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Live roundtable trip report from WDW including restaurant reviews, Food & Wine reviews from World Showcase, Steve Schussler – creator of TRex Cafe, the Adventureland Challenge Contest Winner and so much more!

Hello everybody and welcome once again to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello and this is show #86 for the week of September 28, 2008.

I’m back from a busy week in Walt Disney World with a full recap of the week’s events, including News and details about what is coming for 2009, including the Celebration Vacations, changes and new additions to the Wide World of Sports Complex, and a new experience in Fantasyland with Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. I’ll talk to some executives with Disney to discuss just what’s coming next.

I’ll talk about my trip with a number of other friends and listeners to the show, as we recorded our recap of the week live from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. We’ll talk about everything from our experience at the newly reopened Nine Dragons restaurant in World Showcase, dinner at the Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the last nights of the Adventurer’s Club, and if we didn’t talk about food enough, I’ll play our live reviews from the promenade as we review samples from each Wonderland kiosk at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival. It’s a first-hand, on-the-spot review of many of the culinary delights being offered at the Festival from now through November 9, 2008.

We’ll also talk about other events throughout the week, and the Inaugural Expedition Everest Challenge 5K race that took place this past Saturday. Many of us faced the Yeti and lived to tell about it, so here’s our recap of the race and party.

I also have an exclusive interview with Steve Schussler, the creator of the Rainforest Café, Yak & Yeti and Downtown Disney’s newest dining experience, the T-Rex Café. He joins me to talk about his incredible personal journey, and the creation of some of Walt Disney World’s most unique restaurants.

Finally, I’ll reveal the Grand Prize Winner of the Adventureland Challenge Contest, and crown the Ultimate Adventurer.

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2 thoughts on “WDW Radio #86 – Live roundtable from Walt Disney World and Interview with Steve Schussler”

  1. Chuck Zitta says:

    This episode created some serious hunger issues for me! Everything sounded so good. Enjoyed the drinking family as well. Been quite a while since we went to the Food & Wine Festival. From what I can remember, we really enjoyed it. I think there was a pottery station somewhere between China and Germany, where the kids were able to make their own pots. Pretty cool. Will have to get back there soon. Probably without our boys, since they are older now. With friends would be nice. I know it’s waaaay too late, but, congrats to Kathy (Cathy?) the Ultimate Adventurer. Loved hearing the phone call. Thanks again Lou for another wonderful show!

  2. Kari Downing Reese says:

    Loved the reviews on Food & Wine; definitely a favorite and never gets old listening to food reviews and remembering some favorites; yum! Also, since I’m listening now in 2016 to this recording from 2008, it was great to hear your comment toward the end of hoping for a nighttime adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the future….and here we are coming up on Rivers of Life in April 2016! *o* Kari