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Cast Member memory of River Country Preview Weekend – Circa ’76

With our recent restoration of the River Country home movie from 1978 (http://www.retrodisneyworld.com/imageworks/films/river-country-78) we recieved a few comments from our followers - on in particular was BJ Major, and we asked her to wite a short story about the Cast Member Preview weekend for RC back in 1976. We thank her for sharing her memory with us! Here is what she had to say:   Hello, my name is B.J. Major and I was asked to...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...

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

This is an open letter to Tom Fitzgerald - Please re-tweet, re-share until we know he has seen it. Comments and thoughts welcome! 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...Read More...

A time when there was no clutter…and turnstiles really turned…

Once upon a time there was no clutter... People long ago didn't need primary colors to entertain them; in fact drab earthy colors was more than acceptable. In days gone by there were no hanging banners, no tracking systems, and no outlandish souvenir trading. Turnstiles really turned, tickets were printed on paper and marked with real ink or torn by real people. The human element was present everywhere...we were being entertained and the product was the...Read More...

Wishing MyMagic+ was April Fools…

We don't often post recent grumblings of recent events at WDW, but we decided to do this because there is so much negativity towards the new MyMagic program at WDW. We of course would be the first to allow us to go back to the Original Magic Ticket.... The article linked below gives you some insight to what is behind MyMagic/Fastpass+ at Disney World... On a personal level in spring '15 we will visit Disneyland where...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...

The Whatchamacallit, LBV and Villas – 1979 style…

From the Bill Cotter collection comes these gems from 1979... A time when Brown and Orange seemed in tune with the "modern design" of the era. I remember playing on the Whatchamacallit in '81.. it rocked! These photos are used on RetroDisneyWorld.com with permission from Bill Cotter. If you'd like to purchase copies of these photos please visit: http://www.worldsfairphotos.com/themeparks/disney.htmRead More...

Catch a wave at the Polynesian… Teaser Photo [corrected]

JT, our historical investigative reporter has been on this for years... Like the amazing Bob-A-Long boats, the Polynesian Resort Wave machine has somewhat shrouded in mystery... We are close to solving some of the lingering questions around this short lived water feature.. For now, here is a teaser photo... but get ready for a Close Up!!Read More...

The Walt Disney World Waterski Show

When I started looking through the Bill Cotter photos, I was just amazed at how many gems and awesome photos are included.  The content and history is amazing and I almost don't even know where to start! Well I think I have found a solid topic that I'd like more info on, and will be doing some more research like usual.  The infamous WDW Water Ski Show.  Some people may not know this even existed, but...Read More...