Podcast Episode 50: Horizons – Part 2: The Promise

The moment you have been waiting for is finally here. The classic attraction from EPCOT Center is finally getting time on our podcast and we couldn't be more excited. Horizons is here and get ready: this is going to take more than one episode! For Part 2 - The Promise, this is the meat and potatoes episode, ride throughs, scene discussions and so much more. Our discussion starts though with a simple questions: Was Horizons under…Read More...

Podcast Episode 49: Horizons – Part 1: The Prologue

The moment you have been waiting for is finally here. The classic attraction from EPCOT Center is finally getting time on our podcast and we couldn't be more excited. Horizons is here and get ready: this is going to take more than one episode!For Part 1 - The Prologue, we get into quite a bit of the origins of EPCOT, going over mission statements, concepts and much more. This is all important and leads up to…Read More...

Video: @RetroWDW Lake and Lagoon Tour: Discovery Edition & EPCOT Walking Tour

In 2016 we held the Lake and Lagoon Tour where we commandeered a number of pontoon boats and sailed with our listeners on a tour of Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Due to the small size of the boats we had a limited number of tickets to sell, as a result the event sold out in 9 minutes! We always knew we could do better, and in 2018 we held the tour again, only this...Read More...

Podcast Episode 43.75: A Chat With Jim Sarno

We are still plugging along in the Episode 43 series, this time with 43.75. The crew welcomes Jim Sarno, an artist who has been all over the entertainment industry. Jim spent some time with The Muppets, Hannah-Barbera and beyond. He moved into the Disney realm, getting his first gig with MAPO, making body parts out of fiberglass.  As you listen to this episode, you will hear Jim drop so many names of his former friends &...Read More...

FREE EPCOT Center Walking Tour – November 18, 2018 11:30a

On Sunday, November 18th we will be in EPCOT! We have an 11 AM Fastpass for Spaceship Earth and we encourage interested parties to ride along with us. When our ride is finished we will assemble at the entrance fountain (See red X on map on right) at 11:30 AM to begin our ever-popular free EPCOT Center walking tour.  We spend about an hour touring Future World and its pavilions pointing out things that used to...Read More...

Podcast Episode 42: Communicore West

A little while back, we dedicated some time to CommuniCore East on Episode 38. This month, we veer right (If you are going through the main entrance) and take you to CommuniCore West. Todd gets us started with some information on Earth Station and where it was originally planned for. The Fountain of Information is discussed, which included road signs, neon, and anything connected to communication in a fountain type of sculpture. Touchscreens are brought up…Read More...

Rare 1980s Publicity Video – Walt Disney World

This was a unique find. It was a ¾” U-Matic videotape of publicity footage prepared for media outlets by Walt Disney World. It had two audio tracks. The first was narrated and the second had just ambient noise captured in the footage. This was so the footage could be used either as a promotional piece or as B-Roll for media reports (nightly news, etc.) This is a terrific overview of the entire WDW property in 198X....Read More...

Communicore East and West Home Video – 1980s

With the release of last weeks podcast episode (Ep 38 Communicore East) we figured it was as good a time as any to dig up some of Todd’s Communicore West footage from 1986. As we were about to do that we got an email from the Dworsky Family of Texas stating that they had Communicore East footage from 1989. We put the two together in the following video that will take you back when touch screens...Read More...

Podcast Episode 38: Communicore East

Todd & How take the lead this month, taking us back to EPCOT Center and more specifically, Communicore East! Todd starts off by questioning JT on what Communicore actually means. We go through the things that Communicore would actually do: have a conversation with a computer, contribute to polls with your opinion, see what a space shuttle is like and check travel destinations, just to name a few. We discuss the original plans, a Wedway Peoplemover…Read More...

Looking Back at Tomorrow: An EPCOT35 Celebration Video

On September 30 2017, RetroWDW hosted Looking Back at Tomorrow – An event celebrating EPCOT Center’s 35th birthday. We filled the Living Seas Salon to capacity, and had we been able to get a larger space we would have loved to have more people attend. However, thanks to Art Miles, we’ve got the entire celebration on video for you to enjoy! Be sure to check out the photo gallery of the event too!   Opening Video...Read More...