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...

Pirates of the Caribbean – Restored 8mm Souvenir Film

The serene exterior/entrance to Pirates of The Caribbean in our latest souvenir film restoration stands in stark contrast to the busy area we see today. The ride footage opens after the opening scenes as boats approach the galleon just after the famous "drop". For those more familiar with the Pirates of the last decade where Barbosa from the Hollywood film is captain of the ship this film gives you a good glimpse of the original pirate…Read More...

Jungle Cruise – Restored 8mm Souvenir Film

Our restoration of Disney 8mm souvenir films next takes us to Adventureland's legendary Jungle Cruise. The film opens with the earliest of Jungle Cruise's many signs and entrance designs over the years. We see ships leaving the dock and entering a covered thicket canopy which you might not recognize because you're usually sailing under it and looking at the giant butterflies on either side of you.Read More...

It’s a Small World – Restored 8mm Souvenir Film

Our series of restored Disney souvenir films takes us around the world on the Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed. it's a small world is, perhaps, Disney's most famous attraction. The original premiered at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, NY before moving to Disneyland in 1966. In 1971 it's a small world was an opening day attraction at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and is the second of an eventual five…Read More...

Country Bear Jamboree – Restored 8mm Souvenir Film

Our restoration of Disney souvenir films continues with a look at Frontierland's iconic Country Bear Jamboree. This attraction was the brainchild of Imagineer Marc Davis and was originally intended as entertainment to be offered at Walt Disney's never built Mineral King ski resort in California near Sequoia National Forest.Read More...

Podcast Episode 26 – Tiny Bubbles – 20k Leagues Under the Sea

Welcome to Episode 26 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Tiny Bubbles". We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows. Listener Mail First off, we have a real letter! Rob wrote us discussing history on the Golf Resort and some new facts we didn't cover. Next, a listener wrote in asking about updates to the utilidors. Cameron wrote us about...Read More...