Bart Scott, Lou Mongello Dish on Disney on WDW Radio

Ears_of_Steel_300dpiPlanning a mancation?

Just listen to Intrepid Traveler authors Lou Mongello and Bart Scott as they talk about Bart’s book, Ears of Steel: The Real Man’s Guide to Walt Disney World on Lou’s Between the two of them, they have no trouble coming up with manly attractions that are sure to entice the most recliner-addicted remote jockey. “Once you get them there, they’re hooked,” says Lou, who is the author of the Walt Disney World Trivia Books, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

The best rides? They agree that their all-time favorite is Pirates of the Caribbean. “What guy didn’t want to be a pirate, you know, guys behaving badly, drinking…” says Bart. Says Lou, “It’s a great ride for guys to get their feet wet, a great introduction, a good overall feel for Disney attraction.”

Lou describes Expedition Everest as a “huge visual weenie.” “The Imagineers hit it out of the park,” says Bart.

Of course, real men love to eat and drink. Flame Tree Barbecue is cited by Bart as one of his favorite spots in Animal Kingdom. “What guy doesn’t love good barbecue and onion rings?” He adds, “Just sit outside and enjoy it!”

Lou mentions Gaston’s Tavern, “the guy’s place in the middle of all that princess stuff.” Manly menu items include the pork shanks and even LeFou’s Brew. It’s even good for breakfast with their big, warm cinnamon rolls.

The guys also talked about Arts Point at Wilderness Lodge as another great place for manly fine dining. They agreed that there are a lot of amazing steak joints. “Shula’s is the definition of manly steak house,” says Lou. “It’s more upscale.”

Sometimes a manly man just wants to chill out and have a drink. The recommendations here are Raglan Road at Downtown Disney and the Hole in the Wall Bar. The Rainforest Cafe is another good spot to hang out.

There are also plenty of opportunities for the manly sports – golf, fishing, horseback riding, and even running with the recently held Walt Disney World Marathon.

One of Bart’s mantras is to always stay on the Disney properties. “You don’t save money by staying elsewhere,” says Bart, who cites manly digs such as the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Wilderness Lodge, Beach and Yacht Club and the Polynesian. “There’s both Disney and the beach!”

Lou adds the Tree House Villas and Fort Wilderness to the list.

Bart offers up the final manly tips: “You don’t need a car. There’s the shuttle service… You don’t need to drive for a week. Stay on the property – it’s the best value!”

You can listen to the complete interview here.


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