“Ask Lou…” – Lou Mongello answers your reader emails

Many of the questions I receive are excellent, and I’d love to share some of them with you.



If you have a question about WDW, some trivia you need answered, or anything else, feel free to use the form HERE or email me at lou@disneyworldtrivia.com . Thank you, and enjoy!






What happened to the proposed David Copperfield themed magic restaurant at MGM Studios? – Helen

In 1996, David Copperfield announces plans for an Interactive magic-themed restaurant, Copperfield Magic Underground to be located on Times Square in New York and at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Known as the Magic Underground, it was supposed to “take patrons on a magic adventure where they will actually experience the magic as they dine.” Although signs announcing the restaurants imminent arrival could be seen in Downtown Disney, it never came to be.



My daughter had a purple dragon when she was around the age of 5. She’s now 21. We are trying to remember the little dragon’s name. We bought her this when we were on vacation. It was the year Shamoo had her baby. My daughter still loves looking at the pictures. Thanks for helping me with this question. – Rosemarie

Rosemarie, your email brought a smile to my face. 🙂

Two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow,

horns of a steer, what a lovable fellow.

From head to tail, he’s royal purple pigment,

and there, viola! – You’ve got a FIGMENT!!

A Figment of imagination.






Those are the lyrics to One little Spark, the song from journey Into Imagination, where your little purple friend, Figment can once again be found!



I just returned from my umpteenth fabulous trip to Disney World, this time with my six-year-old nephew. It was his first trip and boy did we have fun!

I´m hoping you can help answer a question, or at least point me in the correct direction. Ioan (my nephew) is fascinated by all things “train” and as a result we spent a lot of time riding the monorails. We were told by a monorail pilot that there are 12 colors of monorails, but can only remember 11 of them. Can you help us fill in the blank? Any help appreciated! – Celeste

Thanks for the question (I’m a huge monorail fan as well!)



The colors are:



blue, red, black, gold, silver, pink, coral, orange, green, lime, purple, and yellow

Hope that helps! Also, there’s an article about the monorails on the site, so be sure and check that out as well!



Thanks again!





My disabled 26-year old daughter and I were at Disney World recently. We had 4/day passes (1 park per day) due to her being developmental handicapped. After only one day, we were unable to use the rest due to her having severe foot problems and now I have these tickets that I paid a lot of money for going to waste. Who can I contact on this matter?

I suggest contacting them directly:

Walt Disney World Guest Communications

PO Box 10040

Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

Phone: 407-824-2222

E-mail: guest.mail@WDW.disneyonline.com



I had a question about the Carousel of Progress. In your book it said that on Jan 15, 1975 there was a new song,” The Best Time Of your Life”. What year did they change it to” Its a Great Big Beautiful Tomarrow”? I’m really glad I bought the book. Like yourself I could go there everyday & never get bored. I’m a very big Disney fan & could never get enough of it. Thank You! – Clare

On January 15, 1975, the Carousel of Progress opened in Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World with a new final scene and new song. The show’s original theme song, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” was replaced with “The Best Time of Your Life,” as the attraction was now sponsored by GE.

In 1993, the attraction was renamed “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress,” underwent a refurbishment and the original show music, “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” was returned.





My name is Chris and I just returned home from Iraq where I was deployed with the Air Force National Guard as a fire fighter. I have been looking for a fire fighter job and applying with fire depts across the USA. I was just wondering if there was a way to apply with the fire depy in Disney World. Any information that you can give me I am thankful for. Thanks for all your time.

Thanks of the email, and welcome home!! For what it’s worth, I want you to know that I and my entire family appreciate and want to thank you for what you have done for us overseas. I’m happy to hear you are home safely.

To apply for a job at WDW, I suggest going to the Disney careers page, or contacting the Reedy Creek Fire Dept. directly here: http://www.rcid.org/Dept_Emergency.cfm. Job posting can be found here: http://www.rcid.org/Job_posting.cfm



During the construction of Epcot, Epcot center was supposed to be built in the exact center of Disney’s florida property. At time of construction the entire project had to be moved roughly 300 feet. The question is why? And also what is currently located at the exact center of disney’s florida property? – Joe

Thanks for the email. You are 100% correct!

During construction, a group of endangered birds called the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker was discovered nesting in a wooded area destined for development. The entire construction site had to be moved 300 feet in order to preserve that area’s natural state. A back service road was named after the birds as a reminder of the company’s conservation efforts.

At one time, a part of Epcot was located in what was the “center” of the WDW property. However, additional land acquisitions have rendered that location obsolete.



Hey Lou, I really enjoy your site, books and podcasts! I have a question me and my family are going to disney world and I was wondering my little sister had back surgery last year and still recovering from it and were going to Animal Kingdom and I was wondering what rides are more suitable for her? thanks for the help – GD

Thanks for the email, as well as listening to the show.

As for the attractions, I would carefully read any warnings before riding any rides, as well as consult your physician, but here are the DAK attractions broken down for you into groups based on what I think what may be suitable:

SAFE BETS:

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Affection Section

Conservation Station

Discovery IslandTM Trails

Habitat Habit!

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

The Oasis Exhibits

Wildlife Express Train

Dino-Sue

Fossil Fun Games

TriceraTop Spin

It’s Tough to be a Bug!/The Tree of Life Kilimanjaro Safaris Cretaceous Trail

Finding Nemo – The Musical



PROBABLY NOT:

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DINOSAUR

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain Primeval Whirl Kali River Rapids


Again, please talk to Cast members while you are there, as well as your sister’s physician ahead of time. If you aren’t sure, better safe than sorry. There’s lots to do and see in DAK, so even if she can’t hit all the rides, she’ll have a great time!

Hope that helps!




Hi Lou!! Can youtell me how can I find a list of all the past Disney CEOs. Just wanted to know thanks – Zac

Here is a list of all the Disney CEOs:

1968-1971: Roy O. Disney

1971-1976: Donn Tatum

1976-1983: E. Cardon Walker

1983-1984: Ron W. Miller

1984-2005: Michael Eisner

2005-present: Robert Iger





I know the whole soundtrack to Impressions de France is on the 2001 Official Album of WDW but I was looking to see if they released just Impressions de France on it’s own CD. Don’t feel like throwing down the big bucks I’ve seen listed for that other album when I have most of those songs on other soundtracks. Thanks, Danielle

As for Impressions, I haven’t seen a CD with just those tracks on it. However, I do have a list of the songs used in the score, all of which are readily available:



Concerto for Harp and Orchestra by Francois-Adrien Boieldieu

Claire de Lune (orchestral arrangment) by Claude Debussy

Nocturne No 1 (Nuages) and Nocturne No 3 (Sirenes) by Claude Debussy

Syrinx Solo for Flute by Claude Debussy

Le Peri Fanfare (played twice) by Paul A. Dukas

Gaite Parisienne (played thrice) by Jacques Offenbach

Daphnis et Chloe Suite #2 (Daybreak section) by Maurice Ravel

Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals (played twice) by Camille Saint-Saens

Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals Solo for Flute by Camille Saint-Saens

Finale from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens

Trois Gymnopedies #1 by Erik Satie orchestrated by Debussy

Hope that helps! 🙂



Please tell me who is the voice of Sonny Eclipse at the Tommorland Csmic

Ray’s Cafe. Thank you – Maria

Sonny Eclipse was (is) voiced by bluesman Kal David. Kal David was the lead singer of the a great east coast regional band called the Fabulous Rhinestones in the 70’s, and currently owns a blues club in Palm Springs, CA.



Why does Disney fly 48-star flags on rooftops on Main Street. I’ve heard it is b/c it the same flag flown when Disneyland opened – prior to AK and HI becoming states? Is this true, or is thier another answer. – Lesley

They actually aren’t flags at all! In fact, they’re pennants, due to the fact that they do not have 50 stars. By doing this, they do not have to follow the guidelines for displaying an American Flag (e.g. lit or taken down at night, taken down in rain, etc.). They also do this on most of their watercraft (i.e. the ferryboats) as well.



My Question is how do you get a monorail license (fake of course) – Catherine

Before you board the monorail, as the Cast Member if you and sit in the front of the train. If there is no one there, and your party is less than around 5 adults, they will let you ride up front. If you was the CP, he/she will give your kids (or even you maybe) a Monorail Co-Pilot’s license.



My question pertains to the Skyway to tomorrowland (or Skyway to fantsyland, which ever you perfer). I know it has been shut down since 1998 due to a various number of reasons, but Im wondering if they’re planning on doing anything with the french chalet and grassy hill at the Fantsyland end of the ride. Its a beautiful spot with lots of chracter and it seems odd for Disney to just let something sit there unused, they usually get on the ball with new projects. Just wondering, Jiennie

This is a question I get asked about a lot (actually my second one this week!) LOL

While the area is currently used for stroller parking (and Christmas tree sales around the holidays), I cannot believe it will stay that way for long. While there is a good deal of space in and behind the area, the building itself is not conducive to do anything with at this point. It was really just a loading area, so not large enough for an attraction, restaurant, etc. While it would make for a pretty restroom (LOL), there is one directly across the way between the Columbia Harbour House and the Peter pan’s Flight queue.

So, what do I think will go there? Not really sure. The Rivers of America flows behind there, as is the Haunted Mansion and it´s a small world show buildings. I don´t think you’ll see any type of major attraction, but who knows. I’ll post more in my Rumors section of the Ask Lou column if I hear anything.



I’ve heard that there were 3 buildings that were copied to make the American Adventure building. Do you know what buildings were used?

The American Adventure pavilion’s building combines architectural elements from English Georgian style buildings such as Independence Hall in Pennsylvania; the Old State House in Boston; Thomas Jefferson’s home, “Monticello”, and various buildings in Colonial Williamsburg. – Debbie






If you have a question about WDW, some trivia you need answered, or anything else, feel free to use the form HEREor email me at lou@disneyworldtrivia.com. Thank you, and enjoy!

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