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Interview with Pete Renaday, Disney voice actor (Country Bear Jamboree, 20,000 Leagues, TTA 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 #232 for the week of July 24, 2011.

One of the things I enjoy doing on the show is recognizing and paying tribute to those people who have helped create the magic of the Walt Disney World parks that we enjoy today and have in the past. From Disney Legends to Imagineers, I feel fortunate to be able to share their stories in their own words. And this week, being able to hear from a person who has helped create some of that Disney magic is a real treat. From singing bears to an American President, his presence in the parks has been constant since Walt Disney World opened, and this week, I’m pleased to welcome Pete Renaday to the show. As Henry from the Country Bear Jamboree to President Lincoln and Captain Nemo, his career at the Disney Company started decades ago, and he shares his stories of meeting Walt Disney, working on animated films and his work in the theme parks. So just refrain from hibernatin’ and we’ll all enjoy the show, cause he’s got a lot to give.

I’ll have a few announcements before playing some of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show

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Question for YOU: Do you remember the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction? Do you miss the Tomorrowland Transit Authority story and Pete Renaday’s narration?


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8 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #232 – Interview with Pete Renaday, Disney voice actor”

  1. Alex Cenac says:


    I loved the interview with Mr. Renaday. I especially enjoyed the fact that he could recall great details of his earlier acting and voice work, but he didn’t really know if any of his voice work was still in the parks. I enjoyed his anecdote about meeting Walt Disney for the first time as well.

    Great job as always.

    I look forward to the next episode.

    See ya real soon.

    Alex Cenac

  2. Jim Hoffman says:

    Great interview as always. Keep up the good work.

  3. BluePanther says:

    Loved the show. Keep it up !

  4. Hugh Heaton says:

    What a wonderful interview with Mr. Pete Renaday. Thanks so much for putting this show together.

    Keep up the good work!

    Hugh Heaton

  5. Debbie says:

    What? Pete Renaday hasn’t been to WDW?!?!!??! Hurry, sign him up with Beci or maybe he could win a free trip at the expo!

    Great interview as usual, Lou. I admit to not being a big fan of the Country Bears but I might have to give them another try on my next trip. And I’ll be all the sadder not to hear Mr. Reneday’s voice on the TTA.

  6. Chuck Zitta says:

    Yes, Pete Renaday’s version of the TTA narration will always be my favorite. Was a great pleasure listening to your interview with Pete and the stories he had to tell. Pretty cool factoid; that his head was the exact same size as President Lincoln’s. Also was impressed hearing that it only took them an hour or two, to record his voice for the Mansion album. You just don’t hear stories like that anymore. Thanks again for another fantabulous show and all the hard work you put into each and every episode, Lou!!!

  7. William Bragg says:

    It was a sad, sad, day when Disneyland replaced The Country Bear Jamboree with Winnie the Pooh. Thankful it is still at WDW. Another Disney Legend interviewed to perfection.

  8. This is quite interesting. I have read quite a bit about Pete Renaday. He and I attended the same school. He also has another talent that I don’t see mentioned. He also sings quite well. would sing on our local radio station. His rendition of “The Old Lamplighter” has always been a favorite.

    Lou Jean Derouen