I’m always trying to find unusual things to photograph and this fun picture presented itself while I was visiting the Disney Store in Times Square, New York:
I wonder how many litres are in that Corona Light?
I wanted a shot that would show both Times Square and represent the reason for my visit which was, of course, the Disney Store. So this shot of a huge Mickey Mouse seemingly climbing the side of a building like King Kong was ideal.
When I was first learning about Walt Disney World, the one name that kept coming up over and over again — besides those like Mickey Mouse or Walt Disney — was Lou Mongello. Lou is an icon in the Disney fan blog arena for good reason. He started his podcast WDW Radio in 2005, and it has been the winner of the best travel podcast award time and time again.
Lou Mongello is an internationally-recognized expert and historian about the Walt Disney World® Resort. A former attorney and IT director, he is the author of 102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World, the Walt Disney World Trivia Books (Volumes I and II), as well as the Audio Guides to Walt Disney World, in which Lou takes you on a virtual tour of the Disney parks and resorts, enjoying their details, history, stories and overlooked experiences, all with the ambient sounds of the parks surrounding you.
Podcasting since early 2005, Lou is also the Host and Producer of WDW Radio, and the WDW Radio LIVE NewsCast, a LIVE weekly online video broadcast and chat covering Walt Disney World news and rumors where the viewers can voice their opinions and thoughts, comment on the news in real-time, ask and answer questions, and be an interactive part of the live broadcast. The show is also available immediately after broadcast on the WDW Radio YouTube channel
A keynote speaker at numerous events nationwide including fan gatherings and corporate events, Lou has also appeared on television as a Disney expert, and has been interviewed, written for or been featured in: the Orlando Sentinel, StarWars.com, Robert Scoble, Southern Living Magazine, Cookie Magazine, Fodor’s, The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and numerous others.
He is also the founder of the Dream Team Project (http://DreamTeamProject.org). He and numerous volunteers have been raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America since 2003 to send seriously ill children and their families to Walt Disney World.
Lou Mongello is available for speaking engagements including corporate and scholastic events, both in Walt Disney World and around the country. For more information, please use our contact form
About The Book
102 Ways to Save Money for and at Walt Disney World is just that — 102 ways to save money on your vacation! Contained in this book are some really great ways to save money, and while they are certainly geared towards your Walt Disney World vacation, if you expand the thoughts some, you’ll find that many of these money saving tips can be applied in your own life, and for other vacation destinations as well! As a result, this is a great resource for any person to have in their possession.
My Thoughts about the Book
Chances are, if you are on my site, or any of my friends’ sites, you are a Disney fanatic. You live, breath, and experience Disney as much as you possibly can. Disney Magic is so much more than just a marketing term for you — it is the key to making memories with your family that will transcend the boundaries of time, space, and age (your kids ages, not yours of course!) and remind you all why you love one another like you do. For my family, the price of those memories is indescribable — and that is why we go to Walt Disney World every year, sometimes twice a year.
As you know, though, going to Walt Disney World is not an inexpensive endeavor — there are costs associated with it. That’s where Lou’s book really does come into play. Within these pages are great tips on how to save money — both while you are getting ready to go to Walt Disney World, but also after you are already there. However, it’s more than that. Use your imagination, and realize that many of these tips can be utilized for almost any vacation destination. That, my friends, leads me to my favorite tip in the book — and one that I hope we all will embrace and make our own…
Tip #8: Don’t DO Anything That May Affect You Long-Term
I know that in today’s day and age, credit is a term that is often used interchangeably with cash. I also know that, with the way that the economy has been, and with all of the negative news that we have endured for what seems forever, the idea of making our own memories and creating lasting memories that we will remember for a very long time is a very strong pull. However, it’s extremely important that we stay realistic about our finances. That’s why I feel so strongly about Tip #8. Memories are incredible things — but if your finances are not able to experience Disney in person, then I urge you to experience Disney at home, and there are many ways to do so.
As I explained before, the tips contained in this book are great for many different vacation destinations, not just Walt Disney World. Additionally, while many of these tips can be found on the Internet at various websites, it takes a great deal of work to track down all of those tips and consolidate them so you can look them up at a moments notice, and because of all of that, Lou’s book really is worth the $15 (or less) it will cost you. If you like to go to Walt Disney World, take the time to get this book, and put it to the test — use it and find out how much you save on your next Disney vacation!
Disney expert and podcasting pioneer, Lou Mongello, shares 102 ways you can have the most magical Disney vacation without breaking the bank in this comprehensive, detailed, 197-page guide. 102 Ways to Save Money For and At Walt Disney World guide is a MUST HAVE for any family planning toward a Disney vacation.