Podcast Episode 9 – Building the Golden Dream

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Welcome to Episode 9 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: “Building the Golden Dream” – We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of the previous shows.

Corrections and Comments

We go back and rehash a little bit about the Town Square Cafe and also who the original designer of the Electrical Water Pageant was. Todd has an oddball thought about a Cuttlefish and we also found out about a very early autograph book at WDW.  

Main Topic

The focus this month is on The American Adventure in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. Todd, Brian, JT & How all discuss how the show works and also some of the history leading up to the attraction. Some great information is discussed on each of the eras presented during the show, JT discusses the backstage tour and all discuss the book Building a Better Mouse.

Audio Rewind

Congratulations to our winners, Alex Suarez and Tammy Norman, guessing True Colors from the pre-show for Magic Journeys and Captain EO. They are the winners of custom, 3D printed EPCOT Center Spaceship Earth Coaster and also some custom stickers from Redbubble featuring How’s artwork!  If you think you know the answer to the audio puzzler this month, email us at podcast@retrowdw.com for a chance to win the book, Building a Better Mouse – All correct answers will also be entered into a drawing in December of 2015 for a Paul Hartley reproduction map from wdwmap.com!!

*This episode has the chance for you to win 3 separate prizes! Listen carefully for the different questions, challenges, and opportunities where YOU, can be a winner and star of the show!

RetroWDW Merchandise

Our very first limited edition RetroTee based on an Illumnations napkin is now available for sale at The Imperial Shirt Company – Order now! This shirt will only be available until August 31! Additionally our redbubble store is off to a great start, in fact Brian and JT have upgraded audio equipment thanks to our supporters! The designs are exclusive to RetroWDW and will be rotated out and updated frequently. 

Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: www.retrowdw.com/supportus

Some of Our Latest Designs

Listener Mail

Todd discusses a stage that once existed in Fantasyland and what makes it unique. How tells the story of the pirate ship on Discovery Island which is a perfect intro for Pablo Cruise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-C_kvDwqeY We take a detour through a very odd Christmas special starring Shields and Yarnell that is pure nightmare fuel, but don’t say we didn’t warn you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmQbNZxNToU

Film Restoration

We take a look at an August of 1972 Magic Kingdom home movie, digitally transferred by Pixcel and restored by our very own Imageworks.  How finds some lost trashcans, Brian is amused by a man walking into frame, Todd gets confused about the first American flag and a kid in a funny feather hat walks by.

Listener Memories

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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

Check back with us very soon for Episode 10, where we take you into the Disney-MGM Studios for the first time ever on our podcast. Our very own How was camping out, the night before opening day….Super pumped up to hear his whole story, and we may have a guest star as well.  

Until next time… “Spare a dime? Hehehe. Sure buy four of my apples, and I’ll loan ya back the ten cents.”

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stacey Hartley
stacey Hartley
August 3, 2015 8:14 pm

I am Paul Hartley’s daughter and would love to see your rendition of his map

August 11, 2015 1:18 am

My cousin and I visited the house/store from The American Adventure this past winter. It’s still standing, though quite run down. Definitely worth the few hour drive from VA for a Disney lover.
If interested, here is a link to the photo: https://plus.google.com/photos/107120040274666219318/albums/6116872640217208593/6116872644618722946

August 11, 2015 10:01 pm

One unmentioned tidbit from the American Adventure attraction that I always liked–

In Kevin Yee’s essay in “Four Decades of Magic,” he points out that Sklar, Bright, and Hench’s faces are in the post-revolutionary war celebration parade painting in the American Adventure attraction. He also points out that Rick Rothchild and some other imagineer’s silhoettes still hang in the foyer.

B.J. Major
March 30, 2021 4:51 am

I’ve attached a photo from 1976 that shows Minnie Mouse putting her signature into an autograph book, for those interested to know how far back the Disney autograph books go…

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