The Experience

Just came back from another fantastic WDW vacation with my family. It happened to be our 10th year going with my kids. We also had my niece and son’s girlfriend with us. This year I was able to meet up with friends who I have only known through social media. A weird concept for my family.

It is becoming more and more obvious, with every trip, that we just don’t go to WDW just to ride Haunted Mansion or Pirates or Soarin’. Don’t get me wrong, those are MUST do’s for us, but I am just as happy to taking in the sights, sounds and aromas of well…everything!

WDW is not just a place where we go, to go on rides. It’s a place that we experience the magic that is Disney. I absolutely love the tiny details. The architecture, the placement of decorations, the way the different types of concrete, brick or stone fall under my feet. The way the music changes depending on where you are. The different aromas, the cleanliness, etc.

We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge DVC in Jambo House for the first time. One night we just went down to that huge beautiful lobby and just sat. Took it all in. Talk about detail in the architecture. One night we got back late and there were about 6 AK cast members down by Boma playing a beat on the drums and dancing. They had a crowd down there and above them in the lobby smiling and mesmerized. They even grabbed a few people and showed them some steps. Everyone applauded when it was over. That was an experience.

So the next time someone goes on to you about how Walt Disney World is just a place for kids to go on kiddie rides, let them know they are missing out on so much more. They’re missing out on the experience.

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!.

 

Books

As they say, who doesn’t like a good book? I’m very particular when it comes to books. I generally don’t like fiction. The last fiction book I read was The Kingdom Keepers. How can I not read it? Although it’s fiction, I can relate to it because it takes place in the Magic Kingdom. I’ve yet to move on to the other Kingdom Keeper books, yet.

Like other Disney fans, I have a small library of Disney related books. Nowhere near as many as others I have seen but enough to take up some space in my book case. Pretty much every year I get a few different WDW vacation planning books. Now why do I need to get them every year? I don’t know. Not much changes. And I’ve been there enough to probably write my own. But I’ll still read through them and check out the photos. I really love books that have a lot of color photo’s of the World. I crave Disney books that have great color photo’s. The more the better. Can’t wait to see Celebrations Magazines special limited edition Christmas edition book! Seeing how we think in pictures, what better way to relive a certain attraction or area of the World than to see a beautifully staged, full color picture. Makes me can’t wait to get back there!

I’m in a very customer service oriented business. So naturally I also like to read about the customer service training that cast members go through. And how there management philosophy at Disney works. So naturally I search for those kinds of books. Books like The Disney Way, Be Our Guest or Creating Magic to name a few.

How can you go to WDW without having an interest in how the beautiful place was designed  and put together. There are many, many books out there about the imagineering of Disney. The Imagineering Field Guide to…are neat little pocket guides. Then there’s Walt Disney Imagineering a behind the dreams look at making the magic real, The Disney Mountains-Imagineering at its Peak or Designing Disney by John Hench.

There wouldn’t be any of these books out there without Walt Disney the man. So reading about him has to be a fan’s must do. Some of my favorites; Walt Disney an American Original, Walt Disney Conversations, The Vault of Walt or even The Quotable Walt Disney.

I have more in my collection not mentioned here but it’s still growing and it’s fun to get another book about Disney. I can never have enough books on Disney!

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!

WDWRADIO.COM

I can’t keep writing about the things I do to get my Disney fix in between trips without mentioning WDWradio.com. Turns out, it’s a bigger part of my life than I thought.

There are loads and loads of Disney fan web sites out there. But the number one site I visit and post on fairly regularly, as Disney05, is WDWradio.com. I’ve been a member since 2005. I’m not sure how I found Lou and his site but it was one of the first sites I started visiting when the Disney bug really took over my life. I think it is one of the most family friendly, informative and interactive sites out there. The forums there continue to grow with new members every week.

The site has evolved over the last few years and so has the products that have come from it. The WDW Newscast, Celebrations magazine, blogs, book club, iPhone app, trivia books, Dream Team Project, Audio Guides, Facebook, Twitter just to name a few. Lou Mongello is the owner of the site and truly is the busiest man in Walt Disney World!

Since becoming a member of the site, I’ve inadvertently become a “Box Person”. What is a Box Person you may ask? Lou began taking his laptop with him to Disney events while broadcasting live so we can see what he’s seeing and also chatting with his fans. He had mentioned he was talking to the Box People and the phrase just stuck. Now we have a great new logo from a contest he ran recently. And you can get the  logo on shirts from Zazzle.com.

     

The Wednesday evening WDW Newscast has become a ritual for me. Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm, Lou broadcasts from any number of locations including his home studio, parks, resorts even a Dunkin Donuts. He starts off and ends the night with a chat with the Box People. In between, his show is recorded and can be seen on Youtube or you can watch live as he’s doing it.  He talks about any Disney news and rumors that may have happened during the past week. You can give instant feed back while he’s broadcasting.  It’s something I can’t miss every week.

One of the other things Lou has produced for us Disney fans is Celebrations magazine. This fantastic publication comes out every other month and is chocked full of some great pictures and articles about Disney.

I have never met Lou Mongello, yet. I have no affiliation with him other than being one of his devoted followers. But he does call all of us his friends. And once you start listening to his shows and chatting with him in the box, you’ll see how sincere he is when he call us his friends.

This blog is about what I do in between WDW vacations.  WDWradio.com and other Lou Mongello projects are a huge part of what keeps me involved with WDW while home. I always look forward to what he has in store for us next.

That’s it for now. See ya real soon!