Stuart S. (NDD#47) (44 Posts)

Stuart is the DDL resident Geek Dad and claims New York as his birthplace. Currently, though, he resides in New Jersey and is a husband and father of two as well as a huge Disney World, Springsteen, Yankee, and NY Ranger fan. He wakes up and goes to sleep thinking about Disney World. He listens to Disney podcasts to and from work and at night before sleep. He drives his family nuts talking about Disney and is always planning their next Disney World trip. In addition, he is known to always volunteer to help extended family and friends plan their next trip. Stuart's personal blog is disneygeekdad.blogspot.com. He can also be found on twitter by following @disneygeekdad.


Whenever Lou Mongello, host of the WDW Radio Show, offers a new product for sale, you know its top quality at a great price. So, I can’t tell you how excited I was to download and start listening to Lou Mongello’s Audio Guides To Walt Disney World Volumes 4 and 5 for Liberty Square and Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

Rather than stay on my computer or watch TV, I decided to lay down in bed just so I could give the audio guides my undivided attention. I clung to each and every word spoken by Lou Mongello when all of a sudden I realized I would have to get up for work in a few short hours. I tried and tried to put my iPod down but I couldn’t stop listening to the majestic and ever so detailed narration. For over an hour I kept saying to myself, five more minutes. Finally, the rational or irrational side of my brain, depending on how you want to look at it, won out and I turned my iPod off!

As I closed my eyes to go to sleep all I could think about was standing in the middle of Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom. The words coming from this master orator still resonated deep inside me. I couldn’t fall asleep knowing I had more great things to hear and learn from these new audio guides. Then I said to myself, what would Lou do? That’s when I started to get very hungry!

It’s now 2:30 AM and I decided to get out of bed to see what I had to eat in the kitchen. I opened the refrigerator, and it was practically empty. Then, I opened the cupboard to find it was bare. I asked myself, when did I become Old Mother Hubbard? That’s the life of a parent with a teenage boy who has a healthy appetite the size of the Disney Dream cruise ship!

Still very hungry and trying to imagine what Lou would do I remembered White Castle is open 24 hours a day and there was one in the very town I live in. So I quickly got dressed, grabbed my iPod, and jumped in my car. I drove to US Highway 9 and headed north. In a matter of minutes I was at White Castle but I couldn’t get out of my car. I was glued to my seat listening to Lou Mongello’s Audio Guides To Walt Disney World for Liberty Square and Mickey’s Toontown Fair. So, I got back on US Highway 9 focused on only one thing, the Audio Guides. I continued to head north through Howell into Freehold, past Manalapan, past Marlboro, past Old Bridge, and into South Amboy to the next White Castle where I stopped to get some burgers.

After eating, I headed home, continuing to listen to the Audio Guides. As I pulled the car into my driveway I looked at the clock on the dashboard realizing I had just enough time to shower and go to work. One would think being up all night would have made me tired, irritable, or even grumpy, but thanks to Lou Mongello and his wonderful Audio Guides, I was invigorated, rejuvenated, not to mention re-energized for a beautiful day ahead.

The Audio Guides are a phenomenal entertaining and learning tool for any Disney fan. A great example on the Liberty Square Audio Guide is the powerful words of Lou Mongello in his description of Mike Fink’s keel boats. By the time I first visited Disney, the keel boat attraction was long gone from Liberty Square, yet listening to the Audio Guides I found myself transported back in time, and I actually felt like I was on a keel boat traveling around Tom Sawyer Island.

Before listening to the Audio Guide for Mickey’s Toontown Fair, I had almost forgotten the very first roller coaster ride my kids went on, Goofy’s Barnstormer. The Audio Guide not only brought me to the roller coaster, but it brought me back to the day I got on Goofy’s Barnstormer with my kids, allowing me to relive the memory as if it just happened.

As a person who has only gone to Walt Disney World once every couple of years, I haven’t been afforded the time to stop and observe all there is around me. It’s all those hidden treasures in plain sight that only Lou can describe in a way you will remember when you see them the next time you are there. Whether you only go to the parks every few years or you’re a frequent guest, I can honestly say the WDW Radio Show Audio Guides will bring back fond memories of your trips and place you in the park, making you feel like you’ve never left. The Audio Guides are also rich in historic detail, and no matter how much you know about the Magic Kingdom, I guarantee you’ll learn a lot more.

Once you listen to all the WDW Radio Show Audio Guides, you will be ready to see the Magic Kingdom the way it was meant to be seen. I don’t even think Walt Disney himself could have described it better than Lou Mongello.

To purchase Lou Mongello’s Audio Guides To Walt Disney World for Liberty Square and Mickey’s Toontown Fair visit http://www.wdwradio.com/. Also available for purchase are the equally outstanding Audio Guides for Main Street USA, Adventureland, and Fantasyland.

Contributed by: Stuart S. (NDD #47). Stuart is our resident Disney geek and creator of Disney Geek Dad.

One thought on “LOU MONGELLO’S AUDIO GUIDES – THE NEXT BEST THING TO BEING THERE

  1. Stuart,

    Thank you SO much for taking the time to listen to and review the Audio Guides. Your comments are very humbling, and I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the guides as I had hoped listeners would. I wanted them to be fun, interesting, and yes, even a bit educational. I had hoped that the guides could bring a sense of the “magic” of the Disney parks to you while you listened, and helped you appreciate them more when you visited.

    I look forward to thanking you in person in Walt Disney World soon (or on the deck of the Disney Dream in February!!!)

    Thanks again, Stuart! You put a big smile on my face today 🙂

    Lou Mongello

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