I am Lou Mongello, a former attorney who left the practice of law to follow my passion for Disney.
I am a passionate keynote speaker, mentor, and host of WDW Radio, a podcast, live video, site, events, books, and tours dedicated to celebrating the magic of Walt Disney World, the Disney Parks, Disney Cruise Line, Marvel, and Star Wars.
In 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, is in the top 1% of podcasts worldwide, and once ranked #2 among all podcasts on Apple Podcasts. 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 $550,000.00 to date.
As someone who began in podcasting and social media in their infancy, I connect with my loyal audiences (who are all friends, not “fans”) via a variety of online social networks, and I also host monthly meet-ups in Walt Disney World and around the country. As a authorities on Disney, podcasting, and new media, I am frequently interviewed by the media for expert perspective and analysis. I have been featured in People Magazine, USA Today, CBS, FOX, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, The Today Show, Bloomberg Business, Huffington Post, LIFE Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Readers’ Digest, VentureBeat, and others.
Lou Has Been Named:
Lou's Disney Books
Walt Disney Audio Tours
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 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 more than $550,000.00 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America!
WDW Radio Disney Podcast
WDW Radio is Lou Mongello’s award-winning Disney podcast (named Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years and is in the top 10% of all podcasts worldwide), LIVE video, blog, community, books, tours, and events dedicated to celebrating the magic of Walt Disney World, the Disney Parks, Disney Cruise Line, Marvel, and Star Wars since 2004
You can find the show by visiting WDWRadio.com.
Are you an entrepreneur or solopreneur interested in learning how to start and grow your own business? Want to know more about how Lou started and grew WDW Radio? Click the links below to listen to some interviews with Lou: