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Trip Report and reviews, Hidden Treasures, news, rumors, interview with Mark Seppala from the Disney Design Group and more!

Welcome back to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World information Station, hosted by Lou Mongello. Thanks for tuning in once again. This is Show #16 for the week of May 27, 2007.

I’m back from Walt Disney World with my trip report and some wonderful information including some attraction and restaurant reviews, Cast Member stories, news and rumors, and some true “insider information” about something new coming to one of Walt Disney World’s theme parks early next year. As this trip afforded me the chance to meet Jeff Pepper, whom you’ve heard on a number of segments with me, he will join me to talk about the trip and some of the experiences we shared along the way. There’s a lot more to this report than just a summary of our trip, as we include our review of the Gran Fiesta Tour, a suggestion about how to possibly improve the ADR (Advanced Dining Reservations) system, some dining reviews, and introduce the first of a new “Hidden Treasures” segment, where we discuss the experience of an Illuminations Cruise.

I also came back with an exclusive interview with Mark Seppala, Senior Design Manager for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. If you’ve ever purchased a souvenir, decoration, seasonal piece, home decorations, art or collectible, chances are he had a hand (literally) in creating it. He shares fascinating stories about his career at Disney, some of the legendary artists and animators he met, the process of creating merchandise and Disney pins, and even offers tips and suggestions for someone looking to join the Disney Design Group.

Of course, I will cover this week’s Walt Disney World News and Views, as well as take a trip to the Walt Disney World Rumor Mill, where we look at some rumors about merchandise, FASTPASS, Soarin’ and more.

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1 thought on “Show #16 – May 27, 2007”

  1. Chuck Zitta says:

    Being a graphic designer/product developer by profession for over 20 years, I really enjoyed your interview with Mark Seppala. If only I could turn back the clock, I would head down to Orlando and pursue a career with the DDG. Great show, Lou!