twice. And I still find magic in every visit, and I still think it is worth every penny. I find something new, or something I have never seen before EVERY TIME! I can't say that about the sweetest place. I'm traveling to an amusement park near Cleveland this summer and the price for 2 nights and tickets is almost the same for a week at a moderate resort. And don't get me started on the price of food!

It's not just the rides, it's the experience. I always tell people "go to an amusement park and you wait in a long line, in the hot sun. Go to Disney and you become part of the ride." That's what you are paying for: The whole experience!

I know Disney has problems, and yes I even see it from time to time, but I can honestly say that at the end of a Disney Vacation...I got my money's worth! I NEVER say that after a week at the beach. EVER!

I know everyone has an opinion, and every one has a right to express it, but really, why come on a forum for the happiest place on earth only be negative? Maybe Disney isn't for you anymore. Maybe YOU have lost the magic.

Sorry, just my opinion.
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Star Wars IX hires Victoria Mahoney as 2nd unit director

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 12:57

The Star Wars galaxy just got a little more diverse behind the lens. J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm just hired the first woman and first black woman to step behind the camera on a Star Wars film in any capacity. Victoria Mahoney has joined Star Wars: Episode IX as a second...

The post Star Wars IX hires Victoria Mahoney as 2nd unit director appeared first on The Disney Blog.

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Scope of Marvel Cinematic Universe examined in latest Infinity War featurette

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 12:29

“Avengers: Infinity War” is the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The superbly successful superhero franchise has dozens of big name stars, some of the best directors working today, and a box office total that could fund a small nation. Before the Marvel Studios moves forward with its next...

The post Scope of Marvel Cinematic Universe examined in latest Infinity War featurette appeared first on The Disney Blog.

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The Best & Worst of Walt Disney World Podcast – 04/18/18

disunplugged.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 08:00
In this episode, the panel discusses their six favorites queues at Walt Disney World! Check out our contact page. Podcasts #065 – TOP 6 BEST Queues of Walt Disney World: [Download Mp3] Show Notes: BECOME A VIDEO CONTRIBUTOR! Click here for more information SUPPORT THE SHOW – Become a Patreon Backer TODAY! Official DIS Merchandise!!! SHOP NOW [...]
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Wine Bar George Reveals Signature Dishes

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 01:56
Wine Bar George Has Revealed its Signature Dishes ahead of its Disney Springs Grand Opening:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
The Big Board – An impressive selection of six artisan cheeses and five crafted meats that serves two or more.



Grilled Octopus with Lemon Vinaigrette – This light and refreshing salad has tender pieces of Spanish octopus (a result of grilling then chilling the octopus) with a touch of acidity from the lemon vinaigrette.

Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites – These crispy cheesy bites are surprisingly light. Served with tomato nage and Pecorino, they are Ron’s imaginative take on a grilled cheese with tomato soup.

Porchetta Spiced Pork Cheeks – Served with a creamy three-cheese polenta, these small bites of meaty goodness are cooked long and slow to perfection. The orange gremolata takes it over the top.

Grilled Whole Greek Sea Bass – One of the “family-style plates” that serves two or more, this light and tender whole fish is served with cannelloni bean ragoût and seasonal vegetables.

Olive Oil Cake – This moist cake with a rich olive oil flavor is served with candied olives and lemon mascarpone.


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Wine Bar George Reveals Signature Dishes

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 01:56
Wine Bar George Has Revealed its Signature Dishes ahead of its Disney Springs Grand Opening:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
The Big Board – An impressive selection of six artisan cheeses and five crafted meats that serves two or more.



Grilled Octopus with Lemon Vinaigrette – This light and refreshing salad has tender pieces of Spanish octopus (a result of grilling then chilling the octopus) with a touch of acidity from the lemon vinaigrette.

Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites – These crispy cheesy bites are surprisingly light. Served with tomato nage and Pecorino, they are Ron’s imaginative take on a grilled cheese with tomato soup.

Porchetta Spiced Pork Cheeks – Served with a creamy three-cheese polenta, these small bites of meaty goodness are cooked long and slow to perfection. The orange gremolata takes it over the top.

Grilled Whole Greek Sea Bass – One of the “family-style plates” that serves two or more, this light and tender whole fish is served with cannelloni bean ragoût and seasonal vegetables.

Olive Oil Cake – This moist cake with a rich olive oil flavor is served with candied olives and lemon mascarpone.


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New Queue Planned for Space Mountain

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 01:52
It has been internally announced that an expanded indoor queue is in the works for Space Mountain at Disneyland.

The long dormant second floor of Starcade will reportedly become part of an expanded air conditioned, indoor section of the popular attraction's queue.
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New Queue Planned for Space Mountain

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 01:52
It has been internally announced that an expanded indoor queue is in the works for Space Mountain at Disneyland.

The long dormant second floor of Starcade will reportedly become part of an expanded air conditioned, indoor section of the popular attraction's queue.
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Disney Springs Adds Another Sweet Seasonal Treat

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 01:36
Disney Springs has announced a special April treat:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Springs


Pucker up— Lemon Meringue cupcakes are back at Sprinkles and topped with sweet, fluffy clouds of toasted marshmallows! Available through April 30. Attached Images  
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Disney Springs Adds Another Sweet Seasonal Treat

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 01:36
Disney Springs has announced a special April treat:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Springs


Pucker up— Lemon Meringue cupcakes are back at Sprinkles and topped with sweet, fluffy clouds of toasted marshmallows! Available through April 30. Attached Images  
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Walt Disney Imagineering Files Patent For Interactive Hotel Rooms

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 01:32
Walt Disney Imagineering has recently filed a patent application that could be used in hotel rooms at its US Domestic Hotels:

Quote: Originally Posted by USPTO Patent Application 20180103287
Multimedia system for transforming any room into a show environment

Relevant Background

There are many settings where it is desirable to provide in-room entertainment to make people's stay in that room or space more enjoyable. These spaces may range from waiting areas (e.g., airport and other transportation staging areas, health and other service waiting rooms, and so on) to hotel rooms to a room in someone's home, and each of these spaces may be considered a “room” in this description. To date, the types of entertainment provided in these spaces or “in-room” has been quite limited.

For example, hotel rooms have long been rather generic environments distinguished from each other mainly by their furnishings, decor, the hotel's location, and out-of-room amenities provided in the hotel or its grounds. Conventional thinking in the hotel industry has been that it is desirable to make their guest very comfortable while they sleep but to otherwise encourage their guests to leave their room to partake in entertaining activities such as shopping and dining on-site or elsewhere in a resort or nearby city.

The idea of in-room entertainment generally has been to provide room service for dining and providing a television (and, in some cases, a media content player and game system) to entertain the guests. Specifically, in-room entertainment provided in hotel rooms has typically been limited to providing pay-per-view movies, television programming, and video games on a television in the hotel room. Nearly all in-room entertainment advances have been directed at making the television the single portal that the guest uses for their pleasure and business life.

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SUMMARY

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The in-room show system generally includes a controller for selectively operating a display device (e.g., a television or the like), a video projector, an audio system (e.g., one or more speakers), and other show components (e.g., one or more lights (which may include black lights), a fan, a mechanical device (e.g., mechanical props), electrical devices (e.g., illusionary props), and so on). Media content is predefined for the room or is provided in real time to suit the room, and the controller operates (such as in response to a triggering switch or remote control device that may take the form of a show prop activated by someone in the room) to serve the media content to tell a story and/or magically transform the space into a multidimensional and immersive entertainment space.

The operations of the in-room show system may, for example, involve the triggering device or remote control being operated to activate a particular show (or set of content). In response, the controller may operate the display device (or television) to display a first set of visual content (e.g., a still or video image) while the audio system is operated to provide a paired set of audio content. The controller may next act to cause the projector to project a second set of visual content (light from the projector projects still or video images) onto surfaces of the room next to or adjacent to the display device such that these images appear to originate from and be expanding outward from the display device. The audio content played by the audio system may be chosen to suit the new projected content as well as that provided by the display device.

At this point in operations, the display device and projector may both be providing video (or still) imagery that is synchronized and/or matched to tell a single story or set a single scene. The controller may next (or concurrently) operate the other show components to make the show presentation more rich and exciting such as by turning lights on or off, by changing the brightness of lights, by changing light colors, by turning a fan on or off or to a higher or lower setting to provide a wind effect, by activating a mechanical or electrical device in the room (e.g., a mechanical toy may start operating, a picture frame with lights may be turned), and so on. The activation of any of these show components may by synchronized with the projected or displayed content, e.g., to have a streak of light be projected, from an object or character displayed by the display device, by the projector to “strike” a lamp that is then illuminated (turned on) by the controller (e.g., a projected stream of stars from a wand could pass over a location of a lamp in the room causing it to be ignited or turned on at a particular color and brightness). In this way, the different types of media and show system components may appear to interact to provide the new in-room entertainment experience.

More particularly, an in-room show system is described for providing entertainment with multimedia content matched to a particular space (e.g., a room). The system includes a display device (e.g., a television or the like) positioned in a room and a projector (e.g., a video projector such as a microprojector) positioned in the room for projecting on one or more surfaces in the room. The system also includes an audio system for providing audio output into the room. Further, a show controller is included in the system for operating the system based on a show file defining display content, projector content, and audio content for a show (e.g., a multimedia show designed specifically for the room). For example, the controller controls the display device to display the display content, the projector to project the projector content onto the one or more surfaces in the room, and the audio system to output the audio content for the show into the room.

In some implementations, the display content, the projector content, and the audio content are time synchronized to each other based on a timeline for the show. Further, the projector content is mapped to the one or more surfaces in the room using projection mapping (e.g., video from the projector appears to match and/or originate the content displayed on the display device). In some cases, the display device is a television (e.g., a conventional flatscreen television) mounted on a wall of the room. The projector content may include video content matching the display content displayed on the television, and the display device and the projector are concurrently operated for at least a portion of the show. The projection mapping may include the television and the video content includes a blacked out area coinciding with an area of the wall where the television is mounted, whereby light output from the projector is projected on surfaces of the wall excluding the television.

To further enhance the show presentation in the room, the audio system includes speakers spaced around the room to provide surround sound, and the audio content includes a soundtrack matching both the display content and the projector content. To further the multimedia aspect of the experience, the show system may include a lighting system with lighting elements that are independently operable to turn on and off, to have a range of brightness, and to have two or more colors. Then, the show file may define lighting for the show, and the show controller operates each of the lighting elements to provide the lighting defined by the show file. The show system may also include a remote control device (e.g., a client device, a show prop, or the like) operable by a person in the room to transmit a show trigger signal to the show controller, and the show controller responds to receipt of the show trigger signal to initiate operation of the display device, the projector, and the audio system based on the show file.


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Walt Disney Imagineering Files Patent For Interactive Hotel Rooms

intercot.com - Wed, 2018-04-18 01:32
Walt Disney Imagineering has recently filed a patent application that could be used in hotel rooms at its US Domestic Hotels:

Quote: Originally Posted by USPTO Patent Application 20180103287
Multimedia system for transforming any room into a show environment

Relevant Background

There are many settings where it is desirable to provide in-room entertainment to make people's stay in that room or space more enjoyable. These spaces may range from waiting areas (e.g., airport and other transportation staging areas, health and other service waiting rooms, and so on) to hotel rooms to a room in someone's home, and each of these spaces may be considered a “room” in this description. To date, the types of entertainment provided in these spaces or “in-room” has been quite limited.

For example, hotel rooms have long been rather generic environments distinguished from each other mainly by their furnishings, decor, the hotel's location, and out-of-room amenities provided in the hotel or its grounds. Conventional thinking in the hotel industry has been that it is desirable to make their guest very comfortable while they sleep but to otherwise encourage their guests to leave their room to partake in entertaining activities such as shopping and dining on-site or elsewhere in a resort or nearby city.

The idea of in-room entertainment generally has been to provide room service for dining and providing a television (and, in some cases, a media content player and game system) to entertain the guests. Specifically, in-room entertainment provided in hotel rooms has typically been limited to providing pay-per-view movies, television programming, and video games on a television in the hotel room. Nearly all in-room entertainment advances have been directed at making the television the single portal that the guest uses for their pleasure and business life.



SUMMARY

...

The in-room show system generally includes a controller for selectively operating a display device (e.g., a television or the like), a video projector, an audio system (e.g., one or more speakers), and other show components (e.g., one or more lights (which may include black lights), a fan, a mechanical device (e.g., mechanical props), electrical devices (e.g., illusionary props), and so on). Media content is predefined for the room or is provided in real time to suit the room, and the controller operates (such as in response to a triggering switch or remote control device that may take the form of a show prop activated by someone in the room) to serve the media content to tell a story and/or magically transform the space into a multidimensional and immersive entertainment space.

The operations of the in-room show system may, for example, involve the triggering device or remote control being operated to activate a particular show (or set of content). In response, the controller may operate the display device (or television) to display a first set of visual content (e.g., a still or video image) while the audio system is operated to provide a paired set of audio content. The controller may next act to cause the projector to project a second set of visual content (light from the projector projects still or video images) onto surfaces of the room next to or adjacent to the display device such that these images appear to originate from and be expanding outward from the display device. The audio content played by the audio system may be chosen to suit the new projected content as well as that provided by the display device.

At this point in operations, the display device and projector may both be providing video (or still) imagery that is synchronized and/or matched to tell a single story or set a single scene. The controller may next (or concurrently) operate the other show components to make the show presentation more rich and exciting such as by turning lights on or off, by changing the brightness of lights, by changing light colors, by turning a fan on or off or to a higher or lower setting to provide a wind effect, by activating a mechanical or electrical device in the room (e.g., a mechanical toy may start operating, a picture frame with lights may be turned), and so on. The activation of any of these show components may by synchronized with the projected or displayed content, e.g., to have a streak of light be projected, from an object or character displayed by the display device, by the projector to “strike” a lamp that is then illuminated (turned on) by the controller (e.g., a projected stream of stars from a wand could pass over a location of a lamp in the room causing it to be ignited or turned on at a particular color and brightness). In this way, the different types of media and show system components may appear to interact to provide the new in-room entertainment experience.

More particularly, an in-room show system is described for providing entertainment with multimedia content matched to a particular space (e.g., a room). The system includes a display device (e.g., a television or the like) positioned in a room and a projector (e.g., a video projector such as a microprojector) positioned in the room for projecting on one or more surfaces in the room. The system also includes an audio system for providing audio output into the room. Further, a show controller is included in the system for operating the system based on a show file defining display content, projector content, and audio content for a show (e.g., a multimedia show designed specifically for the room). For example, the controller controls the display device to display the display content, the projector to project the projector content onto the one or more surfaces in the room, and the audio system to output the audio content for the show into the room.

In some implementations, the display content, the projector content, and the audio content are time synchronized to each other based on a timeline for the show. Further, the projector content is mapped to the one or more surfaces in the room using projection mapping (e.g., video from the projector appears to match and/or originate the content displayed on the display device). In some cases, the display device is a television (e.g., a conventional flatscreen television) mounted on a wall of the room. The projector content may include video content matching the display content displayed on the television, and the display device and the projector are concurrently operated for at least a portion of the show. The projection mapping may include the television and the video content includes a blacked out area coinciding with an area of the wall where the television is mounted, whereby light output from the projector is projected on surfaces of the wall excluding the television.

To further enhance the show presentation in the room, the audio system includes speakers spaced around the room to provide surround sound, and the audio content includes a soundtrack matching both the display content and the projector content. To further the multimedia aspect of the experience, the show system may include a lighting system with lighting elements that are independently operable to turn on and off, to have a range of brightness, and to have two or more colors. Then, the show file may define lighting for the show, and the show controller operates each of the lighting elements to provide the lighting defined by the show file. The show system may also include a remote control device (e.g., a client device, a show prop, or the like) operable by a person in the room to transmit a show trigger signal to the show controller, and the show controller responds to receipt of the show trigger signal to initiate operation of the display device, the projector, and the audio system based on the show file.
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Uber from mco to disney springs

intercot.com - Tue, 2018-04-17 18:53
Hi all!

Looking for information from those who have taken an Uber from MCO to go to WDW. How was it? How much was it? Where did you pick up the Uber?


Really would love input on this as I am researching the best way to get to a Disney Springs off site hotel that is fast and cheap.

Thanks

B
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Uber from mco to disney springs

intercot.com - Tue, 2018-04-17 18:53
Hi all!

Looking for information from those who have taken an Uber from MCO to go to WDW. How was it? How much was it? Where did you pick up the Uber?


Really would love input on this as I am researching the best way to get to a Disney Springs off site hotel that is fast and cheap.

Thanks

B
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