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...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 50: Horizons – Part 2: The Promise

The moment you have been waiting for is finally here. The classic attraction from EPCOT Center is finally getting time on our podcast and we couldn't be more excited. Horizons is here and get ready: this is going to take more than one episode! For Part 2 - The Promise, this is the meat and potatoes episode, ride throughs, scene discussions and so much more. Our discussion starts though with a simple questions: Was Horizons under…Read More...

Kingdom of Memories

Eat up this live recording of “Food Rocks” from Epcot’s The Land pavilion.

When Nestle took over sponsorship of Epcot’s The Land from Kraft in 1993, changes were made in the pavilions attractions to better align with the new sponsor and more current ideas about food science and nutrition. The U.S.D.A. officially adopted The Food Pyramid in 1992, so Kitchen Kabaret’s show focusing on the four basic food groups was no longer relevant. In its place, WDI created a new show, “Food Rocks,” which addressed not only nutrition but…Read More...

Disney World Home Movies, Restored Films

Home Movie: A Patriotic Day at the Magic Kingdom – March 1976

This film captures a family’s visit to the Magic Kingdom March 1976, during the festive United States Bicentennial. A sampling of Walt Disney World’s patriotic decorations can be seen throughout the park. In the first couple of minutes we see the vacationing family posing in a variety of park scenes. Views of vehicles, flowers and shops along Main Street give way to a close-up of the castle main entrance. Attractions such as the Haunted Mansion and...Read More...

Kingdom of Memories

Listen to the 1990s Adventureland Entrance Area Loop

This is one of the most well-known and well-documented music loops in The Magic Kingdom’s History. It is, quite literally, the entire contents of the The Balafon Marimba Ensemble’s self-titled 1990 album played in order from start to finish. Prevailing thought is that this music was brought to the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland via its inclusion at EuroDisney’s Adventureland (now known as Disneyland Paris). This recording was made in a garden speaker between The Crystal Palace and…Read More...