These articles are written by The Retro Disney World staff and pertain directly to the day-to-day happenings, operations, and background/history of the site.

WDW giclée prints signed by David Coolidge

David Coolidge is an American Watercolor Realist and in podcast episode 22.5 Todd and How discussed with David how he was one of the first ever to display his art at Lake Buena Vista. During our chat, we discover that David used the original Polynesian waterfall as the subject of one of his paintings. But more recently he's done some more paintings of WDW!Read More...

Welcome to Mesa Verde University

For many of us fans the Horizons pavilion in EPCOT Center will always hold a special place in our hearts. While it closed years ago it lives on for many in the ride's dialog and many can recite it from memory. One particular part of the attraction recently inspired us to create several t-shirt designs, the first of which (oh yes, there are more on the horizon!) we are revealing today.. Welcome to Mesa Verde University!...Read More...

204 photos from my 1980 visit to Walt Disney World

In December I released at 30 minute film of my trip to Walt Disney World from 1980, I bet you didn't know that there were over 200 photos to go along with it. Thanks to the folks at ScanDigital I now have the entire album safely stored in digital format. I sent them the entire album...they went through it page by page, scanned each photo and then re-assembled the album before shipping it back to me...Read More...

Fort Wilderness Breakfast Show & Melvin Moose

So I learned something new today.  Back in the 80s, Fort Wilderness had a breakfast show.  What I find interesting is I stayed at the Fort forever, and I don't recall seeing anything related to this whatsoever.  I must have walked by Pioneer Hall many, many times and just didn't pay attention to the showbill signs posted.  Too focused on finding the lawnmower tree I suppose. I've also heard that originally in Pioneer Hall, they used...Read More...

Restored Horizons POV Ride Through – Go Sniff an Orange and Watch This!

This is the first video restoration that we are releasing...We couldn't think of a better attraction to start with other than Horizons! Martin Smith, whom you all know from his Ultimate Tributes (www.martinsvids.net) was kind enough to send me this footage from June 1990 for enhancement/restoration. A few things before you jump right to the video. Some of you will ask, if this was shot in 1990, why does it look "softer" and less realistic than...Read More...

A letter to Tom Fitzgerald – Saving EPCOT Center – Please Retweet/Share

Tom, You have no idea who I am and I'll be honest, I only know you from your personal submarine welding experience at Sea Castle as well as the demonstration of imagineering excellence you have bestowed up on the Disney theme parks over the years. This letter doesn't serve as anything more than part rant, part excitement, part sadness for the EPCOT Center that is gone, but most importantly, part relief that someone of your stature...Read More...

What A Find! – River Country Photos

When looking around the web, I am always drawn in by the vintage and retro photos people have of WDW.  If you really think about it, the entire complex is photographed so often and even when cameras were "tougher" to use, people still took tons of photos at Disney World. With that being said, the amount of unpublished and even un-digitized photos has to be huge. This collection we came across is no exception. These were...Read More...