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Episode 96 - A Murder of Banshees

Sun, 2017-03-26 02:00
The Cast: Carolyn Pongracz, Jason Kauffman, Justin McCarty Cindy Jachrimo & John Yaglenski

- INTERCOT 20th Anniversary Celebration, October 13-15, 2017.
- Elevated Transportation Rumor
- 15 Story Tower to be built plus rooftop dining at Coronado.
- Caribbean Beach Refurb including waterfront dining.
- Pandora, The World of Avatar
- Universal Announces Opening Volcano Bay Water Theme Park and Race Thru New York with Jimmy Fallon.
- New Trams on the way taking design queues from Monorails
- Wishes fireworks ending May 11, Replaced by Happily Ever After
- Halloween starts in August?
- Meet and Greets at Star Wars Launch Bay
- Guardians of the Galaxy at Disneyland May 27, Marvel Land?
- Hollywood Studios parking expansion
- Starring Rolls has closed
- Character breakfast at Boardwalk
- Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour
- 20th Anniversary Planning


>> LISTEN HERE or on your favorite podcast app or iTunes!
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Episode 96 - A Murder of Banshees

Sun, 2017-03-26 02:00
The Cast: Carolyn Pongracz, Jason Kauffman, Justin McCarty Cindy Jachrimo & John Yaglenski

- INTERCOT 20th Anniversary Celebration, October 13-15, 2017.
- Elevated Transportation Rumor
- 15 Story Tower to be built plus rooftop dining at Coronado.
- Caribbean Beach Refurb including waterfront dining.
- Pandora, The World of Avatar
- Universal Announces Opening Volcano Bay Water Theme Park and Race Thru New York with Jimmy Fallon.
- New Trams on the way taking design queues from Monorails
- Wishes fireworks ending May 11, Replaced by Happily Ever After
- Halloween starts in August?
- Meet and Greets at Star Wars Launch Bay
- Guardians of the Galaxy at Disneyland May 27, Marvel Land?
- Hollywood Studios parking expansion
- Starring Rolls has closed
- Character breakfast at Boardwalk
- Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour
- 20th Anniversary Planning


>> LISTEN HERE or on your favorite podcast app or iTunes!
Categories: Disney Blogs

Schedule Coming Next Week

Sat, 2017-03-25 22:11
Hey All:

We've gotten a preliminary schedule together and are very excited. Should have it released to the public sometime late in the week!

A weekend of fun is shaping up with all your INTERCOT pals!

JOHN
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Schedule Coming Next Week

Sat, 2017-03-25 22:11
Hey All:

We've gotten a preliminary schedule together and are very excited. Should have it released to the public sometime late in the week!

A weekend of fun is shaping up with all your INTERCOT pals!

JOHN
Categories: Disney Blogs

Animal Kingdom EMH

Sat, 2017-03-25 19:23
The morning extra magic hours after Pandora opens for Animal Kingdom now start at 7 am. Oh boy. Not so sure I'm going to be able to convince DH to be there at opening now...
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Animal Kingdom EMH

Sat, 2017-03-25 19:23
The morning extra magic hours after Pandora opens for Animal Kingdom now start at 7 am. Oh boy. Not so sure I'm going to be able to convince DH to be there at opening now...
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Hope not

Sat, 2017-03-25 17:09
Read some very disturbing news just now. At least it is for me, I don't know what you would think. It is from (Market Insider).. Wall street is saying this and some analyst allso.

Wall Street is starting to talk about the possibility of Apple buying Disney (DIS, AAPL)

It says Apple has the money 2billion. Iger and Jobs were friends at the same college way back when. Iger is hopping to stay on as CEO after this year. Of course Apple holds a very large share in Disney. I guess this was all planed. Well, I hope that plan dose not happen.
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Hope not

Sat, 2017-03-25 17:09
Read some very disturbing news just now. At least it is for me, I don't know what you would think. It is from (Market Insider).. Wall street is saying this and some analyst allso.

Wall Street is starting to talk about the possibility of Apple buying Disney (DIS, AAPL)

It says Apple has the money 2billion. Iger and Jobs were friends at the same college way back when. Iger is hopping to stay on as CEO after this year. Of course Apple holds a very large share in Disney. I guess this was all planed. Well, I hope that plan dose not happen.
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The Autopia Gets a New Look and Backstory

Sat, 2017-03-25 03:11
Disneyland has unveiled some new scenes and other changes to add a new story to the classic Autopia attraction:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts ... Today we’re excited to unveil an all-new look and story for Autopia, powered by Honda, featuring Honda’s ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot and its new robotic friend, Bird – the first character created especially for this attraction – as they embark on the ultimate road trip. These new scenes feature ASIMO and Bird as they plan their trip, load up their Honda vehicle and experience adventures that take them from a campground to the sky beyond.

The new look for Autopia first debuted in spring 2016 when the cars were repainted in Honda colors and received new fuel-efficient Honda engines, badges and tires. Disneyland park fans will remember ASIMO from its starring role at the Honda ASIMO Theatre in Tomorrowland from 2005 to 2015.

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The Autopia Gets a New Look and Backstory

Sat, 2017-03-25 03:11
Disneyland has unveiled some new scenes and other changes to add a new story to the classic Autopia attraction:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts ... Today we’re excited to unveil an all-new look and story for Autopia, powered by Honda, featuring Honda’s ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot and its new robotic friend, Bird – the first character created especially for this attraction – as they embark on the ultimate road trip. These new scenes feature ASIMO and Bird as they plan their trip, load up their Honda vehicle and experience adventures that take them from a campground to the sky beyond.

The new look for Autopia first debuted in spring 2016 when the cars were repainted in Honda colors and received new fuel-efficient Honda engines, badges and tires. Disneyland park fans will remember ASIMO from its starring role at the Honda ASIMO Theatre in Tomorrowland from 2005 to 2015.

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fastpass hack?

Fri, 2017-03-24 17:31
I recently went on trip with just husband. My phone could not handle the app( too old) so making fast passes was hard. My DD was home and I texted her and had her add herself to the party and then make fast passes for me from home. Each time we went on a ride I texted her and she made another FP and off we went. We did this all day everyday no problems. Rode everything we wanted with no wait whatsoever. We park hopped and it still worked. I would say I had easy 10+ fast passes each day maybe more like 15. It was awesome.

Question is this a hack , did we get lucky or is it the way it should be done.
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fastpass hack?

Fri, 2017-03-24 17:31
I recently went on trip with just husband. My phone could not handle the app( too old) so making fast passes was hard. My DD was home and I texted her and had her add herself to the party and then make fast passes for me from home. Each time we went on a ride I texted her and she made another FP and off we went. We did this all day everyday no problems. Rode everything we wanted with no wait whatsoever. We park hopped and it still worked. I would say I had easy 10+ fast passes each day maybe more like 15. It was awesome.

Question is this a hack , did we get lucky or is it the way it should be done.
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Camping without any KIDS

Thu, 2017-03-23 20:35
Hubby & I just realized that it has been 10 years since we have camped at FW!
Have any of you stayed there, with NO kids or grandkids???
We think it may be fun to use FW as our base camp for all the Orlando activities, restaurants, etc.
May or may not even go to the parks......anyone have any experience with this????
(No kids, but will be bringing the dog)
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Camping without any KIDS

Thu, 2017-03-23 20:35
Hubby & I just realized that it has been 10 years since we have camped at FW!
Have any of you stayed there, with NO kids or grandkids???
We think it may be fun to use FW as our base camp for all the Orlando activities, restaurants, etc.
May or may not even go to the parks......anyone have any experience with this????
(No kids, but will be bringing the dog)
Categories: Disney Blogs

Last-minute and Low-key March 14-19 Trip Report

Thu, 2017-03-23 20:21
Last-minute and Low-key—March 2017 Trip Report
Who: Me—45, WDW obsessed; DH—46, not obsessed but always happy to tag along
When: Tuesday, 3/14- Sunday, 3/19
Where: All-Star Music (first stay here)

Pre-Trip

DH and I had been debating for some time about whether or not we wanted to go somewhere for my spring break (I teach at our local community college). I hemmed and hawed, debated and declined, finally deciding that I did not want to spend the money, and I would rather just stay home and relax for the week.
Well, you all know how insistent that Disney bug can be, so five weeks before my spring break, I just thought, “I want to go to Disney World!” I called my DH to get started on our airline reservations, and I got the ball rolling with Melissa at Magical Journeys.

Since it was so last-minute, there were slim pickings for hotels, so we decided to try an All-Star since we wanted to keep costs down and had never stayed at one before. We had some frequent flyer miles to use, so that helped keep airfare reasonable, and I had about 275 Disney Reward Dollars to go toward food.

Everything was squared away quickly, and now we had a trip to look forward to in just five short weeks!

One problem I did run into was booking dining and fastpasses. I had tried to get into Be Our Guest for our June trip last summer, booking 180 days out, with no success. I knew there would be no way I would get in this time on such short notice, so we decided that our one sit-down meal would be at the Liberty Tree Tavern, which I booked pretty easily. I kept checking on dining openings, though, just in case. Lo and behold a very late (9:30p) dinner opened up at Be Our Guest, so I switched to that. I had really wanted a lunch ressie, but this would work. Late, but, who cares? We always seem to eat at off times when we are there anyway.

Just because I like to put my Type-A, obsessive personality to good use, I kept checking out dining options over the next couple of weeks. To my great surprise one day, an 11:00a Be Our Guest lunch ressie came up, so I was able to get what I wanted after all!

Fastpasses also worked out surprisingly well, considering I made them at about the 30-day mark, rather than the 60-day. I was able to get everything I really wanted except for Frozen and SDMT, but with some luck and good timing, we were able to enjoy both without a FP.

I decided to take a bit of a gamble this trip regarding how I booked our FP+. We are really disciplined about getting to the parks early and planned to park hop this trip (if you read my last June trip report, you will know that I really regretted not having park hoppers!), so I booked most of our fastpasses for our late afternoon/evening park. This worked beautifully for us! We were able to experience many rides and shows before 11a with short waits, take a break back at our hotel in early afternoon, and then use our fastpasses later in the day. I was even able to book a 4th or 5th one after the first 3 were used.

Thankfully, the five weeks went by relatively quickly as we finished things at work and prepared to leave on Monday, 3/13 for Denver to spend the night with my parents and then fly out early in the morning. I didn’t take notes or keep very good track of the specifics, but I do have some overall observations and stories to share in Part 2 of my report. Stay tuned! :mickey:
Categories: Disney Blogs

Last-minute and Low-key March 14-19 Trip Report

Thu, 2017-03-23 20:21
Last-minute and Low-key—March 2017 Trip Report
Who: Me—45, WDW obsessed; DH—46, not obsessed but always happy to tag along
When: Tuesday, 3/14- Sunday, 3/19
Where: All-Star Music (first stay here)

Pre-Trip

DH and I had been debating for some time about whether or not we wanted to go somewhere for my spring break (I teach at our local community college). I hemmed and hawed, debated and declined, finally deciding that I did not want to spend the money, and I would rather just stay home and relax for the week.
Well, you all know how insistent that Disney bug can be, so five weeks before my spring break, I just thought, “I want to go to Disney World!” I called my DH to get started on our airline reservations, and I got the ball rolling with Melissa at Magical Journeys.

Since it was so last-minute, there were slim pickings for hotels, so we decided to try an All-Star since we wanted to keep costs down and had never stayed at one before. We had some frequent flyer miles to use, so that helped keep airfare reasonable, and I had about 275 Disney Reward Dollars to go toward food.

Everything was squared away quickly, and now we had a trip to look forward to in just five short weeks!

One problem I did run into was booking dining and fastpasses. I had tried to get into Be Our Guest for our June trip last summer, booking 180 days out, with no success. I knew there would be no way I would get in this time on such short notice, so we decided that our one sit-down meal would be at the Liberty Tree Tavern, which I booked pretty easily. I kept checking on dining openings, though, just in case. Lo and behold a very late (9:30p) dinner opened up at Be Our Guest, so I switched to that. I had really wanted a lunch ressie, but this would work. Late, but, who cares? We always seem to eat at off times when we are there anyway.

Just because I like to put my Type-A, obsessive personality to good use, I kept checking out dining options over the next couple of weeks. To my great surprise one day, an 11:00a Be Our Guest lunch ressie came up, so I was able to get what I wanted after all!

Fastpasses also worked out surprisingly well, considering I made them at about the 30-day mark, rather than the 60-day. I was able to get everything I really wanted except for Frozen and SDMT, but with some luck and good timing, we were able to enjoy both without a FP.

I decided to take a bit of a gamble this trip regarding how I booked our FP+. We are really disciplined about getting to the parks early and planned to park hop this trip (if you read my last June trip report, you will know that I really regretted not having park hoppers!), so I booked most of our fastpasses for our late afternoon/evening park. This worked beautifully for us! We were able to experience many rides and shows before 11a with short waits, take a break back at our hotel in early afternoon, and then use our fastpasses later in the day. I was even able to book a 4th or 5th one after the first 3 were used.

Thankfully, the five weeks went by relatively quickly as we finished things at work and prepared to leave on Monday, 3/13 for Denver to spend the night with my parents and then fly out early in the morning. I didn’t take notes or keep very good track of the specifics, but I do have some overall observations and stories to share in Part 2 of my report. Stay tuned! :mickey:
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fast pass plus 60 day time?

Thu, 2017-03-23 16:28
Does booking opening at midnight or 7am at the 60 day window?
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fast pass plus 60 day time?

Thu, 2017-03-23 16:28
Does booking opening at midnight or 7am at the 60 day window?
Categories: Disney Blogs

Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar with Nightly Extra Magic Hours

Thu, 2017-03-23 15:42
Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar with Nightly Extra Magic Hours

For a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular Park hours.
Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

This offering will provide Guests with an additional opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains. Please note valid Theme Park admission and a Resort ID are required.

In addition, Guests staying at select Walt Disney Resort hotels can reserve Disney FastPass+ selections for attractions, including those in Pandora – The World of Avatar, up to 60 days prior to check-in beginning March 24, 2017. Disney FastPass+ service will be available at the two attractions within Pandora – The World of Avatar during regular Theme Park hours. Guests may select only one of these two attractions in their first set of Disney FastPass+ selections, subject to availability.
If you have an existing reservation at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you will receive communication notifying them of the Nightly Extra Magic Hours.

*Valid Theme Park admission required. FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited. Certain features and benefits require online registration.

As with Extra Magic Hours, Nightly Magic Hours will be available to Guests staying in Walt Disney World Resorts which are owned and operated by Disney, as well as Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Attached Images  
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Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar with Nightly Extra Magic Hours

Thu, 2017-03-23 15:42
Explore Pandora – The World of Avatar with Nightly Extra Magic Hours

For a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular Park hours.
Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

This offering will provide Guests with an additional opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains. Please note valid Theme Park admission and a Resort ID are required.

In addition, Guests staying at select Walt Disney Resort hotels can reserve Disney FastPass+ selections for attractions, including those in Pandora – The World of Avatar, up to 60 days prior to check-in beginning March 24, 2017. Disney FastPass+ service will be available at the two attractions within Pandora – The World of Avatar during regular Theme Park hours. Guests may select only one of these two attractions in their first set of Disney FastPass+ selections, subject to availability.
If you have an existing reservation at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you will receive communication notifying them of the Nightly Extra Magic Hours.

*Valid Theme Park admission required. FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited. Certain features and benefits require online registration.

As with Extra Magic Hours, Nightly Magic Hours will be available to Guests staying in Walt Disney World Resorts which are owned and operated by Disney, as well as Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Attached Images  
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