Podcast Episode 75.5 – A Chat With Ray

Welcome to Episode 75.5 of the RetroWDW Podcast: A Chat With Ray – We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows from over the years. We have visited multiple parks, resorts, and just about everything else in between. Main Topic On this episode, we are joined by Disney entertainer Ray DeForest. Ray spent many years in Walt Disney World entertainment...Read More...

Podcast Episode: 72 – Maelstrom

The high seas Viking adventure was billed as a stormy boat ride with tons of excitement, danger, and thrills. Many articles were written to describe how amazing this ride was going to be and the hype machine was up and running at full speed. This really was the first thrill ride at EPCOT Center, so they played that angle as much as possible. How guides us through so many neat aspects about how this ride came…Read More...

Restored home movie: EPCOT Center (November 1985)

Enjoy this wonderfully shot 9 minute tour of EPCOT Center from 1985. After taking a ride on the highway in the sky (note the Living Seas still under construction!), you’ll see some great shots of Future World, including unique footage of the leaping fountains outside the Imagination Pavilion. After a quick lunch in France, this film includes some fun views of performances from around World Showcase. There are also a number of scenes filmed from the...Read More...

Magic Journeys – Full Film from August 1991

We were sent a tripod recording of Magic Journeys. While not perfect, it is probably the cleanest (albeit smallest resolution) copy of the film to date. We’ve done what we can to clean and clarify what we could. Best to watch this as you listen to our Magic Journey’s Podcast!Read More...

Podcast Episode 68: Magic Journeys

This month, we take you back to EPCOT Center and as far back as opening day. Magic Journeys: This is one of those short-lived attractions that most have not seen, but if you did, you get it. This was extremely high tech, advanced and the effort level that went into this is absolutely insane. Todd takes the lead, giving us a bit of history and why this whole thing came about. We hear from Murray Lerner,…Read More...

Restored film: Quick Visit to EPCOT (1982)

Previously featured on our live movie night, this quick film features a number of great shots from around EPCOT Center not long after its grand opening. Included are great shots of the Stargate Restaurant, the World Showcase walk-around doll characters, as well as a performance by an African dance company in the America Gardens theater.Read More...

Restored Video: Bird and the Robot

This show was featured in Transcenter, the post show for the GM-sponsored World of Motion attraction in Epcot Center. Hosted by a wise-cracking animatronic bird and his robot arm friend, “Tiger”, the show educated guests about the use of robotics in the vehicle manufacturing process.Read More...

Video: Follow Us to Walt Disney World

This promotional video, produced in 1984, gives viewers a tour of the Magic Kingdom and the then-brand new Epcot Center. This video has some great aerial shots of EPCOT, as well as plenty of action from inside CommuniCore and other original EPCOT attractions. SMRT-1, Dreamfinder, and many other fan favorite characters and cast members tell viewers about their attractions.Read More...