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WDW Radio # 356 – Top Ten Walt Disney World Attraction, Restaurant and Resort Backstories – March 30, 2014


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Topic: Everything we experience in Walt Disney World is rooted in story, whether it be an attraction, shop, restaurant or resort. And for most guests, the story may not always be readily apparent, but when the dots are connected and the story revealed, it enhances our appreciation, understanding and enjoyment. So this week, we’re going to look at out Top Ten Backstories in Walt Disney World, and ask you to share your favorite with me.

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6 thoughts on “Show # 356 – Top Ten Walt Disney World Backstories – March 30, 2014”

  1. Susie D says:

    I know Lou mentioned at the beginning of the show no one has written a big book of Imagineering – yet. I have been thinking about this for a while now and I think there should definitely be at the very least a book published with a backstory of all the WDW resorts – I would buy that in a heartbeat. It would be so interesting to have these stories that so often get overlooked published and written down to pass on to future generations so they do not get forgotten. I think this could definitely be a future Lou Mongello/Jim Korkis collaboration project – those two would be great for it!

  2. Mark says:

    Susie D: I’m currently reading “Dream It! Do It!” by Martin Sklar. Look into it, I think that might be what you are looking for. It’s an amazing read so far. http://www.amazon.com/Dream-It-Do-Half-Century-Creating/dp/1423174062

  3. Susie D says:

    Mark: Thanks so much, I’ll definitely check that out!

  4. Craig Hargrove says:

    Lou has recommended in the past that the field guides for each park are also a great reference for back stories. There is a new one coming out for California Adventure. They are also pocket size so you can take them into the park. Enjoy!

  5. Mark S. says:

    Several books on or about Imagineering. The Imagineering Fieldguides (already mentioned) are awesome! Here are some more of my favorites:

    -Designing Disney, Imagineering and the Art of the Show by John Hench and Peggy Van Pelt

    -The Imagineering Way, Ideas to Ignite Your Creativity by the Imagineers

    Search imagineering books on Google and you find many more!

  6. Chuck Zitta says:

    Love the accents guys!

    Some of my favorite backstories:

    1. Haunted Mansion (of course)

    2. Splash Mountain

    3. Typhoon Lagoon

    4. Big Thunder Mountain

    5. Tower of Terror

    6. Mount Everest

    7. Backlot Express

    8. Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures

    9. Wilderness Lodge

    10. Huck Finn Island

    That’s a good start for me…

    Thanks for another great show, Lou, Tim and Daniel!!!