Disney World Home Movies, Imageworks, Restored Films

EPCOT Center – Narrated by Harold and Yvonne Jenkins – Home Movie

If you joined us for RetroWDW’s Home Movie Night #4, you’ll recognize this film as the star of the show. Harold and Yvonne Jenkins of Savannah, GA documented their trip to EPCOT Center not only on film, but they dubbed over their film with their own narration. From the opening line, “Home of the big silver ball”, you’ll be immediately drawn in as their southern charm and not so subtle descriptions provide a dialogue that is...Read More...

Imageworks, Official Films, Restored Films

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...

Retro Disney World

RetroWDW announces RetroMagic video release!

On Sunday, October 13, 2019, the Lake Buena Vista Historical Society hosted RetroMagic at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – After months of editing by our volunteers, we’re now happy to announce that we’ll be releasing videos of the day’s stories and never before seen photos and artifacts from Disney Legends, Imagineers, Cast Members, music and more! All videos will be released on their respective dates at 8pm Eastern via our YouTube Channel and our special RetroMagic Playlist....Read More...

Imageworks, Restored Films

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...

Imageworks, Restored Films

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...

Imageworks, Restored Video, Videos

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...

Disney World Home Movies, Imageworks, Restored Films

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...

Imageworks, Restored Video, Videos

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...

Imageworks, Restored Video, Videos

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...