Podcast Episode 3 – Camping, Cabins and Coonskins

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Welcome to Episode 3 of the Retro Disney World Podcast. Thank you so much for listening and giving us feedback. We love hearing from everyone and sharing your thoughts live on the air!


The regular crew is all here, Todd, Brian, How & JT are all present and accounted for. We start off discussing the Tomorrowland Speedway changes through the years, Richard Nixon at the Contemporary and also more US Steel construction techniques for vibration resistance. 

Main Topic

Our main topic this month, Fort Wilderness. This is one of the originals at WDW and actually, none of us stayed there in the early years.

JT is a regular to the Fort and we hear all about the opening years and what makes Fort Wilderness a unique place to be on property. The Fort Wilderness Railroad & River Country are slightly discussed, but we would like to devote two full future episodes to those topics.

Learn all about Fleetwood Homes, tent camping, Melvin The Moose Breakfast and of course more concrete evidence about Roy’s Cabin. Hitch up your camper and join us for a great discussion all about one of the most relaxing resorts on property, that has changed quite a bit over the years.

Audio Puzzler

Congratulations to Matthew for winning the Episode #2 Audio Puzzler, the answer was the Mike Fink Keel Boats background music. Matthew wins a great Mickey Christmas Ornament. If you think you know the answer to the audio puzzler, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com – We will enter all correct answers into a drawing for retro prizes, this month you can win a great bar of vintage Contemporary Resort Dial Soap!

All correct answers will be entered into a drawing in December 2015 for a Paul Hartley reproduction map from wdwmap.com!!

Viewer Mail

Candler sent us a great email regarding the US Steel construction site where the Contemporary/Polynesian “drawers” were built.  If you would like to do some exploring, we have the actual address for you in this episode.  Thanks for your note Candler! – Send your questions to podcast@retrowdw.com

Listener Memories

Keep the calls coming, sharing your memories and giving us feedback. If you would like to call and leave us a message, please dial 978-71-RETRO.

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We hope you have enjoyed this episode! If you have any questions, suggestions or find errors please email us podcast@retrowdw.com.

Film Restoration

We watch and discuss a retro film that has been restored with Pixcel and Imageworks. Follow along with us as we add color commentary to this film: Todd’s personal trip to WDW back in 1980 – 30 minutes worth of outstanding Kodak Film.

Next Month

Be sure to check back with us very soon for Episode #4 when we move into the future and finally start discussing EPCOT Center.

Until next time, “But enough of this chit chat, yick yack, and flim flam.

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April 22, 2019 5:27 pm

I am still in the process of listening to this podcast. I have always enjoyed exploring Fort Wilderness. I have done that many times. I have not actually stayed there as of yet but I have been lucky enough to have gone to River Country in the late 70’s and saw the train with my own eyes and even rode the tram. I have been to the Christmas showing of the Hoop Dee do Review for my birthday and explored Fort Wilderness so many times and all over including a hidden area that still has track from the old railroad.… Read more »

B.J. Major
March 14, 2021 5:41 am

I really enjoyed spending some of my days off from working at LBV at Fort Wilderness in 1976-77, and went back several times as a Guest a few years later as well. I’ve seen the main dinner show at Pioneer Hall, enjoyed the Trail’s End Buffeteria many times for lunch (they had the BEST western omelet and barbecue beans I’ve ever tasted). But what I always enjoyed the best was the relaxed atmosphere of this campground. Just taking a leisurely walk around the grounds, seeing the Tri-Circle-D ranch and petting zoo, checking out the merchandise in the Trading Posts, and… Read more »

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