Restored videos: Horizons and EPCOT Computer Central

This video press kit for the opening of Horizons at EPCOT Center in 1983 has some great footage of the development and construction of Horizons. In addition, there are several scenes of the completed attraction, as well as a segment with Robert McCall about the 60′ mural placed at the exit of the ride.   This next video about EPCOT’s Advanced Information System starts in CommuniCore and then goes backstage into EPCOT’s Computer Central. With a...Read More...

Restored vacation videos from 1987

This home movie from 1987 showcases a variety of footage from World Showcase and the Contemporary at Walt Disney World. It features a bus tour around World Showcase Lagoon, a performance by the Voices of Liberty, and scenes from the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot. The family is also shown enjoying character dining at the Contemporary Resort, viewing fireworks, and visiting the Fiesta Fun Center before their vacation comes to a close. Take a trip down...Read More...

Podcast Episode 80: Holiday Time at Walt Disney World

Every December, we take a trip back in time as we always do, but we focus on the holiday season and how it took place at Walt Disney World. Christmas, New Years, and all the other December celebrations have always offered up unique experiences and sometimes once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for resort and park guests. We begin with personal stories, traditions, and even gifts we received over the years. Read More...

Restored videos – Holiday Illuminations & SpectroMagic!

The beloved SpectroMagic night time parade replaced the Main Street Electrical parade as part of Walt Disney World’s 20th anniversary celebration, and ran until 2010. This video is from February 1999. And from December 1998, here is the holiday version of Illuminations at Epcot. While this pre-dates Reflections of Earth, fans of the holiday tag will find many familiar sequences here.Read More...

Podcast Episode 79: Wonders of Life Part III – Body Wars & Making of Me

For our third part discussing Wonders of Life, we have a good one for you this time around. With our expert guest Dr. Bill, we get things started with How leading the way as we jump right into Body Wars. The thing with Body Wars, it sort of lives in the memories of park guests as the sister attraction to Star Tours and is somewhat lost to history. Body Wars takes guests on a journey through…Read More...

Podcast Episode 78: Wonders of Life Part II

Welcome to Episode 78 of the RetroWDW Podcast: Wonder of Life Part II – 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. Thank you so much for joining us for more, Wonders of Life. In this episode, we get into the various attractions...Read More...

Is the Magic Kingdom Toll Plaza arch from Wonders of Life? Let us find the Truth…

Note: On the upcoming RetroWDW Podcast Episode 78 – Wonders of Life Part II we discuss the arches, but it didn’t seem right to just share our findings in the podcast. This article is a companion to this episode and will prep you for the upcoming discussion which may be hard to follow at times! We’ve all heard the story of how the Wonders of Life (WOL) entrance arch was repurposed as the Magic Kingdom Toll...Read More...

More for EPCOT Center’s 40th Anniversary: Visit the Living Seas, See Barbie, Celebrate Oktoberfest, and a Tour of Innoventions

To continue the celebration of EPCOT Center’s 40th anniversary, we have several videos from our archives from throughout the park’s history. First up is this complete tour of the Living Seas from 1992. One of the most immersive attractions of its time, the video includes the queue pre-show, “The Seas” film, and a ride on the hydrolators and Seacabs. As part of a large sponsorship agreement with toy company Mattel, Barbie came to Epcot’s American Gardens...Read More...

RetroMagic – Celebrating EPCOT Center – Information Sign up!

As fans and friends gather in Florida this coming week to mark EPCOT Center’s 40th Anniversary we wanted to give an update on our plans to mark this momentous occasion. It was our hope to host another RetroMagic event in mid-winter but as we began speaking to our VIP guests and going over our own ambitious plans we quickly realized we were not giving ourselves enough time and there were other complicating factors. We want this...Read More...