Podcast Episode 48: The Timekeeper

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Welcome to Episode 48 of the RetroWDW Podcast: “The Timekeeper” – We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Tonight we have a special guest joining us, Anthony got to sit in because of his generous donation. If you would be interested in joining us to get a behind the scenes listen, be sure to check out our Donation Page. Thank you Anthony!


  1. Andy Hudson wrote in regarding the current state of the old Penny Arcade games. We discuss this a bit and give some insight into his question / concern.
  2. Next up, we got a message from Mike Skinner, regarding a 1979 episode of Charlie’s Angels. During the opening sequence, you see The Eastern Winds, just moored out in the bay.  Click Here to check this super quick view, don’t blink!

Listener Mail

Concourse PostcardWe’re getting quite a bit of listener mail and we love to hear from ya! Keep the emails, tweet and calls comin’ in!

  1. Amy wrote in, asking us what the average stay was back in the 1970s. We discuss this in detail, basing this on postcard collections, films and attractions. This is a deep question and this is a pretty thorough answer. 
  2. Sarah is up next, having us discuss the Beauty and the Beast stage show, in MGM. We have some various ideas on what she might have seen and possibly if she saw an early showing of this production. How has some old times guides, which can help us out here…
  3. Kasey touches base about the change from ‘EPCOT Center’ to just ‘Epcot’. Kasey is curious when this changed and why – Brian gives us all the info on this one, which is a fun little history of the Epcot name changing.

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. 

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Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be the Future Corps! Keith Burton guesses right, and he will be receiving our famous Lake Buena Vista poster. Todd has some new items for this upcoming months prize – so listen carefully, as you could be a winner!

If you think you know the answer to this month’s audio rewind, email us! contest@retrowdw.com – This month we are picking four winners – each winner will get a poster and a shirt! All entries due 4/16/2019 and a random winner will be selected.

Main Topic

The Timekeeper

WeThe Timekeeperlcome to Circlevision and The Timekeeper. This super unique format was used throughout Disney properties and this episode we dive into one of the last productions, The Timekeeper. Our entire crew has a great recollection of this film and animatronic show, starring Robin Williams. The show itself, featured a unique character based on the actual camera system and they called her, Nine Eyes.

With this episode, we go scene by scene, discussing the stars, filming, production and more. The original film entitled From Time to Time, but was named The Timekeeper in Florida. We go into the location, which always felt a little off and out of place in Tomorrowland. The redo in 1994 is discussed and we hit on some of the backstory involved with this attraction, including a bit of Alien Encounter.

We discuss a few other things, including the old WDW travel VHS tapes, which had some great panning shots over the years. The group also gets into the preshows and we get a little bit of history and current location talk on the Renault concept car made for the attraction, The Reinastella. This ride is somewhat unique, as you had to look forward at The Timekeeper, so it kept the audience attention, looking one way.  This is a great, ‘New’ Tomorrowland attraction that has met our criteria and we hope you really enjoy our look back. What is your favorite memory of The Timekeeper? Was this a must-do for you and your family? We would love to hear your memories as well.

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  • Join us very soon, as we take behind the scenes with director Jeff Blyth. He is going to take us on an amazing journey, all about how these 360 films are shot. You seriously need to hear this! We thank you for your support and welcome you to enjoy all of our other offerings including our photos, restored films & The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society
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Lucy Elbourne
Lucy Elbourne
April 8, 2019 7:18 am

Hi, great podcast as usual. An observation – I THINK that in that very brief scene where the Timekeeper talks about the English countryside and talking to a man called Trevor, the view is of the town of Trevor and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (https://www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk). This would explain why he mentions Trevor (it’s the conclusion our family came to we came to when we first saw this). However, Trevor is in Wales, not England… there’s probably a lot of angry Welsh WDW guests out there! I have actually driven a boat over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.. it was the second most terrifying… Read more »

chris swinehart
chris swinehart
August 18, 2023 11:14 am

i loved timekeeper he was one of my best friends at disney

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