Podcast

Podcast Episode 54.5: Bringing the World Closer to You

Back in Episode 42 (Communicore West) we interviewed Lisa Bastoni, granddaughter of Walter Einsel, the designer of the Age of Information Exhibit at Futurecom in Communicore West. Through her grandfather's notes and a correct search of the song, we were able to locate the author and lyricist of the song, Tom Tierney! In this episode we speak with Tom about the creation of the song, how he developed the melody and lyrics and his interaction with…Read More...

Imageworks, Restored Video, Retro Disney World, Videos

Pleasure Island – May 1992 – New Year’s Eve Countdown

So here we are, just a few days away from New Years and we have a gem for you. This takes us back to 1992, May 28th to be exact. Some say this was the heyday of Pleasure Island where a nightly New Year’s Eve countdown happened and it was just crazy fun. This entire video is roughly six minutes long and features the stage show and buildup to the countdown. Dancers, fireworks, confetti, spotlights –...Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 54: A Very ’90s Christmas

Christmas and the holiday season is upon us, which means more specials! We are getting into three different shows; The Walt Disney World Christmas Very Merry Parade from 1993, A Musical Christmas at WDW from 1993 and finally the 1995 Very Merry Christmas Parade. The specials and shows always seem to be plentiful around the holidays, so we get to discuss them in great detail.  If you would like to follow along as we discuss so…Read More...

Imageworks, Restored Films, Videos

Holiday Specials of the 90s

If 2020 is the year of ‘video’ for RetroWDW, then we need to start right now for the holiday season. On our upcoming podcast, we tackle three different Christmas specials that Disney released in the earlier part of the 90s. These three VHS rips really take you back to when Disney did the shows live and Regis Philbin was on top of his game. We have the Very Merry Christmas Parade from 1993 & 1995. This...Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 53: Cute Stories With Rolly

Back in May 2019, we traveled to California to have a chat with Disney Legend Rolly Crump. For this episode, we are releasing the audio from our interview with Rolly. You get to hear all the various questions and responses from this time and this is the sections we played during RetroMagic. Rolly is quite colorful and has a bit of language, so be cautious with who you play this around. The majority of our conversations…Read More...

LBVHS

RetroMagic Holiday Ornament Set Available!

We have a limited number of RetroMagic Holiday Ornament sets left over from the event! These are our gifts to you for making a $50 donation to LBVHistory.org  You’ll receive a sealed box containing 3 ornaments! RetroMagic Logo, Journey into Imagination ride vehicle, and the very famous Mouse Airplane that Walt used to survey the land in Florida! Your donatoin is tax-deductible, LBVHistory.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational 501(c)3 organization. DonateRead More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 52: Twenty Questions

This month the entire episode is dedicated to your questions!  We opened up our floodgates to anybody and everybody. You all had the opportunity to send in questions, as us anything and possibly get on the show. The event has taken a huge amount of time from all of us, so for this episode, we shoot from the hip a bit. Brian took the lead on this and we felt we could pull new questions, old…Read More...

Cartography

The Pre-Disney History of Discovery Island

Discovery Island holds a fond place in the hearts of many Walt Disney World visitors from years past, but what's the history of the island before Disney took ownership? There are currently five islands in the waters around the Magic Kingdom, but most of them were made by Disney when carving out the landscape during early development. Discovery Island is the only one that existed naturally, before Disney got involved.Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 51: Horizons – Part 3: The Legacy

We finalize the ride this month, as the last episode was just insanely long and had to be cut off. Todd gets us back in the ride vehicles and we talk about choosing your own ending. How has everything worked out in detail, as to how this worked as a ride.... Ted even chimes in with some official wording on how all of this funtioned day in and day out, using the Horizons Ride Control System…Read More...

Disney World Home Movies, Restored Films

Home Movie: America on Parade – March 1976

This silent film presents about nine minutes of America On Parade, which ran at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom from June 1975 through September 1976. The parade celebrated the United States Bicentennial. Tall doll-like characters representing the “People of America” accompany the many floats depicting American history, spanning eras from the voyage of Columbus through the 20th Century. Our vantage point for the parade is in Liberty Square near the end of the bridge leading from the...Read More...