A New Generation of Walt Disney World Secrets

The Walt Disney World Trivia Book, Volume 2
by Louis A. Mongello
Published: June 2006
ISBN: 978-1-887140-63-8
224 pages • 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
b/w photos • Index
Trade paperback original
Printed in the U.S.A.
List price: $14.95

A New Generation of Disney World Secrets,
History and Fun Facts

Did you know that Walt Disney had an apartment built for his family inside Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World® (WDW) in Orlando, Florida? If you know where to look, you can spot it on your next visit.
“Look for three tall windows with pointed arches near the top of the castle, facing Fantasyland and Liberty Square,” instructs Lou Mongello, Disney World fan extraordinaire and author of a series of trivia books about the popular family resort.

Mongello has collected thousands of fun facts about the design, creation, maintenance and upkeep of the world’s most popular vacation destination, from the number of passengers the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad can accommodate (thirty), to the centerpiece planned for Disney’s Animal Kingdom before Disney’s Imagineers settled on The Tree of Life (a giant carousel).

“I find the more I learn about how Disney creates its wonderful effects and the extraordinary efforts they go through to make WDW so special, the more magical it becomes,” Mongello says. And he loves to share that magic.

In 2004, Mongello mined his knowledge of all things Disney World to write The Walt Disney World® Trivia Book, a compendium that tests the reader’s knowledge with a series of multiple-choice questions and fact-filled answers. The book scored a resounding success with Disney fans the world over who use the book to quiz each other for points, or just for fun, as they travel to WDW, wait in line at the attractions, or just dream of going there.

Egged on by fans who frequent the forums on his web site, wdwradio.com, Mongello redoubled his research efforts to create a second volume. The Walt Disney World® Trivia Book, Volume 2 (The Intrepid Traveler, $14.95), is packed with close to a thousand new facts, questions and answers. The book is arranged geographically and has an extensive index, making it easy to zero in on the topics of most interest to the reader.

Mongello first visited WDW at age three, just a month after the park opened. He has been collecting Disney lore ever since. Now a successful attorney and an expert in computer databases, he is sharing his love of all things Disney with a new generation of Mongellos. “That’s my daughter, Marion Rose, on the cover of Volume 2,” he notes with pride.

If you’re curious about Walt’s secret Cinderella apartment, Volume 2 offers the inside story. It seems Walt never got to stay there; he passed away before construction was completed and the project was abandoned. After the park opened, the space was used for storage, a telephone switchboard, and a dressing room before finally be turned back into an apartment. Disney occasionally offers stays in it as prizes in competitions.

Read Lou Mongello’s bio here.

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