The Walt Disney World Waterski Show

When I started looking through the Bill Cotter photos, I was just amazed at how many gems and awesome photos are included.  The content and history is amazing and I almost don’t even know where to start! Well I think I have found a solid topic that I’d like more info on, and will be doing some more research like usual.  The infamous WDW Water Ski Show.  Some people may not know this even existed, but...Read More...

What if the Maelstrom soundtrack was “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure?

Tonight, I again took a good look at the Norway grand opening celebration hosted by Willard Scott from 1988. The guy clearly had about 8 jars of Smuckers before they shot this; he’s on a sugar high that rubs off into the other actors like a bad cologne. What surprised me comes at the 5:51 mark where the adventure of Maelstrom begins. Do we hear “You are not the first to pass this way…” followed by...Read More...

High Resolution 1982 EPCOT Center Map – Free for download/printing!

Over the past few months we have been working closely with Jason at Deep Water Studios, he is our key 3D guru for our Retro Replicas project (for more on that, visit www.retro-replicas.net). When Progress City posted a photo of an 1982 EPCOT Center Map a few days ago, Jason followed the conversation and realized there is a demand for a high resolution and zoom-able version of the map. Jason quickly reached into his bag of…Read More...

WDW Info Packet from 1989 – A window to the past, and future

In the 1980s and 1990s if you wrote to WDW asking for information (I often did under the guise of a “school project”) they would send you all sorts of information goodies…now they would just re-direct you to some sticky sweet looking PDF file loaded with stock photographs of perfect families skipping through the Magic Kingdom. Brian one of our users sent us a scan of a 1989 WDW information package. There is a wealth of...Read More...

Is Bay Lake Gone Forever?

One thing that always nags me about missing the old days, is how much has changed on Bay Lake & The Seven Seas Lagoon.  I am more of a Bay Lake/Seven Seas Lagoon kinda guy – just spent most of my time swimming, ferry boating, Water Spriting, and anything else starting out on the original two lakes.  When I look now, it is literally a ghost town.  Short of the small and large ferries driving back...Read More...

The Good Old Days – 1972 Prices

One of my most recent acquisitions is this 1972 info brochure. It is just a one pager, but full of neat information from many years ago. I love the tagline "The Vacation Kingdom of The World" - I wish they would bring this back, but I wouldn't cross my fingers on that. The front focuses on the ticket pricing, or Adventure Ticket Books as they called them back then. The high rollers could get an 11-Adventure…Read More...

I’m Going To Disney World! Retro Super Bowl Edition

We've all seen the ads and heard that famous saying. With the Super Bowl being last night, what better time than to look back at the original ad. The first time this was proclaimed was in 1987, right in the sweet spot of our favorite retro years. Phil Sims was reportedly paid $75,000 to say that simple phrase. In recent years, it is reported that athletes and other celebrities are given $30,000. Either way, that is…Read More...

It’s Always Fun to be Free

When EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982, one of the original attractions that day was World of Motion.  In my opinion, World of Motion was good.  It wasn’t Horizons, but as far as favorites go it was up there.  World of Motion was sponsored by GM, the first corporation to sign with Disney to sponsor an EPCOT pavilion.  World of Motion was located in Future World East, next to Horizons.  It was a large, stainless...Read More...

Willard Scott Previews Maelstrom – 1988

In 1988 there was much buzz about Norway opening... little did we know that would the last country added to World Showcase until, oh wait.. no other country has been added yet... Willard Scott, King of Smuckers jams and jellies and spokesperson for all people over the age of 100, co-hosted the 1988 WDW 4th of July Spectacular. I've never been fond of the word spectacular, especially when it is used as a noun... But I…Read More...