I left my law practice and moved my family to Florida to pursue a dream of sharing my passion for Disney with others. This is my story.
Lou Mongello was among the first to experience Walt Disney World during its grand opening month in October 1971. Since then, Lou has returned to the parks hundreds of times and today makes a career as a Disney author, host, publisher, historian, speaker and trusted Disney source. Lou shares the latest Disney news and offers advice, interviews and unique content via multiple outlets, including weekly radio and video shows, live broadcasts, special events, audio travel guides, social networking sites, and much more.
Lou holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Villanova University and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law. He served as law clerk to the Presiding Judge of the largest vicinage in the nation, and practiced law actively for nine years. In 1995, he formed Imagine Enterprises, a computer consulting and web development firm, and was formerly the Chief Technology Officer for a multi-modality medical imaging company in Edison, New Jersey. By 2008, he had left the practice of law and his IT consulting company to move with his family to Florida, pursue his passion, and follow a dream of sharing his love for Walt Disney World with others.
Beginning in 2003, Lou launched his first Disney web site, and had his first two Walt Disney World Trivia Books published. Having been a reference source for friends and family planning trips to Walt Disney World for a number of years, he thought he should do something with all of the “useless knowledge” he had accumulated about his favorite vacation destination. So, the idea for the book was formulated out of personal interest in some of the lesser-known facts about the parks, general Walt Disney World trivia, and the “magic” that drives tens of millions adults and children on recurring pilgrimages to the resort.
Lou started podcasting in early 2005 and has been awarded Best Travel Podcast for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has expanded his offerings to include a continuing series of Audio Guides to Walt Disney World, as well as videos, events, and live broadcasts for WDWRadio.com. In 2014, he wrote and published his “102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World” book in print and digital formats. He founded the Dream Team Project to help grant the wishes children with serious illnesses to visit Walt Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, and has raised more than $250,000.00 to date.
A social media pioneer and influencer, Lou connects with his loyal audiences (he prefers “friends”) via a variety of online social networks, and also hosts monthly meet-ups in Walt Disney World and around the country. As one of the leading authorities on Disney, podcasting and new media, Lou is frequently interviewed by the media for expert perspective and analysis. He has been seen on/in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Boston.com, VentureBeat, Bloomberg Business, WPIX 11 TV New York, CBS 46 News Atlanta, AOL.com, Portfolio.com, Parenting Magazine, Fodors, Robert Scoble and numerous others.
Lou is a widely-recognized expert on Disney, and a featured speaker who shares with businesses, associations and schools the magic of Disney, podcasting, and the power of social media. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 50 Social Media Experts, alongside incredible social media “rocks stars” (and all around nice people he considers friends), like Chris Brogan, Cliff Ravenscraft, Gary Vaynerchuck, Michael Stelzner, Pat Flynn and many others. Click here to book Lou for your next event.
Lou also shares some “Disney magic” into schools by bringing Disney into the classroom, and is a youth motivational speaker who presents a variety of engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining assembly programs designed show students how to create an exciting future by following their dreams and passions. Click here to learn more.
Interviewed by Robert Scoble
- USA Today
- The Wall Street Journal
- Robert Scoble - “Lou Mongello has built a media network around Walt Disney World. He has books, CDs, podcasts, web sites, and now social networks — all built around information about visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Hear how he did it, and more.”
- Fox News
- NY Daily News
- Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel
- WPIX 11 New York
- CBS 46 Atlanta
- Cookie Magazine
- Parenting Magazine – #1 recommended Disney resource October, 2011
- Fox 35 Orlando – Regular commentator on Disney
- Conde Nast Portfolio
- Southern Living Magazine
- Readers Digest – “There are plenty of people who do podcasts on Disney subjects; Lou’s is one of the best. The podcast is well worth putting on your iPod.”
- Fodor’s Walt Disney World
- Upstart Business Journal
- Stitcher Radio – Top Pick : “If you’re getting ready to head to Disney World or are just a big fan of Disney, make sure to check out WDW Radio.”
- The Orlando Sentinel
- Numerous other news shows, newspapers, magazines, web sites, podcasts and books.