My Story

YoungLouMongelloIn November 1971, I was among the first to experience Walt Disney World. Today, I make a career as a Disney author, publisher, host, speaker, and trusted Disney expert. This is my story. In 2003, I was an attorney in New Jersey, and set a personal challenge to write a book about my favorite subject: Walt Disney World. The book grew into a web site, and in 2005, a podcast. As my hobby started to turn into a possible business, I knew if I wanted to make it happen, I had to go “all in” and take a huge leap of faith. I left my practice, sold my house, and moved to Florida with my family to pursue and share my passion for all things Disney . . . and I’ve been doing it full-time ever since.

I am the host/producer of WDW Radio, which was named Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years and ranked #2 overall podcast on iTunes in 2015. I am the author of 102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World, two Walt Disney World Trivia Books, and the author/ narrator of seven Audio Tours of Walt Disney World. I am also the founder of the Dream Team Project, which sends children with life-threatening illnesses to Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, and thanks to the incredible efforts and generosity of others, collectively we have raised more than $250,000 to date.

LouMongelloMickeyEarsAs a social media pioneer and influencer, I connect with my loyal audiences (whom I call my friends) via a variety of online social networks, and I also host monthly meet-ups in Walt Disney World and around the country. As one of the leading authorities on Disney, podcasting, and new media, I am frequently interviewed by the media for expert perspective and analysis. I have been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Boston.com, VentureBeat, Bloomberg Business, WPIX 11 TV New York, CBS 46 News Atlanta, AOL.com, Parenting Magazine, Readers’ Digest, Fodors, Robert Scoble, and numerous others.

As a motivational speaker and widely-recognized expert on Disney, I’m eager to share the magic of Disney and the power of social media with businesses and associations. I also bring the “Disney magic” into schools by coming straight into the classroom or through entertaining assembly programs designed to show students how to create an exciting future by following their dreams and passions.

My Disney Books

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I Have Been Named As:

  • Top 40 Social Media Influencers

  • Top 100 Digital Marketing Experts

  • Top 50 Social Media Influencers

  • Top 50 Social Media Experts

Walt Disney Audio Tours

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WDW Radio Podcast

In 2015, Lou’s WDW Radio Show, Your Walt Disney World Information Station, was ranked overall as the #2 podcast in iTunes. The WDW Radio show was voted best travel podcast on itunes from 2004-2014. You can find WDW Radio by going to wdwradio.com.

Listen to the podcast at WDWRadio.com.

Are you an Entrepreneur interested in starting your own podcast? Want to know more about how Lou started and grew WDW RADIO? Listen below.

Social Media Examiner interviews Lou Mongello:
How a Podcast Built a Business

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The Dream Team Project

The Dream Team Project was founded by Lou Mongello for the purpose of granting the wishes of children with serious illnesses to visit Walt Disney World. A portion of the proceeds from all merchandise sold on WDW Radio, personal donations made by Lou from the sales of his books & audio tours, donations from community members & friends, and proceeds from special fundraising events run by The Dream Team Project have made it possible to (so far) raise over $250,000!!!

Join The Dream Team Project today!

Lou Mongello has a personality that attracts fans proud to reveal their lighter side . . . and convinces us all that work should never be dull.

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In the News

Walt Disney: An American Experience

On September 14 & 15, 2015, PBS aired Walt Disney: An American Experience, a 2-part, 4-hour biography that offers an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers and business leaders. Featuring rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and interviews with biographers and historians, animators and artists, it will tell stories about his triumphs and challenges in a very new way.

Prior to the film’s release, Lou Mongello was invited by the Orlando PBS affiliate, WUCF TV, to host and moderate a panel discussion with the Director and Executive Producer at the Garden Theater in Winter Garden.

You can watch the full version of the film Walt Disney: An American Experience over at PBS.
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