About WDW Radio
WDW Radio is the award-winning Disney podcast dedicated to celebrating the magic of Walt Disney World.
Hosted and produced by Disney expert, author, speaker Lou Mongello, this family-friendly show covers Walt Disney World news, vacation planning, reviews, trivia, history, contests and features interviews with Disney Imagineers, executives, and celebrities such as Actress Julie Andrews, Don Han, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Iron Chef Cat Cora, Alan Menken, Travel Channel Host Samantha Brown and more. The unofficial “Walt Disney World Information Station,” WDW Radio has been named Best Travel Podcast for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, and also features a blog, videos, live broadcasts, large community, and special events. The site is also home to Lou Mongello’s Walt Disney World Trivia Books, “102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World,” and Audio Guides to Walt Disney World.
Lou also hosts the WDW NewsCast, a weekly online video broadcast and chat covering Walt Disney World news and rumors where the viewers can voice their opinions and thoughts, comment on the news in real-time, ask and answer questions, and be an interactive part of the live broadcast. The show is also available immediately after broadcast on the WDW Radio YouTube channel.
About Lou Mongello – Visit LouMongello.com
Hi! I’m Lou Mongello. I am a Walt Disney World author, expert, host, speaker and entrepreneur. I have been podcasting since 2005 and am the host/producer of WDW Radio (http://WDWRadio.com), which has been named Best Travel Podcast for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the author of the Walt Disney World Trivia Books, 102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World, and the author/narrator of Audio Tours of Walt Disney World. I am also the founder of the Dream Team Project (http://DreamTeamProject.org), which sends children with life-threatening illnesses to Disney World.
I am blessed and honored to be able to share my passion for Disney with you in so many ways! I am not an employee of the Disney Company, nor am I compensated in any way for any content that I produce. I pay (full price) for all of my tickets, hotels, meals and merchandise (other than when I am invited to an event, which I always fully disclose). I simply love this place and what it means to me, and enjoy being able to share my honest thoughts about the things that simply make us happy about visiting Walt Disney World and the other Disney parks. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.
I am also the founder of the Dream Team Project (http://DreamTeamProject.org). I and so many incredible volunteers have been raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America since 2003 to send seriously ill children and their families to Walt Disney World. To date, we have raised more than $250,000.00 and sponsored the wishes of many families to visit Walt Disney World.
I used to be lawyer and owner of an IT consulting company in New Jersey, before leaving them behind to pursue my passion and share it with others. I am now an internationally-recognized expert on Disney, and a featured speaker who shares with businesses, associations and schools the magic of Disney and/or the power of social media.
I also like to bring some “Disney magic” into schools by bringing Disney into the classroom with engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining assembly programs, and am a youth motivational speaker who presents on a variety of topics designed show students how to create an exciting future by following their dreams and passions.
To learn more about me and what I do, or see how we can work together, please visit http://LouMongello.com
A little more about Lou Mongello…
Louis Mongello has been fascinated by Walt Disney World throughout his hundreds of visits, and in the process learned everything he could about the history, secrets and inner workings of the resort. He is an attorney who also owned an information technology consulting and web development firm. He was also the IT Director for a multi-modality medical imaging company in Edison, NJ.
Louis holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Villanova University and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. He served as law clerk to the Presiding Judge of the largest vicinage in the nation, and practiced law actively for 9 years. In 1995, he formed Imagine Enterprises, a computer consulting and web development firm. In 1999, the web site he developed for his company was voted as one of the 10 best in the state by New Jersey Monthly magazine. He is also a member of the national, New Jersey and World Chapters of the national Disneyana Fan Club, and is a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge (a comprehensive course that allows travel agents to develop their expertise regarding the Disney Destinations) and is a Disney Specialist (Disney Specialist indicates a travel professional with special knowledge of Disney Destinations. Not an agent, affiliate or employee of Disney).
Prior to writing the Walt Disney World Trivia Book, in 1990, Louis wrote, edited, self-published and marketed two editions and printings of “The DJ Handbook: A Complete Manual for the Beginning and Expert DJ,” which he promoted and sold through trade publications. Additionally, in 1994, he wrote the authoritative manual for law clerks to Superior Court judges for the largest county in New Jersey, which is still in use today.
Having been a reference source for friends and family planning trips to Walt Disney World for a number of years, he thought he should do something with all of the “useless knowledge” he had accumulated about his favorite vacation destination. So, the idea for the book was formulated out of personal interest in some of the lesser-known facts about the parks, general Walt Disney World trivia, and the “magic” that drives tens of millions adults and children on recurring pilgrimages to the resort.
Throughout his ongoing research into this project, Louis continues to add to his already vast collection of Walt Disney World memorabilia, including rare documents outlining Walt Disney’s original plans for his Florida project, dozens of books and articles about the parks, and materials only available to Walt Disney World Cast Members. Having spent countless hours pouring over text, video and images of Walt Disney World from construction to the present day, old property maps, and information about attractions which no longer exist, Louis continues to be fascinated by Walt Disney World trivia.
A message from the Lou about his Walt Disney World Trivia Books
I sincerely hope that you have as much fun reading this book as I did researching and writing it. I hope not only to enhance your love for WDW, but to spark your interest in what makes the magic really happen. Strangely enough, I find the more I learn about how Disney creates its wonderful effects and the extraordinary efforts Imagineers and Cast Members go through to make WDW so special, the more magical it becomes for me. I am still amazed at how things work, how my emotions are tapped, and how I always leave WDW with a smile on my face.
Lou has appeared on Fox35 television as a Disney expert, and has been interviewed, written and featured in: the Orlando Sentinel, StarWars.com, Robert Scoble, Southern Living Magazine, Cookie Magazine, Fodor’s, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and numerous others.