Audio Guides

Lou Mongello's Audio Tour of  Walt Disney World - Adventureland is the second in this continuing series of guided audio walking tours of the Walt Disney World parks.

Continuing where Main Street, USA left off, Lou will take you on a journey through Adventureland.

As we cross over the central hub into the next land on our tour, we leave the Victorian charm and elegance of Main Street, USA and days gone by, and journey into the exotic lands of Adventureland.

Here, the stage will be set for the stories of swashbuckling pirates, exotic rivers, African jungles, Middle Eastern adventures and South Seas journeys that will be told to us in a visual, three dimensional environment.

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"Here is world of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young and to the young-at-heart: to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true." —Walt Disney

Our journey through the Walt Disney World® Resort continues to through Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom - a place where dreams come true. It is a land that is steeped in history, both real and imaged, and is one that is deeply rooted in Walt Disney’s personal desire to create a place where families could have fun – together. Along the way, you will learn about the incredible details, secrets and history of Fantasyland and discover fascinating bits of trivia, enhanced by the ambient, three-dimensional sounds of Walt Disney World in the background.

Welcome to your guided walking tour of the history, trivia, hidden treasures and overlooked details of Walt Disney World. In this series of audio guides, author and award-wining podcaster Lou Mongello will take you on a tour of the Walt Disney World® Resort. This series will begin with each of the lands of the Magic Kingdom, and continue on to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and more.

Listen anytime to get that feeling of “being there” as we explore the parks in depth to help you plan your next magical vacation. You can also take the guide with you to the parks in order to enhance your experience. For those listeners that are visually impaired, you can experience Walt Disney World virtually at home, or take the tour along when you visit the parks, as Lou describes your surroundings in detail.

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Please note that the CD is 80 minutes in length and is slightly abridged from the full download version

Please note that if the pre-order CD is purchased with other CDs in the series, the ENTIRE order will not ship until the CD version of Frontierland begins shipping in late September

"All of us have a cause to be proud of our country's history, shaped by the pioneering spirit of our forefathers. Our adventures are designed to give you the feeling of having lived, even for a short while, during our country's pioneer days." - Walt Disney

Welcome to your guided walking tour of the history, trivia, hidden treasures and overlooked details of Frontierland in Walt Disney World.

In this series of audio guides, author and award-wining podcaster Lou Mongello will take you on a tour of the Walt Disney World® Resort. In this audio tour, we're going to head out to the Wild West of Frontierland of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Unlike the dangerous realities of the real early American frontier, we'll look at the glorified and romanticized West of the movies, television and tall tales.

Listen anytime with the ambient, three-dimensional sounds of the parks in your ears to get that feeling of "being there" and as we explore the parks in depth to help plan your next magical vacation. You can also take the guide with you to the parks, in order to enhance your experience while you're there.

For those listeners that are visually impaired, you can experience Walt Disney World virtually at home, or take the tour along when you visit the parks, as Lou describes in detail all that surrounds you.

In this audio tour, we're going to head out to the Wild West of Frontierland of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Unlike the dangerous realities of the real early American frontier, we'll look at the glorified and romanticized West of the movies, television and tall tales.

Our journey through the Walt Disney World® Resort continues on from our last journey through Liberty Square, seeing how the two lands are connected, and through real American history, folklore and "westward ho" expansion.

We'll look at the Frontierland that never was with a look back in time at Thunder Mesa and the Western River Expedition, then journey through FL from where we left off in Liberty Square. We'll follow America's expansion westward and through time looking at the history and hidden details of attractions such as the Liberty Bell and Tom Sawyer Island. We'll cross the Mississippi into this growing western town, into all the shops and their individual histories, as well as those of every attraction like the Country Bear Jamboree.

We'll see what was there on opening day, and what became of extinct restaurants, shops and even some attractions. Along the way, Lou will point out the stories behind everything you see, as well look at some incredibly detailed locations, including Pecos Bill's the Golden Oak. Of course, we'll talk about the stories, history and details of the Splash and Big Thunder Mountains, and how everything ties in with the story of the real old west, the growth of America as a nation, ties to Walt Disney and Disneyland, and the people who made Walt's dream a reality.

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"Past this gateway stirs a new nation waiting to be born. Thirteen separate colonies have banded together to declare their independence from the bonds of tyranny. It is a time when silversmiths put away their tools and march to the drums of a revolution, a time when gentlemen planters leave their farms to become generals, a time when tradesmen leave the safety of home to become heroes. Welcome to Liberty Square"

Welcome to your guided walking tour of the history, trivia, hidden treasures and overlooked details of Liberty Square. Unique to Walt Disney World, it represents the fulfillment of one of Walt Disney's personal dreams to let guests interactively experience the significance of American history and folklore. It is a land that is a land that is less about fantasy and more about reality, and is replete with details and significance in design and architecture.

In this series of audio guides, author and award-wining podcaster Lou Mongello will take you on a tour of the Walt Disney World Resort. This series will begin with each of the lands of the Magic Kingdom, and continue on to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom and more.

Listen anytime to get that feeling of "being there‚" as we explore the parks in depth to help you plan your next magical vacation. You can also take the guide with you to the parks in order to enhance your experience. For those listeners that are visually impaired, you can experience Walt Disney World virtually at home, or take the tour along when you visit the parks, as Lou describes your surroundings in detail.

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NOW AVAILABLE from Lou Mongello, the author of the Walt Disney World Trivia Books and host of the award-winning WDW Radio Show Disney podcast, Lou Mongello's Audio Guide to Walt Disney World will be your tour guide to the Walt Disney World Resort through a series of audio CDs!

Starting in the Magic Kingdom with a detailed walk down Main Street, USA, Lou will narrate your way around Town Square, through every shop and past every window, pointing out details on your journey. From there, he will take you through the entire Magic Kingdom's lands, attractions, shops and shows. Along the way, you will learn about the incredible details, secrets and history of each land, and discover fascinating bits of trivia.

Additional CDs will cover Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, all of the Walt Disney World Resorts and Downtown Disney!

Imagine planning your Walt Disney World vacation at your computer, while you exercise, or in the car ride down!

The tour will also be incredibly valuable to Guests who may be visually impaired and want to add a new dimension to their visit to Walt Disney World, or help plan for their magical experience while at home. The first in the series is Main Street, USA. Shortly thereafter, you will be taken through each of the lands of the Magic Kingdom, and eventually through all of the Walt Disney World theme parks.

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Mickey's Toontown Fair was the first and only new land to be added to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom since its opening in 1971, and also shares the distinction of being the first and only to be removed as well.

In this guided walking tour, we will look at the history of Mickey's Toontown Fair, from the temporary land created as a birthday present for Mickey Mouse, to it's changes through the years, and the incredible details, trivia, hidden treasures and tributes to the Golden Age of early Disney animation. We'll tour the vacation homes of Mickey and his pals, and explore the rich layers of detail and stories that make this land more than simply a play area for children.

In this series of audio guides, author and award-winning podcaster Lou Mongello will take you on a tour of the Walt Disney World® Resort. This series will begin with each of the lands of the Magic Kingdom, and continue on to Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom and more.

Listen anytime to get that feeling of "being there," as we explore the parks in depth to help you plan your next magical vacation. You can also take the guide with you to the parks in order to enhance your experience. For those listeners that are visually impaired, you can experience Walt Disney World virtually at home, or take the tour along when you visit the parks, as Lou describes your surroundings in detail.

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Books

Save Money For & At Walt Disney World!

Bringing the family to Walt Disney World is something so many families dream about, plan for, and SAVE toward. Guess what? A Disney vacation doesn’t have to take years of saving and budgeting! In this comprehensive, detailed guide, Disney expert Lou Mongello will detail for you 102 ways you can have the most magical Disney vacation without breaking the bank, AND give you 40 FREE things to enjoy, eat, do and collect!

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Walt Disney World Trivia Book: Secrets, History & Fun Facts Behind the Magic

by Louis A. Mongello

Walt Disney World fans just can't get enough information about the world's most popular family destination! Now you can add another dimension to any family's visit to the resort with a book that is both informative and can be used as a game. Not a travel planner, not a guidebook, but a unique and entertaining collection of hundreds of multiple-choice trivia questions, filled with secrets and interesting, little-known facts about all aspects of Walt Disney World. This book will help you discover Walt Disney World's secrets, history, hidden treasures, and the little details that make everything so wonderful. It is divided into six chapters.

The book is divided into chapters that correspond with the resort's sprawling geography, encompassing the theme parks, resort hotels and more! Chapter One covers the "World" in general; the next four chapters cover each of the theme parks; and the sixth and last focuses on the areas "Beyond the Parks" - the resort hotels, the monorail, Downtown Disney, and the water parks. Each chapter begins with multiple-choice questions, followed by the correct answers and additional fun facts about the subject. Chapter Two: The Magic Kingdom opens with general questions about the park and then is subdivided by land (Adventureland, Frontierland, etc.), while Chapter Three: Epcot, starts with general questions and then is subdivided by its two "Worlds." Thus, a question about Space Mountain, for example, would be found in the Tomorrowland section of Chapter Two. The questions in Chapter One challenge you to remember WDW history and to identify where in WDW you might find a particular character, prop, attraction, etc. or hear a particular line of dialogue (taken from an attraction script or theme song).

It also includes questions related to any and all parts of WDW. Chapter Six, in contrast, quizzes you specifically on your knowledge of the non-theme park parts of WDW. Walt Disney World has gone through many changes in its 30-plus years. So some questions let readers take a step back in time to revisit original concepts and attractions that no longer exist. Fans who miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride or were never able to experience Horizons firsthand, for example, can stay in touch or get better acquainted with them here. To add to the fun, you'll find fascinating tidbits of information highlighted throughout the book. Looking for all the information you can get about a particular ride, resort, or whatever? Check the Index and look for your subject by name. And try not to be too disappointed if you don't find it. While this book contains hundreds of questions about Walt Disney World, WDW has thousands of nooks and crannies. One book simply can't cover them all.

Arranged geographically and presented as brain-teasing multiple choice questions, the book lets you test your own hard-won Disney knowledge. Then, turn to the answers to get in-depth historical and background information that will add new dimensions to your enjoyment of your favorite vacation destination. Use it to pass the time in line or put it by your bedside for a "daily dose of Disney." Use it for friendly competitions among family and friends or secretly bone up to dazzle everyone with the depth of your Disney scholarship.

You can also read it at home while you plan your trip, keep the kids amused on the plane or in the car, use it to prepare for your visit to the parks, play trivia games and conduct "spot quizzes" while waiting in line, or relive the magic of your visit back at the hotel or once you get home!

It's a whole new way to enjoy the Disney magic for fans of all ages!

Here are just a few of the hundreds of multiple-choice questions you can find in the Walt Disney World Trivia Book:

How many attractions were running on the Disney-MGM Studios' opening day?
a.) 5
b.) 7
c.) 9
d.) 11
ANSWER: a.) 5 The Studios opened May 1, 1989, with just five attractions and an exhibit. They included The Monster Sound Show, SoundWorks (the exhibit), and SuperStar Television (all presented by Sony), plus The Great Movie Ride, The Magic of Disney Animation, and The Backstage Studio Tour (later split into two attractions, a tram tour called Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour and a walking tour called Backstage Pass ).
Where will you find the "Torre del Cielo"?
a.) Mexico Pavilion
b.) Pecos Bill Cafe
c.) El Pirate Y El Perico
d.) Pirates of the Caribbean
ANSWER: d.) Pirates of the Caribbean The Torre del Cielo ("Tower of the Sky") stands near the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean in Caribbean Plaza. Near the top of this tall tower, you will find a working clock.
There are four character greeting trails at Camp Minnie-Mickey in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
a.) Rainforest
b.) Arbor
c.) Jungle
d.) Mickey
ANSWER a.) Rainforest The four trails character greeting trails in Camp Minnie Mickey are: Forest, Arbor, Mickey, and Jungle, and guests can meet Mickey and his pals there every day.

Did You Know? When Walt Disney World turned 15 years old in 1986, prizes were given out every 15 seconds. Tickets given to guests entering the park awarded the prizes, which ranged from small buttons to full-sized automobiles.

About how many acres of the more than 30,000 that make up Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) are actually developed?
a.) 4,500
b.) 7,100
c.) 11,000
d.) 21,000
ANSWER: b.) 7,100. WDW comprises 47 square miles of land. With less than one quarter of it developed, there's quite a lot of room for expansion - even allowing for the 7,500-acre Wildlife Management Conservation Area set aside by Walt Disney himself.
What is the largest pavilion in Epcot?
a.) Mission: SPACE
b.) The Living Seas
c.) The Land
d.) Ellen's Energy Adventure
ANSWER c.) The Land The Land pavilion measures 253,780 square feet and covers six acres. Its main building holds up to 3,600 people and currently includes three attractions: a guided behind-the-scenes tour, a great little food court, and a wonderful character-meal restaurant. It will have a fourth attraction when Soarin' opens in 2005. As you enter The Land, you will pass the largest flower bed on property. It measures 20,000 square feet and contains about 20,000 plants. Working greenhouses and labs are also housed in this pavilion.

Did You Know? That there are exactly 12,213 parking spaces in the Magic Kingdom's parking lot? And by 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, they're completely filled up!

And that's just a small sample of some of the questions and fun facts you'll find in the Walt Disney World Trivia Book!

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The Walt Disney World Trivia Book VOLUME II

Explore hundreds of new WDW secrets and fun facts with this ALL-NEW collection of multiple-choice questions and little-known details about the world's most magical destination. Dip in for a fun fact to brighten your day. Or take it along on your next trip to Disney World to add extra magic to your visit

Some reviews of Volume II...

Lou has done it again with another Disney trivia book, that's anything but just another trivia book! He has a tremendous amount of dedication and really has done his homework! If you want to be the "Disney World know it all" this book is for you.

- D. Oneal,

I was hooked on your book from the very first page! After having rec'd a loaner copy of your book from one of my Disney "fanatic" employees, I went straight to a local Barnes and Noble to get a copy for my brother. Your "About the Author" reminded me so much of him, as he is articulate, intelligent, fun loving and still 12 years old in a 29 year old body. I and my family will be spending much time enjoying your book, reminiscing about our trips, and eagerly anticipating the next opportunity we have to go "The Happiest Place on Earth". - DWP, RN

Lou has dug up enough tidbits... that make this more than just for the Disney-fanatics like himself and his podcast fans. He makes the book interesting for anyone who likes Walt Disney World... I would recommend it to any family planning a Walt Disney World vacation as a great way to get psyched up for the trip. - Doug

This book will open up a whole new world within "The World" to you. Your vacation experience will be enhanced 10 fold as you bring all of Lou's trivia and facts with you on your next Disney vacation. A must read for any true Walt Disney World fan. - RPI

I loved Volume I and was so excited to hear that Volume II was on its way. Rest assured that Volume II does not contain facts already in Volume I! A lot of work was definitely put into this book and I thoroughly enjoy sharing these fun tidbits of information with family and friends who also have a love of all things Disney. The book is organized in a 'quiz-like' format so it's easy to quiz yourself and check your answers on the answer pages. Absolutely a fun read! - Arianne

Half the book is devoted to hundreds of multiple choice questions; the other half answers each question at length with fascinating tidbits about the history and operation of Walt Disney World... [An] amusing means to while away time in the car while driving to Disney World. - Midwest Book Review

A New Generation of Disney World Secrets, History and Fun Facts

Did you know that Walt Disney had an apartment built for his family inside Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World (WDW) in Orlando, Florida? If you know where to look, you can spot it on your next visit.

"Look for three tall windows with pointed arches near the top of the castle, facing Fantasyland and Liberty Square," instructs Louis Mongello, Disney World fan extraordinaire and author of a series of trivia books about the popular family resort.

Mongello has collected thousands of fun facts about the design, creation, maintenance and upkeep of the world's most popular vacation destination, from the number of passengers the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad can accommodate (thirty), to the centerpiece planned for Disney's Animal Kingdom before Disney Imagineers settled on the Tree of Life (a giant carousel).

Test Your Disney World Knowledge

1. The first large parcel of land used for WDW was purchased from whom?
a) An Orange county resident
b) A Florida state senator
c) The state of Florida
d) Busch Gardens
2. It may be a pirate's life for me, but about how long is the actual boat ride in Pirates of the Caribbean?
a) 4 minutes
b) 10 minutes
c) 16 minutes
d) 21 minutes
3. What science fiction writer collaborated on Spaceship Earth?
a) Isaac Asimov
b) Carl Sagan
c) Gene Roddenberry
d) Ray Bradbury
(Answers at bottom of page)

"I find the more I learn about how Disney creates its wonderful effects and the extraordinary efforts they go through to make WDW so special, the more magical it becomes," he explains. And he loves to share that magic.

In 2004, Mongello mined his knowledge of all things Disney World to write The Walt Disney World Trivia Book, a compendium that tests the reader's knowledge with a series of multiple-choice questions and fact-filled answers. The book scored a resounding success with Disney fans the world over who use the book to quiz each other for points, or just for fun, as they travel to WDW, wait in line at the attractions, or just dream of going there.

Egged on by fans who frequent the forums on his web site, DisneyWorldTrivia.com, Louis Mongello redoubled his research efforts to create a second volume. The Walt Disney World Trivia Book, Volume 2, is packed with close to a thousand new facts, questions and answers. The book is arranged geographically and has an extensive index, making it easy to zero in on the topics that are of most interest.

Mongello first visited WDW at age three, just a month after the park opened. He has been collecting Disney lore ever since. Now a successful attorney and an expert in computer databases, he is sharing his love of all things Disney with a new generation of Mongellos. "That's my daughter, Marion Rose, on the cover of Volume 2," he notes with pride.

If you're curious about Walt's secret Cinderella apartment, Volume 2 offers the inside story. It seems Walt never got to stay there; he passed away before construction was completed and the project was abandoned. Since the park opened, the space has been used for storage, a telephone switchboard, and a dressing room. Recently, Walt Disney World announced plans to turn the space into an actual apartment and offer stays there as a prize in an upcoming promotion.

Here's What the Critics Say About Volume One:

"Browsing through the pages of The Walt Disney World Trivia Book is almost as much fun as being there!" -- The Bookwatch

"I would recommend this book to any true Disney nut." -- Gavin Haubelt, MickeyNews.com

"Anyone who is lucky enough to pick up Mongello's book will find it to be very entertaining." -- Mike Scopa, staff writer, AllEars.net

"A fun way to relive visits to the park or to read on a flight or auto trip as preparation." -- Dennis Tanner, Booth Newspapers Sunday Travel News

"Fun, challenging, and informative." -- Midwest Book Review

"Even the biggest WDW fans will likely have some difficulty in picking the right answer to each question." -- Ken Pellman, The Laughing Place

"Mongello brings the 'magic' to life." -- Seton Hall Magazine

"I suggest you pick up a copy." -- Jim Hill, jimhillmedia.com

Test Your Disney World Knowledge Answers

1. b.) A Florida state senator
In October 1964, Florida state senator Ira Bronson sold the first large parcel of land that ultimately became the WDW property. He sold his 8,380 acres of desolate swampland for a whopping $107 per acre.
2. b.) 10 minutes
The WDW version of Pirates of the Caribbean is a little bit shorter than the one in Disneyland, which has a longer drop and additional scenes.
3. d.) Ray Bradbury

Bradbury, the author of such classic novels as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Dandelion Wine, developed many of the ideas for Spaceship Earth. Bradbury also contributed to the Orbitron space ride at Disneyland Paris and wrote the basic concept for the U.S. pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

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