Restored videos from Disney-MGM Studios

Today we take a visit to the Disney-MGM Studios in 1991! The park was very focused on production and offering guests a peek behind the scenes in its early years. The Great Movie Ride was often the first stop for many guests, and offered a spectacular journey into the movies in a classic Disney attraction with detailed sets and Audio-Animatronic figures. The main attraction was the Backstage Studio Tour, a tram ride through various facades and...Read More...

Podcast Episode 75: Honey I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure

The Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure was one of the early attractions at the Disney-MGM Studios that opened in late 1990, following the success of the film Honey I Shrunk the Kids which opened in 1989. In this episode we start with the film itself and the success of this movie. Back then, this movie was made way different and it lent perfectly to the Disney-MGM Studios and the reason for the park…Read More...

Beauty and the Beast at Walt Disney World

The 1991 release of Beauty and the Beast was Disney’s most successful animated release to date, and characters from the film were quickly added to Walt Disney World. The Main Street windows had animated scenes from the movie added; you can see the details of each in this short video:   Belle and Beast also greeted guests and took pictures in the Disney-MGM Studios soundstage.   A stage adaptation was also added to Disney-MGM Studios; the...Read More...

Videos from our Library: Celebrating 33 Years of Disney-MGM Studios

33 years ago today, the Disney-MGM Studios theme park opened to the world for the first time! To celebrate, here are some great videos from our library. Our own How Bowers and Dave “Hoot” Ensign were among the first visitors to the Disney-MGM Studios theme park on May 1, 1989. This video includes their overnight stay outside of the parking lot so they could be among the first guests in – as well as segments from...Read More...

Videos: The Muppets and Dinosaurs at Disney-MGM Studios

The Muppets featured prominently in Disney-MGM Studios in its early years. “Muppets on Location: Days of Swine and Roses” was a live action show featuring the Electric Mayhem and the Muppet performers. This video also features footage of the Muppet characters meet-and-greets. Also from 1991 and featuring puppets from the Jim Henson Company, is the Dinosaurs Live! parade. The Sinclair family from the then-popular TV show performed under the guise of being the “surprise family of...Read More...

New Year’s Eve Celebration Videos – 1993 & 1994

As a followup to podcast episode 73, we are pleased to present some video from two New Year’s Eve celebrations at WDW! Explode into 1993 at Epcot with a live musical performance from Kool & the Gang: And then, welcome 1994 at Disney-MGM Studios! There are plenty of DJ’s and bands, including a performance by the Turtles, to help celebrate, and a performance of Sorcery in the Sky. And, of course, plenty of party horns to...Read More...

Fly With “Airship Shamu” Blimp In 1992

A while back we acquired this set of slides taken by a crew member or passenger aboard Sea World’s promotional blimp the Airship Shamu. Included with the set was a December 30, 1993 article from the Orlando Sentinel about the omnipresence of blimps in the Orlando area. The slides are from a specific flight in March 1992. Airship Shamu soared over EPCOT, Disney-MGM Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee, and other local sites including Interstate 4 looking...Read More...

Podcast Episode 70: Monster Sound Show

This month, we take you back to the early days of the Disney-MGM Studios. When the park first opened, it was mostly shows and attraction-based with less emphasis on rides. You may have noticed before we got to the main topic here, but this episode sounds a little bit different. We are recording in and this adds an amazingly fun layer to this episode, which is all about sound. Todd starts us off with our old…Read More...

4k HD 35mm Film Helicopter Tour of Walt Disney World, EPCOT, D-MGM Studios Construction – 1988

Featured on our last live movie night, this found footage is an awesome helicopter tour of Walt Disney World in 1988. Shot on 35mm film, we’ve restored and remastered it into a beautiful 4K resolution and we’ve added an additional interpolated 60 frames per second video! The film starts with the helicopter taking off from the STOLport and follows the monorail followed by a flyover of the main parking lot and Bay Lake. There are great...Read More...