Podcast Episode 5 – Stubborn Donkey Part 1

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Welcome to Episode 5 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: “Stubborn Donkey” We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of the previous shows along with our latest. Thanks for listening!



The regular crew is all here, Todd, Brian, How & JT are all present and accounted for.  There isn’t much housekeeping this month, mostly because we are just that good, but Todd starts us off with a touching dedication that is more than appropriate.

We also experienced record downloads and listens last month; thank you so much for that and we appreciate all of your interest in what we do here.

Main Topic

Our main topic this month is the GM sponsored World of Motion pavilion in EPCOT Center. The facts and figures in this ride are simply staggering, we also talk about animatronic carry over and how this attraction shared so many characters from other WDW rides.

World of Motion is analyzed section by section, discussing each scene and our memories. How is the expert this month and even does some audio forensics on the ride…Brian forgets what side of Future World he is on, JT marvels at Albert the monkey and Todd continually says “Tee Hee Hee”…We hope you are excited to learn all about this gone, but not forgotten attraction!

Audio Puzzler

Congratulations to our two winners this month, Laura Bowles and Kelly Heft. The correct answer was The Living Seas. If you think you know the answer to the audio puzzler this month, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com – There is an opportunity to win a custom 3D printed Spaceship Earth container which you cannot find in your favorite Disney gift shop. All correct answers will also be entered into a drawing December 2015 for a Paul Hartley reproduction map from wdwmap.com!!

Viewer Mail

We received a great email from Jeff, who has/is creating remastered versions of the Electrical Water Pageant digitally and posts them all to his site and Youtube – Take a gander at what he is up to.  We always love hearing positive emails and comments about how/where you listen to the show and even will answer your Retro Disney questions. Thank you!  Send your questions to 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 1976 Magic Kingdom film that includes the Swan Boats, restored to glorious retro perfection. So many good things in this one!

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.

Next Month

Be sure to check back with us very soon for Episode #6 – We discuss World of Motion or Stubborn Donkey Part II, the highly anticipated sequel to Episode 5.  The team is also in contract negotiations to possibly record some mini episodes from time to time… 

Until next time… “Please stand clear of the doors; Por Favor Mantengase Alejado de las Puertas

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April 24, 2019 10:40 pm

Love this episode. So great to see so much of a ride that I only got to go on once in 1994. I so miss the EPCOT originals. Thanks for taking me back to my first trip!

June 29, 2019 2:31 pm

Great episode guys!

B.J. Major
March 20, 2021 5:02 am

I know you guys brought this up in the episode and it’s been mentioned before, but I thought I’d point out this sentence from the World of Motion page on Wikipedia: “The ride was designed by the legendary Ward Kimball. This was the only attraction the animator ever worked on. His humor was evident in such gags as a used-chariot sale, and the world’s first traffic jam.” In pointing this out, I’m not trying to take anything away from Marc Davis, who was a genius Imagineer as well; whomever worked on the attraction, whether it be Marc or Ward, did… Read more »

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