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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Video: An Evening in the Vacation Kingdom of the World

Spend a beautiful evening in the vacation kingdom of the world in this souvenir film. After seeing the entertainment on Main Street USA, there are some scenes from the Mickey Mouse Revue show. Then the film takes us to Tomorrowland for a bit of the Carousel of Progress and a live performance from the Tomorrowland Terrace. There are also some scenes from the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Haunted Mansion. As any good evening does, the…

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Podcast Episode 74: Vacation Planning

Throughout this episode, you are going to notice a world of vacation packages that you might have never heard of before. Everything from small trips to massive all-inclusive style trips with camcorders and meals included. The inflation calculator is brought out often so we can get a somewhat accurate comparison to what we have nowadays. We were super curious if one of our listeners would be sitting down with their slide rule and spreadsheets to compare what the best deal was and when it took place back then…

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Podcast Episode 73: Happy New Year!

Welcome to Episode 73 of the RetroWDW Podcast: Happy New Year!– 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 are back with a full episode and our first release of 2022.  Listener Mail The mailbag is back for 2022 and we are…

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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…

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RetroMagic – A 50th Celebration – Tickets and Information

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 notablesA luncheon buffet featuring selections from Walt Disney World’s culinary historyVisit our “Lake Buena Vista…

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Podcast Episode 70: Monster Sound Show

This month, we take you back to the early days of the Disney-MGM Studios. When the park first opened, it was mostly shows and attraction-based with less emphasis on rides. You may have noticed before we got to the main topic here, but this episode sounds a little bit different. We are recording in <[{stereo}]> and this adds an amazingly fun layer to this episode, which is all about sound. Todd starts us off with our old friends at Birnbaum, most importantly 1989. This attraction was not very well known at the start as most people really didn’t know what was going on in this show building.

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Podcast Episode 67: Pleasure Island Part II

For this episode, we continue where we left off on the first episode of this series, Pleasure Island Part I. If you missed Part I, please take a minute to download that episode and get caught up. How is once again leading us and we are so excited to get into the 90s where Pleasure Island went through some changes. Within a few months of opening, we learn that it wasn’t drawing the crowds that were expected. There is no official statement, but How speculates the access was an issue, meaning a ticketing problem. Todd also throws in that the changing access and idea of it being different, day and night, could have been a concern. Finally, confusing ticketing could have added to problems as well. How gives us some inflation prices on tickets and we learn that it was super expensive back when it opened. Either way, changes were needed and we get to discuss these next.

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Restored film: Fritz & Heidi take Rocky to WDW

Previously featured on our live movie night in March, this family vacation silent film was edited together into a 35 minute tour of Walt Disney World around 1977. Some Disney souvenir footage was edited in – the segments from in the Jungle Cruise and other attractions feature footage from both Disneyland and Walt Disney World! Other segments include the Mickey Mouse Revue, the Haunted Mansion, and a ride on the Skyway.

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