Backstage Disney: The American Adventure

Join host Lloyd Bridges for a behind the scene look at the American Adventure, the ambitious host pavilion in EPCOT Center’s World Showcase. This special originally aired on the Disney Channel in 1987. Marty Sklar, Randy Bright, and others from Imagineering share their perspectives on the pavilion and EPCOT Center as a whole.Read More...

1980s Souvenir Film: “The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World”

Souvenir film..what’s that you ask? Back in the 70s and 80s Walt Disney World would sell 8mm silent and sound films that were meant to be taken home and showed to friends and family to get others interested in going…much like the “A day at…” videos in the late 80s and 90s. Often printed on low-quality film stock, these were never meant for archival purposes and time hasn’t been friendly to most of the surviving films....Read More...

WDW Resort Information Channel Video – May 1992 – AI Enhanced VHS Recording

This is just one of five WDW Resort Information channel videos that we will be releasing. We’ve gone ahead and cleaned up the luma/chroma alignment, reduced the noise and then ran it through the AI enhancement process. This runs nearly 1hr 30 minutes and will take to places that are now long gone, including Top of the World, Pleasure Island, River Country and more! This was recorded in May 1992 during the year-long 20th-anniversary celebration of...Read More...

Project Florida – Like you’ve never seen it before! – Restored 16mm Film

This is one of the rare films we've all been waiting for...Project Florida. Produced in 1970 the film was presented on NBC's The Wonderful World of Disney, following the conclusion of The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Part 3 on January 31, 1971. Its primary goal was to educate and excite the public about the construction and soon-to-open Walt Disney World. Since then, aside from a portion of the film released the DVD Magic Kingdom: Imagineering the Magic, the…Read More...

Rare 16mm Walt Disney World Promotional Film

A series of clips issued by Disney in the 1970’s on 16mm film for promotional purposes. It starts outside the entrance to the park with footage of the entrance plaza and Seven Seas Lagoon. A quick eye at the 0:43 mark will realize that guests are exiting the MK monorail station on the side where you now board, this was the original design [until rains came and unloading guests into a smaller area presented a problem,...Read More...

A visit to EPCOT Center – 1983 16mm Restored Film

With EPCOT Center turning 35 years old yesterday we wanted to share with you a project we completed recently but decided to hold off until now for release. We were able to convert and restore the 1983 film “A Visit to EPCOT Center”. What makes this special is this restoration was completed from a 16mm print of the film, later it was released on home movie and the quality was sub-par to say the least. The...Read More...

Restored Mission to Mars upper scanner 16mm film with in-ride audio

RetroWDW was able to obtain an original copy of the the upper scanner 16mm film from Mission to Mars, we immediately had the it scanned in HD and then we improved the color/clarity by implementing a few different restoration methods. The result is nothing short of amazing – you’ve never seen this film in this clarity before. Even in the attraction, due to a series of mirrors, film degradation, fuzzy focus and the fact that the...Read More...

Magic Kingdom Club – 1980 Update – 16mm restored Film

This film is one of the rare 16mm reels we restored with the help of generous supporters. Entitled "Magic Kingdom Club - 1980 Update" this film is a rare glimpse at the benefits and reach of the MKC in its heyday. The MKC was designed in 1957 to promote Disneyland ad offer discounts to its members. Originally given out to employees of industry leading companies, it was expanded to include Walt Disney World in 1971 and…Read More...

The Magic of Walt Disney World – Restored 16mm Film in HD for the first time ever!

There is so much to say about this film that we made it the main topic of Podcast Episode 13 and @MKPony wrote an entire article annotating all the special views and historical aspects of the film. What you are about to watch is the cleanest most pristine copy available anywhere. You will see things you never noticed before, you will laugh, you will feel nostalgic and you will yearn to go back to 1972. Sit…Read More...