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 in November, 1971. Today, he makes a career as a Disney author, host, publisher, historian, speaker and trusted Disney expert and creates unique content via a variety of multimedia outlets. A former attorney and owner of an IT consulting firm in New Jersey, Lou left the practice of law and company to move with his family to Florida, pursue his passion, and follow a dream of sharing his love for Disney with others.
Beginning in 2003, Lou launched his first Disney web site, and had his first two Walt Disney World Trivia Books published. 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 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.
I have built my personal brand and business, which has allowed me to:
- Be featured on numerous TV shows, magazines, newspapers, business podcasts and articles
- Establish myself as an expert, not just on Disney, but on podcasting, social and new media and entrepreneurship
- Launch a successful speaking career
- Have two books published, as well as self-publish a book, audio tours and print magazine
- Build a large, heavily-engaged group of friends (I don’t like “fans” or “followers”) on social media
- Win Best Travel Podcast for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
- Amass more than 1.5 million views on my YouTube channel
- Help others grow their brand and business through my podcast mastermind and one-on-one coaching
- And more!
Lou has recently been named as one of the:
Top 40 Social Media Influencers - “Others like… Lou Mongello seem to have personalities that especially resonate with those needing a dressed down version of the scholarly type mentioned early. Common to all is a personality that attracts fans proud to reveal their lighter side… these social media influencers convince us all that work should never be dull.”
Top 100 Digital Marketing Experts - “These are the people who are generally known as the “Influencers” on Digital Media Platforms. They are the ones who are thought leaders and opinion makers. They are known to be ahead of the game. We have compiled a list of 100 such influencers who have managed to earn popularity and recognition in the field of Online and Social Media Marketing.” adSpringr
Top 50 Social Media Influencers of 2014 - “This guy is a true Disney aficionado! His podcast is one of the most popular and he has raving fans who listen to every episode. I was able to see this first-hand when he and I spent a day at the Magic Kingdom recently, and multiple people came up to him with stars in their eyes to get their picture with him.” – Joel Comm
Top 50 Social Media Experts - “It all started when Lou Mongello first experienced Walt Disney World during its grand opening in October of 1971. In the decades since, Mongello has attended the park hundreds of times and makes his career as a Disney author, publisher, historian, and trusted source. Why is he on the social media list? Mongello’s Podcast has been awarded Best Travel Podcast 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.”
Lou is a widely-recognized expert on Disney, and a featured speaker who shares with businesses, associations and schools the magic of Disney and/or the power of social media. Click here to book Lou to speak at your event or school, or contact Lou about private coaching and consulting.
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.
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