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Set to Arrive at Ft. Wilderness this Saturday Sept 16th - Irma Update Please

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-09-11 14:57
Intercot family we were / are slated to arrive at Fort Wilderness this coming Saturday for our DD's 13th Birthday celebration and would love to know if anyone has seen or been to the Fort since Irma passed yesterday. I know from other posts that none of the resorts across the World lost power and damage seems to be minimal but that sometimes does not apply to heavily wooded areas like Ft. Wilderness.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Shahn
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After Irma

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-09-11 13:45
Irma made her way through WDW last night, but still getting some high wind gusts at this time. It got pretty intense around 2am, When it hit here, at peak, the Sustained winds were around 75 - 80mph according to the reports we were watching. Looking outside during the storm the walkways were like small rivers, the trees were bending and swaying violently, the rain was coming in sideways in sheets, and the wind was intensely howling. Disney provided flashlights in every room but during the storm we never lost power, I don't even recall seeing the lights flicker at all.

On Saturday prior to the hurricane as we rode to the parks we saw what I would say were hundreds of bucket trucks from tree service companies, as well as electrical companies sitting in all the parking lots at the resorts, parks, etc. with crews put up in the resorts waiting to jump on the cleanup after the storm passed.

Post Irma, from my vantage point here at Saratoga Springs I can see tree limbs down, a couple of small uprooted trees, and a good number of roof shingles on the ground, but overall damage appears to be relatively minimal compared to what it could have been. From my balcony I can see the walkways are now covered with brush, leaves, and other debris. Walking the semi interior open Hallways here in the Paddock area you can still see large puddles and bebris as well as leaves and dirt stuck to the walls from the wind whipping through the halls. We are right next to the paddock pool and the bottom of the pool is covered with leaves, it will be interesting to see how quickly they clean it up and re-open the pool.

If anyone else is currently here on site and want to add your assessment from your current vantage point please feel free to add it.

When the curfew is lifted and we are allowed to move around I will add any other details I find but so far other that minor roof damage I do not see any structural damage to the buildings.

The Adventure Continues...
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After Irma

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-09-11 13:45
Irma made her way through WDW last night, but still getting some high wind gusts at this time. It got pretty intense around 2am, When it hit here, at peak, the Sustained winds were around 75 - 80mph according to the reports we were watching. Looking outside during the storm the walkways were like small rivers, the trees were bending and swaying violently, the rain was coming in sideways in sheets, and the wind was intensely howling. Disney provided flashlights in every room but during the storm we never lost power, I don't even recall seeing the lights flicker at all.

On Saturday prior to the hurricane as we rode to the parks we saw what I would say were hundreds of bucket trucks from tree service companies, as well as electrical companies sitting in all the parking lots at the resorts, parks, etc. with crews put up in the resorts waiting to jump on the cleanup after the storm passed.

Post Irma, from my vantage point here at Saratoga Springs I can see tree limbs down, a couple of small uprooted trees, and a good number of roof shingles on the ground, but overall damage appears to be relatively minimal compared to what it could have been. From my balcony I can see the walkways are now covered with brush, leaves, and other debris. Walking the semi interior open Hallways here in the Paddock area you can still see large puddles and bebris as well as leaves and dirt stuck to the walls from the wind whipping through the halls. We are right next to the paddock pool and the bottom of the pool is covered with leaves, it will be interesting to see how quickly they clean it up and re-open the pool.

If anyone else is currently here on site and want to add your assessment from your current vantage point please feel free to add it.

When the curfew is lifted and we are allowed to move around I will add any other details I find but so far other that minor roof damage I do not see any structural damage to the buildings.

The Adventure Continues...
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DIS Unplugged Podcast – 09/10/17 – Disneyland Show

disunplugged.com - Mon, 2017-09-11 13:00
In the news this week, dates are announced for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, the Westin Anaheim Resort is replacing the Anabella Hotel, and a new discount will help you stay in the middle of the magic, plus the team discusses the upcoming Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, including a look at what’s new [...]
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Curious what happens during Hurricane closures

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-09-11 01:09
So, people are pretty much stuck at their resorts, I assume? Does Disney do anything at all (I was thinking maybe providing some entertainment at the resorts) to keep people busy? Or are they sitting in their rooms watching tv? Just wondering what the experience is like, aside from terrifying...:mickey:
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Curious what happens during Hurricane closures

intercot.com - Mon, 2017-09-11 01:09
So, people are pretty much stuck at their resorts, I assume? Does Disney do anything at all (I was thinking maybe providing some entertainment at the resorts) to keep people busy? Or are they sitting in their rooms watching tv? Just wondering what the experience is like, aside from terrifying...:mickey:
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Disney Paris

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 20:56
My daughter is there this weekend and loving it!
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Disney Paris

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 20:56
My daughter is there this weekend and loving it!
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Length of stay bumped to season pass?

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 18:32
This may be a silly question but can you upgrade a length of stay pass to a season pass? Is it worth it financially?

We are going for 10 days in Dec and I was wondering about this since I have heard people say that you pay for your season ticket after you go 10 days.
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Length of stay bumped to season pass?

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 18:32
This may be a silly question but can you upgrade a length of stay pass to a season pass? Is it worth it financially?

We are going for 10 days in Dec and I was wondering about this since I have heard people say that you pay for your season ticket after you go 10 days.
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Amtrak Auto Train

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 13:01
Has anyone used this service to get their car to Florida? Do they allow pets? How does that work? We need to take our 2 cats with us. Any tips would be so helpful.
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Amtrak Auto Train

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 13:01
Has anyone used this service to get their car to Florida? Do they allow pets? How does that work? We need to take our 2 cats with us. Any tips would be so helpful.
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Timeshare Info Needed

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 10:49
We are coming for a week Nov 4-11 and using a timeshare exchange week. Interval Int. is offering us either Star Island or Cypress Pointe. Would value Positive/Negative input from anyone who has stayed at either. Thanks!!
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Timeshare Info Needed

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 10:49
We are coming for a week Nov 4-11 and using a timeshare exchange week. Interval Int. is offering us either Star Island or Cypress Pointe. Would value Positive/Negative input from anyone who has stayed at either. Thanks!!
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Griffy's October WDW Trip / Surprise Trip with child / Pre-Trip Report

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 02:56
Hi There!

I'm really new here, but I wanted to jump right into the fun!

Previous trips: We had gone before in February 2013, but Grifflet was very young [just about 3.5] and Griffy Sr. had to be transported out via squad. Thankfully, Grifflet doesn't remember this trip. We had stayed offsite, and I had friends who worked for Disney so that's how we got in.

Our next Disney Trip was aboard the Disney Dream in November 2014, for my older brother's wedding. A whirlwind trip, and a lot of fun.

On to the pre-trip report!

Trip Dates: October 13-16, 2017

Hotel: All Star Music. First time staying on property!

Travel Party:
Griffy = me, long time Disney lover, with an infectious love of all things Disney.
Griffy Sr. = my mom who's coming along for the ride
Grifflet = my daughter, who is 8 and who has NO IDEA we are going right now.

Pre-Trip Preparations: The night before, I will drop all bags except Disney Backpack to Griffy Sr.'s place/into her car so that all we have to do is load ourselves into the car to go to the airport.

Reveal
I am still working on the reveal plans, which I am planning/envisioning a backpack full of things that she could use for the trip. I presently have a Mickey and Minnie plushie dressed in their Halloween outfits, a new short sleeve t-shirt, spiderweb leggings, a few activity books, with crayons, an iPad, gum, and other day one items should our checked luggage be delayed.

It is my thought right now, to have the backpack on the couch morning we leave, and hit the 'Find my iPhone' from my laptop and ask my daughter to investigate the noise for her to dig in and find these Disney items. When she asks what they're for, or I can ask her where she thinks we should go with them, if she thinks we should call Griffy Sr. / Grandma if we should go, right now. This would all be recorded on my boyfriend's phone.


Day One - October 13th: We will be revealing to Grifflet via a Disney Backpack that we are going. We hail from Columbus, Ohio so we will be flying from CMH to MCO and using Disney transportation to/from airport. I need some help on reveal plans with her Disney Backpack. We will have Magic Bands, which she has used before from when we went on a Disney Cruise for my older brother's wedding; however I'm not sure it'll sink in if she just sees those. I have detailed above my reveal plans as they are, but suggestions are welcome.

We will land at around 4:30pm, and go to the hotel, and get checked in. It's my thought that once we are there we unload bags and then head to Disney Springs for dinner at Paradiso 37. We will be using the Disney Dining plan, so this takes one credit from each of us.

Once we are done exploring Disney Springs, we can head back to the hotel to either sleep or swim or what have you.

Day Two - October 14th, Magic Kingdom: We will start the Disney magic by going to Magic Kingdom, we have a FP for Tomorrowland Speedway at 9am, then dining reservation at 1900 Park Faire for Breakfast at 11:25am, which we would just take the Monorail to. I have secured a pirate makeover at 1:15pm, which I've been able to creatively ask she wants to become a mermaid. [Bippity Boppity Boutique is booked, last I called but this seems more our speed anyway]. We have FP for Pirates and meeting Cinderella. Otherwise we will just hang out at the parks and watch the fireworks that night.

Day Three - October 15th, Magic Kingdom:
We will return to Magic Kingdom, this day we have FP's to meet Ariel, breakfast at 'Ohana, then back to the parks to meet Rapunzel and Tiana, then on to Story Time With Belle. We will also be attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! This I think I'm most excited for, I have hiding, Mal's costume from Disney Descendants, and Griffy Sr. is going as Maleficent. I'm undecided exactly as how I'm going.

Day Four - October 16th, Trek Home : We won't have any time for park magic or anything, we will be flying home starting at 9:15am.

I look forward to a trip report post when we get home! :mickey:
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Griffy's October WDW Trip / Surprise Trip with child / Pre-Trip Report

intercot.com - Sun, 2017-09-10 02:56
Hi There!

I'm really new here, but I wanted to jump right into the fun!

Previous trips: We had gone before in February 2013, but Grifflet was very young [just about 3.5] and Griffy Sr. had to be transported out via squad. Thankfully, Grifflet doesn't remember this trip. We had stayed offsite, and I had friends who worked for Disney so that's how we got in.

Our next Disney Trip was aboard the Disney Dream in November 2014, for my older brother's wedding. A whirlwind trip, and a lot of fun.

On to the pre-trip report!

Trip Dates: October 13-16, 2017

Hotel: All Star Music. First time staying on property!

Travel Party:
Griffy = me, long time Disney lover, with an infectious love of all things Disney.
Griffy Sr. = my mom who's coming along for the ride
Grifflet = my daughter, who is 8 and who has NO IDEA we are going right now.

Pre-Trip Preparations: The night before, I will drop all bags except Disney Backpack to Griffy Sr.'s place/into her car so that all we have to do is load ourselves into the car to go to the airport.

Reveal
I am still working on the reveal plans, which I am planning/envisioning a backpack full of things that she could use for the trip. I presently have a Mickey and Minnie plushie dressed in their Halloween outfits, a new short sleeve t-shirt, spiderweb leggings, a few activity books, with crayons, an iPad, gum, and other day one items should our checked luggage be delayed.

It is my thought right now, to have the backpack on the couch morning we leave, and hit the 'Find my iPhone' from my laptop and ask my daughter to investigate the noise for her to dig in and find these Disney items. When she asks what they're for, or I can ask her where she thinks we should go with them, if she thinks we should call Griffy Sr. / Grandma if we should go, right now. This would all be recorded on my boyfriend's phone.


Day One - October 13th: We will be revealing to Grifflet via a Disney Backpack that we are going. We hail from Columbus, Ohio so we will be flying from CMH to MCO and using Disney transportation to/from airport. I need some help on reveal plans with her Disney Backpack. We will have Magic Bands, which she has used before from when we went on a Disney Cruise for my older brother's wedding; however I'm not sure it'll sink in if she just sees those. I have detailed above my reveal plans as they are, but suggestions are welcome.

We will land at around 4:30pm, and go to the hotel, and get checked in. It's my thought that once we are there we unload bags and then head to Disney Springs for dinner at Paradiso 37. We will be using the Disney Dining plan, so this takes one credit from each of us.

Once we are done exploring Disney Springs, we can head back to the hotel to either sleep or swim or what have you.

Day Two - October 14th, Magic Kingdom: We will start the Disney magic by going to Magic Kingdom, we have a FP for Tomorrowland Speedway at 9am, then dining reservation at 1900 Park Faire for Breakfast at 11:25am, which we would just take the Monorail to. I have secured a pirate makeover at 1:15pm, which I've been able to creatively ask she wants to become a mermaid. [Bippity Boppity Boutique is booked, last I called but this seems more our speed anyway]. We have FP for Pirates and meeting Cinderella. Otherwise we will just hang out at the parks and watch the fireworks that night.

Day Three - October 15th, Magic Kingdom:
We will return to Magic Kingdom, this day we have FP's to meet Ariel, breakfast at 'Ohana, then back to the parks to meet Rapunzel and Tiana, then on to Story Time With Belle. We will also be attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! This I think I'm most excited for, I have hiding, Mal's costume from Disney Descendants, and Griffy Sr. is going as Maleficent. I'm undecided exactly as how I'm going.

Day Four - October 16th, Trek Home : We won't have any time for park magic or anything, we will be flying home starting at 9:15am.

I look forward to a trip report post when we get home! :mickey:
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Mission: BREAKOUT! Transforms into Monsters After Dark for 2017 HalloweenTime

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 21:16
Disney California Adventure has announced a Halloween Overlay for its newest attraction:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts Your adventure picks up moments after the events of the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction. The Guardians have successfully escaped The Collector’s Fortress, but they have accidentally left Groot behind! Rocket enlists you to distract the creatures that have been released so he can find and rescue his little buddy. While The Collector’s ever-resourceful assistant, Apheta, may try to assure you that it is all just a momentary setback, we advise you to proceed with caution!

Once the sun sets each evening during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will transform into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. Music continues to be at the heart of the experience, and an all-new song, “Monsters After Dark,” was created especially for this attraction by Tyler Bates, composer of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films.
The Monster After Dark version of the attraction will operate during Halloween Time, September 15-October 31, 2017.
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Mission: BREAKOUT! Transforms into Monsters After Dark for 2017 HalloweenTime

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 21:16
Disney California Adventure has announced a Halloween Overlay for its newest attraction:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts Your adventure picks up moments after the events of the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction. The Guardians have successfully escaped The Collector’s Fortress, but they have accidentally left Groot behind! Rocket enlists you to distract the creatures that have been released so he can find and rescue his little buddy. While The Collector’s ever-resourceful assistant, Apheta, may try to assure you that it is all just a momentary setback, we advise you to proceed with caution!

Once the sun sets each evening during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will transform into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark. Music continues to be at the heart of the experience, and an all-new song, “Monsters After Dark,” was created especially for this attraction by Tyler Bates, composer of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films.
The Monster After Dark version of the attraction will operate during Halloween Time, September 15-October 31, 2017.
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Videopolis: You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story

TheDisneyBlog.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 17:10

Pixar’s first full length computer animated feature film “Toy Story” features a wonderful soundtrack from Randy Newman. It’s theme song “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” is still instantly familiar to fans everywhere. So we’re excited to feature a unique flute-only cover of the song by flutist and arranger Gina...

The post Videopolis: You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story appeared first on The Disney Blog.

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Epcot Holidays Around the World To Be Replaced with New Festival for 2017

intercot.com - Sat, 2017-09-09 16:13
Epcot has announced that the annual Holidays Around the World event will not return for the 2017 Holiday Season. A new "Festival" event will debut combining elements of Holidays Around the World with expanded "Holiday Kitchens":

Quote: Originally Posted by Walt Disney World Resort
Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays

Holidays Around the World is transforming into Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays from November 19 to December 30, 2017.

An International Yuletide Extravaganza

Discover a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.

Come, delight in stirring live musical productions; savor seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens; and take a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase!

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree—and they need your help! To get started, simply purchase a map and sticker from select merchandise locations, including Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway.

As you travel around World Showcase, be on the lookout for Chip and Dale as they gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each World Showcase pavilion. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Then, take your completed map to Disney Traders and exchange it for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale!

Maps are $6.99 plus tax, and are available throughout Holidays Around the World at Epcot while supplies last.

Note: Valid theme park admission is required.

A Taste of the Holidays for Everyone!

Explore the tastes of the holidays around the world as each marketplace celebrates a different nation:

American Holiday Table


From the tender roast turkey to the tasty pork tenderloin, memories of grandma’s kitchen will come flooding back when you visit this salute to the great flavors of America.

Feast of the Three Kings


Dine like royalty as you enjoy scrumptious foods and delicious drinks from the Caribbean at this holiday kiosk inspired by the story of the Magi. While you nibble, learn about the celebration of Three Kings’ Day, El Día De Los Reyes Magos!

Holiday Sweets and Treats


From decadent desserts to savory snacks and merry libations, you’ll be in full swing of the season at this festively-appointed holiday kiosk. Enjoy the view here at Showcase Plaza, meet up with friends or just take a moment to unwind.

Mexico

Watch mariachi dancers celebrating a Feliz Navidad, while imbibing on the zippy spices of Mexican cuisine. The carnitas tacos and horchata margaritas will have you singing, “olé!”
Additional "Holiday Kitchens" are planned to be announced as the event draws near.
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