Early days of the Polynesian & Contemporary Resorts – Home Movie

This incredible film includes ample footage of the grounds of the Polynesian Village Resort in 1974. We open with a panoramic view from area between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Maui (now Raratonga) longhouse. Note that the area being filmed is the present day location of the Pago Pago, Moorea & Tokelau longhouses (built in 1978 and 1985). Plenty of images of the monorails gliding to and from the resort are featured – following…

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Contemporary Resort – 1970s Shag and Flair – Restored Home Movie HD

The first of the three is a silent 8mm film and we were impressed at the filming locations and the steadiness of the camera. There are many shots of the monorail gliding in and out of the resort – almost to the point of ad nauseam; fortunately we soon move inside and are treated to the area that has now become Chef Mickey’s. Look at the lights! Look at the Orange Juice dispenser on the buffet table! Then, surprise, more monorails again! This time taken from the balcony off to the side of the resort – I must admit the shots obtained from this perspective are very unique, especially at the 2:18 mark – what a unique vantage point! Out to the concentric circle pool we go – this time more monorails and some nice exterior shots before monorail glides away from inside the hotel.

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Magic Kingdom Tencennial – 1981 – Restored Home Movie

We visit the Magic Kingdom during 1981’s Tencennial celebration, marking the resort’s first decade in business.

Our film opens with traffic along World Drive before we pass the Polynesian en route to the Contemporary Resort where a monorail glides seamlessly into the Grand Canyon Concourse. Our guests head into the Magic Kingdom where they meet Mickey and Pooh in Town Square before boarding the Tomorrowland Skyway for a bird’s eye preview of a fun day ahead.

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Podcast Episode 2 – Amongst the Plexiglass Trees

The team starts by mentioning their favorite part of the Contemporary Resort, from there we dive into the overall design, the association with US Steel and how the rooms were constructed. JT gets to say “Like a chest of drawers” a few times while Brian imagines the construction view from Roy’s Cabin.

Todd struggles with the escalator size and continually gets lost in the Grand Canyon Concourse.

We move on to the north & south wings and then ask “What would you pay to stay in a retro Contemporary Room?”

Todd once again mixes up Shari Lewis and Phyllis Diller as we move up to the Top of the World.

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