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What’s New & Next at Walt Disney World: New Fantasyland, Art of Animation review, Trivia Contest & 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 #272 for the week of April 29, 2012.

This past weekend, Disney welcomed in media and moms from around the world as they kicked off their summer season by giving us a closer look into “What’s New and What’s Next” at Walt Disney World. From their Summer to Remember media event to the third annual Social Media Moms conference and celebration, we were able to get a closer look at changes and additions coming to the parks and resorts. We also heard from Disney executives, Imagineers and celebrities and got sneak peeks “behind the curtain” at the New Fantasyland and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. We’ll recap the weekend’s events and announcements, and share our thoughts on what this summer (and beyond) will have in store for Walt Disney World fans and guests.

I’ll have the answer and winner for last week’s Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week, and pose a new one for your chance to win a Disney prize package.

I’ll then have a few announcements and share new information about ticket sales to our The 1st Annual WDW Radio E-Ticket Event: An Evening with the Secret Society of Historical American Adventurers before playing 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.

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Question for YOU: If you could be Imagineer for the day and choose the theme for the next Walt Disney World resort, what theme would you choose?

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Disclosure: I was an invited guest of Disney for the Summer to Remember media event 

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9 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #272 – April 29, 2012”

  1. KKMMFAN1 says:

    i would choose the lion king because its a classical and the the movie is so powerful that everybody likes till this day and i will never forget it never in my life

  2. Sarah C. says:

    I would choose to have a themed resort after Walt Disney history and old films and old cartoons. It would be a way to tie in the old and the new.

  3. Gwen Maginnis says:

    Where do you go to submit an answer to the trivia contest?

  4. Dave says:

    I can’t really explain how it would work in real life, but I read a blog the other day that had an interesting idea. It would be really cool if there was some way to have a Swiss Family Robinson resort. I know the Tree Houses exist, but they’re not quite what I’d have in mind. This would be something that really gave you the feel of living in the tree, even though it’s a modern hotel.

    Other ideas would include taking a few of the top-of-the-line suites in the Disneyland Hotel and play those themes out in a full hotel, especially Pirates and Big Thunder Mountain. I’ve also been surprised that Disney has never built a castle-themed hotel of any kind so kids can be knights and princesses the whole stay.

    Of course, the Persian, Asian and Venetian would be super-cool to see come to fruition as well.


  5. nicholas says:

    i’m espcialy excited for the mine coaster.

  6. I would vote for a Hollywood Adventures resort similar to what is included in the HS park. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.

  7. Sheila says:

    The Hollywood Adventures sounds great. However I’m old school and would like to see something honoring Mr. Disney and his many loves, including trains.

  8. HeyHeyJP says:

    Sheila – you hit it right on the head! How about Disney’s Carolwood Resort? Tie in Walt’s backyard train, Casey Jr., the trains around the MK. In Strasburg, PA there is the Red Caboose Motel with rooms made out of old cabooses. Central area is parent’s room with double bed, one end is 4 bunks like in real caboose and other end is bathroom. Just think of the themeing that could be done. Nice idea!

  9. Chuck Zitta says:

    Being the nostalgic I am, and truly enjoying your “Disney Legends” podcasts, IMO, I would find it very intriguing if WDW added a resort that was themed to honor all of Disney’s Legends and it’s history. Different segments of the resort would honor artists, imagineers, musicians, etc, who would be grouped together by era. and/or their area of expertise (such as animators, musicians, engineers, park designers, Presidents, CEO’s, Park Managers etc.) And of course, there would be an area dedicated to Walt himself, which would be the core (hub) of this resort.

    In a nutshell, it would be a resort dedicated to the history of all things Disney. Including the food.

    It would be a relatively upscale resort, with a retro feel that would fit into the Deluxe resort category.

    Thanks again for another spectacular show, Lou!!!