Steven Barrett and Lou Mongello, prominent authors of books about Disney parks in both Orlando and Anaheim, are heading West to the first ever get together for the membership of D23, the â€œofficial community for Disney fans.â€
The D23 Expo (the name is a reference to the year Disney was founded) runs from September 10 through 13 and will feature a dizzying array of events along with opportunities for Disney buffs to meet each other and rub shoulders with prominent members of the community.
Barrett and Mongello will both have booths at the Collectorsâ€™ Forum, a marketplace for Disney memorabilia and assorted ephemera. The Forum is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily during the Expo for D23 members; members of the general public will not be admitted until 9:00 a.m.
Mongello will be holding forth from Booth C-120, greeting fans and offering his books, Audio Guides to Walt Disney World, and copies of Celebrations Magazine for sale.
Mongello has built his following through his Walt Disney World Trivia Books, Vol 1 and Vol 2. In addition, he maintains a blistering pace producing video and podcasts for his site WDWRadio.com.
Lou also will also be covering the event with both audio and video, interviewing participants and, if Internet capability is available, offering a chance to broadcast the event live with video, and chat with viewers who were unable to make it to Anaheim.
Steven Barrett, an emergency room physician in his Orlando home town, is the author of Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide To Walt Disney Worldâ€™s Best Kept Secrets, just released in a fourth edition, and Disneylandâ€™s Hidden Mickeys, just out in a second edition.
Barrett will be greeting fans and autographing copies of his Disneyland book, which is for sale in the parks and resort hotels. He hopes to meet some of the many people who helped him uncover new hidden Mickeys in Disneyland and who are acknowledged in the new edition. Barrettâ€™s booth number has not yet been released