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Rivers of Light without the dining package?

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-15 02:57
I don't really understand what Rivers of Light is? Is it something you can see without the dining package? I've been calling and calling since they opened the reservations and have dining reservations at both Tiffins and Tusker house, but can't get the dining package. I am wondering if anyone has any insight into how necessary the preferred seating or dining package really is?
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WDW without a car - How reliable are the buses?

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-15 01:28
Our family of 3 is going to Orlando for 2 weeks this summer, one week of Disney and one week of Universal. Since we're staying at Saratoga Springs for our Disney week, my wife wants to skip the rental car and depend on the WDW transportation for that week. That makes me nervous since I've never been without a personal vehicle on a trip like this. Also, we're traveling at near peak season (last week of July) and I'm worried about bus delays due to crowds. Any advice would be helpful. Should I be worried about this, or is the Disney transportation reliable enough? We're planning to be at each park at rope drop and probably stay until closing.
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WDW without a car - How reliable are the buses?

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-15 01:28
Our family of 3 is going to Orlando for 2 weeks this summer, one week of Disney and one week of Universal. Since we're staying at Saratoga Springs for our Disney week, my wife wants to skip the rental car and depend on the WDW transportation for that week. That makes me nervous since I've never been without a personal vehicle on a trip like this. Also, we're traveling at near peak season (last week of July) and I'm worried about bus delays due to crowds. Any advice would be helpful. Should I be worried about this, or is the Disney transportation reliable enough? We're planning to be at each park at rope drop and probably stay until closing.
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Interview for a lead position at work

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-15 01:02
I am so nervous yet excited at the same time. I have been in my position for 9 years now. Out of the level 2 analysts I am the one who has the most experience. Since our most recent lead took a trainer position for a new department, I have been filling the role waiting for them to post the position. They finally posted it. I applied and within the hour they sent the email for my phone interview.

My work HR dept has a whole Talent acquisition department (we are a very large hospital integrated delivery network) so no one is ever really promoted on merit, any position that opens up has to be posted and you have to apply for it.

I am cautious because we have done some reorganizing lately so my current supervisor, who will still be my supervisor in the new role, will be doing the interview and I only was just moved under her a couple months ago.

So 1, I am a little nervous about the phone interview with HR and 2 a little nervous about the full regular interview. My supervisor is great, I love her but since I haven't worked with her for very long we still haven't really connected as a team.

I am not very good in an interview setting. I get nervous and can't speak. working as a trainer and leader, I get questions all day and have no problem. I think maybe it's an authority thing? I don't know. I know my job inside and out, I know the guidelines and the systems better than anyone, but being able to convey that I do in an interview i stumble over words.

Any tips?
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Interview for a lead position at work

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-05-15 01:02
I am so nervous yet excited at the same time. I have been in my position for 9 years now. Out of the level 2 analysts I am the one who has the most experience. Since our most recent lead took a trainer position for a new department, I have been filling the role waiting for them to post the position. They finally posted it. I applied and within the hour they sent the email for my phone interview.

My work HR dept has a whole Talent acquisition department (we are a very large hospital integrated delivery network) so no one is ever really promoted on merit, any position that opens up has to be posted and you have to apply for it.

I am cautious because we have done some reorganizing lately so my current supervisor, who will still be my supervisor in the new role, will be doing the interview and I only was just moved under her a couple months ago.

So 1, I am a little nervous about the phone interview with HR and 2 a little nervous about the full regular interview. My supervisor is great, I love her but since I haven't worked with her for very long we still haven't really connected as a team.

I am not very good in an interview setting. I get nervous and can't speak. working as a trainer and leader, I get questions all day and have no problem. I think maybe it's an authority thing? I don't know. I know my job inside and out, I know the guidelines and the systems better than anyone, but being able to convey that I do in an interview i stumble over words.

Any tips?
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Last Man Standing

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-05-14 15:52
Sometimes I really wonder about the higher ups at ABC. The cancellation of this show baffels me. It has high viewership in its Friday night slot. I do have to wonder if it does have to do with the many things being rumored. Tim Allen is very vocal in his politcal and religious beliefs. I think this is an amazing part of the show. It is part of reality. Tim Allen we stand behind you and your show! Hopefully another network or cable station will pick up this great show. ABC take a look at what people want and keep it on the air!!
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Last Man Standing

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-05-14 15:52
Sometimes I really wonder about the higher ups at ABC. The cancellation of this show baffels me. It has high viewership in its Friday night slot. I do have to wonder if it does have to do with the many things being rumored. Tim Allen is very vocal in his politcal and religious beliefs. I think this is an amazing part of the show. It is part of reality. Tim Allen we stand behind you and your show! Hopefully another network or cable station will pick up this great show. ABC take a look at what people want and keep it on the air!!
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Pre-trip report still can't believe it

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 23:28
When: sept.22nd thru Oct.3rd
Where: all-star sports(with free dining)
Who:
Myself 50 Disney obsessed
My Dh 60 tagging along
My dd 28 surprised me with this trip as a gift/ also Disney obsessed


We will be attending:

Hoop dee do revue
Seed tour(requested by Dh)
Mickeys not so scary Halloween party

And a few sit down meals. Having free dining is freeing up funds to do a few things that we have always wanted to try. Thanks for reading
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Pre-trip report still can't believe it

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 23:28
When: sept.22nd thru Oct.3rd
Where: all-star sports(with free dining)
Who:
Myself 50 Disney obsessed
My Dh 60 tagging along
My dd 28 surprised me with this trip as a gift/ also Disney obsessed


We will be attending:

Hoop dee do revue
Seed tour(requested by Dh)
Mickeys not so scary Halloween party

And a few sit down meals. Having free dining is freeing up funds to do a few things that we have always wanted to try. Thanks for reading
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Boardwalk Villas Review - Auto Save Lost Post

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 22:43
I just finished typing a review .... all during the process it kept "auto saving". Somehow, I got signed off/disconnected.....

Is my post somewhere to be found?

Thanks.
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Boardwalk Villas Review - Auto Save Lost Post

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 22:43
I just finished typing a review .... all during the process it kept "auto saving". Somehow, I got signed off/disconnected.....

Is my post somewhere to be found?

Thanks.
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This time its OUR vacation - Pre-trip report

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 17:19
Cast:
Me – 30, too many trips to count!
DH – 30, later convert, 5th trip
DS – 2 and 3/4s, 2nd trip, loves all things Mickey, Cars, Monster Inc and Moana

When:
June 8th – June 16th, Saratoga Springs Resort, deluxe studio DVC rental

What we’re celebrating:
Surviving my first year as a high school bio teacher!
Little man turning three in just a few short weeks!

Meals:
Ohana Dinner
California Grill
The Boathouse
Via Napoli
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno
Skipper Canteen
Tiffins
Tusker House Breakfast
Jiko
Marrakesh
Kona Cafe

Background:
This time its OUR vacation. The last two trips we’ve taken (January 2014, December 2015) we were with DH’s parents and siblings and then my parents and siblings. Both trips were amazing (we told my inlaws I was pregnant with their first grandchild on the 2014 trip and took our son for his first trip on the 2015 one) but with big groups comes compromise and chaos. This trip we decided it is just the three of us! It is our first full vacation just us, without other family or work obligations getting in the way.

Game plan:
Full Disclosure: I am an obsessive, spreadsheet planner and have been planning this trip since September. Brace yourselves for my OCD.

June 8
Leave from NC by 4am, we are road tripping! We park hop a lot and really prefer to have our own vehicle. My mom has graciously agreed to stay at our house with our animals while we are away. Arrive by 2 pm. Check in if room is ready. This is our first trip renting DVC points. Head off to the Poly for our first dinner reservation, 3:45 pm at Ohana. Maybe take a spin on the monorail. Back to Saratoga Springs after to unpack, maybe pool or the playground depending on how DS is feeling.

June 9
Be at the Magic Kingdom by 8 am for opening. We can’t wait to see DS’s face this trip. Fast passes for Pooh, Peter Pan and Haunted Mansion. Counter service lunch, break at the hotel then potentially, depending on how DS is doing, off to Epcot for a bit. Dinner at 5:45 at the California Grill. Off to Hollywood Studios after to see the new Pixar music show and the Star Wars fireworks.

June 10
Plan is to be at AK early. They open at 7am, I doubt I can convince DH or DS to see that opening time. We’ll shoot for 8. Fast passes for Na’vi River, Safari and Bugs Life. Counter service lunch. Back to the hotel to relax fairly early and hit the pool. Grab the boat to Disney Springs for shopping. Dinner at 7:30 at the Boathouse.

June 11
Hollywood Studios by 8am. Hit the big attractions first then take in some shows. Counter service lunch and hopefully take advantage of the Disney visa Star Wars meet and greet. Break/pool back at the hotel. Off to Epcot around 3, fastpasses for Spaceship Earth, Pixar and Frozen. Dinner at 6:10 at Via Napoli and Illuminations.

June 12
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk at 7:30. So excited to try out this new character breakfast! Off to Magic Kingdom after. Midafternoon break at the hotel then off to the Animal Kingdom around 3pm. Fastpasses for Lion King, Flights of Wonder and an after dark Safari. Dinner at Tiffins. We scored the dining package so we’ll have reserved seating for the first showing of Rivers of Light and will hopefully swing back through Pandora after to take in the night time atmosphere.

June 13
Off to Epcot for a 9am opening. Hit Soarin and Test Track, neither of which I could work out fast passes into our plans. Head back to the hotel for a break by late morning and grab lunch at the Saratoga Springs Pool. Off to the Magic Kingdom by 4. Fast passes for Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Speedway, Space Mountain and Buzz. Dinner at 5:20 at the Skipper Canteen. Happily Ever After fireworks show tonight!

June 14
Breakfast at the Tusker House at 8:30 (a MUST DO every trip). Catch which ever attractions we’ve yet to hit in Animal Kingdom then back to the hotel for downtime and pool. 5:30 dinner at Jiko (another MUST DO for us). Off to Hollywood Studios after. Fast passes for Little Mermaid, Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, Tower of Terror. Game plan is to catch Fantasmic tonight.

June 15
To the Magic Kingdom by 9 am for opening. Take in whatever we haven’t done and soak up as much magic as possible. Counter service lunch at either Magic Kingdom or when we head off to Epcot after. Head to Epcot by 3 at the latest. Fastpasses for Spaceship Earth, Turtle Talk and Frozen. Dinner at Marrakesh at 5:45, Illuminations one last time this trip (Unless Happily Ever after really blows us away and we opt to see that again).

June 16
Headed home today ☹ One last meal before we go: breakfast at Kona Café and maybe some shopping at Disney Springs. Then its back to the road an reality but hey, at least I’m a teacher now and we have the whole summer before us!
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This time its OUR vacation - Pre-trip report

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 17:19
Cast:
Me – 30, too many trips to count!
DH – 30, later convert, 5th trip
DS – 2 and 3/4s, 2nd trip, loves all things Mickey, Cars, Monster Inc and Moana

When:
June 8th – June 16th, Saratoga Springs Resort, deluxe studio DVC rental

What we’re celebrating:
Surviving my first year as a high school bio teacher!
Little man turning three in just a few short weeks!

Meals:
Ohana Dinner
California Grill
The Boathouse
Via Napoli
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno
Skipper Canteen
Tiffins
Tusker House Breakfast
Jiko
Marrakesh
Kona Cafe

Background:
This time its OUR vacation. The last two trips we’ve taken (January 2014, December 2015) we were with DH’s parents and siblings and then my parents and siblings. Both trips were amazing (we told my inlaws I was pregnant with their first grandchild on the 2014 trip and took our son for his first trip on the 2015 one) but with big groups comes compromise and chaos. This trip we decided it is just the three of us! It is our first full vacation just us, without other family or work obligations getting in the way.

Game plan:
Full Disclosure: I am an obsessive, spreadsheet planner and have been planning this trip since September. Brace yourselves for my OCD.

June 8
Leave from NC by 4am, we are road tripping! We park hop a lot and really prefer to have our own vehicle. My mom has graciously agreed to stay at our house with our animals while we are away. Arrive by 2 pm. Check in if room is ready. This is our first trip renting DVC points. Head off to the Poly for our first dinner reservation, 3:45 pm at Ohana. Maybe take a spin on the monorail. Back to Saratoga Springs after to unpack, maybe pool or the playground depending on how DS is feeling.

June 9
Be at the Magic Kingdom by 8 am for opening. We can’t wait to see DS’s face this trip. Fast passes for Pooh, Peter Pan and Haunted Mansion. Counter service lunch, break at the hotel then potentially, depending on how DS is doing, off to Epcot for a bit. Dinner at 5:45 at the California Grill. Off to Hollywood Studios after to see the new Pixar music show and the Star Wars fireworks.

June 10
Plan is to be at AK early. They open at 7am, I doubt I can convince DH or DS to see that opening time. We’ll shoot for 8. Fast passes for Na’vi River, Safari and Bugs Life. Counter service lunch. Back to the hotel to relax fairly early and hit the pool. Grab the boat to Disney Springs for shopping. Dinner at 7:30 at the Boathouse.

June 11
Hollywood Studios by 8am. Hit the big attractions first then take in some shows. Counter service lunch and hopefully take advantage of the Disney visa Star Wars meet and greet. Break/pool back at the hotel. Off to Epcot around 3, fastpasses for Spaceship Earth, Pixar and Frozen. Dinner at 6:10 at Via Napoli and Illuminations.

June 12
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk at 7:30. So excited to try out this new character breakfast! Off to Magic Kingdom after. Midafternoon break at the hotel then off to the Animal Kingdom around 3pm. Fastpasses for Lion King, Flights of Wonder and an after dark Safari. Dinner at Tiffins. We scored the dining package so we’ll have reserved seating for the first showing of Rivers of Light and will hopefully swing back through Pandora after to take in the night time atmosphere.

June 13
Off to Epcot for a 9am opening. Hit Soarin and Test Track, neither of which I could work out fast passes into our plans. Head back to the hotel for a break by late morning and grab lunch at the Saratoga Springs Pool. Off to the Magic Kingdom by 4. Fast passes for Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Speedway, Space Mountain and Buzz. Dinner at 5:20 at the Skipper Canteen. Happily Ever After fireworks show tonight!

June 14
Breakfast at the Tusker House at 8:30 (a MUST DO every trip). Catch which ever attractions we’ve yet to hit in Animal Kingdom then back to the hotel for downtime and pool. 5:30 dinner at Jiko (another MUST DO for us). Off to Hollywood Studios after. Fast passes for Little Mermaid, Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, Tower of Terror. Game plan is to catch Fantasmic tonight.

June 15
To the Magic Kingdom by 9 am for opening. Take in whatever we haven’t done and soak up as much magic as possible. Counter service lunch at either Magic Kingdom or when we head off to Epcot after. Head to Epcot by 3 at the latest. Fastpasses for Spaceship Earth, Turtle Talk and Frozen. Dinner at Marrakesh at 5:45, Illuminations one last time this trip (Unless Happily Ever after really blows us away and we opt to see that again).

June 16
Headed home today ☹ One last meal before we go: breakfast at Kona Café and maybe some shopping at Disney Springs. Then its back to the road an reality but hey, at least I’m a teacher now and we have the whole summer before us!
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Wanna help me make some dining decisions?

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 14:32
I'm thinking 6 days in the World, so I'm looking at narrowing down to 6 dinners - ohmigoodness!
1. We're staying at Riverside, so we'll probably have one resort day and just eat at Boatwrights...unless you think it is so "meh" that we'd be better off heading out...
2. 'Ohana is the "must do" for my family, so that's a given
3. Be our Guest - is this worth it? I'm interested since it is new, but want some honest opinions. And it bills itself as "French" - is it? See question below...
4. Epcot - always wanted to try Chefs de France (Is it good? or would it be redundant if Be Our Guest is actually French?) OR Le Cellier
5. Is there anywhere really worth eating at Hollywood Studios, or are we better off heading to a resort? Always kinda looked at 50's Prime Time, but while it looks fun I'm not sure it's worth it. (we did do SciFi once...and I found it overall rather a weird experience, LOL)
6. We've never been to the Boardwalk resort and I'd like to see it - anywhere worth eating there, EITHER for dinner OR as a counter service lunch?
7. If you did just ONE Signature restaurant which would you do? We've only tried Cali Grill
8. And is there anyplace great to eat in Animal Kingdom Park, or is that another day I should head to a resort?
9. And lastly - are there any other nice places at RESORTS that I haven't thought of? Not Signature...but also not character meals, since no young kids. We are open to buffets if they are decent.

Whew! Thanks for even reading all that ;-)
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Wanna help me make some dining decisions?

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 14:32
I'm thinking 6 days in the World, so I'm looking at narrowing down to 6 dinners - ohmigoodness!
1. We're staying at Riverside, so we'll probably have one resort day and just eat at Boatwrights...unless you think it is so "meh" that we'd be better off heading out...
2. 'Ohana is the "must do" for my family, so that's a given
3. Be our Guest - is this worth it? I'm interested since it is new, but want some honest opinions. And it bills itself as "French" - is it? See question below...
4. Epcot - always wanted to try Chefs de France (Is it good? or would it be redundant if Be Our Guest is actually French?) OR Le Cellier
5. Is there anywhere really worth eating at Hollywood Studios, or are we better off heading to a resort? Always kinda looked at 50's Prime Time, but while it looks fun I'm not sure it's worth it. (we did do SciFi once...and I found it overall rather a weird experience, LOL)
6. We've never been to the Boardwalk resort and I'd like to see it - anywhere worth eating there, EITHER for dinner OR as a counter service lunch?
7. If you did just ONE Signature restaurant which would you do? We've only tried Cali Grill
8. And is there anyplace great to eat in Animal Kingdom Park, or is that another day I should head to a resort?
9. And lastly - are there any other nice places at RESORTS that I haven't thought of? Not Signature...but also not character meals, since no young kids. We are open to buffets if they are decent.

Whew! Thanks for even reading all that ;-)
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Happily Ever After

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 05:26
When Disney announced WISHES would be ending I was very sad. I have loved that show since it started. I did no think I could possibly like a new show. Well I was wrong! The premier of Happily Ever After was fantastic! I can not wait to see it again and again:mickey:
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Happily Ever After

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-05-13 05:26
When Disney announced WISHES would be ending I was very sad. I have loved that show since it started. I did no think I could possibly like a new show. Well I was wrong! The premier of Happily Ever After was fantastic! I can not wait to see it again and again:mickey:
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DIS POP Podcast – 05/12/17

disunplugged.com - Fri, 2017-05-12 18:00
In this episode, Ryno and Craig discuss some of the movies that emotionally resonated with them over the years. They each pick a favorite Disney live action, Disney animated, Disney/Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars movie. They also reflect on some of the non-Disney movies they grew up watching as well. Watch and see what made [...]
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Tratloria Al Forno

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-05-12 12:27
Is this new breakfast really that popular that it is already booked up for November? I tried making reservations for breakfast at my 180 days this morning and nothing is available. I had read last week on another site that people were being able to get in easily.
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Tratloria Al Forno

intercot.com - Fri, 2017-05-12 12:27
Is this new breakfast really that popular that it is already booked up for November? I tried making reservations for breakfast at my 180 days this morning and nothing is available. I had read last week on another site that people were being able to get in easily.
Categories: Disney Blogs