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WDW Radio Show #43 – Disney Imagineer Jason Surrell Interview

Imagineer Jason Surrell, WDW news, Disney’s Boardwalk, Rumor Mill, new contest, 25 Days of Disney Giving and more!

Welcome to the WDW Radio Show, your Walt Disney World Information Station. Thank you for tuning in once again. This is Show #43 for the week of December 2, 2007.

News from Walt Disney World this week includes stories on two new quick service dining locations in World Showcase, new developments about the Western Way shopping and hotel district and more. In the Walt Disney World Rumor Mill, I have some listener-submitted rumors about the DVC, changes to one of Main Street, USA’s original stores, Space Mountain, and are there big changes coming to a pavilion in World Showcase?

In the next of my Legends of Disney Imagineering interview series, I have a chance to sit down and talk with a man who has not only worked on the recent updates to Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, but wrote the definite books on those subjects. He is Jason Surrell, and his latest book is all about Imagineering at its Peak, as he covers all of the Disney Mountains. We talk about the book, Imagineering and the Imagineers, and Jason gives us the exclusive sneak peek on what major project he’s working on next. Hang on to them hats and glasses, ‘cause this here’s an interview that I’m sure you’re going to enjoy.

Walt Disney World is full of Hidden Treasures, and I love being able to introduce you to them on the show. While some may be small and relatively unknown, there are others that are hidden in plain sight. Disney’s Boardwalk is just one of those, as it is filled with countless hidden treasures including shops, restaurants, entertainment and unique experiences. Listener Jamie Curci joins me to explore the promenade in detail and familiarize you with all that it has to offer.

I talk about why we do what we do, and the efforts of my Disney WorldTrivia.com Dream Team Project to give back to the community and help those who are less fortunate and in need of some true Disney Magic. This week, I’ll announce another of our efforts, the 25 Days of Disney Giving, again thanks to a listener, where you can help the Make A Wish Foundation of America, and wind up with some great Disney memorabilia for yourself.

And speaking of the Dream Team, we’ll announce the winner of our Walt Disney World Half Marathon Challenge Contest, and Matt Hochberg joins Eric Hollister and myself to present the clues to our next challenge.

There’s a lot of fun and interesting things to cover this week, so as always, sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

Links and Information from this week’s show:

Jason Surrell

Disney Imagineer and author of

The Disney Mountains: Imagineering At Its Peak

Book Cover

Jason is also the author of:

Book Cover
The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies
Book Cover
Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kindgom to the Movies

The WDW Radio Show’s 25 Days of Disney Giving

Cinderella Castle Birthday Cake Sculpture – Disney World

Day 1 of The WDW Radio Show’s 25 Days of Disney Giving!

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