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WDW Radio Show #71 – Star Wars Weekend Recap, Disney’s VP of Community Affairs, Listener Email

Star Wars Weekends Recap, Disney’s VP of Community Affairs Eugene Campbell, Vacation Planning Emails and more!

Welcome to the WDW Radio Show – your Walt Disney World Information  Station. Thank you for tuning in once again. This is show #71 for the  week of June 15, 2008. I am your host Lou Mongello, and I am back from  covering Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In this week’s Walt Disney World News, I’ll respond to your inquiries about Disney’s baggage policies when you check in for your flight at your resort, pin events, what’s coming to the Wide World of Sports, and how you can watch full length Disney movies for free.

In the Walt Disney World Rumor Mill, we’ll talk about what’s coming to Toy Story Mania, and why next year may be the last for some very popular merchandise.

I’ll recap my visit to the first Star Wars Weekends events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Glenn Wheland, as we look back at our experiences, talk to other Guests in attendance, and think about what the future of the event might hold.

We talk about the Disney magic that we all know, believe in and appreciate, as it’s really what brings us back time and time again to Walt Disney World. But what you might not know is that there are many sides to the magic that is created, and quite often, we neither see nor hear about it. I’m not talking about the magic created inside the resort, but what Disney does to bring that magic to those that really need it in a variety of ways. As giving back to the community has always been important to me, I wanted to let you hear about some of the amazing efforts that so many members of the Walt Disney World cast take part in throughout the year. So I want to share with you my interview Eugene Campbell, who is Disney’s Vice President of Community Affairs about what they do to help people close to home.

Beci Mankhen from MouseFan Travel joins me once again to answer more of your emails, and I’ll play more of your voicemails at the end of the show.

Stay tuned after the email section, as I’ll give you a chance to sample my Audio Guide to Walt Disney World, and have a couple of announcements. So as always, please sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.


Mickey’s Pin Trading Night will be held on Friday, June 27, from
6 to 9 p.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Convention Center, so if
you are a pin trader you can go and trade that evening. Free admission.

Disney’s Pin Celebration 2008 – Pin Trading University will be a three-day, Disney Pin event to be held September 5-7, 2008 at Epcot® – World Showplace.

Theme this year is for Guests to recall your school days with a
“superlative” collection of Disney pins created especially for this
event. Students will also enjoy games and activities, plenty of pin
trading opportunities and “A Live Auction” presented by the drama club.
Event admission is $115.00 per Guest and includes

1.    Opportunity to pre-purchase limited edition pins designed especially for this event.

2.    “Purchase with Purchase” pin promotion for event Guests only featuring exclusive pins.

3.    Trading activities and games at World ShowPlace located at Epcot®.

4.    Limited edition commemorative gifts.

5.    Live and silent auctions of pre-production pins, artist proof pins and more.

6.    “First Trading Opportunity” to collect brand new Hidden Mickey pins.

7.    Opportunity to meet Disney Pin Partners from The Walt Disney Company.

8.    Two (2) $15 Gift Cards redeemable at Epcot® Food and Beverage locations.

9.    Plus extra special surprises throughout the event.
EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: Guests that register for this event by
July 7, 2008 will receive an early booking discount. The early booking
admission for this event will be $100.00 per Guest. After July 7, 2008,
the event admission will be $115.00 per Guest. Theme Park admission to
Epcot® is not included in the price of event admission, but is required
for attendance.


Star Wars Weekends 2008 Review and Video

2008 Candlelight Processional narrators:

November 28-30 John O’Hurley

December 1-3 Patti LaBelle (Tentative)

December 4-6 Brian Stokes Mitchell

December 7-9 Virginia Madsen

December 10-12 Monique Coleman

December 13-15 TBD

December 16-18 Chita Rivera

December 19-21 Abigail Breslin

December 22-24 Steven Curtis Chapman

December 25-27 Edward James Olmos

December 28-30 Marlee Matlin

Kona Cafe Sushi Bar Review, photos and Menu

Watch Complete Disney and Pixar Movies Online For Free! And Yes – It’s Legal!

Happy Father’s Day! I’ll be on the Be Our Guest Father’s Day Podcast this week with Mike Rahlman! It’s a fun show and be sure and check it out!