Pictorial Souvenir

We have thousands of photos, slides & concept art here in our Pictorial Souvenir. Just find the main topic you are interested in below and click the image to navigate to the albums. Enjoy! Pre-Opening and Construction Concept Art   Pre-Opening   WDW Construction   Parks & Resorts Magic Kingdom   EPCOT Center   Disney-MGM Studios   Water Parks   Resorts   Dining, Shopping, Entertainment & Transportation Dining, Rec & Ent   Merchandise   Transportation  …

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Podcast Episode 7 – Souvenirs: The Receipt Is In The Bag

This episode is all about souvenirs and more souvenirs. The one thing every Disney fan can’t get enough of and seems to never stop collecting. Todd opens up talking up with the infamous Pictorial Souvenirs – A true gem in the retro world showcasing everything the Vacation Kingdom had to offer. We also hear about Todd’s favorite guest, the polka dot mystery girl. Your hosts also discuss their favorite souvenirs including a squeaky armed, hard plastic, cotton jumper wearing Mickey, How’s impressive LP collection and a few plush from Brian’s collection.

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Restored souvenir film from 1979 – Attraction Highlights #2

Back when film was expensive and a low percentage of the population actually had a movie camera, Walt Disney World sold souvenir films for you to purchase, take home and watch at your leisure. If your friends happened to be visiting while you enjoyed these films, Disney considered it a win. They were betting that you would take the time to set up the projector, pull down the screen, make popcorn, dim the lights and show off your trip to WDW with a grainy poor quality film. Sure they were “souvenir” films, but lets look at reality here, Disney wanted your friends and family to see it, have an eureka moment, pack up the kids in the metallic pea Family Truckster and make a pilgrimage to WDW. Souvenir Film? No..future money grab film? Why yes…

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WDW Pictorial Souvenir Timeline – History Through Photos

At one time I had most of the Pictorial souvenirs from 1971 up to 1986 in my possesion. One day several years ago I came to the realization that from year to year only minor changes were made to the books and I really had no need to keep multiple copies of essentially the same thing.  The differences inside were minor, a changed picture here or there so I wound up selling them and keeping those…

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Podcast Episode 80: Holiday Time at Walt Disney World

Every December, we take a trip back in time as we always do, but we focus on the holiday season and how it took place at Walt Disney World. Christmas, New Years, and all the other December celebrations have always offered up unique experiences and sometimes once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for resort and park guests. We begin with personal stories, traditions, and even gifts we received over the years. 

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Podcast Episode 78: Wonders of Life Part II

Welcome to Episode 78 of the RetroWDW Podcast: Wonder of Life Part II – 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. Thank you so much for joining us for more, Wonders of Life. In this episode, we get into the various attractions…

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Podcast Episode 76: The Spirit of America

This month, we take you through the glorious two-hour special that is The Walt Disney World Fourth of July Spectacular from 1988. This is a commentary on the entire special, which is on YouTube currently on many different channels. Here is the link we used: Click Here. As we go through this discussion, we look at each section, analyzing how things have changed and also how the special seems just a bit off.

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