Listen to the Show

Overnight in the Magic Kingdom, Live review of Mama Melrose’s, Wayback Machine – Plaza Swan Boats, New Contest and more!

Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello and this is show #122 for the week of June 7, 2009. Thank you for tuning in once again

Much of the magic we enjoy about Walt Disney World is often subconscious, yet very important, including and especially the constant expectation and fulfillment of a place that is always neat, clean and incredibly manicured. But we as Guests never get to see what goes on after the parks have closed to really make that magic happen. Well this week, I’m going to try and help paint a picture of what goes on when the last Guest walks out of the gates, as I speak with managers of the horticultural and custodial cast. They explain just some of what goes on as the Magic Kingdom comes to new life overnight in the park.

I just returned from Walt Disney World for some more research and to cover another Star Wars Weekends, but of course while there, a man’s gotta eat, right? So this week I’m going to try and experiment with something new, and a bit different. Join me on a literal roundtable, as a group of friends and I do a live, on-the-spot dining review of Mama Melrose’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We’ll talk about the menu, review the food, and chat with our server, who shares some of the backstory of the restaurant.

It’s time to take a trip once again aboard my Walt Disney World Wayback Machine, as we’ll head back to the Magic Kingdom, but this time back in 1973, as we look at the graceful Plaza Swan Boats, which plied the waterways around Cinderella Castle.

I’ll have another Walt Disney World trivia contest this week, but this time, it’s just a little bit different – with a different format and an all-new prize.

Listen for more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

You can email the show at or call the voicemail TOLL FREE at 888-703-2171.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week!


Click Here to Talk About This Week’s Show in the Forums




Our desserts and “review team” from Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

From left to right: Tim Foster, Tony M., Kat, Scott O., Glenn Whelan and Lou Mongello

Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Be sure to watch Lou’s new
Daily Disney Diary videos from his recent trip to Walt Disney World!

Purchase siged copies of Lou’s Walt Disney World Trivia Books and Audio Guides to Walt Disney World in the WDW Radio Store



Please come and join us for an upcoming

WDW Radio Show Meet of the Month!


RSVP: Not necessary, but if you want to let us know you’re coming, post in the FORUMS or on Facebook



2 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #122 – Overnight in the Magic Kingdom, Live review of Mama Melrose’s, Wayback Machine – Plaza Swan Boats”

  1. Chuck Zitta says:

    Is this the first LIVE restaurant review? I think it is! Awesome. Had the Fantasmic Lunch package at Mama’s our last time down. The food AND service was out of sight. We had an ADR for noon sharp, right when Mama’s opened. Got to wait in the lobby for a few minutes as the crew prepped the restaurant, just before opening. So, we were able to really take in the entry details. What a fantastic experience. Just wish I could remember our waitress’ name. She was so much fun to talk with and very knowledgeable. I believe she was from Michigan as well, where we’re from! So it made the conversation all that much better. Will definitely go back on our next trip down. Provided it’s still there with the Star Wars makeover coming? I’m sure there will always be a place for Mama’s! Got a kick out of the ‘nut’ part of your conversation AND how Glenn brought the conversation back to nuts. Too funny. I must say, this is one of my favorite ‘quiet little areas’ of the park as well. Hey, I can hear the Main Street USA Area Music – Loop in the background in your DSI with Ryan. Sometimes I listen to the parks loops when I’m working. Mentally, they put me in the parks. Thanks for another appetizing show, Lou!!!

  2. William Bragg says:

    One of my favorite episodes ever. A shout out to the unsung heroes of the park. I love discussing the landscape with my daughter while walking through the parks.