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...

EPCOT Center 1980s Super8 Film with Sound

Attending EPCOT back in the 80s just seems to match up perfectly with a VHS camcorder, not film. The film footage we usually get is from the Magic Kingdom and resort areas in the 1970s. This one though has our cameraman bringing the old Super8 into EPCOT Center. We are not sure on the year, but we found it is roughly 83/84 based on the construction of some different things, mostly Morocco. There is some footage...Read More...

Magic Kingdom in Glorious 16mm Film – 1970 & 1971

This is one of the best films we have seen and you will not be disappointed in terms of quality and content. When watching this amazing 16mm, you will notice this consists of multiple trips and visits to Walt Disney World. This was used during our second movie night as we gave commentary throughout. Take note of all the little changes and even the things missing, including trees! The plants and trees are so young and...Read More...

Climb aboard The Great Movie Ride once again!

We’ve got a special treat for you! Now that Mickey’s Runaway Railway has opened we figured you’d want to take a trip back in time for an uninterrupted journey through the movies! How Bowers was at it again, armed with his trusty 8mm video camera he filmed the attraction from start to finish. The date is December 1, 1991, and the attraction is fairly young at only 2.5 years old.Read More...

Magic Kingdom Home Movie from 1972 – With Jungle Cruise Frogs!

If you missed our 2nd Home Movie night yesterday, you can catch up by watching this short film that features a quick tour around the Resort Beam monorail track! There are some fantastic zooms of signs all around the park, the topiary gardens, a short glimpse of Jungle Cruise frogs, a peek inside of If You Had Wings, rare Rivers of America props and more! Don’t forget to check out our 3rd Home Movie Night on...Read More...

Watch the WDW Happy Easter Parade from 1992! With Commercials!

Have we got a treat for you this Easter Sunday! Our very own How Bowers was at it again back on April 12, 1992 when he set is VCR in the Tampa Bay area to record the Walt Disney World Easter Parade. Hosted by Regis Philbin and Joan Lunden it also features Robbie Benson as a co-host of sorts. While mostly the parade, we do get some great segments that feature the backlot of the Disney-MGM...Read More...

Come ride the PeopleMover in 1992!

We’ve got a special treat for you today! How Bowers’ Video Archive strikes again with two fantastic Peoplemover ride throughs!  On April 2, 1992 How boards the attraction with his trusty tripod for a sun-filled trip around Tomorrowland! Next up is a few months later when How takes the trip again, this time at night in November 1992. Note: We did add in some video stabilization to help keep this ride a bit more steady.Read More...

The Griswolds Christmas Vacation to WDW – 1974 & 1975 Home Movie

For RetroWDW’s first-ever Home Movie Night we premiered a pair of home movies from one family. From the metallic pea family truckster to a nuclear family of mom, dad, brother and sister they quickly adopted the nickname of the Griswolds. The two films highlight their road trip to Florida and subsequently chronicling their tour of WDW. Apparently so enamored by their visit in ’74, they made the return journey a year later. Keep an eye out...Read More...