Disney to Expand Star Wars Presence

Not to be outdone by Universal, Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that the company is planning a much larger Star Wars presence among its theme parks. It’s all coming on the heels of the new Star Wars movies, beginning with Episode VII at the end of next year. Disney’s themed lands designed around films […]

Update on Disney’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Described as a combination dark ride and family coaster, Disney’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open later this spring. It’s the final part of the New Fantasyland expansion. Testing of some of the trains has been underway. According to Disney officials the trains will provide a smooth ride with the sensation of rocking back and […]

Family Harnesses the Power of Disney

We think of the Disney experience as providing fun and entertainment, a way of escaping from real life. Fanciful characters in color-drenched films parade about in scenarios based on legends and fairy tales. They do battle and fall in love and solve the mysteries of their universe. We watch the films – with and without […]

WDW Radio Named ‘Best Travel Podcast’ for 2013

For the eighth year in a row, Lou Mongello’s WDW Radio was named “Best Travel Podcast 2013.” The honor took place at the New Media Expo (NMX) in Las Vegas. Here are Mongello’s comments: Thanks to the amazing WDW Radio family, WDW Radio was named Best Travel Podcast 2013 at theNew Media Expo in Las Vegas this past weekend. […]

Disney Authors Charm Travel Agents

Five of The Intrepid Traveler’s authors shared their Walt Disney World expertise with an overflow crowd of home-based travel agents at a recent convention held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The authors participating were Steven M. Barrett (the Hidden Mickeys series), Lou Mongello (the WDW Trivia Books), Meredith Lyn Pierce (the Lots To Do In Line series), Bart Scott (Ears […]

Disney, Universal Books Make Great Holiday Gifts

Once Halloween is over thoughts slide seamless to Christmas. After the last vampire runs through Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, it’s out with the Christmas decorations. And Disney is even Christmas-fying its Jungle Cruises, transforming into the Jingle Cruise experience. To be certain, many families are planning winter get-aways to the Orlando-area theme parks and beyond, […]

Intrepid Traveler Authors Team Up to Help Sick Kids

Hidden Mickey Guy Steve Barrett and Universal Doyen Seth Kubersky are among the bloggers taking part in a bowling fundraiser organized by Attractions Magazine for “Give Kids the World,” which helps children battling life-threatening illnesses. With a 1950s theme, Attractions Blogger Bowl 2013 will take place at Splitsville, Downtown Disney, West Side Orlando, Fla,  on […]

Ebooks Not Taking Over Travel Guidebooks – Yet

The Intrepid Traveler Publisher Kelly Monaghan was quoted in the Orlando Sentinel  about the role of ebooks in today’s struggle for guidebook dollars. While he believes that ebooks are not taking over the world yet, he says the big hurdle is the decrease in retailers, which makes it more difficult to get books in front […]

Aaron Wallace on Rudy Maxa’s World

Our newest author, Aaron Wallace discussed The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom with “The Savvy Traveler” Rudy Maxa on Rudy’s radio show. Aaron, himself a seasoned radio personality, said the book was a three-year endeavor, adding that he wanted to do something new. “People come back to Disney by the millions,” […]