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WDW Radio # 352 – Top Ten Myths of Walt Disney World, new contest and more! – March 2, 2014


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #352 for the week of March 2, 2014.

This week, join me as we look to explore, uncover, debunk or confirm some of our favorite Disney urban legends in our Top Ten Myths of Walt Disney World.

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– Lou Mongello

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35 thoughts on “Show # 352 – Top Ten Myths of Walt Disney World, new contest and more! – March 2, 2014”

  1. kidmd says:

    Regarding the Pirate chess board…

    I took a Keys to the Kingdom tour in Feb 2013. We were told by the tour guide who was a former Pirates cast member that the pieces are in a stalemate, and that Marc Davis’ sketch is taped to the bottom of the chess board (and that MD put it there) and that the pieces are now glued permanently to the chess board so they can’t be moved.

    I would be interested if anyone else has heard this on the Keys to the Kingdom tour. Our guide seemed to have first hand knowledge of this and I assume the “facts” that these cast members share are carefully screened since this was an official behind the scenes tour.

    Also I take great offense to the premise that people do not watch hockey. Hockey is the greatest spectator sport ever invented. If I ever meet Lou, he better be prepared to “drop the gloves”. Just kidding. We all love you Lou.

  2. Hannah Kennedy says:

    There is the whole myth about the “ring” on the ground outside the Haunted Mansion. I have heard the story of the ring being the bride’s who threw the ring out the window and that’s where it landed. But I have also heard that it is just the remains of a fence that used to be there. There are people that swear by both stories. What is the truth to this legend?

  3. Brian says:

    The Casablanca myth might actually be true…just not in the way people think of it. Yes, they used a prop plane for the scenes with the actors – but an actual plane DID appear in the movie, in a brief shot, flying by the airport…and THAT has a good chance of being the plane in GMR. It’s just in a scene that it was not part of.

    See here:

    I’m surprise Jim Korkis hasn’t mentioned this to you… πŸ™‚

  4. Ricky James says:

    One of my favorite myths is that WDW wants to expand the monorail system but at an estimated “million dollars per mile” it would be cost prohibitive. I think that would that be a great price if it were actually true (but it’s probably much more).

  5. Top ten mythes.
    Hello Lou. Fact or fiction. The mural on the left and right side entering the LAND is identical.
    The answer is they are not identical. Can you tell me why?
    Have fun,

  6. Rob says:

    My wife considers herself a Disney afficianado and claims that there is a road on disney property with rumble strips that play “When You Wish Upon a Star”. Sounds like a great urban legend, but could it be true?


  7. Brian says:

    On the rumble strips – they tested the idea of doing that, but I heard it was “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” that it would play. They decided not to do it though.

    On the monorail – yes, a LOT more than $1mil/mile. If it were that “cheap”, they’d do it. πŸ™‚ There is a lot more to expanding it than just the beams – they already have had power problems with what they have. They’d need a new power distribution system. They’d also need more trainsets – which aren’t exactly off-the-shelf units and would cost a lot of money. etc. etc.

  8. Top ten mythes.
    Hello Lou. Fact or fiction. The mural on the left and right side entering the LAND is identical.
    The answer is they are not identical. Can you tell me why?
    Have fun,

  9. Ben Goddard says:

    Hi Lou! Loved this episode, as I truly enjoy mythbusting.

    I was reminded of a myth that I had not heard in a while during my recent trip to the Magic Kingdom. After posting a photo of me biting into a turkey leg, two Facebook friends replied that I was eating “emu” or “not turkey”.

    I corrected them, in that it is indeed “Tom Turkey” that is served, and not hen turkey. Source: DisneyFoodBlog (

    This still seems to be a relatively common myth — that the turkey legs are not turkey but *something else*.



  10. keith says:

    When I was a CP CM there were 2 stories about guests doing bad things to characters.

    1. During biker week, a group of bikers kidnapped Minnie, held her over their head and made it to the front gates.

    2. During the after prom high school night (forgot what it was called) A group of guests threw a character into the lake by Adventureland.

    Not sure either is true, but made for fun speculation.

  11. Lisa says:

    Saving Mr. Banks did get an award nomination, for best score. But Gravity won.

  12. Ana Kurland says:

    My favorite myth is that Walt and Roy were Spanish orphans adopted by the Disney family. It was in a book I read.

  13. Sara says:

    I have been listening to you for a long time and this time I laughed my tush off. I was on the In Walt’s Footsteps tour and the whole tour I had to bite my tongue. I know my Disney history well.
    My favorite myth is in the Haunted Mansion the stretching room is a elevator. Also the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is haunted. I have photos taken in the loading area fill of Orbs. I have shown to CM and I had one CM tell me it was photo flairs.

  14. Mike Roberts says:

    I was at WDW back in 2011 and was dissapointed to see two myths I believed were not true.
    1/ The rubbish bins in Main Street empty directly into vacuum tubes under the street, and never need to be emptied by cast members.
    2/ As the trains at Magic Kingdom are powered by Bio fuel (made from used oil that made fries) as the train goes past you can smell fries.
    Only a little dissapointed. Loved the trip to Walt Disney World.

  15. Craig Hargrove says:

    I had heard a few years back that the girl who sings the opening for wishes was a “make a wish” child and to sing for Disney was her final wish. I know this is not true.

  16. Brian says:

    The Stretching Room at Haunted Mansion _is_ an elevator – at Disneyland. It was done that way for a reason (I’ll leave it to the reader to figure out why πŸ™‚ ), but that reason didn’t exist at WDW, so they created the same illusion, but a different way…

  17. Sara says:

    That one of the busts at HM is Walt.

  18. Dan says:

    I am a little late to the party here, but I have to chime in on kidmd’s comment about hockey.
    Greatest spectator sport for sure. Let me know when you are going to meet up with Lou and I’ll take the penalty for “Third Man In”

  19. Natalie Taylor says:

    Is it true that walt is FROZEN under Pirates of the Caribbean Like pretty sure this is an urban ledgend.

  20. John says:

    I don’t think the math is right in the first myth. If the problem was that the decimal was in the wrong position (4500 per day vs. 45000) then the revised number of total attendees should be 10 times larger than the initial number.


    The number given in the podcast was 16 million as the correct number, but I think you only calculated for one year, not two.

    So, if 45000 per day is correct, and the expo was open for all 730 days, and the attraction never shut down (etc…) the correct number of attendees should be just under 33 million.

  21. Randy says:

    Free turkey legs. On a recent trip to Hollywood Studios my daughter and I ordered a turkey leg and we were told it would be free if we gobbled like turkeys. We did and got it for free. Not sure how they picked use but it was late in the evening.

  22. Stephanie Andrews says:

    I have two favorite myths. One for Disneyland and the other at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

    At Disney land its the story that there is a basketball hoop at the top of the Matterhorn Bobsled ride.

    The other one on Walt Disney World is the mouse that cheers for FSU on Splash Mountain. We thought that it was just a story until we heard it on one of our many rides. The mouse drops from the celling right when you make the turn to go up the hill for the final drop and says “FSU”.

  23. Mark says:


    As per the Haunted Mansion ring. My finace asked the castmember outside the ride to help her find it and he nodded towards the ground near the trashcan outside and in the concrete there is definitly a wedding ring.

  24. Brian says:

    Mark…was that before or after the queue was redone? The original “ring” definitely appeared to be a segment of pipe that had been cut off at ground level – similar to a pipe that they might put a rope post in.

    When they redid the queue, they obliterated it…but then they put an actual ring in…

  25. Mark says:

    It was one week ago today.

  26. Kelly says:

    In response re: Myth #1: the 16,000,000 is a correct calculation with the 45000 per day, as the World’s Fair was not open all year, but only April-October … 4/22/64-10/18/64 and 4/21/65-10/17/65 … so, 179 days x 2 years x 45000 = 16,110,000.

  27. Steve says:

    In response to Randy, I used to work at Toluca Turkey, where you got the Turkey Leg at DHS. The way that it was decided to do free turkey legs are based on the tray color you receive. When I worked there, I believe that it was a yellow tray. And they are randomly put in the tray stacks to show up about once every half hour. I hope I helped bust this “myth”!

  28. John says:

    Kelly – thank you for the clarification. I stand corrected.

  29. Cecilia DuVall says:

    My favorite urban legend is the one about a ghost that inhabits Pirates of the Caribbean, and that if you don’t acknowlege by saying hello to “George” when you are on the ride, it will break down. Ask any cast member that works on Pirates and they will know all about George.

  30. John says:

    The lady who was positive that Cinderella’s castle was but with over 300,000 stones is only partially wrong or at least definitely confused…there are over 300,000 tiles that were used to create the mosaics in the arch way with good likenesses of john hench and herb ryman in the design. I just started listening to your show it was great! Looking forward to more!

  31. victoria W says:

    this myth i heard when i first arrived for my DCP. it’s about the little girl who sings in wishes. I was told that she was a make a wish child who wanted to be a part of a disney fireworks show so they made wishes and recorded her voice for the song and she later passed away of cancer. now i have no idea if this is true or not so if anyone would want to clarify please do !

  32. Chuck Zitta says:

    It’s funny that you mentioned the Tom Fitzgerald quote “If you can dream it, you can do it”. Just so happens, last Christmas, sure as sugar, someone gave me a wooden plaque with this quote on it. AND, the credit was given to Walt. Of course, I just smiled and said thank you :0)

    Did you ever try out the “gobble like a turkey” myth to see if you get a free turkey leg? That would be hilarious! Would really like to know. That’s a good one.

    I think the myth Tim mentioned about the “center of Disney World” and the monorail running through the Swan and Dolphin that you mentioned, have to be two of my favorites. The number of bricks needed to build the castle is a pretty good one as well.

    Always look forward to listening to the top tens.

    Thanks again for a very entertaining show, Lou and Tim!!!

  33. Kyle says:

    I’m VERY late to the party. That’s because I’ve decided to line up all of the Top 10s with Tim Foster because I find them so very entertaining.

    I had to write because I was baffled by the lady on Lou’s tour who was so adamant that Cinderella’s Castle did have upwards of 300k actual concrete stones. I even did a Google search to try and find where she may have picked up this falsehood. Suddenly I remembered something very important from my days as a Cast Member in 2008. That is, the importance of always… always maintaining the integrity of the show.

    In other words, the cable going from the top of the Castle to one of the buildings in Tomorrowland is not a zipline for the Cast Member performing as Tinker Bell, but rather is there to keep the Castle from floating away after night after night of being showered with pixie dust. There is only ONE Mickey Mouse in Walt Disney World. And yes, the Castle DOES contain actual stone bricks!

    I’m going to give this woman the benefit of the doubt and suggest that this is all she was doing. Keeping the magic alive.

    Just want to say I love the Top 10s. My favorite way to listen to them is to hear the topic, press pause, open Evernote, and jot down my own answers. Please continue having these as a show staple as I am certain they are a popular favorite.

  34. MacKenzie Rayman says:

    Can we please please do another show of this? This was my absolute favorite show and I would love a 2016 return of this segment? Please? Go Tim Foster on nailing this episode!

  35. Russ Hatfield says:

    While doing the The UnDISCOVERed Future World tour, Our group was made to huddle together in a circle and were told we were now standing in the center of WDW property. I believe it was on the compass in future world. True or not it was an interesting moment.