We are live! – Podcast Preview Episode: “Pre-Opening Dreams”

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Welcome to the Preview Episode of the Retro Walt Disney World Podcast.  This is the very first, but not officially the first episode (get all that?) of a monthly podcast by your friends here at Retro Disney World.  We are going to maintain a consistent format that will last around an hour and you can look forward to new topics each month.


Learn who we are and get a taste for how the show will be structured.

Main Topic

We quickly discuss the concept plans for WDW, including the original layouts, maps, land purchasing, resorts, Tomorrowland and more. Don’t worry we will come back to all of this in a future episode!

Listener Mail

From Andrew, we answer the question “Is Disney now creating life long Fans? Send your questions to podcast@retrowdw.com.

Audio Puzzler

If you think you know the answer to the audio puzzler, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com.  We will enter all correct answers into a drawing for retro prizes!

Film Restoration

Todd goes over the film restoration process at a high level, video and “polishing the turd”, Kodak prices, and inside the psyche of visitors with cameras.

What restorations are coming next and we list out the Holy Grails of photos and movie footage we are looking for: Wave Machine, Orange Bird character, Orange Tree at Juice Bar in Adventureland, Bob-A-Round boat, early resorts, LBV Whatchamacallit.

We hope you enjoyed this preview 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 on November 24th for the official Episode #1!

Until then, “Please stand clear of the doors…”

Notes: A reader wanted to know the books we referenced in this episode. “A Complete Edition of Walt Disney World”, WDW Preview Edition, and the Master plan. Images of some can be found here: https://www.retrodisneyworld.com/pictorial-souvenir/pre-opening.html

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