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Taking Walt to Walt Disney World, Disney Trivia Contest and more! – Apr. 7, 2013


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #319 for the week of April 7, 2013.

Walt Disney was never able to see his vision for Walt Disney World realized, and we often speculate on what he would think of the parks and resorts today. But this week, I want to imagine a bit further, and pose a different question to not just me, but you as well. So in this week’s Top Ten segment, we’re going to imagine taking Walt to Walt Disney World. If we could spend a day with Walt, what would WE want to show him at Walt Disney World… and why? I’ll then invite you to share your thoughts and comments as well

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– Lou Mongello

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23 thoughts on “WDW Radio # 319 – Taking Walt to Walt Disney World, Disney Trivia Contest and more! – Apr. 7, 2013”

  1. WesTheTallGuy says:

    Where would I go out to eat with Walt? Well… if he’s paying, why not Victoria & Albert’s?

    But knowing what Walt liked to eat (down home American food, food stands, etc), I’d pick Artist’s Point, or he and I would eat at Pecos Bills and go on Pirates of the Caribbean. Mmm.

  2. Johnathan Robinson says:

    Hey Lou,

    I’m an on and off listener to WDW Radio but now that I’m planning to go to WDW next year May, time to start catching up on my WDWRadio.

    What a great episode and idea! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Where to begin?
    I think you both developed a great list but if I were to add to the list, I feel Fantasyland in it’s entirety. Walt always had great plans and visions for Disneyland’s Fantasyland but the budget was not as kind to them. With Fantasyland now evolving to this grand kingdom within a kingdom, it would interesting to see his reactions. I live in Los Angeles and haven’t been to WDW since 2008 (college has been my big expense) so I can’t say from experience if it lives up to the hype, but as far as I know it does have all the great storytelling elements we’ve come to expect. It would be an enjoyable to see and hear his thoughts.

    Lou!! Why do you have to ask such hard questions???? Geeez… Where would I take Walt to stay on property? Hmmmmm…. I would have to say Walt should stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (I know I’m cheating) because it has everything Walt probably would’ve never considered before while at Disneyland. Walt was always about Disneyland being inside of it’s own little “bubble” meaning that the outside world can never penetrate the guest experience. Not only does WDW succeed in that in the parks but mostly at the hotels. In fact, Animal Kingdom Lodge extends the experience you had in the park and keeps that enclosure constant.

    Where would I take Walt to eat? Well… as most of us know, Walt LOVED his Chili and Beans to the place that has the best Chili. He was a simple man with simple taste (to paraphrase Jim Korkis) and probably wouldn’t have like a place like Victoria & Alberts. But rather, he should see if his palette has exceeded beyond his lifetime.

    Thanks again for a great show!

  3. Laurie says:

    I would take him to Wilderness Lodge as that resort is tastefully upscale. I would take him to breakfast at MK at Crystal Palace so he could see the children being happy. We would walk through the park as this is magical and we both can walk again the parks without pain. We would go back to Whispering Canyon cafe for lunch then off to AK to see Lion King and Nemo.

    Dinner would be at Hoop Dee Doo Review so we could talk about how the parks are for ALL guests nowadays. He would have a hearty meal. I think he would have been happy in a lounge talking about the company’s evolution and future. He loved fine dining based on the places he went to but I think he would be just as happy with ribs, chickens, and beans.

  4. Donnie says:

    I would love to take Walt on Toy Story Midway Mania! because he made Disneyland for families to spend time together. This is a ride that myself, my wife, my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son love to ride together. This ride has technology, story, character and characters, music and a rerideability factor. I think he would love it (minus the wait time).
    I would then take him to the Sci-Fi diner because it is our family’s favorite restaurant, and has good food, a great cast and spectacular (maybe even the best in WDW) atmosphere.
    Lastly, we would spend the night at Animal Kingdom Lodge where we could talk about nature and the animals of the lodge and surrounding savannah, the amazing story the lodge tells, and also cast members that make it like a vacation all by itself.

    As always thanks for a great show and Tim always does a great job

  5. David B says:

    While not as thrilling as Toad’s Wild Ride, I’d sure love to take Walt to the TTC before park opening to (1) see his reaction to how 50 years can inflate admission prices and (2) feel the anticipated release of endorphins with each first site of the distant castle.

    As calories are the most important part of any day, I’m certain that Walt would adore some of his chili and relaxing at Trail’s End. I, however, envision his enjoyment eating at “Dreamport”, described as the colorfully witty sensory uber-overloaded restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the Imagination pavilion. (wink wink)

    To end his magical day, it seems only fitting that Walt should finally get to enjoy his Cinderella Castle Suite.

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  7. DaveNew says:

    There are so many great places to stay at WDW. With Walt, however, I’m staying at the Contemporary. In the morning, when the trams are running through the building loaded with excited families headed to MK, there is no place more magical. Walt would love watching that excitement and joy.

    To eat, we’re going “new school.” Be Our Guest restaurant in MK has brought story-telling to a whole new level that would astound even the greatest story teller of all time. Walt, like the rest of us, would marvel at how well the imagineers have transported guests into the world of Belle and the Beast.

    As an attraction, I’d like to think outside the box a little. I’d like to go on an African Safari with Walt. We’ve talked a lot about Walt’s love of nature and animals, so I know he would love the fact that those who knew him best carried on that tradition. This especially appeals to me because it wasn’t really on his radar when he passed away. It would be a complete surprise that Animal Kingdom Park was added to the fold of EPCOT and MK. By the way, the Great Movie Ride at DHS, though completely different than the safari ride at AK, was oddly my second choice for the same reasons.

  8. Nicole D says:

    Great topic! You made me tear up a bit when you were discussing enjoying Caroussel of Progress with Walt!

    I would love to take Walt on the monorail, so he could see a variety of resorts and the beautiful landscaping and views of Magic Kingdom. I would also love to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris with him, because I think he would love the adventure, the opportunity to see the animals up close, and the way it completely transports the guests to another place.

    I also think it would be fun to ride Big Thunder Mountain with him- because when is it not fun to ride BTM?? but also I love the Wild West landscape and he might appreciate the railroad tie in.

    I agree that TSM would be great as well.

    Dinner and a resort are harder to choose. Maybe the Hoop Dee Doo Review for the show and family fun aspects, and then maybe a stay at Wilderness Lodge- I think he would appreciate the national parks lodge tie in and the immersiveness of the experience, as well as all the extra activities available there.

  9. Roger says:

    At first I was thinking about showing him the stuff I though was coolest/best. But then thinking back to the trip I just took. I would show Walt my son (2) having the time of his life. Show him Max running as fast as he can all the way up main street to touch Cinderella Castle. Show him Max going thru the classics (Pirates, Small World, Haunted, Tea Pots and Jungle Cruise) and how he runs pulling my arm because he is so exicted. How he points at everything thru the ride to show me, and how he sings along with every song. Then, show him Max’s favorite newer rides (Gran fiesta tour, Buzz Lightyear, Laugh Floor) and how he likes those just as much. I think it would be absolutly amazing to be able to show Walt that his dream is alive and well. How the place he created for parents to be with their kids is doing wonderfully. How the old classics he created 50 years ago still grab the attenion of a young kid and mesmerize them. And how the imagineers have continued his dream and kept the legacy alive.

  10. Becky Manion says:

    I loved this show, the idea was genius!

    I sat thinking for the whole podcast, if I had Walt with me for a day

    I would take him to Magic, and I also thought of Carousel of Progress, to show him the full circle and how true this show is.

    Pirates of the Caribbean, to show him it works much better as a boat ride, it has character, it’s a family, it’s a classic.

    Go on the monorail, see the views, and visit the resorts, to show they still have the original ideas, and how ,people love them, and how they have evolved.

    To Epcot, to show him how technology has evolved – Mission Space!

    To the Studios, to show how well the imagineers create such an amazing story as soon as you start queuing, Tower of Terror.

    Animal Kingdom – the safari to show him the real jungle cruise and how even though its many years later, his ideas still work and create ideas.

    I also would want to show him how he has created a community of people, and new friends, even relationships, I would show him the Internet – podcasts, forums, what his park has managed to do.

  11. Becky Manion says:

    AND… Forgot to write this!!

    Go to fantasyland, sit on a bench near the carousel, watch the families all having fun and creating memories together, spread your arms, and say
    “Walt, this is it, your dream came true”

  12. Craig Hargrove says:

    Great topic this week. My first thought like you Lou was Liberty Square. I think we can plus that with a Lunch at Whispering Canyon where Walt can see the wonderful cast members in action, and a true family restaurant. Followed by a boat ride to the Magic Kingdom from the Lodge. We won’t stop at the Magic Kingdom, only catch a Monorail to the TTC and transfer to EPCOT Center. I think Walt would love to experience the different modes of transportation and get a true view of the property. When we get to Epcot, head to The American Adventure, and let Walt experience what the Imagineers have created to showcase our heritage.

  13. Al Parr says:

    I think he would love to sit and look at all the information and activity about WDW on the internet. I bet he would love how the internet has helped people extend their WDW experience with ever positive, supportive, and loving on line community.

  14. David strangleman says:

    I’d love to take Walt to see the loving with the land ride in Epcot! I think he would love to see how people are still being educated on how crops are grown around the world!

    I would love to get him to stay the night in the Hollywood tower of terror in the boiler room before boarding the ride! The atmospher would be incredible!

    And for food? Well that’s the reason we go to disney! I would have to take him with my wife and they could both enjoy a trio of steak ribs and shrimp from the rainforest cafe! It’s my favourite!

    Lou as always you are amazing! I’ve only been listening to your podcasts for about three weeks but I’ve already gone back and listened to lots! We go to florida in may from the uk and you are making it so exciting!

    Thanks again keep up the good work!

  15. Dave says:

    So I’ve thought about this for awhile, took off my rose-colored WDW glasses and I think I may have a list of things I’d like to show Walt.

    I’d start with how far the technology has come with attractions such as Soarin’, Toy Story Midway Mania, Tower of Terror, Star Tours 2, and Test Track.

    Next, I’d like to show him how some of his early ideas and concepts have been developed into a modern day equivalent. For example, Kilamanjaro Safaris, and how Walt’s old True Life Adventure series has come to life. Or on another scale, Epcot as a whole as a permanent “Worlds Fair”. I think Spaceship Earth would have him grinning ear to ear.

    For my own personal selfish reasons, next I’d show him things that need his attention to be rivived and re-invigorated. The Imagination Pavilion, Innoventions, Malestrom, and the Universe of Energy at Epcot. Portions of Tommorrowland at Magic Kingdom that need to be rethought like Stitch, Indy Speedway, Cosmic Ray’s (sorry, Sonny Eclipse is gimicky and terrible). At Hollywood Studios an update to Muppetvision and a better use of space (sorry, no Carsland…Star Wars-Land, Muppet-land, Avenger/Marvel-land YES PLEASE). “He” has all of these licensed properties available to them. USE THEM!!

    Lastly, I think I’d show him Celebration. Even with some of its quirks and faults, that is the closest equivalent we have to his original EPCOT idea. Not sure what his reaction would be, but it would be interesting.

    Ok, I’m getting down off my high horse now (sorry Lou, I don’t need the soapbox). Great great topic. Would love to hear this discussed further on the Newscast

  16. Ben says:

    Wow. A great show as always.

    The one attraction i would have to take him in would have to be One Man’s Dream. I would want to show him all he had done for everything, and just how much we care about him. I would also show him some of the amazing technology that has grown here.

    Where he would rest his head, it would have to be the Wilderness Lodge for me. It is the best resort in my opinion (also my fav).

    To eat, I would take him to to a character meal. I choose this because of how he could see how happy the kids are!

  17. Bill Whitney says:

    I’ve only listened to this Podcast a little over halfway so I hope my comments weren’t covered (which would make me look Dopey!)
    First off I thought about Walt’s disappointment at the commercial clutter that surrounded Disneyland. I would love to take him to the top of the Contemporary Hotel to see how his World looks and watch the fireworks with him over the Magic Kingdom.

    On a side note I had to point out that as a Disney fan this topic brought a slight tear to my eye more than once as I listened. (even now as I type this.)

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  19. Heather Stoskopf says:

    Hi Lou! Loved the show, as always!

    Ok, I’d take Walt to Spaceship Earth. I just love the entrance to the ride, with the moving platform and continuous motion ride vehicles. The whole ride is fantastic, and I know Walt would be happy to see the timeline of progress. It’s also my family’s first ride each time we come to Disney World, so it’s very special to me!

    I would want Walt to stay at the Caribbean Beach Resort in Jamaica. That cluster of rooms is located across the lagoon from the main area, which requires you to stroll on this gorgeous wooden walkway to the Old Port Roylae for food and swimming. Along this pathway are hidden speakers playing Caribbean music, which gives the area that Disney touch!

    For dinner, I’d take Walt to the Biergarten! First of all, the food is amazing…especially the cauliflower soup! I’d get us the beer sampler and make sure to ask him to do the polka with me as well!

  20. Fred Aebli says:

    This was a cool idea Lou. I would love to spend the day with Walt in EPCOT and hear his thoughts on all that it has become. But I would love to get a sense of his passion and excitement on where it still needs to go.

    Oh, I would also take him on the Tower of Terror, then grab a snack and “people watch” on a bench of his choosing in Disney Studios. As I think he might be curious to see how thrill rides have come into play along side great story telling.

  21. Lor says:

    First, this is one of my VERY favorite episodes,I loved it! I love the CoP idea but the first thing that popped into my head was the American Adventure. Not only does it have the amazing Audio Animatronics that he was so in love with, I think it is a wonderful acknowledgement of his quote “Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is growing this red, white and blue stripe.” Then, there’s Golden Dream at the end, the song and the movie, I think he would really love what they did with it. It may be cliche’ but I think he would love Wilderness Lodge, partially because of the amazing job they did keeping the theme but there is also the Carolwood Pacific room in the DVC Lodge. There are so many places to eat but I, too, would take him to Liberty Square to share my favorite Liberty Tree Tavern with him.

  22. Tim Williams says:

    If I had one day and one night to show Walt around, here is what I would do:

    For the first half of the day we would meet in a large warehouse somewhere on WDW. This warehouse would have been filled with maps, blueprints, models, and plans. The morning would be spent with every available imagineer going over what had happened since Walt died. There would be questions and answers and then the imagineers would get input on future projects. I imagine Walt would love it all, pouring over the plans and models and making comments and suggestions. I think Walt would let the imagineers know how proud he is of their work and how they have expanded on his vision. Their would be hugs and tears all around.

    Then the afternoon would be hands on. Walt might ride a ride or two, but most of the time would be spent walking through each park and talking to the visitors. I would ask them to explain to Walt what WDW has meant to them over the years, and what it means now. This would be the icing on the cake when Walt learns what we all think of the “package as a whole.”

    Id’ take Walt to a character breakfast, a counter service lunch at Be Our Guest, and a dinner at Epcot – his choice. 🙂 Then for the evening I’d have Walt stay at the Boardwalk. I think he would like the class and atmosphere and ability to walk from Epcot. But berfore retiring, I would show him videos of the closing show at Magic Kingdom, and then Walt would do his own live version that night.

  23. Chuck Zitta says:

    Going to answer this before I here the answers you and Tim come up with.

    1. First and foremost, I would take Walt to Epcot, since this was his focus for Disney World. Would love to see the expression on his face when we walked him into the park. We would tour Futureworld in the morning and possibly ride an attraction or two.

    2. We would not eat in one place, but rather, would sample food from many of the World Showcase pavilions. Giving him a chance to take it all in. Possibly a walk over to the Boardwalk/Crescent Lake area. Very peaceful and one of my favorite areas of WDW. Dinner comes later.

    3. Then, take the monorail to stay at the Contemporary resort. Rooms would have a view of the Magic Kingdom. Dinner would be at the California Grill, so he could take in a view of the Magic Kingdom while we enjoy our meal and a conversation. Then, assuming the Magic Kingdom has Extra Magic Hours that night. Take him to tour the Magic Kingdom, including a ride on the railroad. And finally, head back to the Contemporary resort, for a nightcap and more conversation about what he saw that day, his ideas/dreams, and what he thought of his experiences that day.

    Thanks again for another fabulous show, Lou and Tim!!!