Historical Research

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort: Bonfamille’s Cafe Menu – 1990

Bonfamille’s Cafe was the table service restaurant for Port Orleans Resort when it opened in 1990.  In 2001 the resort merged with Dixie Landings to become Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter resorts, respectively.  Bonfamille’s closed that year and never reopened.  The restaurant got its name from Madame Adelaide Bonfamille from Disney’s 1973 film “The Aristocats”.  Children’s menus from the time the resort opened drew on this inspiration with a coloring book that explained the backstory...Read More...

Videos

Restored videos: The Living Seas (August 1991)

Try to imagine, just for a moment… These two restored 8mm videos feature the Living Seas pavilion. First up is the preshow, which guests would see before entering the larger theater. It gave a brief overview of the history of sea exploration and previewed what was ahead in the attraction. The second video is the film entitled “The Seas”. This 7 minute film was shown to guests explaining the formation of Earth’s oceans. Afterwards, guests would...Read More...

Videos

Home movie: EPCOT Center in September 1983

Spend an hour in EPCOT Center during its first year of operation! This great video from September 1983 has some really wonderful shots from all over EPCOT including the Age of Information show, Kitchen Kaberet, and a performance by the Future World Brass band. There are also ride through videos of Listen to the Land as well as World of Motion. A few shots of CommuniCore and pans around the then-new park round out this fun...Read More...

Videos

Restored home video: Polynesian and Contemporary Resort – November 1987

Featured on our last live movie night, this is our video restoration of a home movie from November 1987. We start off with a great pan around the waterfall that used to be featured in the lobby of the Polynesian. Next up are some great shots from the Polynesian beach with a view of the Grand Floridian under construction. Over at the Contemporary, a beautiful sunrise shot shot from the rooftop observation deck is followed by...Read More...

Brian's Corner, Slides

Slide Carousel: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in November 1984

One of the missions of the Lake Buena Vista Historical Society is to preserve the history of not just the Walt Disney World resort but some of the ancillary developments surrounding the resort.  When a set of photographic slides taken in November 1984 of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress recently became available to us we jumped at the chance.  The gallery appears at the bottom of this post. When it opened in February 1984 the Grand...Read More...

Videos

Restored Video: Living with the Land with live narrator

Welcome to a voyage of discovery and awareness of the richness, the diversity, and the often surprising nature of living with the land When the opening day Listen to the Land attraction was updated to Living with the Land in the early 1990’s, the ride featured both prerecorded narration as well as a live cast member tour guide on the boat. When entering the greenhouse portions of the attraction, the cast member would point out plants...Read More...

Restored Films

4k HD 35mm Film Helicopter Tour of Walt Disney World, EPCOT, D-MGM Studios Construction – 1988

Featured on our last live movie night, this found footage is an awesome helicopter tour of Walt Disney World in 1988. Shot on 35mm film, we’ve restored and remastered it into a beautiful 4K resolution and we’ve added an additional interpolated 60 frames per second video! The film starts with the helicopter taking off from the STOLport and follows the monorail followed by a flyover of the main parking lot and Bay Lake. There are great...Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 64: Crescent Lake

Welcome to Episode 64 of the RetroWDW Podcast: “Crescent Lake” – We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows from over the years. We have visited multiple parks, resorts, and just about everything else in between. We hope you stick with us through 2021 as we bring you some great content that will bring you back to WDW each month. ...Read More...