Restored Home Movie: A Trip to WDW 1976

This 8mm restored home movie of a visit to Walt Disney World starts off in Town Square. After a nice slow pan around, its time for a parade (mandatory to be filmed in all visits during the 70’s, it seems). A visit to the Tiki Room follows, which has some great (and unusual for the time) low-light footage from inside the show. There is some equally impressive shots of the Haunted Mansion preshow and then a...Read More...

Carousel of Progress – May 1992

Today we head to the Magic Kingdom in 1992 for one of the most classic attractions of them all. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – if you have not seen this version, you are in for a real treat. So much has changed on this for the current version, but this is one of the final years for this with the songs and scenes. The final scene has an amazing projection screen, some period correct hanging...Read More...

WDIdolatry: A Carousel of Progress 4th Act set in the 1980s

This is the first of what will be an ongoing series posts of random things that I did back in the early 1990s (I was barely in my 20s) when I wanted to pursue a career at Walt Disney Imagineering. Some of it is OK(?), some of it is terrible. My hope is that others who want to go into the themed entertainment industry can learn from my mistakes. Even through I didn't ultimately get a…Read More...

Podcast Episode 23: Carousel of Progress

For this month, we discuss all things Carousel of Progress. We take you back to the General Electric days and start you off with a bit of history. The journey starts right after Disneyland opens and follows us up to the version we all see today. You are really going to enjoy this main topic filled with sound clips, effects and tons of snipets to remind you of this attraction has changed over the years. We…Read More...

Restored souvenir film from 1979 – Attraction Highlights #2

Back when film was expensive and a low percentage of the population actually had a movie camera, Walt Disney World sold souvenir films for you to purchase, take home and watch at your leisure. If your friends happened to be visiting while you enjoyed these films, Disney considered it a win. They were betting that you would take the time to set up the projector, pull down the screen, make popcorn, dim the lights and show…Read More...