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WDW Radio: Your Passport to the Disney Parks and more! - WDW Radio is the award-winning Disney podcast dedicated to celebrating the magic of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Marvel, and Star Wars since 2005. Tune in and subscribe for Disney news, Disney vacation planning, Disney travel tips, Disney trivia, contests, deep dives into Disney history, interviews, theme park secrets, as well as attraction, dining, and resort reviews.

Hosted by Disney expert, author, and speaker Lou Mongello, this family-friendly show is your Walt Disney World Information Station, and has been voted Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years, and also features a blog, videos, LIVE video, welcoming community, and special events including monthly meetups, group cruises, On The Road experiences and more!

Over the years, WDW Radio has been graced by a plethora of esteemed guests. Disney Legends like Julie Andrews, the iconic Mary Poppins, Tony Baxter, Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, Richard Sherman, Bob Gurr, Alan Menken, Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle, Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel, and renowned Producer Don Hahn, have shared their stories and experiences. The podcast has also ventured into the Marvel and Star Wars universes with guests like Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, and Ashley Eckstein, the voice behind Ahsoka Tano. From Walt Disney Imagineers, dedicated Cast Members, to talented actors, writers, producers, authors, and many more, WDW Radio has been a platform for the voices that make Disney truly magical.

It is also home to Lou Mongello's Walt Disney World Trivia Books, The Disney Interviews book, 102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World, and virtual Audio Tours of Walt Disney World.

Lou is also the founder of the Dream Team Project, which has raised more than $550,000.00 to date to send children with life-threatening illnesses to Walt Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

Whether you're planning your next trip to Walt Disney World or simply reminiscing about your favorite Disney memories, the WDW Radio Disney podcast is your passport to the Walt Disney World and the Disney Parks around the world, Disney Cruise Line, Marvel, and Star Wars!

Learn more at WDWRadio.com

In addition to creating content around the Disney brands, Lou is also a keynote speaker, author, coach, and founder of the Momentum series of events and workshops for those looking to build their business and brand by sharing the magic of Disney, delivering exceptional customer service, social media, podcasting, live video, and community. Learn more at LouMongello.com

The WDW Radio Show - Your Walt Disney World Information Station Lou Mongello - Disney Expert, Host, Author, and Speaker

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    • 4.8 • 3.1K Ratings

WDW Radio: Your Passport to the Disney Parks and more! - WDW Radio is the award-winning Disney podcast dedicated to celebrating the magic of Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Marvel, and Star Wars since 2005. Tune in and subscribe for Disney news, Disney vacation planning, Disney travel tips, Disney trivia, contests, deep dives into Disney history, interviews, theme park secrets, as well as attraction, dining, and resort reviews.

Hosted by Disney expert, author, and speaker Lou Mongello, this family-friendly show is your Walt Disney World Information Station, and has been voted Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years, and also features a blog, videos, LIVE video, welcoming community, and special events including monthly meetups, group cruises, On The Road experiences and more!

Over the years, WDW Radio has been graced by a plethora of esteemed guests. Disney Legends like Julie Andrews, the iconic Mary Poppins, Tony Baxter, Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, Richard Sherman, Bob Gurr, Alan Menken, Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle, Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel, and renowned Producer Don Hahn, have shared their stories and experiences. The podcast has also ventured into the Marvel and Star Wars universes with guests like Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, and Ashley Eckstein, the voice behind Ahsoka Tano. From Walt Disney Imagineers, dedicated Cast Members, to talented actors, writers, producers, authors, and many more, WDW Radio has been a platform for the voices that make Disney truly magical.

It is also home to Lou Mongello's Walt Disney World Trivia Books, The Disney Interviews book, 102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World, and virtual Audio Tours of Walt Disney World.

Lou is also the founder of the Dream Team Project, which has raised more than $550,000.00 to date to send children with life-threatening illnesses to Walt Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

Whether you're planning your next trip to Walt Disney World or simply reminiscing about your favorite Disney memories, the WDW Radio Disney podcast is your passport to the Walt Disney World and the Disney Parks around the world, Disney Cruise Line, Marvel, and Star Wars!

Learn more at WDWRadio.com

In addition to creating content around the Disney brands, Lou is also a keynote speaker, author, coach, and founder of the Momentum series of events and workshops for those looking to build their business and brand by sharing the magic of Disney, delivering exceptional customer service, social media, podcasting, live video, and community. Learn more at LouMongello.com

    WDW Radio # 772 - Disney Legend Marc Davis: The Man Who Shaped the Humor and Heart of Disneyland - From the WDW Radio Archives

    WDW Radio # 772 - Disney Legend Marc Davis: The Man Who Shaped the Humor and Heart of Disneyland - From the WDW Radio Archives

    This week, we open up the Archives and journey through the creative genius of Disney Legend Marc Davis with special guest, my friend, the late, great, historian and author Jim Korkis.

    We’ll explore the wizardry behind Davis’s electromechanical marvels, and how Marc injected humor into beloved attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Jamboree, and the Enchanted Tiki Room, and learn about his lasting impact on Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. And you’ll be immersed in the stories of his iconic contributions to classic films, his analytical approach to animation, and how his mastery brought to life characters like Cinderella and the formidable Maleficent. You’ll also learn of the heartwarming love story between Marc and his equally talented wife, Alice, and the film they inspired.

    It’s an episode filled with nostalgia, inspiration, and a touch of pixie dust, and just as we pay homage to the enduring legacy of Walt Disney’s “Renaissance Man.” And I invite you to remember look for the visual cues that celebrate his life and work next time you’re visiting the happiest and most magical places on Earth.

    - What is your favorite Marc Davis attraction, gag, or character?

    • 1 hr 13 min
    WDW Radio # 771 - "Disney A to Z" with Steven Vagnini of the Walt Disney Archives

    WDW Radio # 771 - "Disney A to Z" with Steven Vagnini of the Walt Disney Archives

    Join me on a journey through Disney history as we open up latest edition of Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia with special guest, Steven Vagnini. Discover his journey from the parks to the heart of the Walt Disney Archives, and the challenges of ensuring the encyclopedia remains comprehensive and up-to-date amidst the ever-evolving Disney company.

    - What item would you look for if you could access the Walt Disney Archives?

    • 1 hr 6 min
    WDW Radio # 770 - Chris Hardwick and Brian Volk-Weiss from "Up for Auction" - Disney's Most Magical Memorabilia

    WDW Radio # 770 - Chris Hardwick and Brian Volk-Weiss from "Up for Auction" - Disney's Most Magical Memorabilia

    We’re unlocking the vault to the fascinating world of Disney memorabilia with a look at ‘Up for Auction,’ a new series on the CW that takes us on a thrilling journey through the high-stakes auction of Disney’s most coveted collectibles. Join me as I sit down with the visionary behind this captivating series, Brian Volk-Weiss (director of the Netflix series “The Toys That Made Us,” “The Movies That Made Us,” and “Behind the Attraction” on Disney+), and the series host, Chris Hardwick (from the Nerdist podcast and “The Talking Dead”) to uncover the magic, the memories, the people, and the stories behind each piece up for auction.

    - What piece of Disney memorabilia is your personal “holy grail?”

    • 59 min
    WDW Radio # 769 - Top Ten Romantic Places in Walt Disney World - From the WDW Radio Archives

    WDW Radio # 769 - Top Ten Romantic Places in Walt Disney World - From the WDW Radio Archives

    It’s Valentine’s Day, and possibly the most romantic time of year (although shouldn’t every time of year be romantic?), and so I wanted to bring a little bit of romance (and some ideas for those last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts for the one that you love… or like).

    So this week, I went back into the WDW Radio Archives to bring you our Top Ten Romantic Places in Walt Disney World from show 619. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, planning a surprise proposal, or simply looking to infuse a little extra magic into your time with a loved one, this episode is a treasure trove of romantic inspiration and experiences. You’ll discover free and spontaneous romantic moments, unforgettable experiences, and simple yet profound gestures that turn every day into a fairytale romance.

    - What is your most romantic place, restaurant, or experience in Walt Disney World?

    • 1 hr 22 min
    WDW Radio # 768 - Top Ten Things We Love About Adventureland

    WDW Radio # 768 - Top Ten Things We Love About Adventureland

    This week’s show comes to you directly from the heart of Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, where we recently recorded live. As the sounds of the jungle and distant pirate battles fill the air, we’re diving into the Top Ten Things We Love About Adventureland. From its mystical allure to the daring escapades (and definitely some food), join us as we discover together what makes Adventureland a treasure trove of wonders.

    - What is your favorite aspect of Adventureland?

    • 1 hr 3 min
    WDW Radio # 767 - Inventing the Impossible: Imagineer Lanny Smoot

    WDW Radio # 767 - Inventing the Impossible: Imagineer Lanny Smoot

    This week, I invite you to sit down with me and Imagineer Lanny Smoot, a visionary who has helped revolutionize the Disney Parks and Cruise Line with his groundbreaking technologies and inventions. Join me as we delve into stories behind and from the creative genius whose “one little spark” of inspiration led to him holding more than 100 patents that have transformed the way we experience the magic of the Disney Parks - from the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Lightsaber to the Haunted Mansion, and his latest creation which is set to profoundly transform industries beyond Disney, the OmniDirectional Floor!

    - Of all the technological advancements in Disney Parks, which one amazes you the most?

    • 48 min

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3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

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Great Disney Podcast

WDW Radio focuses on in-depth reviews and round table discussions about WDW’s many parks, attractions, restaurants, and hotels. The episodes are timeless. So having access to Lou’s extensive archive of more than 500 episodes means there always something to listen to.

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Much love to Lou and his “crou”

This is my favorite podcast for all things Disney. Lou’s positivity always puts a smile on my face.

I could go on, but I don’t want to take up too much time. Thank you Lou and your “crou” for the lovely podcasts. Have a good one!

PS: Thank you for recycling some of your classic podcasts for those of us that found your podcast more recently.

Scottiie D ,

Amazing Podcast with an even more Amazing message

Dear Lou,

I have been a long time listener of this podcast (around 15 years), and it never disappoints. Every week I tune into Lou on Wednesday nights, it will always be the box to me, and prepare for amazing time full of info and laughter as only Lou can produce. I am confident that Jim Korkis is smiling down knowing that the Disney Magic and knowledge is safe and alive within Lou and this show. You truly are a positive leader and role model for everyone in a difficult post pandemic world. I want to Thank You deeply for all of the love, laughter and legacy for this thing called Disney Magic, that you bring with a smile each week. Keep up the passion and always choose the good!!

P.S. much Love to Becki and Tim as well

Scott D
Massachusetts

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