Podcast Episode 32: Riding on Sunshine

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Universe of EnergyWelcome to Episode 32 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: “Riding on Sunshine” – We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Corrections & Listener Mail

Lots of great feedback from our Mission to Mars episode. We discuss the subtle throwbacks that exist now in the parks and also answer some questions about the liftoff videos not being coastal exclusive. 

We also touch base on the placements of the different presidents in The Hall of Presidents. How discusses an original LP which has a The Art of the Hall of Presidentslayout built into the jacket.

Thank you for all the emails, tweets and comments you have sent our way. We try to respond to almost everything and do our best to pick unique questions for the show. 

For questions, comments and concerns, please write us – podcast@retrowdw.com.

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be The Universe of Energy! Universe of EnergyThe winner is Jessica, winning some vintage WDW postcards!

If you think you know the answer to this month’s audio rewind puzzler, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com – This month the winner will get a set of RetroWDW Pins and a WDW photo envelope.

All entries due 8/4/2017 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don’t win, you will gain an entry into the Fall/Winter Prize Pot, being picked in December.

Prize Pot

This year, we are going to do a new and exciting prize giveaway. The RetroWDW Podcast will have two prize pots this year; one summer, one winter.

We have moved onto Prize Pot #2! All prizes added to the pot will be given to one lucky winner this December.  Here is what we have so far:

  • Life Magazine – 1971 (Courtesy of David)
  • Look Magazine – 1971 (Courtesy of David)
Prize Pot Item #2
Prize Pot Item #1

All entries for the audio rewind go to winning the next prize pot.  Email us to enter: podcast@retrowdw.com

Main Topic

Universe of Energy

DAUj1BZXcAQcEMnA very timely main topic this month for our listeners. With the closing of The Universe of Energy this month, we felt it was time to take you back to the original attraction from EPCOT Center. We dive right into the opening concepts, how everything works and of course, each show scene. The sheer size of this attraction and all the details will amaze you as ride along in the original attraction.
Universe of Energy Concept Art
We do hit on some comparisons to the current, and now closed version with Ellen and Bill Nye, but this episode focuses mainly on the original show that ran from 1982-1996. If you never had the chance to enjoy the original, this will take you right back to the 80s and 90s with firsthand accounts and experiences.  Learn about the film direction, editing process and even how the animatronics area has changed over the years. 

This truly is a classic that signifies the original magic of EPCOT.  We think you’re really going to enjoy this journey back in time to The Universe of Energy.

Universe of Energy Gallery

Documentary on Expo 67′ featuring Emil Radok‘s “The Birth of the World”

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Next Month

  • Join us next month when we explore some Retro Food. Vintage menu offerings, impressions and also extinct meals. If you have any 70s, 80s and early 90s menus, please send them our way in an email or tweet.
  • We will continue to share our plans for Epcot35 as we finalize details! Follow us everywhere for information!
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B.J. Major
August 18, 2017 11:30 am

I’m glad you chose to spend most of the show on the original UoE rather than the later one with Ellen/Bill Nye. I have nothing against either one of those talents, but to me, after listening to all of the audio of the Ellen/Nye version of the show, it seemed very dumbed-down compared to the original. And the worst part was, I saw no reason to do that. It made me glad that in all the times I visited UoE, I saw the original version (with breakdowns and all!). To me, the original was truly classroom-worthy material. I honestly can’t… Read more »

November 29, 2017 6:52 pm
Reply to  B.J. Major

Sadly the version of EPCOT that sought to educate and entertain is being replaced by one that only wants to entertain. I will miss old EPCOT, but the model is not feasible anymore. I am glad Disney is finally talking about upgrading EPCOT.

Thankfully, science museums and regular museums in the last few years are trying to educating and entertaining.

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