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WDW Radio is the award-winning podcast dedicated to celebrating the magic of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Marvel, and Star Wars. Tune in and subscribe for Disney news, vacation planning, trivia, contests, history, interviews, as well as attraction, dining, and resort reviews. Hosted by Disney expert, author, and speaker Lou Mongello, this family-friendly show has been named Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years, and also features a blog, videos, LIVE broadcasts, w ...
 
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WDW Radio # 655 - Ten Things You Never Knew About Roy O. Disney This week, we'll look at ten things you never knew about Walt Disney's brother, Roy O. Disney, including personal and professional stories, and the important yet often overlooked legacy he left behind. ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com - Visit the site and blog WDWRadio.c…
 
WDW Radio # 653 - The Past, Present, and Future of Walt Disney World: Part 2 We continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, as we pick up our conversation about not just the current state of Walt Disney World, but what's new now, and coming soon. We'll also discuss Walt Disney World's future, and I share some of my person…
 
WDW Radio # 654 - Live Review of Steakhouse 71 Join us at the newly-opened Steakhouse 71 at Disney's Contemporary Resort for a live review of this family-friendly steakhouse which gives guests a taste and feel of Disney heritage and 70's nostalgia with a menu that offers a nod to days gone by, and Walt Disney himself. ------------------------------…
 
WDW Radio # 652 - The Past, Present, and Future of Walt Disney World: Part 1 As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, we will look at its past, present, and future, by exploring its history and what we remember, miss, and love; by looking at what's new and what we are enjoying most right now; and what we are most excited for and e…
 
WDW Radio # 651 - The Ten Most Important Moments in Star Wars History: Part 2 We continue our look through the legacy of Star Wars as we examine Part 2 of our Top Ten Most Important Moments in Star Wars History. We discuss iconic movie lines and scenes, the one person who defined Star Wars, the importance and impact of The Mandalorian, Star Wars "i…
 
WDW Radio # 650 - The Ten Most Important Moments in Star Wars History: Part 1 We celebrate the legacy of Star Wars as we examine The Ten Most Important Moments in Star Wars History. From its earliest origins in the mind of George Lucas to the big and small screens, parks, toys, what's new and next, there are entries on our list that might not only …
 
WDW Radio # 649 - Disney Cruise Line Recap - What's New, Different, and What to Expect We recap and review our cruise on the Disney Dream, including what's new, what's different, what to expect, and what you need to know. ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com - Visit the site and blog! WDWRadio.com/Clubhouse - Join the community and conve…
 
WDW Radio # 648 - Interview with Former Imagineer Theron Skees Former Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Theron Skees joins me this week to discuss his career at WDI that includes work at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney Springs, and Disney Cruise Line. Theron shares stories about the path to becoming an Im…
 
WDW Radio # 647 - Top Ten Art Pieces in Walt Disney World: Part 2 We continue our look into the Top Ten Art Pieces in Walt Disney World. From the parks to the attractions and resorts, we explore art that doesn't exist just on canvas or walls, but art that exists in three dimensions, and in a wide spectrum of mediums. -------------------------------…
 
WDW Radio # 646 - Top Ten Art Pieces in Walt Disney World: Part 1 Beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder, but I'm sure we can agree that there is an abundance of beautiful art located throughout Walt Disney World, however it is we define what art may be. So this week, we'll look at the Top Ten Art Pieces in Walt Disney World's parks, attrac…
 
WDW Radio # 645 - Pym Test Kitchen in Avengers Campus Live Review Size matters not as we live review the Pym Test Kitchen in Avengers Campus with a team of heroes whose superpowers are taste-testing the entire menu. ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com - Visit the site and blog! WDWRadio.com/Clubhouse - Join the community and conversatio…
 
WDW Radio # 644 - More Secrets and Stories from the Disney Parks with Dan Cockerell Former Walt Disney World Vice President and Disneyland Paris opening team manager Dan Cockerell joins me once again to share even MORE secrets and stories from the Disney Parks, including tales from Paris and Walt Disney World you've never heard before, as well as n…
 
WDW Radio # 643 - EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Walkabout, Review, and Interview Get your stretchy pants ready and don't listen hungry, as this week, I invite you to explore EPCOT with me as we stroll, savor, and sip some of our favorites from this year's EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. We'll share 10 dishes, drinks, and desser…
 
WDW Radio # 642 - 10 Things You Didn't Know About Kilimanjaro Safaris Join me this week on an adventure through the savannah of East Africa as we look at 10 Things You Didn't Know About Kilimanjaro Safaris, including history, behind the scenes secrets, fun facts, and stories you've never heard before from a former Kilimanjaro Safaris Cast Member. -…
 
WDW Radio # 641 - Avengers Campus Review: 10 Reasons To Go, Secrets, Its Future, and Tips I just returned from my first (and certainly not my last) visit to Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure Park in Disneyland, and I have assembled friends and family who experienced it with me to review the land and share not just ten reasons you need …
 
WDW Radio # 640 - Top Ten Disney Attractions That Should Be Made Into Movies Over the years, many Disney attractions have been made into movies, with some becoming global phenomenons like the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But this week, we're going to look at the Top Ten Disney Attractions That Should Be Made Into Movies. From the obvious to …
 
WDW Radio # 639 - Live Review of Katsura Grill in Japan in EPCOT I invite you to please join me at possibly my favorite location in all of Walt Disney World, as we gather around a table in the outdoor, upper level seating area at Katsura Grill in the Japan pavilion in EPCOT. I normally come for the atmosphere, but this week, come with me for the fo…
 
WDW Radio # 638 - 10 Secrets and Stories of the Walt Disney World Resorts: Part 2 We continue our journey though the secrets, stories, history, and hidden treasures of the Walt Disney World resorts. We'll visit some of Walt Disney World earliest resorts, and some that were never built that you might not have known about! ---------------------------…
 
WDW Radio # 637 - 10 Secrets and Stories of the Walt Disney World Resorts: Part 1 This week we'll look at some of our favorite secrets, stories, history, and hidden treasures of the Walt Disney World resorts... including some you probably have never heard before! ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com - Visit the site and blog! WDWRadio.co…
 
WDW Radio # 636 - The Voice of the PeopleMover, Mike Brassell I sit down with Mike Brassell, the voice of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover and Living with the Land attractions in Walt Disney World to discuss the process (and pressure) of being the voice of beloved attractions in the parks. We also discuss his career at Walt Disney Fea…
 
WDW Radio # 635 - Top Ten Pre-Shows in Walt Disney World Sometimes, a show's opening act can be as good as, or even better than, the main attraction. This week we'll look at and count down the Top Ten Pre-Shows in Walt Disney World. ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com - Visit the site and blog! WDWRadio.com/Clubhouse - Join the communit…
 
WDW Radio # 634 - Disney's Beach Club Resort Report We'll look at Ten Reasons to Stay, Play, Relax, and Dine at Disney's Beach Club Resort in Walt Disney World, including discussing the resort's rooms, amenities, dining, entertainment, and some of the many things you'll love and do during your stay. ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com -…
 
WDW Radio # 633 - Unrealized Walt Disney World Attractions of the Disney Decade: Part 2 We continue our journey through the unrealized attractions, shows, resorts, and concepts dreamed up for Walt Disney World during the Disney Decade. This week, we'll look at EPCOT attractions and pavilions, and incredibly well-themed lands and attractions in the …
 
WDW Radio # 632 - Unrealized Walt Disney World Attractions of the Disney Decade: Part 1 When Michael Eisner and Frank Wells ushered in The Disney Decade in 1990, they did so with the promise of unmatched expansion in the Disney parks and resorts. And while many of the announcements came to be, there were many that never made it off the drawing boar…
 
WDW Radio # 631 - Interview with Imagineer Kevin Lively and Jungle Cruise Updates I want to welcome you aboard the World Famous Jungle Cruise with our very special (former) Skipper, Kevin Lively. Kevin shares his personal journey from fan to Cast Member, and stories from the rivers in Disneyland and in Tokyo. We'll also talk about his time at Walt …
 
WDW Radio # 630 - Listener Questions: Parades, Park Hopping, Celebrations, Details, and More! This week, I'll open up the inbox and answer your questions about topics including the return of parades to the parks, park hopping guide, resort hopping, Swan and Dolphin, Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary celebration, the story and details of Liberty …
 
WDW Radio # 629 - Top Ten Nighttime Experiences in Walt Disney World This week, we'll look at our Top Ten Nighttime Experiences in Walt Disney World. Ten (or more) things you can and SHOULD do at night, to have a better Walt Disney World day... and night... in the parks and resorts. ---------------------------------- DisneyInterviews.com - Lou's ne…
 
WDW Radio # 628 - Disney's Vero Beach Resort Report Join me live from Disney's Vero Beach Resort as we review the 10 Reasons to Stay, Play, and Get Away on your next trip to Walt Disney World, if you're local to the area, or even as it's own destination. We'll discuss the resort's history and details, and review the decor, rooms, dining, amenities,…
 
WDW Radio # 627 - The Music of World Showcase in EPCOT: Part 2 We continue our journey through the music of World Showcase, as we make our way around the promenade and virtually visit each pavilion. We'll also deep dive into parades, including Tapestry of Nations, as well as background loops, and all of the nighttime fireworks spectaculars over the…
 
WDW Radio # 626 - The Music of World Showcase in EPCOT: Part 1 We make our way around the World Showcase promenade in EPCOT this week, as part of my continuing series about the Music of Walt Disney World. Together, we will virtually tour the music of World Showcase, including visiting each of the pavilions, as well as parades, background loops, and…
 
WDW Radio # 625 - Listener Emails: History, Mysteries, Legends, and Villains I'll answer more of your questions from the inbox this week, including: the history of Tinker Bell's magic Cinderella Castle flight; The Great Movie Ride - what could have been; Spaceship Earth mystery solved; Kyber Crystals in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge; the legend, myth, a…
 
WDW Radio # 624 - Kona Cafe Lunch Live Dining Review Kona Cafe... it's not just for Tonga Toast anymore. While it is well known for it's aloha take on traditional French Toast, pancakes, and breakfast, Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort also has a wonderful, unique, and extensive lunch menu. And in the interest of research, and helping…
 
WDW Radio # 623 - Best Restaurants to Dine Solo in Walt Disney World "Table for one, please" should never be something that you should ever be hesitant to say. In fact, I think it opens up a wonderful world of opportunity... especially in Walt Disney World. And while you may be dining by yourself, you are definitely not alone. Literally. And so thi…
 
WDW Radio # 622 - Secrets and Illusions of Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World: Part 2 We continue our virtual journey through Magic Kingdom as we explore the practical magic of Walt Disney World, and the Secrets and Illusions of Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. We'll visit Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, and the over…
 
WDW Radio # 621 - Secrets and Illusions of Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World: Part 1 This week we will explore some of the practical magic of Walt Disney World, as we look at the Secrets, Special Effects, and Illusions of Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. We will virtually visit the park, land by land, and look at some of our favorite, and most …
 
WDW Radio # 620 - Resort Report: Disney's Art of Animation Resort On this installment of my Walt Disney World Resort Report, we will virtually visit Disney's Art of Animation Resort, and share Ten Reasons to Stay, Play, and Dine there. We'll look at some of the reasons why it's the most versatile value resort in Walt Disney World, and quintessentia…
 
WDW Radio # 619 - Top Ten Romantic Places, Spaces, and Things to Do in Walt Disney World Romance isn't just for Valentine's Day, and can be found almost anywhere, including Walt Disney World. This week we'll look at our Top Ten Romantic Places, Spaces, and Things to Do in Walt Disney World, including some that might not be what you expect. --------…
 
WDW Radio # 618 - Best of the Best from the 2021 Taste of Epcot Festival of the Arts Join us in Epcot as we wander the promenade and sample the Best of the Best from the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts. We'll discuss the Festival as a whole, including all of its activities and experiences, before sampling the "Best of the Fes…
 
WDW Radio # 617 - Ten Things We Are Looking Forward to from Disney in 2021 This week, we are going to look at the Ten Things We Are Looking Forward to in and from Disney in 2021. From the Disney Parks to the screens, both in theaters and on Disney+, we will explore all that there is that's coming and to be excited about, including Marvel, Star Wars…
 
WDW Radio # 616 - 2020 Disney Year in Review Join us we look back on "The Year That Was" 2020 in the Disney Parks, Studios, and Disney+, including not just what we may have lost, but what we learned and gained, including some of the many good things that came out of the past year. We'll also discuss our overall takeaways, not just from a Disney per…
 
WDW Radio # 615 - Former Imagineer Joe Lanzisiero Interview, Part 2 I continue my conversation with Joe Lanzisiero, former Senior VP of Creative at Walt Disney Imagineering, as we journey to Tokyo Disney Sea, the S.E.A., and the unique take on the Tower of Terror. We also discuss what almost became of the Muppets in the Disney Parks, Howard Stark a…
 
WDW Radio # 614 - Former Imagineer Joe Lanzisiero Interview, Part 1 In my continuing series highlighting the legends of Walt Disney Imagineering, this week I sit down with Joe Lanzisiero, former Senior Vice President of Creative at Walt Disney Imagineering. Joe joins me to discuss his personal journey, including his work at Walt Disney Feature Anim…
 
WDW Radio # 613 - Top Ten Celebrity Cameos in Walt Disney World Attractions This week, we're going to look at our Top Ten celebrity cameos in Walt Disney World attractions, both current and extinct, including some memorable, obscure, and curious ones... and a lot of trivia and fun facts along the way. ---------------------------------- WDWRadio.com…
 
WDW Radio # 612 - Our Disney Collections, Disney Treasures, and Collecting Disney This week, I invite you to join us as we discuss our "Disney Treasures" - collectibles, collections, and favorite items we have acquired over the years from the Disney Parks, Marvel, and Star Wars. We'll not only share stories of when, why, and how we added them to ou…
 
WDW Radio # 611 - Resort Report: Disney's Riviera Resort I'll introduce a new segment this week, the Resort Report, and begin with our first, and one of my favorites - Disney's Riviera Resort. I'll explain what the new segment entails, including the additional, complementary content beyond the show. We'll then look at our Ten Reasons to Stay at Dis…
 
WDW Radio # 610 - The Music of EPCOT: Future World - Part 2 In Part 2 of our journey through the Music of Future World in EPCOT, we head to the west side of the park and take an in-depth look at the songs, scores, and background music, both past and present from the Imagination pavilion, The Land, The Living Seas, Innoventions, and Communicore, as …
 
WDW Radio # 609 - The Music of EPCOT: Future World - Part 1 In my continuing series highlighting the music of Walt Disney World, this week we begin our journey through EPCOT, as we make our way through Future World. Together, we will take a virtual tour of the park, and look at the songs, scores, and background music, both past and present. We'll a…
 
WDW Radio # 608 - Top Ten Quiet Spots in Walt Disney World Sometimes you just need to get away from it all... which may be one of the reasons you go to Walt Disney World in the first place. But even when you're there, you may just want (or need) to sit back, relax, and find a quiet place and time to unwind, recline, or maybe even get some work done…
 
WDW Radio # 607 - Listener Email: History, Architecture, Extinct Attractions I open up the inbox and answer your questions this week, including some about Space Mountain history, Cosplay in the Disney Parks, Disney architecture books, Sleeping Beauty Castle backwards, build a lightsaber, Walt Disney World Citizen Test, a lost EPCOT attraction and c…
 
WDW Radio # 606 - The History of Halloween in the Disney Parks We celebrate the "spirit" of the season as we look back at the history of Halloween in the Disney Parks, from Disneyland's "Parade of the Pumpkins" to the many iterations and locations in Walt Disney World, and the vastly different celebrations in the Disney Parks worldwide. -----------…
 
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