Restored Films

Restored Mission to Mars upper scanner 16mm film with in-ride audio

RetroWDW was able to obtain an original copy of the the upper scanner 16mm film from Mission to Mars, we immediately had the it scanned in HD and then we improved the color/clarity by implementing a few different restoration methods. The result is nothing short of amazing - you've never seen this film in this clarity before. Even in the attraction, due to a series of mirrors, film degradation, fuzzy focus and the fact that the...Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 31.35 – RetroWDW EPCOT35 Event Details and Ticket Information

Join Todd and Brian for a quick episode where we discuss the details of our upcoming event at EPCOT Center on September 30th, 2017! In November 2016 the RetroWDW podcast held a special event at WDW, specifically our Lake and Lagoon Tour was centered around DestinationD. We had limited spots and always wanted to do something that more of our listeners could attend. In conjunction with the official EPCOT35 events we decided to begin the research...Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 31: Mission To Mars

We have quite the episode lined up for you this month, and it posts in conjunction with an amazingly rare film we acquired as well. You are in for a real treat as we discuss Flight to the Moon & Mission to Mars. How takes us through the entire history and also lets us know he absolutely hated this ride... Looking back, we hear about the unique things that are actually happening throughout both rides. The…Read More...

Restored Films

Happy Canada Day via EPCOT Center ’85 Home Movie

In honor of Canada Day we take a brief 1985 visit to the Canada pavilion in EPCOT Center. Amateur movie film is semi-rare by this point in favor of videotape and it is uncommon to find guest-shot park footage on film at this stage of the 1980's.   Our film opens with a very brief glimpse of the EPCOT Center parking plaza and then a pan of Future World from the bridge to World Showcase. The...Read More...

Restored Films

Home Movie: Jack and Elliot Gottlieb at the Magic Kingdom – Sept 1972

Arthur Gottlieb filmed a few minutes of the family vacation back in September 1972...just as the Magic Kingdom was to celebrate it’s first birthday. The film opens with Tomorrowland’s majestic spires. Our subjects, the Gottlieb Boys, take a spin on the not-yet-covered-by-a-canopy teacups. They then head over to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea where we’re treated to a glimpse of the signage before shots of the sub traversing the lagoon.  A nighttime view of the castle...Read More...

Videos

The Muppets at Walt Disney World Video – NBC Special from May 1990

This NBC special, which aired on May 5, 1990 is one of the four prime time shows we discuss in episode 30 of the RetroWDW Podcast. This program turned out to be the last Muppets special that Henson would work on as he passed away just 10 after its airing on May 16. We stumbled upon a relatively clean copy of the special and decided to improve it bit by removing the interlacing, repair the chroma…Read More...

Restored Films

Jungle Cruise Frogs Take 3 – 1972 Home Movie

We visit the Magic Kingdom again in its infancy, just a few weeks-old baby, starting in Adventureland with shots of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.  Chip 'n Dale meet our young protagonists in Adventureland Plaza outside the Enchanted Tiki Room. They seem to be the only two people (and two Chipmunks) in the park. We walk through the Treehouse (note the glimpse at 2:15 of a piece of construction equipment!) before we board the Jungle Cruise...Read More...

Kingdom of Memories

Take audio trip though Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride & other Fantasyland recordings

Fantasyland at Walt Disney World stayed fairly untouched though the mid-1990s, with attractions receiving modest upgrades for capacity but being otherwise left in their original state. Of course, this all changed with the closure of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and eventually Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. But while it existed, it was a wonderful place full of passing aerial trams, flying elephants, and dolls singing about world understanding.Read More...