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...

Podcast Episode 10: Hooray for Floridawood

We take you back to the opening day of the Disney-MGM Studios, way back on May 1, 1989. Our very own How and our guest, Hoot Gibson were waiting in the parking lot all night to be the first through the gates. They discuss rubbing elbows with Michael Eisner and Bob Hope and of course giving commentary about being the first to see different attractions. How has a great story about being the first person ever…Read More...

Come visit the EPCOT Center of 1982 – RARE 16mm Home Movie restored in HD

It has been awhile since we posted a film restoration and I guess for good reason. I was away on vacation and the entire podcast crew has been busy researching the show and designing our t-shirts and merchandise (If you haven't seen our exclusive original retro designs, check out www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus) But there is another reason, and it's a good one...I've been hard at work restoring a pristine 16mm home movie of the early days of EPCOT…Read More...

Podcast Episode 4 – One Little Spark

Our main topic this month is the conception, history and early years of EPCOT Center. We look into the original vision of how it wasn't really thought to be a theme park and that Walt wanted this to be the community of tomorrow. Brian and the gang also discuss the 1966 film Walt made to promote the concept and also get people excited about what was going to happen in Florida. How talks about the original…Read More...

Dateline: October 14, 1982 – EPCOT Center – Silent 8mm film with Horizons Construction

There comes a time when an eBay automated search turns up a diamond in the rough - this has surely got to be one of those times. Brian and I both found this film on the auction site and we immediately began to ensure that we would be able to secure it. We accidentally bid against each other, but no harm done, we got the film. There are a few things that make this particular film…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...

Horizons Pegasus Hoverlift a.k.a. Mesa Verde Hovercraft

It may have seemed to be have a little quiet around here in February, but I can assure you we were busy. In fact we were working on several projects at once. I was busy working on the Horizons model and both of us were working on developing a toy which ate up a lot of our time. While developing the toy we realized we should try a smaller test on a less complicated subject. This…Read More...