The Shiny New Polynesian & Magic Kingdom – 1978

This film was shot on a silent roll of 16mm. We get an early shot of the Polynesian beach, adorned with sailboats and white sand. This feeling of go anywhere and boat all over is long gone. The day this was shot, it looks overcast and breezy; but the color correction is amazing. For me, I always seem to expect the look of an old VHS, no matter what the footage is or when it was...Read More...

Rare 16mm Walt Disney World Promotional Film

A series of clips issued by Disney in the 1970's on 16mm film for promotional purposes. It starts outside the entrance to the park with footage of the entrance plaza and Seven Seas Lagoon. A quick eye at the 0:43 mark will realize that guests are exiting the MK monorail station on the side where you now board, this was the original design [until rains came and unloading guests into a smaller area presented a problem,...Read More...

Magic Kingdom Club – 1980 Update – 16mm restored Film

This film is one of the rare 16mm reels we restored with the help of generous supporters. Entitled "Magic Kingdom Club - 1980 Update" this film is a rare glimpse at the benefits and reach of the MKC in its heyday. The MKC was designed in 1957 to promote Disneyland ad offer discounts to its members. Originally given out to employees of industry leading companies, it was expanded to include Walt Disney World in 1971 and…Read More...

The Magic of Walt Disney World – Restored 16mm Film in HD for the first time ever!

There is so much to say about this film that we made it the main topic of Podcast Episode 13 and @MKPony wrote an entire article annotating all the special views and historical aspects of the film. What you are about to watch is the cleanest most pristine copy available anywhere. You will see things you never noticed before, you will laugh, you will feel nostalgic and you will yearn to go back to 1972. Sit…Read More...

The Magic of Walt Disney World Annotated

As a companion to Podcast Episode 13 and the release of our restored version of The Magic of Walt Disney World we present a special guest author this month, Foxxy (@MKPony). She has put together a fantastic annotation of the film as well as some interesting back stories, new findings and some surprises along the way!Read More...

Come visit the EPCOT Center of 1982 – RARE 16mm Home Movie restored in HD

It has been awhile since we posted a film restoration and I guess for good reason. I was away on vacation and the entire podcast crew has been busy researching the show and designing our t-shirts and merchandise (If you haven't seen our exclusive original retro designs, check out www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus) But there is another reason, and it's a good one...I've been hard at work restoring a pristine 16mm home movie of the early days of EPCOT…Read More...

Behind the Scenes – Before & After Restoration Comparison ’75 WDW Press Film

We're humbled by the overwhelming response to our recently posted restoration of a 1975 WDW press film. Many of you shared our pages and rewteeted us thousands of times - we thank you for the wonderful exposure! There were many questions about the process, color, etc. We decided to show a complete side-by-side comparison of the Before and After restoration (see bottom of this page). Enjoy! Why no sound? With that said, many people questioned why...Read More...

Vintage Walt Disney World 16mm 1975 Press Film – Restored in HD

It's very rare to find any 16mm films of Disney World, but when you come across one that the Disney Company produced you put your cards on the table and make a move to secure it. We stumbled upon this one on eBay and it was worth the purchase and digital transfer. Think back 40 years ago, these press films would be distributed to newspapers for in-house screening or television studios for use in newsreels and…Read More...

Place a Order for Restoration

Please follow the steps below to order a restoration. Any Questions? Email us:  info@retrodisneyworld.com Step 1: Transfer Place your transfer order at Pixcel.com - Utilize the appropriate coupon code from the table below to apply your discount and select a service level with us. During checkout at Pixcel you must select the option for hard drive output. You can buy a external hard drive from Pixcel, or supply your own - 1TB or higher is recommended....Read More...