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Welcome to Episode 66 of the RetroWDW Podcast: “Retro Food Part II” – 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 hope you stick with us through 2021 as we bring you some great content that will take you back to WDW each month. Enjoy!
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- Troy is our first letter of the episode. He is looking for early photos of the Fort Wilderness reception outpost and possibly of the old trailer that was out there. Do you have any of those? Let us know!
- Our good friend Ed is on Episode 46 and is getting caught up. We always love our binge listeners and hearing from you! Ed has been digging into some photos from old trips from the early 70s, so best of luck with your listening and your photo search!
- Joe is up next – we included him back on Episode 7! Joe brought up the Peoplemover in Texas and shared with us a video by The Technology Connection on YouTube. Thanks for this!
- We got a big thank you from Jimmy – he and his family enjoyed the Easter Parade we posted on Easter Sunday. He also let us know his favorite character is Roger Rabbit. Thanks for watching Jimmy!
- James wrote in, as a Florida local, and wondered what is going on with the Best Western on Hotel Plaza Boulevard. Brian helps us out with this, as we once discussed this location on our podcast.
- Next up is Dane, he is looking for some ephemera and also looking to trade. If you have something Dane is looking for, let us know!
- Finally, Wesley wrote in about our last movie night – he has been a longtime fan and also our previous Prize Pot winner. Thanks!!
Todd had a random prize giveaway, which was the Norman Rockwell/Mickey print – thanks to everyone who reached out! Our winner is Tracy – congratulations!
Before you get started into our main topic, take a look at Episode 33 and Episode 58. These are all food and dining related so they connect really well to this episode. We begin by answering listener questions and memories, which is so much fun! If you sent us something in relation to this episode, there is a good chance it ended up on the show here. Let’s get started:
For this episode, we work our way through tons of listener questions and memories. These came from all over and discuss so many interesting topics. We get into everything including: 100 Years of Magic bars, Columbia Harbor House, The Diamond Horseshoe changes and so much more. We appreciate everyone reaching out and sharing their memories and experiences, as we really enjoyed digging into this.
After this we get into some various dining options from over the years. One being, the various character breakfasts at Disney-MGM Studios. How discusses the Aladdin breakfast that took place in the Catwalk Bar area / soundstage. We also get into the 1981 Walt Disney World Menu Book. This document is absolutely amazing and we have used it a ton throughout the episode. One area we zero in on, is the Lake Buena Vista Village & Club; this area is not well documented as far as dining options and menus. Brian leads us restaurant by restaurant, diving deep into each menu. As we get into these various restaurants, lounges, and other eating options, we hope these are bringing back memories or giving you a small window into dining at Walt Disney World in 1981.
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2 thumbs up on The Brown Derby butter sprinkled with sea salt. Have done that at home ever since! Great show as usual guys..
Yummy! Definitely going to try making the monte cristo. Great episode guys!
You mentioned the audio rewind, and I think alluded to it not coming back. Could I ask why? It has been a fun monthly event in our house.
Regardless; love the show and thank you for all your hard work.
I’m loving looking through the 1981 menu book, but I noticed two omissions. There seems to be no listing for the Plaza Restaurant on Main Street or the Liberty Tree Tavern. I wonder why they’re not included. Also, there’s a restaurant that I’ve never heard of called “Pop’s Place,” which seems to be under the Fort Wilderness section. Does anyone know what or where it was?
You all mentioned that there was not an upstairs at Pinocchio Village Haas. They do have a small area of around 6 or 8 tables, plus you could go outside to a balcony area that also had some tables. I have been up there many times, when it was open. I used the balcony to take pictures of the construction of New Fantasyland. I will have to find some pictures of the last time I was up there.
Great podcast as always! A couple of thoughts.. Did the Goofy Bar start off life as a Pocahontas Bar, then a Hunchback Bar, then a Hercules Bar etc? Regarding the Freedom Punch – was this the same thing as Liberty Punch which I definitely remember drinking in the late 80s, early 90s? I only remember buying it in Liberty Square. We worked out that Liberty Punch was Minute Maid Fruit Punch, or if not the same thing it was very similar. I still refer to it as Liberty Punch when adding it to my shopping list when on vacation in the… Read more »