Walt Disney World – 1970’s

Enjoy a trip to the vacation kingdom of the world as it was seen during its first decade of operation. This film features views of the Magic Kingdom from the Skyway and WEDWay PeopleMover as well as some great shots of the Polynesian and Bay Lake from the Contemporary. There are also some great shots from the subs, and of course, a parade!  Read More...

The Griswolds Christmas Vacation to WDW – 1974 & 1975 Home Movie

For RetroWDW’s first-ever Home Movie Night we premiered a pair of home movies from one family. From the metallic pea family truckster to a nuclear family of mom, dad, brother and sister they quickly adopted the nickname of the Griswolds. The two films highlight their road trip to Florida and subsequently chronicling their tour of WDW. Apparently so enamored by their visit in ’74, they made the return journey a year later. Keep an eye out...Read More...

Podcast Episode 47: A Room Full of Fun

We start off this month on Main Street, USA - more specifically the Penny Arcade! This classic is part of our overall topic of arcades and game rooms. Then we take you back to one of the greatest vintage spots in all of Walt Disney World – the infamous and now gone, Fiesta Fun Center.Read More...

Early days of the Polynesian & Contemporary Resorts – Home Movie

This incredible film includes ample footage of the grounds of the Polynesian Village Resort in 1974. We open with a panoramic view from area between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Maui (now Raratonga) longhouse. Note that the area being filmed is the present day location of the Pago Pago, Moorea & Tokelau longhouses (built in 1978 and 1985). Plenty of images of the monorails gliding to and from the resort are featured – following...Read More...

A Gift to All: My personal 1980 WDW Film – 30 minutes!

Below you will find the restored film of my first trip to Walt Disney World in October 1980. I'm a tad over 6 years old in the film, a big time first grader that wears a sun visor without concern about his image. The Kodak processed Super8 film features sound and the run time is over 30 minutes. The sights and sounds included are amazing - The barker from PoC, a brand new Big Thunder, Adventureland…Read More...

Podcast Episode 2 – Amongst the Plexiglass Trees

The team starts by mentioning their favorite part of the Contemporary Resort, from there we dive into the overall design, the association with US Steel and how the rooms were constructed. JT gets to say "Like a chest of drawers" a few times while Brian imagines the construction view from Roy's Cabin. Todd struggles with the escalator size and continually gets lost in the Grand Canyon Concourse. We move on to the north & south wings…Read More...

Contemporary Resort – 1970s Shag and Flair – Restored Home Movie HD

The first of the three is a silent 8mm film and we were impressed at the filming locations and the steadiness of the camera. There are many shots of the monorail gliding in and out of the resort - almost to the point of ad nauseam; fortunately we soon move inside and are treated to the area that has now become Chef Mickey's. Look at the lights! Look at the Orange Juice dispenser on the buffet…Read More...