WDW News Today Turns 5 Years Old! – July 8th, 2012

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Every year this Network grows older, we reflect upon the accomplishments, impact, and incredible growth of WDWNT. It has now been 5 years since WDW News Today launched on July 8th, 2007. What was founded on the website you see before you and built on the back of daily news and information about Walt Disney World is now a vibrant collection of websites, podcasts, electronic publications, online radio stations, & more. The last year in particular has been a memorable one, from the ongoing project of moving our expansive video library to Youtube, to “See Ya’ Real Late” with Tom Corless making it’s successful debut on iTunes. We even set new records in traffic for our websites and podcasts this year, as well as brought you the best live coverage of events such as the D23 Expo back in August.

In the world of Disney, our sites have covered huge stories such as the announcement of an AVATAR-themed land at Animal Kingdom, the completion of the Disney California Adventure expansion with the opening of Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, the grand opening of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and the continuing progress on the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland. We even celebrated the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney World along with WDWCelebrations and have continued to present a fascinating series of WDWNT: The Magazine articles and podcast segments celebrating four decades of the Magic Kingdom.

Tonight, we will continue our annual tradition of presenting a special anniversary edition of WDWNT Live! show on WDWNTunes.com. The show begins at 9PM EST and will last until 12AM EST. We hope you will join us for that, but also what we have coming up this week…

We’ll also be presenting a series of live programming coming to you from our event in the NY/NJ area including the recording of the 25oth episode of the WDW News Today Podcast on 7/13 at 8PM EST, WDWNTunes Around the Hub on 7/13 at 12PM EST, and a live video edition of “See Ya’ Real Late” with Tom Corless on 7/14 at 11PM EST. All of these programs will be available on WDWNTunes.com at those times, but will also be released for download at some point afterward. As well, if you’d like to attend the festivities in person, last-minute registration is still open for our event at WDWNT.com.

On a personal note, the 5 year journey of this website, the podcast, and the entire family of shows and websites that make up WDWNT has been the greatest experience of my life. I’d like to thank the incredible volunteer staff of over 50 people that has worked tirelessly to get us where we are today and the loyal readers & listeners who are to thank for our great success. I am very proud of what we have accomplished in just 5 short years, and look forward to many more of “Bridging the Gaps Between You and the World”.

Tom Corless
CEO & Founder of the WDWNT Network

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About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
Contact Tom at [email protected]

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  • Congrats! I'm a new reader, but I always look forward to new stories here on WDWNT.
    Hoping for many more years!

  • Congrats! I’m a new reader, but I always look forward to new stories here on WDWNT.
    Hoping for many more years!

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY from a looooooong time listener/reader. From here in the UK, you are my LIFELINE to my favourite place in the world
    Here's to the next 5 years.
    Deanne
    x

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY from a looooooong time listener/reader. From here in the UK, you are my LIFELINE to my favourite place in the world
    Here’s to the next 5 years.
    Deanne
    x

  • Simply outstanding work Tom. I discovered your site 2 years ago. The news and info presented by your network have made our family trips to WDW much more enjoyable. The podcasts are incredible. So funny. So informative. I listen to the podcasts over and over again while driving to and from work. I can't explain it…. but you and Scott, David, Jason, Jose, Banks, Marcy, Zac, etc. relax me and inform me at the same time. We drove to WDW last May and listened to the podcasts on the drive there and back. A total of 1500 miles. We were staying at POP Century May 24-30–I think the same time that you were there. WE walked over to AA Resort the day it opened but alas did not see you. Finally, Tom I hope you realize what you and the crew are doing here–the importance of it the demand out there is huge. You are to be commended sir for your professionalism on air as well. Some of my favorite podcast quotes:
    "you are not the first to be undervelmed by this attraction"
    "I said vaguely themed not poorly themed"
    "thank the phoenicians for your ABCs"
    the backside of Everest"
    "is your waistline actually stretching?"(strawberries at DLC mansion)
    AND JUST about everything Scott Smith says!

    Keep it up TOM. You are truely an internet imagineer.

    Tim Jordan
    New Roads, La.

  • Simply outstanding work Tom. I discovered your site 2 years ago. The news and info presented by your network have made our family trips to WDW much more enjoyable. The podcasts are incredible. So funny. So informative. I listen to the podcasts over and over again while driving to and from work. I can't explain it…. but you and Scott, David, Jason, Jose, Banks, Marcy, Zac, etc. relax me and inform me at the same time. We drove to WDW last May and listened to the podcasts on the drive there and back. A total of 1500 miles. We were staying at POP Century May 24-30–I think the same time that you were there. WE walked over to AA Resort the day it opened but alas did not see you. Finally, Tom I hope you realize what you and the crew are doing here–the importance of it the demand out there is huge. You are to be commended sir for your professionalism on air as well. Some of my favorite podcast quotes:
    "you are not the first to be undervelmed by this attraction"
    "I said vaguely themed not poorly themed"
    "thank the phoenicians for your ABCs"
    the backside of Everest"
    "is your waistline actually stretching?"(strawberries at DLC mansion)
    AND JUST about everything Scott Smith says!

    Keep it up TOM. You are truely an internet imagineer.

    Tim Jordan
    New Roads, La.

  • We love the show!  Congratulations on 5 years of great Disney reporting!!  The video is awesome but we wish you would have put names to the faces; or are you worried about stalkers?!?

  • We love the show!  Congratulations on 5 years of great Disney reporting!!  The video is awesome but we wish you would have put names to the faces; or are you worried about stalkers?!?

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