Podcast Episode 43.5 – A Chat With Chris Debiec

Welcome to Episode 43.5! We are here tonight to chat with Chris Debiec, who plays a key role in the early days of Disney-MGM Studios.  Todd, Brian & How are in attendance tonight and we start you off with some information about the upcoming Lake & Lagoon tour.  Some information is also revealed about the gift for this upcoming event and also some key information if you would like to meet any of us.  For more...Read More...

Podcast Episode 43: MGM-Studios Game Shows

This month is somewhat unique, as we take you back to the studios and give you a taste of the old, working studio. How takes the lead and the main topic relates to how game shows used to be filmed on site, you could visit the sets and even play with a live studio audience! As a group, we join How with a game show styled game where we answer trivia questions and discuss this history.Read More...

The Muppets at Walt Disney World Video – NBC Special from May 1990

This NBC special, which aired on May 5, 1990 is one of the four prime time shows we discuss in episode 30 of the RetroWDW Podcast. This program turned out to be the last Muppets special that Henson would work on as he passed away just 10 after its airing on May 16. We stumbled upon a relatively clean copy of the special and decided to improve it bit by removing the interlacing, repair the chroma…Read More...

Listen to Vincent Price host Disney-MGM’s Sorcery In The Sky fireworks show

Long before the giant Mickey sorcerer's hat sat in front of Disney's Hollywood Studio's reproduction of the Chinese Theater, a giant inflatable sorcerer Mickey once rose above the building nightly. The park's nighttime fireworks spectacular, "Sorcery In The Sky," ran from 1990 to 1997, but this version, narrated by Vincent Price, was only used until the horror film icon's death in 1993.Read More...

Home Video: Disney MGM Studios from August 1989

If you've listened to podcast Episode 10 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Hooray for Floridawood" you may be wondering where some of the attraction sound bites originated from. Todd has just shared nearly 40 minutes of footage from his trip in August 1989 that was used for parts of the podcast. The video starts out at 6:30am, the sun is just coming up for a very early 7am opening.Read More...

Podcast Episode 10: Hooray for Floridawood

We take you back to the opening day of the Disney-MGM Studios, way back on May 1, 1989. Our very own How and our guest, Hoot Gibson were waiting in the parking lot all night to be the first through the gates. They discuss rubbing elbows with Michael Eisner and Bob Hope and of course giving commentary about being the first to see different attractions. How has a great story about being the first person ever…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...