“The Magic Kingdom at WDW” – 1974 – HD Restored

The Walt Disney Company produced this film in 1974 and sold it on Super8 reels in the park. With a run time just short of 12 minutes we are first taken on an aerial tour of the Magic Kingdom and we visit each land in overview and detail fashion. While silent, the film doesn’t need sound to show how wonderful the park was 40 years ago.

Technical Points – The cyan dyes on the film have faded over time and the color changes through the reel. You can also tell what side of the film was stored up; as the right side of the film has more fading than the left due to light exposure. We’ve restored the color to a baseline that works well for most scenes.

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November 10, 2017 12:18 pm

Any idea about the name of, or longevity of the show that featured the hot-air balloon and possibly powered gliders? I assume it was a precursor to the Electric Water pageant shown on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. I’ve never seen anything like it before.

March 20, 2019 6:19 pm

A few things I have never seen at the Magic Kingdom. What a great piece of history.

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