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The WDW Radio Show - Your Walt Disney World Information Station

Lou Mongello - Disney Expert, Host, Author, and Speaker

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The WDW Radio Show - Your Walt Disney World Information Station

The WDW Radio Show - Your Walt Disney World Information Station

Lou Mongello - Disney Expert, Host, Author, and Speaker

120
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477
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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, welcoming community, and special events. It is also home to Lou Mongello's Walt Disney World Trivia Books, "102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World," and Audio Guides to Walt Disney World.

Learn more at http://WDWRadio.com

Latest Episodes

WDW Radio # 589 - The Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank That Never Was

This week, we will look at one of the most interesting, unique, yet obscure, unbuilt Disney Parks - The Disney-MGM Studios Backlot in Burbank. That's right, in the mid-80's officials from the city of Burbank, California worked towards an agreement with Disney to build a theme park, retail, dining, hotel, and studio in their downtown district. We will explore the early genesis of the idea, the dream, the Imagineers who worked on the project, storyline, and very detailed look at exactly what this complex was going to include... including some very odd concepts. Of course, we'll find out what problems caused this to not only never be built, but led to a longtime (possibly ongoing) feud for the Disney Company, as well as the overall aftermath... and what ideas survived.

103 MIN6 d ago
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WDW Radio # 589 - The Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank That Never Was

WDW Radio # 588 - Top Ten Countries We Would Add to World Showcase, History, Concepts, Lost Pavilions, and What May Be Next

This week, we visit World Showcase… the one that never was, and the one that might be. We will first look at the early history of the idea of bringing different nations to the Disney Parks, because it didn’t start in Epcot… but in Disneyland, with Walt Disney. We’ll explore early concepts for Walt Disney World, including its originally planned location... again, not in Epcot. Before exploring what we’d like to see come next to World Showcase, we’ll discuss what it takes to bring a new country to Epcot, as well as the spaces and places possible new pavilions can be located. We’ll then share our Top Ten Countries We Would Add to World Showcase, planned countries that were never built, and rumors of what may come next. Of course, I want YOU to share what country you’d like to see added to World Showcase, where, and why.

132 MIN1 w ago
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WDW Radio # 588 - Top Ten Countries We Would Add to World Showcase, History, Concepts, Lost Pavilions, and What May Be Next

WDW Radio # 587 - Listener Email and the “Best of the Best” in Walt Disney World

I’m going to open up the inbox again this week to answer your questions, and pose some for YOU to answer as well! Topics include: An extinct, unique show that took place in front of the Magic Kingdom, rumors of a new Disney water park, moderate resorts in Walt Disney World, current and former Disney parks music, and some "Best of the Best" lightning round questions.

79 MIN2 w ago
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WDW Radio # 587 - Listener Email and the “Best of the Best” in Walt Disney World

WDW Radio # 586 - Interview with Dan Lanigan, Creator and Host of Prop Culture on Disney+

As the host, creator, and executive producer of Prop Culture on Disney+, Dan Lanigan highlights the stories behind his quest to find, restore, and reconnect rare Disney cinematic props, costumes, and set pieces with the people who brought them to life on screen. Dan joins me this week to discuss his personal journey, the show, as well as the people, props, movies, stories, emotions, and some truly magical moments. He takes us to private collections, meets some surprise guests, and inside the Walt Disney Archives on his sentimental journey to films including Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Dan also shares advice on starting and curating your own collection, his Holy Grails of props, and what’s next!

61 MIN2 w ago
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WDW Radio # 586 - Interview with Dan Lanigan, Creator and Host of Prop Culture on Disney+

WDW Radio # 585 - Untold Stories of Walt Disney World with Former VP Dan Cockerell

I am joined by former Walt Disney World Vice President Dan Cockerell, who, in his nearly two decades with the Disney Company, was Vice President of Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom. Dan joins me again this week to discuss untold stories from Walt Disney World, and shares concepts of attractions that never made it to the parks. From Blue Sky concepts to original plans for what the Star Wars presence in the parks was going to be, and what may be coming for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, Dan recounts his first-hand experiences and personal stories from the parks and behind the scenes.

75 MIN2 w ago
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WDW Radio # 585 - Untold Stories of Walt Disney World with Former VP Dan Cockerell

WDW Radio # 584 - The History of Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Concept, Reality, and Opening Day: Part 2

We continue with our detailed look at the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as we approach Opening Day on April 22, 1998. We'll explore what the opening day looked like, from ceremonies to celebrities, to the first guests entering the park. We will also give you a virtual tour of the entire park, land by land and attraction by attraction, to give you a sense of what it was like to be there on opening day. We'll look at each of the attractions, shows, and parades, and how they changed from original concepts to opening day, and how they compare to what we have today.

128 MINAPR 21
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WDW Radio # 584 - The History of Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Concept, Reality, and Opening Day: Part 2

WDW Radio # 583 - The History of Disney’s Animal Kingdom - From Concept to Reality, Part 1

On April 22, 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened its gates and instantly established itself as something very different, and definitely “NAHTAZU.” More importantly, the park’s opening represented a continuation of Walt Disney’s dream for bringing unique animal experiences and an awareness of the importance of conservation, and truly living with the land to guests from around the world. This week, we will look back at the dream that became a reality, thanks to Michael Eisner. We’ll explore the early concepts, planning, and development, and the massive, collaborative effort it took to a create a living, breathing, evolving, and magical park, which embodies the spirit of edutainment.

103 MINAPR 14
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WDW Radio # 583 - The History of Disney’s Animal Kingdom - From Concept to Reality, Part 1

WDW Radio # 582 - Top Ten Disney Heroines

In honor of “Women’s History Month” (and just because they are awesome), this week we look at the some of the many important women in Disney history who are not just groundbreaking female leads, but global cultural icons, inspiring role models, and true heroes, and we’ll examine the qualities and characteristics each posses that make them so important and influential. And while there are many…. This week we are going to look at our Top Ten Disney Heroines from the worlds of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars.

142 MINAPR 3
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WDW Radio # 582 - Top Ten Disney Heroines

WDW Radio # 581 - Live Review of the 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Walk and share with us as we wander and taste our way LIVE through the entire 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. We explore each of the locations throughout Future World and World Showcase, sample and review the Best of the Best of the Festival, and share our Top 3 must-try items.

161 MINMAR 18
Comments
WDW Radio # 581 - Live Review of the 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

WDW Radio # 580 - Listener Email: Runaway Railway, Dessert Party, Tokyo, Future Transportation, Lost Disney Cruises

I open up the inbox this week and answer your questions. We start with a review of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, then discuss Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party, taking pictures on attractions, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea must-dos, EPCOT construction, future transportation options in Walt Disney World, can't-miss Disneyland, and Disney cruises you’re probably never taken (or probably even heard of), the World Cruise and Moonlight Cruise.

122 MINMAR 10
Comments
WDW Radio # 580 - Listener Email: Runaway Railway, Dessert Party, Tokyo, Future Transportation, Lost Disney Cruises

Latest Episodes

WDW Radio # 589 - The Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank That Never Was

This week, we will look at one of the most interesting, unique, yet obscure, unbuilt Disney Parks - The Disney-MGM Studios Backlot in Burbank. That's right, in the mid-80's officials from the city of Burbank, California worked towards an agreement with Disney to build a theme park, retail, dining, hotel, and studio in their downtown district. We will explore the early genesis of the idea, the dream, the Imagineers who worked on the project, storyline, and very detailed look at exactly what this complex was going to include... including some very odd concepts. Of course, we'll find out what problems caused this to not only never be built, but led to a longtime (possibly ongoing) feud for the Disney Company, as well as the overall aftermath... and what ideas survived.

103 MIN6 d ago
Comments
WDW Radio # 589 - The Disney-MGM Studio Backlot in Burbank That Never Was

WDW Radio # 588 - Top Ten Countries We Would Add to World Showcase, History, Concepts, Lost Pavilions, and What May Be Next

This week, we visit World Showcase… the one that never was, and the one that might be. We will first look at the early history of the idea of bringing different nations to the Disney Parks, because it didn’t start in Epcot… but in Disneyland, with Walt Disney. We’ll explore early concepts for Walt Disney World, including its originally planned location... again, not in Epcot. Before exploring what we’d like to see come next to World Showcase, we’ll discuss what it takes to bring a new country to Epcot, as well as the spaces and places possible new pavilions can be located. We’ll then share our Top Ten Countries We Would Add to World Showcase, planned countries that were never built, and rumors of what may come next. Of course, I want YOU to share what country you’d like to see added to World Showcase, where, and why.

132 MIN1 w ago
Comments
WDW Radio # 588 - Top Ten Countries We Would Add to World Showcase, History, Concepts, Lost Pavilions, and What May Be Next

WDW Radio # 587 - Listener Email and the “Best of the Best” in Walt Disney World

I’m going to open up the inbox again this week to answer your questions, and pose some for YOU to answer as well! Topics include: An extinct, unique show that took place in front of the Magic Kingdom, rumors of a new Disney water park, moderate resorts in Walt Disney World, current and former Disney parks music, and some "Best of the Best" lightning round questions.

79 MIN2 w ago
Comments
WDW Radio # 587 - Listener Email and the “Best of the Best” in Walt Disney World

WDW Radio # 586 - Interview with Dan Lanigan, Creator and Host of Prop Culture on Disney+

As the host, creator, and executive producer of Prop Culture on Disney+, Dan Lanigan highlights the stories behind his quest to find, restore, and reconnect rare Disney cinematic props, costumes, and set pieces with the people who brought them to life on screen. Dan joins me this week to discuss his personal journey, the show, as well as the people, props, movies, stories, emotions, and some truly magical moments. He takes us to private collections, meets some surprise guests, and inside the Walt Disney Archives on his sentimental journey to films including Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Dan also shares advice on starting and curating your own collection, his Holy Grails of props, and what’s next!

61 MIN2 w ago
Comments
WDW Radio # 586 - Interview with Dan Lanigan, Creator and Host of Prop Culture on Disney+

WDW Radio # 585 - Untold Stories of Walt Disney World with Former VP Dan Cockerell

I am joined by former Walt Disney World Vice President Dan Cockerell, who, in his nearly two decades with the Disney Company, was Vice President of Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom. Dan joins me again this week to discuss untold stories from Walt Disney World, and shares concepts of attractions that never made it to the parks. From Blue Sky concepts to original plans for what the Star Wars presence in the parks was going to be, and what may be coming for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, Dan recounts his first-hand experiences and personal stories from the parks and behind the scenes.

75 MIN2 w ago
Comments
WDW Radio # 585 - Untold Stories of Walt Disney World with Former VP Dan Cockerell

WDW Radio # 584 - The History of Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Concept, Reality, and Opening Day: Part 2

We continue with our detailed look at the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as we approach Opening Day on April 22, 1998. We'll explore what the opening day looked like, from ceremonies to celebrities, to the first guests entering the park. We will also give you a virtual tour of the entire park, land by land and attraction by attraction, to give you a sense of what it was like to be there on opening day. We'll look at each of the attractions, shows, and parades, and how they changed from original concepts to opening day, and how they compare to what we have today.

128 MINAPR 21
Comments
WDW Radio # 584 - The History of Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Concept, Reality, and Opening Day: Part 2

WDW Radio # 583 - The History of Disney’s Animal Kingdom - From Concept to Reality, Part 1

On April 22, 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened its gates and instantly established itself as something very different, and definitely “NAHTAZU.” More importantly, the park’s opening represented a continuation of Walt Disney’s dream for bringing unique animal experiences and an awareness of the importance of conservation, and truly living with the land to guests from around the world. This week, we will look back at the dream that became a reality, thanks to Michael Eisner. We’ll explore the early concepts, planning, and development, and the massive, collaborative effort it took to a create a living, breathing, evolving, and magical park, which embodies the spirit of edutainment.

103 MINAPR 14
Comments
WDW Radio # 583 - The History of Disney’s Animal Kingdom - From Concept to Reality, Part 1

WDW Radio # 582 - Top Ten Disney Heroines

In honor of “Women’s History Month” (and just because they are awesome), this week we look at the some of the many important women in Disney history who are not just groundbreaking female leads, but global cultural icons, inspiring role models, and true heroes, and we’ll examine the qualities and characteristics each posses that make them so important and influential. And while there are many…. This week we are going to look at our Top Ten Disney Heroines from the worlds of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars.

142 MINAPR 3
Comments
WDW Radio # 582 - Top Ten Disney Heroines

WDW Radio # 581 - Live Review of the 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Walk and share with us as we wander and taste our way LIVE through the entire 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. We explore each of the locations throughout Future World and World Showcase, sample and review the Best of the Best of the Festival, and share our Top 3 must-try items.

161 MINMAR 18
Comments
WDW Radio # 581 - Live Review of the 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

WDW Radio # 580 - Listener Email: Runaway Railway, Dessert Party, Tokyo, Future Transportation, Lost Disney Cruises

I open up the inbox this week and answer your questions. We start with a review of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, then discuss Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party, taking pictures on attractions, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea must-dos, EPCOT construction, future transportation options in Walt Disney World, can't-miss Disneyland, and Disney cruises you’re probably never taken (or probably even heard of), the World Cruise and Moonlight Cruise.

122 MINMAR 10
Comments
WDW Radio # 580 - Listener Email: Runaway Railway, Dessert Party, Tokyo, Future Transportation, Lost Disney Cruises

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