Restored Films

Magic Kingdom Meet & Greets – 70’s Style – Home Movie

We enter the Magic Kingdom greeting Pooh, Eeyore and Tigger in the entrance plaza. Town Square looks pretty empty during this early morning during Christmas time (it’s 9:45 AM). Just look how empty Main Street USA is. What a glorious way to experience Magic Kingdom! Our family poses in front of the castle arch and then in the stocks of Liberty Square. We see them meeting Chip N Dale, Brer Fox and Brer Bear in Frontierland....Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 33: Retro Food

This month, we travel all over the vacation kingdom, looking at vintage restaurants and menus. We start off on the Seven Seas Lagoon & Bay Lake, taking you to each resort and discussing what has come and gone over the years. The offerings at time are very interesting and unique, while some are still the same to this day. Everybody brings out their old menus for this episode, refreshing your memories.Read More...

Restored Films

Art & Linda are back! A Visit the Magic Kingdom in 1974

This magnum opus is a 27 minute visit (with sound) to Walt Disney World in November 1974 with a couple named Art & Linda (you may remember them from our Fort Wilderness Railroad film). This restored film is their honeymoon, just a year or so prior to their visit to the fort. Glimpses of the approach to the property and parking plaza and the arrival at the Contemporary Resort with Monorail Black gliding overhead. We sail...Read More...

Restored Films

1972 at the Magic Kingdom – Home Movie

This film opens with a brief glimpse of Fantasyland before capturing the VERY packed riverboat plying the Rivers of America.  The colonial parade through Liberty Square is briefly glimpsed before we jump on the Skyway and glide over Fantasyland, 20K Lagoon and set down in Tomorrowland where our tuckered subjects just need to rest on one of the planter walls.  Then we head back to Fantasyland to catch Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs on a...Read More...

Retro Disney World

RetroWDW adds Corine Gulli, Granddaughter in Horizons, to event lineup!

RetroWDW is excited to announce that we have added Corine [Cook] Gulli to our Looking Back at Tomorrow event lineup! Corine played the granddaughter in Horizons where she was filmed for the conversation with the "beach boy" Tom Fitzgerald! An audio-animatronic likeness of her was then made for the other half of the video presence of the future! Corine grew up three blocks from Disneyland and will tell us a bit about the casting, recording and...Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 32: Riding on Sunshine

A very timely main topic this month for our listeners. With the closing of The Universe of Energy this month, we felt it was time to take you back to the original attraction from EPCOT Center. We dive right into the opening concepts, how everything works and of course each show scene. The sheer size of this attraction and all the details will amaze you as ride along in the original attraction.Read More...

Restored Films

A crowded Magic Kingdom from 1972 – Home Movie

A few days ago we posted a home movie from 1976 featuring a very patriotic Magic Kingdom. Unbeknownst to us, the film was actually two home movies spliced together - it was not until we released it that @MKPony alerted us that we had a home move from '72 and '76 clipped together. So back to the editing room we went, cutting the two films apart and re-uploading them as two separate films. Here is the...Read More...

Restored Films

Colorful and Patriotic Magic Kingdom from ’76 – Home Movie

[A previous version of this article erroneously included this film preceded by 1972 footage. The two films have been split and you and now find the 1972 footage here.] A bicentennial visit to the Magic Kingdom and America on Parade is featured in this 8mm film from 1976. The Town Square and Main Street USA open our day as the camera person makes his or her way quickly from the Flower Market to Cinderella Castle into...Read More...

Photography

Walt Disney World Treehouse Villa #433 – 37 years later

Those that follow RetroWDW may remember that Todd's first visit in 1980 included a stay at the original Treehouse Villas. Demolished in 2008, and subsequently rebuilt, the treehouse were and still are one of the most unique places to stay on WDW property. The newer incarnations share the same location and street layout as they did when they were first built. Other than the obvious differences to the buildings, the seclusion, silence and privacy remain. The...Read More...