LBVHistory Vault Opens to offer extremely Limited Quantities of Past Ornaments & Gifts!

As we dug out the holiday decorations at LBV HQ we’ve come across a handful of reserves of some of our most popular sold-out ornaments and gifts from past events and offerings. These items are available as a gift for immediate shipping in EXTREMELY limited quantities* with a tax-deductible donation to Lake Buena Vista Historical Society, Inc., a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. If you missed out or need a replacement make your donation today: 2017 –...Read More...

RetroMagic – A 50th Celebration

The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society cordially invites you to Event Details RetroMagic 50 Celebration and Luncheon (Sunday April 24th) – A day-long event at the Contemporary Resort* marking the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. Join us as we enjoy the “blessings of size” in the Fantasia Ballroom for: Panels and stories from Disney Legends, Imagineers, Cast Members and other notables A luncheon buffet featuring selections from Walt Disney World’s culinary history Visit our “Lake...Read More...

LBVHistory Announces 2021 Holiday Ornament: The Season Greetings Studio Tower

The team at The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society has been hard at work creating a special holiday ornament for 2021! We present the Season Greetings Studio Tower! Donate to Reserve your Tower!     The tower is cast resin and plastic and features a metallic green base and a metallic red hat. The tower stands a proud 4.8 inches (12.2cm) tall! Can easily be displayed on a desk, shelf, or hung from your favorite tree or...Read More...

Flagler’s Breakfast Menu – Grand Floridian Resort 1988

When the Grand Floridian resort opened and replaced the Contemporary as Walt Disney World’s flagship resort it had all the luxuries and decadence you would expect.  Fine dining venues abounded and Flagler’s was an upscale sit-down restaurant that specialized in Italian cuisine in the evening (because in the 1980’s fine-dining Italian was at its peak in popularity).  In the morning’s it was the place to have a nice breakfast away from the hustle and bustle of...Read More...

LBVHistory Announces the Carousel of Pumpkin Halloween Ornament!

The team at The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society has been hard at work creating a special fall ornament! We present the Carousel of Pumpkin! Jimmy may have spent all day carving his pumpkin for the Halloween dance, but you don’t have to! The Carousel of Pumpkin is solid cast resin and features the signature design and coloring of the now famed and adored attraction set piece. The Carousel of Pumpkin stands 2.5 inches (65mm) tall....Read More...

RetroMagic 50 Information Sign Up

The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World the weekend of April 23-24, 2022 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL! The schedule will include our RetroMagic 50 event with presentations, performances, and personal interactions with the men and women who made the Vacation Kingdom a place to remember. Sign up below to be the first to know when tickets and more information will be available Mark...Read More...

Lake Buena Vista Townhomes Brochure (1972)

A few weeks ago our friend Dr. Alan Bowers shared some scans of a brochure promoting townhome ownership in the Lake Buena Vista planned residential community for Walt Disney World.  The brochure is dated 1972 and outlines the community details, floor plans available and costs associated with buying into the new community. We could write a long article about Lake Buena Vista and its many phases of life before becoming, today, Disney Springs and Saratoga Springs...Read More...

RetroWDW Presents: Platinum Movie Night on 4/15/21!

The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society and RetroWDW are proud to present their first-ever Platinum Movie Night! This view-by-donation event will take place on April 15, 2021, at 8:00 pm Eastern and will feature some of the rarest historical films from Walt Disney World, rare and exclusive slides, give-a-ways, and more! The donation amount you choose will go to help cover the cost of the acquisition, transfer, and restoration of the films which was in the...Read More...

LBVHistory Announces Dino Gertie Holiday Ornament!

As of 11/19/20 all Dino Gertie gifts have been accounted for. The team at The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society has been hard at work creating a special holiday ornament 65 million years in the making. In the Hollywood that never was but always will be Dino Gertie is decked out for an Echo Lake seasonal soiree! Gertie is cast resin and plastic and features her signature hat and shiny ball. The base is approximately 3.75...Read More...

RetroMagic: A 50th Celebration Postponed

Since the conclusion of our RetroMagic 2019 event, we have been discussing our plans to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary the first weekend of October 2021. An essential benchmark to permitting us to host a 50th Anniversary event is the development of an effective vaccine against COVID-19. As a vaccine becomes closer to reality we discussed whether logistically we COULD host the event we have planned in eleven months and whether or not we were...Read More...