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Episode 103 - ICOT20 Live!

Sun, 2017-11-05 00:44
In case anyone missed it or was looking for it; Episode 103 was a Live Video Podcast from the Walt Disney World Resort on the INTERCOT Facebook page.

The Cast: Carolyn Pongracz, Jennifer Silveira, Cindy Jachrimo, Ian Mitchell, Jason Kauffman, Justin McCarthy, John Yaglenski, and INTERCOTees from the ICOT20 Weekend.

- It's a magical Live Video Podcast from the Contemporary Resort
- The Podcast Staff Shares their Favorite ICOT20 Moments & Favorite things about INTERCOT
- INTERCOTees Join The Fun and Share Their Favorite ICOT20 Moments & Favorite things about INTERCOT


You can still see the wrap-up to our fun ICOT20 weekend on the INTERCOT Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/intercot/videos/10156085444914505/






Keep your Mouse Ears to the ground for Episode 104 for a more detailed look back at the ICOT20 celebration plus the latest news and all the usual hijinks ....
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2019 Itineraries Announced with Expanded West Coast Season

Sat, 2017-11-04 21:58
Disney Cruise Line Has Announced their 2019 Itineraries:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
San Diego to Baja and Mexican Riviera
The Disney Wonder returns to San Diego for an extended season from March to May 2019, with a variety of cruises to Mexico where you can enjoy vibrant culture, stunning beaches, exciting water activities, cliff diving and ziplining through the jungle.

Most sailings to Mexico’s Baja peninsula call on the charming coastal city of Ensenada, known as the “Cinderella of the Pacific” with its turquoise blue water and rugged mountainous terrain. Two-night cruises to Ensenada boast Friday departures from San Diego, giving you the ultimate weekend getaway to experience world-class entertainment aboard the Disney Wonder.

Four- and five-night Baja options include a visit to Cabo San Lucas, a destination favored for arid climate and sunny weather, dotted with dramatic rock formations and bordered by white-sand beaches.

Seven-night sailings to the Mexican Riviera call on Cabo San Lucas and feature the snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán. These week-long cruises offer you the chance to make magical memories as a family while soaking up the history and Old World charm of Mexico’s Pacific Coast and taking in the beauty of stunning beaches and the nearby Sierra Madre Mountains.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Southern Caribbean
In January, three special Disney Wonder cruises from San Juan sail to the Southern Caribbean, visiting tropical destinations renowned for beautiful sun-kissed beaches and warm azure waters. On the six- and seven-night sailings, you can dive into charming island cultures, sunbathe on golden beaches and revel in local marketplaces.

The Disney Wonder arrives to San Juan after a five-night journey departing Jan. 9 from Galveston, Texas, with a stop in Falmouth, Jamaica.

On Feb. 3, a four-night cruise aboard the Disney Wonder takes you from San Juan to Port Canaveral, Florida, just an hour away from Walt Disney World Resort—the perfect stop for a fairytale land and sea adventure.

Port Canaveral to Bahamas and Eastern and Western Caribbean

With three Disney ships in port and cruise lengths spanning three, four and seven nights, vacationers looking for a getaway in early 2019 have a full menu of options from Port Canaveral, near Orlando, Florida. Every sailing from Port Canaveral includes a day at Castaway Cay.

The Disney Fantasy continues to sail seven-night Caribbean voyages, with Eastern Caribbean itineraries visiting the Virgin Islands of Tortola and St. Thomas, and Western Caribbean cruises calling on Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman and Falmouth.

The Disney Dream embarks on three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay, and the Disney Wonder will alternate similar three- and four-night itineraries throughout February.

Miami to Bahamas and Western Caribbean

To kick off 2019, the Disney Magic continues sailing from Miami with four- and five-night voyages to the Bahamas, plus five-night Western Caribbean cruises.

The magical shores of Castaway Cay await guests aboard every one of these Disney Magic sailings. Other ports of call on the Bahamian voyages include Nassau and Key West, Florida, while a stop in Grand Cayman or Cozumel headlines the Western Caribbean itineraries.
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Choza de Margarita Opening November 2017 in Epcot's Mexico Pavilion

Sat, 2017-11-04 16:22
Epcot has announced that their long in-process new outdoor dining kiosk, Choza de Margarita, will be opening "soon":

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
... in the shadow of the iconic Mexico pyramid, [the] menu offers three hand-crafted margaritas, three frozen margaritas, three Mexican beers and a non-alcoholic Mexican fruit punch with orange, pineapple and grapefruit juices and a splash of grenadine.

Small bites include Tacos al Pastor with grilled pork on fresh homemade corn tortillas with green tomatillo sauce, onion, pineapple and cilantro; Empanadas de Barbacoa with beef, topped with chipotle sauce, Mexican cream and queso fresco; and fresh guacamole with mango chutney, pumpkin and pomegranate seeds, served with fried flour chicharrones and salsa Valentina, an authentic Mexican hot sauce.

On a hot Florida day, take your pick from one of the three frozen margaritas: Lime (tequila blanco, lime sweet & sour, orange liquor and agave nectar), Wild Strawberry (tequila blanco, strawberry and prickly pear puree, violet flower liquor and lime juice), or Passion Mango (tequila blanco, orange liqueur, wild passion fruit and mango puree).

The hand-crafted, on-the-rocks varieties include Acan Grapefruit (Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, grapefruit liqueur, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, cardamom bitters and ginger beer), Lime Cucumber (Avión Blanco Tequila, fresh cucumber, orange liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar), and Guava Pink Peppercorn (Zignum Mexcal Reposado, guava nectar, grapefruit liqueur, lime juice, Peychaud’s Bitters and pink peppercorns).


Several reports from those involved with the construction project indicate "soon" will be with-in the month of November 2017. Attached Images     
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Help needed with our planning

Sat, 2017-11-04 14:30
We haven't been to WDW in several years. During the last two days of our most recent visit our then 4 year old was struck with norovirus, the baby was throwing up on the plane ride home and my husband and I fell like dominos soon after. A few months later the baby, 15 months old, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.

So the little one will be 4 years old soon and our older boy just turned 7. We feel ready to face WDW again, with the younger one being out of diapers and us having gotten used to the unpredictability of his medical needs. We were thinking of early May, 2018 (we are Homeschoolers so off season works for us) but then received a pin code. We moved the trip up to early May, 2017.

Denise at Magical Journeys was wonderful and quickly reserved us a stay at AKL club level Savannah view. A splurge, but the pin code helped. We stayed there once before children and it was lovely. The boys love animals and just completed a fun Africa unit study and my husband would like a relaxing grown up aspect to the trip.

We have 5 days of tickets (no park hoppers) and need to keep to a steady sleeping/eating schedule which will make getting suitable times for ADRs harder. Our 180 day window opens up Tuesday morning although Denise suggested I might have some luck at midnight Monday. Does anyone have experience with this? I used to do ADRs via phone so advice is appreciated.

I used crowd level predictions to choose the days and the goal is to take it at an easy pace and skip Hollywood Studios altogether. Let me know your thoughts on this.

I've been furiously trying to read the latest reviews on restaurants but please let me know if I have any not so good places listed.

So appreciative of your help, feeling last minute here...

Sunday - arrive at AKL, spend time exploring resort, pool, any cultural activities, stories, parade. Dinner at Boma or Mara.

All breakfasts at club lounge, do they have a microwave we might use in the lounge?

Monday - Animal Kingdom, lunch at Tusker House (favorite characters) we will look for Chip and Dale (also favorites) at Rafiki Planet Watch, dinner at Yak n Yeti

Tuesday - Magic Kingdom, lunch at Crystal Palace (they love Hundred Acre Woods), take boat to Ft Wilderness Campgrounds for dinner at Trails End (is 5 or 5:30 pm enough time get to the Chip and Dale sing a long?) Is doing this worth it or maybe we should enjoy time at our resort instead in the spirit of being relaxed. We will be back again in a few years and could stay in a cabin.

Wednesday - show the boys the Cars section of Art of Animation resort (they love Cars), lunch at La Hacienda or Biergarten - which do you like better?, tour International section of Epcot, dinner at Il Mulino and enjoy boardwalk area

Thursday - Magic Kingdom, lunch at BOG and dinner at Ohana (if lucky enough to get these ADRs, never done either, can flip with Tuesday dining plans)

Friday - last dinner at Jiko, but not sure which park, more time in Epcot or should we go to Hollywood Studios?

Thank you so much for any advice!
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DVC resale points for cruise?

Sat, 2017-11-04 13:14
Can you use points for a cruise if purchasing a resale??
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DVC resale points for cruise?

Sat, 2017-11-04 13:14
Can you use points for a cruise if purchasing a resale??
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resort to cruise port transportation...

Sat, 2017-11-04 12:47
Dumb question and I probably already know the answer but I'll ask anyway so I can show DW the answer.
We are taking the April 21 DCL Fantasy cruise, and its school vacation week so of course all flights are priced higher, plus it looks like the early am flights are sold out, so my thoughts are;
Fly in day before, use DME to All Stars for one night, then DME to cruise port.
DME to airport upon return?
Will that work?
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resort to cruise port transportation...

Sat, 2017-11-04 12:47
Dumb question and I probably already know the answer but I'll ask anyway so I can show DW the answer.
We are taking the April 21 DCL Fantasy cruise, and its school vacation week so of course all flights are priced higher, plus it looks like the early am flights are sold out, so my thoughts are;
Fly in day before, use DME to All Stars for one night, then DME to cruise port.
DME to airport upon return?
Will that work?
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Parking lots....and construction....WWWD

Fri, 2017-11-03 22:20
Just got back from a quick 5 day trip. There are large areas of the parking lots at both Epcot and MK sectioned off with metal barriers, lots of port o potties and some small staging and seats, we were wondering what these were for? Convention?, Shows?
Also, so much construction going on all over, roads, hotels and parks all at once, I wasn't overly impressed and just have this feeling that if Walt was alive it would never be this way all at once. Driving through orange barrels was like driving in Mass!
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Parking lots....and construction....WWWD

Fri, 2017-11-03 22:20
Just got back from a quick 5 day trip. There are large areas of the parking lots at both Epcot and MK sectioned off with metal barriers, lots of port o potties and some small staging and seats, we were wondering what these were for? Convention?, Shows?
Also, so much construction going on all over, roads, hotels and parks all at once, I wasn't overly impressed and just have this feeling that if Walt was alive it would never be this way all at once. Driving through orange barrels was like driving in Mass!
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Sea Racers

Fri, 2017-11-03 13:09
Can we still rent those little sea racers at the GF? Or did they stop that after the alligator attack?
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Sea Racers

Fri, 2017-11-03 13:09
Can we still rent those little sea racers at the GF? Or did they stop that after the alligator attack?
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Paradise Pier Club Level

Fri, 2017-11-03 11:52
Good morning, all! The wife and I are planning on making our first trip ever out to DL in February for my (Gasp) 30th birthday. Our plan is to treat ourselves to Club Level at Paradise Pier due to the cost (For CM's) being only about $70 extra per night compared to a standard view room.

Has anyone utilized their club before? How does it compare to those here at WDW in terms of selection and ambiance? Here at WDW, if you ask a CM for an alcoholic beverage, they can get it for you at any point. Is this the case there or is it truly only between 5-7pm? We're just trying to figure out if we can justify the cost.

Thank you all in advance! Excited to be on intercot!
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Paradise Pier Club Level

Fri, 2017-11-03 11:52
Good morning, all! The wife and I are planning on making our first trip ever out to DL in February for my (Gasp) 30th birthday. Our plan is to treat ourselves to Club Level at Paradise Pier due to the cost (For CM's) being only about $70 extra per night compared to a standard view room.

Has anyone utilized their club before? How does it compare to those here at WDW in terms of selection and ambiance? Here at WDW, if you ask a CM for an alcoholic beverage, they can get it for you at any point. Is this the case there or is it truly only between 5-7pm? We're just trying to figure out if we can justify the cost.

Thank you all in advance! Excited to be on intercot!
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Good luck runners

Fri, 2017-11-03 11:35
Good luck and have fun to all who are participating in the Wine and Dine events.
I’m cheering you on from the sidelines.
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Good luck runners

Fri, 2017-11-03 11:35
Good luck and have fun to all who are participating in the Wine and Dine events.
I’m cheering you on from the sidelines.
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First Look & Transformation Dates for Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure

Fri, 2017-11-03 01:58
Disney Parks & Resorts have revealed a first look at Pixar Pier and shared more details on the transformation to be complete in Summer 2018:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
...Pixar Pier opens along the southern shore of Paradise Bay, with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise throughout. This new, permanent land in the area that is now Paradise Pier will introduce four new neighborhoods representing beloved Disney·Pixar stories.

The first of the four themed neighborhoods guests will find is inspired by “The Incredibles.” Here, the new Incredicoaster, permanently transformed from the attraction that is now California Screamin’, will open with Pixar Pier in summer 2018. This new experience will feature a mid-century-modern-style loading area, new character moments and a new look for the ride vehicles. To prepare for this transformation, California Screamin’ will close Jan. 8.

The popular Toy Story Mania! will anchor the “Toy Story”-inspired neighborhood. A neighborhood inspired by “Inside Out” will be found on the western side of the boardwalk and will welcome a new family-friendly attraction, scheduled to open at a later date.

The fourth neighborhood will be a celebration of many of your favorite Pixar stories. In this neighborhood, Mickey’s Fun Wheel will have a new look, with each of the 24 gondolas featuring different Pixar characters and the iconic face of Mickey Mouse remaining on the Paradise Bay side of the wheel. At the Games of the Boardwalk, which already includes the Bullseye Stallion Stampede game, all of the midway games will be inspired by Pixar characters. Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk and Sideshow Shirts will close Jan. 8 to begin this transformation.

Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a new lounge and grill offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier. Both locations will close Jan. 8, with Cove Bar reopening briefly in April before closing again for its permanent transformation. Guests wishing to reserve “World of Color” dining packages after Jan. 7 may consider Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria.

The remaining areas of the land that is now Paradise Pier, including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, will become a new land called Paradise Park.


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First Look & Transformation Dates for Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure

Fri, 2017-11-03 01:58
Disney Parks & Resorts have revealed a first look at Pixar Pier and shared more details on the transformation to be complete in Summer 2018:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
...Pixar Pier opens along the southern shore of Paradise Bay, with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise throughout. This new, permanent land in the area that is now Paradise Pier will introduce four new neighborhoods representing beloved Disney·Pixar stories.

The first of the four themed neighborhoods guests will find is inspired by “The Incredibles.” Here, the new Incredicoaster, permanently transformed from the attraction that is now California Screamin’, will open with Pixar Pier in summer 2018. This new experience will feature a mid-century-modern-style loading area, new character moments and a new look for the ride vehicles. To prepare for this transformation, California Screamin’ will close Jan. 8.

The popular Toy Story Mania! will anchor the “Toy Story”-inspired neighborhood. A neighborhood inspired by “Inside Out” will be found on the western side of the boardwalk and will welcome a new family-friendly attraction, scheduled to open at a later date.

The fourth neighborhood will be a celebration of many of your favorite Pixar stories. In this neighborhood, Mickey’s Fun Wheel will have a new look, with each of the 24 gondolas featuring different Pixar characters and the iconic face of Mickey Mouse remaining on the Paradise Bay side of the wheel. At the Games of the Boardwalk, which already includes the Bullseye Stallion Stampede game, all of the midway games will be inspired by Pixar characters. Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk and Sideshow Shirts will close Jan. 8 to begin this transformation.

Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a new lounge and grill offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier. Both locations will close Jan. 8, with Cove Bar reopening briefly in April before closing again for its permanent transformation. Guests wishing to reserve “World of Color” dining packages after Jan. 7 may consider Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria.

The remaining areas of the land that is now Paradise Pier, including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumpin’ Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, will become a new land called Paradise Park.


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Saratoga Springs to Disney Springs

Thu, 2017-11-02 21:36
Hi All. We have points at Beach Club but a last minute trip has us staying at Saratoga Spirngs for the first time. Question-- how do we get to Disney Springs from there? Is there a sidewalk with a bridge, a boat ride, etc.? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
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Saratoga Springs to Disney Springs

Thu, 2017-11-02 21:36
Hi All. We have points at Beach Club but a last minute trip has us staying at Saratoga Spirngs for the first time. Question-- how do we get to Disney Springs from there? Is there a sidewalk with a bridge, a boat ride, etc.? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
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