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Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #292 for the week of September 16, 2012.

I want to help you have the best possible Disney vacation experience, and bring you some Disney magic to to wherever you are with this podcast, videos, blog, live broadcasts, events and more. You can find it all at

I’ll open up the inbox this week to answer some of your Walt Disney World vacation planning, history, trivia and other questions. Topics we’ll cover include the Walt Disney World Marathon events, Captain EO, backstage tours, Disney transportation, dining recommendations in Walt Disney World and Disneyland, some of my favorite Walt Disney World books, and non-Disney background music in the parks. We’ll also talk about some nostalgic Disney Channel shows about the Disney parks, and pose a question of the week for you to weigh in on as well.

Then test your Walt Disney World knowledge and answer our Trivia Question of the Week for your chance to win a Disney prize package.

I’ll then have some quick announcements about upcoming events, Disney charity auction, and more coming soon. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

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

Information and Links from This Week’s Show:

My recommended Disney books and DVDs on the WDW Radio Resources page –

The Centorium at EPCOT Center – the answer to last week’s Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week!

Thanks to Beci Mahnken from MouseFanTravel for joining me on this week’s show!

Question for YOU: What type of show(s) would you like to see on the Disney Channel? Would you like to see a weekly show about the Disney Parks? Leave your answer in the comments section below

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30 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #292 – September 16, 2012”

  1. Sheila says:

    Absolutely, Something on the line of D23 Mag.
    The behind the scenes info and the history of it all.
    also a look into the future, of all the parks.

  2. Lindsey D says:

    I would love to see more cartoons with classic characters such as Jake and the Neverland Pirates “Peter Pan returns”. My 3 year old son LOVES Peter Pan from watching this show and can’t wait for our visit to Walt Disney World, especially our Pirates and Pals evening. I would LOVE, LOVE, Love to see shows on Walt Disney World or Disneyland adventures. Cartoon or just insider traveling shows. We would DVR every episode!

  3. Steve Peterson says:

    Two additional great places to eat are Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian (be sure to get your reservation in advance) and Jiko at the animal KingdoM Lodge

  4. Jim O says:

    I can’t believe they don’t have a show on the Disney Channel about the Disney parks. There is so much going on with them. They could showcase different parks or attractions each episode. It would be a great big Disney infomercial!

  5. Ros says:

    I remember this short that would come on the Disney channel between shows on commercial breaks called imagineer that with a robot named Tom Morrow (paging mr morrow, mr Tom morrow) anyways, it showcased some of the cool things imagineers were up to while encouraging kids creativity and imagination. It’s what sparked my dream of getting into technology (and hopefully one day imagineering as well!). I wish they would bring something like that back to the Disney channel. I of course also loved all the Disney afternoon shows and probably should be ashamed to admit, but I’m not, that I own a DVD collection of duck tales and talespin episode :).

  6. Patti says:

    I would love to see more about the parks, classics, the old Walt Disney Wonderful World, and maybe even the old Mouseketeer Club. Hope to see it happen!

  7. Chris says:

    I personally would like to have either a separate channel for all of the classic movies/shows from years past. I would love to be able to turn on the TV and see that Disney Channel Classic is playing The Jungle Book (original), or Peter Pan. Even bringing back some of the old shows like the Mickey Mouse club, or Davey Crocket. That would be great!

  8. Sarah says:

    There used to be a late-night show called Disney Vault – I wish that was still on!

  9. Jeremy Crittenden says:

    Anything pre-Lizzie McGuire era would be great on a “Vault Disney” type channel. As a child, I LOVED watching Welcome to Pooh Corner, Dumbo’s Circus, Adventures in Wonderland, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Gummi Bears, etc. I would give anything to see those episodes again!

    I would even allow some of the series based on Disney films like Legend of Tarzan, Emperor’s New School, The Little Mermaid series, etc. to be on as well.

  10. 8OEarredPirate says:

    For the listeners that are going on their Honeymoon, I definitely will recommend doing a tour. My husband and I did the Keys to the Kingdom tour when we went on our honeymoon. It was the most fantastic experience we’ve had. It also brought us closer together in our conversations about Disney since I am the Disney fan in our household (and slowly trying to convert him..LoL)

    We also reserved a dining reservation for Cinderella’s Castle and got to see the fireworks from within the castle.

    A tip I would give is wear your hats and pins. We even wore matching shirts (something we do normally) each day we were in the parks (as well as in Universal Studios). We always got special treatment and even received a special parking pass for Animal Kingdom and a giant cookie in Magic Kingdom’s Main Street Bakery. All these things were just given to us. We also made sure to ask certain characters for specific pictures like Aladdin proposing to Princess Jasmine as my husband did the same to me and Mickey proposing to me while my husband proposed to Minnie (apparently he still doesn’t wanna put a ring on her finger yet) LoL. We were also married in the Italy Showcase in Epcot when the 5 muses do their show. 😀

    I truly had the best time and every once in a while, my husband and I turn to each other and say “Can we go on our Honeymoon again?”. As long as you enjoy each other and do little surprises for each other (like my husband dipping me in different locations at the park for pictures including at Cinderella’s castle in front of Cinderella) you will always cherish that memory.

    Good luck and Ros, the show segment was called “ImaginEAR that”.

  11. Rich T says:

    My dream channel would be a full-blown “Vault Disney” that broadcasts not only classic Disney cartoons and short films, but every episode of The Wonderful World of Color and all the great old Disney Channel series like “Avonlea” and “Five Mile Creek.” And, definitely, bring back Epcot Magazine.

  12. Anthony K says:

    I would love to see re-runs of “Disneyland” and
    “Wonderful World of Color”. At least show Walt’s introductions along with some of the old shows like Davy Crockett. The old Mickey Mouse Club would be great too. More Chip&Dale vs Donald Duck and other vintage cartoons. We loved the Disney Channel when it used to show all that old stuff. Then they “purged the vintage content”, and it’s been all since then.

  13. Mike says:

    I am listening to the show right now and happened to hear the question from the writer who wanted a source for finding and buying Disney music. These readers should be told of a great site called . This site is laid out by park and resort and organizes links to iTunes, Amazon, etc. where, if possible, the related music may be purchased.

  14. Lisa says:

    A show on the Disney parks would feed my entire families obsession with going to the parks! We could dream and plan as we watch!

  15. Ichabod says:

    As a kid, there was nothing better than seeing the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights. I would love to have a channel that would play the TV shows and movies from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s (perhaps call it Classic Disney). If Disney could intermix behind the scenes shows profiling various attractions of the parks with the vintage programing, I don’t think I’d ever change the channel.

  16. Rob Croskery says:

    I would love a show that did the creative underpinnings of popular attractions past and present. The Adventurers Club would be worth several episodes on its own! Also Horixons, Mr Toad, Space Mountain…etc.

  17. Wes Snyder says:

    I always enjoy hearing about the Marathon weekend. However, the half, full, and goofy have been sold out for a few weeks now. If someone’s looking, they can join a charity team, or run the 5K. (Or choose another of the many runDisney races!)

  18. keith storms says:

    I would love to see some of the old classic Disney cartoons. Dont get me wrong, I love technology and all the things they’ve done with cartoons, (Pixar) but theres just something about the classics that remind ME of being a kid.

  19. Dana Fritchie says:

    I would love to see a weekly show that features the WDW Resort. There is so much they could feature! The rides, the resorts, the magic!

  20. Danny says:

    Extreme Makeover (Vacation Makeovers). I could highlight everything Disney has to offer in ALL of their properties, all over the world. I would be like Make a Wish meets Extreme Makeover. Inspirational and promotional. Win-win.

  21. Tyler says:

    I completely agree with a second Disney channel. A throwback to my childhood and earlier. Start at the 90s shows and work back to the classic Walt Disney Wonderful World of Color. If not, a show like WDW Inside Out (I think it’s called that) would be great that goes behind the parks and rides.

  22. Staci Jones says:

    I wish they would go back to ToonDisney instead of DisneyXD. I would love to see House of Mouse come back. You had classic cartoons mixed with some newer animation. Also, the Disney Afternoon (Rescue Rangers, Tale spin, Duck Tales), Vault Disney, Dumbo`s Circus, and Pucca (which was part of Jetix).

  23. Samantha says:

    I would love to see some of the Vault Disney/”World of Color” and “Disneyland” sorts of things, as I’m only 19 and obviously never had a chance to see any of that and I’m very interested in all things vintage Disney. I whole-heartedly agree with everyone who said they’d love to see Disney Afternoon programming return (especially Goof Troop – Max is my favorite!), but I’d also love to see shows that were featured on Disney’s One Saturday Morning, and I wouldn’t mind seeing some of the Lizzie McGuire – era TV come back..I’d say I loved Disney Channel up until shortly after High School Musical came out.

  24. Definitely a show on the parks, the inside scoop, new stuff old stuff, the past the future, perhaps mixed with some visitor videos character interactions and those cm who go above and beyond.

    Furthermore, I wouldn’t mind if the Disney Channel would pay give more attention to the classic disney movies. (Perhaps less of the shout-out-loud dime a dozen teeny bopper stuff)

  25. Lydia says:

    I loved the show Disney’s Inside Out!!!! Yes, I would love to see something like that again.

  26. Kim says:

    I think after bedtime would be a great time for the Disney Channel to switch gears and throw in some old classics. People LOVE experiencing things from their childhood. It makes them feel young again, and that’s what Disney is all about!

    I also love the idea of the “Behind the Scenes” and “Documentary” style. I don’t know many people who could flip to an episode of the Wonderful World of Disney and not stop and watch, even if they’re not “hardcore” Disney fans, like many of us. Once people begin to learn about the story of the Disney parks, they won’t be able to keep themselves from wanting to go and experience the magic firsthand.

  27. Ed says:

    They definately need to do features on the parks, especially WDW. They should even bring back alot of the tv spots back from the DTV days too.

  28. Alex says:

    On a channel called Destination America, there are occasionally hour-long programs about Disneyland, Disney World, and the Disney Cruise Lines.

  29. Alex says:

    Also love the Gravity Falls intro music there at the end.

  30. Chuck Zitta says:

    Yes, a weekly show covering the parks would be awesome! Not just on current park coverage, but also the history/development, interviews with the imagineers, how the movies connect to the parks, special anniversary coverage, etc. What a great idea!

    Could also have a show that covers the magic behind the animation, the history of, biographies on the animators, the technology, etc.

    There are so many fascinating topics when it comes to Disney and their history, I would think there would be no problem digging up subject matter/content to create a show or two that specifically cater to the adult audience.

    Thanks again for another spectacular show, Lou and Beci!!!