Imageworks, Restored Films

Early 1980s Magic Kingdom Super8 Film w/Sound

This one will take you back to a time period right before the VHS camcorder became the standard. We begin at the Ticket/Transportation Center with some super clean ferry boat shots. The sound isn’t the greatest on this transfer, but having sound with film is a somewhat rare treat. We see some various resorts, the monorail, Cinderella’s Castle, 80s Tomorrowland and quite a few various shots. The footage is fairly clean, giving you some little details...Read More...

Restored Video, Videos

Disney Dreams – Earforce One VHS

This is a short, 2-minute video all about granting a Disney Dream. This couple had a dream to ride around in the original Earforce One. The occasion is a surprise of course and we get a few snippets of the hot air balloon, but not a ton. One of the best parts is a quick appearance by Roger Rabbit! Roger and everything else in this video will take you right back to the early 90s. Enjoy!Read More...

Restored Video, Videos

Walt Disney World Resorts – 1991 Disney Channel Remastered

If you are a fan of the resorts, this Disney Channel capture is for you. We go back to 1991 for a quick look that visits all of the resort areas present at that time. There are so amazing shots and angles that allow you to see different activities and areas that are no longer around. The Polynesian Resort looks amazing with the massive indoor waterfall. Travis Tanner gives some commentary throughout, which mostly sounds like...Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 55: Backstage Tour – MGM

Welcome to Episode 55 of the RetroWDW Podcast: “Backstage Tour – MGM” – We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows! Comments & Corrections Take a listen to our latest mini-episode, Bringing The World Closer To You – this was a quick one but ended up being very good. Enjoy! Listener Mail The mailbag is full and we love that!...Read More...

Restored Video, Videos

1991 Monorail Resort Loop – Front Seat

Take a spin around the resort loop back in 1991. As you all know, the front seat is off-limits today, but back in 1991, it was an amazing place to sit. This 8mm video recording has the camera fixed in position, then towards the end we get a great look at all the monorail controls. The video is simple, but the idea behind it is amazing, considering this was taken back in 1991. This was shot...Read More...

Restored Video, Videos

Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tram Tour – October 1, 1991

Leading up to our next podcast, which will be release soon, we dug up some footage from the Backlot Tour in 1991. This was filmed on 8mm video and there are some notable things to look for. Normally, you would see Herbie sitting there in these early days, doing wheelies, popping the hood, etc. Well in this video, Herbie is gone and we see a truck which looks to be from Ernest Saves Christmas – anybody...Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 54.5: Bringing the World Closer to You

Back in Episode 42 (Communicore West) we interviewed Lisa Bastoni, granddaughter of Walter Einsel, the designer of the Age of Information Exhibit at Futurecom in Communicore West. Through her grandfather's notes and a correct search of the song, we were able to locate the author and lyricist of the song, Tom Tierney! In this episode we speak with Tom about the creation of the song, how he developed the melody and lyrics and his interaction with…Read More...

Imageworks, Restored Video, Retro Disney World, Videos

Pleasure Island – May 1992 – New Year’s Eve Countdown

So here we are, just a few days away from New Years and we have a gem for you. This takes us back to 1992, May 28th to be exact. Some say this was the heyday of Pleasure Island where a nightly New Year’s Eve countdown happened and it was just crazy fun. This entire video is roughly six minutes long and features the stage show and buildup to the countdown. Dancers, fireworks, confetti, spotlights –...Read More...

Podcast

Podcast Episode 54: A Very ’90s Christmas

Christmas and the holiday season is upon us, which means more specials! We are getting into three different shows; The Walt Disney World Christmas Very Merry Parade from 1993, A Musical Christmas at WDW from 1993 and finally the 1995 Very Merry Christmas Parade. The specials and shows always seem to be plentiful around the holidays, so we get to discuss them in great detail.  If you would like to follow along as we discuss so…Read More...

Imageworks, Restored Films, Videos

Holiday Specials of the 90s

If 2020 is the year of ‘video’ for RetroWDW, then we need to start right now for the holiday season. On our upcoming podcast, we tackle three different Christmas specials that Disney released in the earlier part of the 90s. These three VHS rips really take you back to when Disney did the shows live and Regis Philbin was on top of his game. We have the Very Merry Christmas Parade from 1993 & 1995. This...Read More...