The Blanchards Visit WDW – 1974 Home Movie

Take a trip with the Blanchards as they visit WDW in 1974! From the opening shot from the backseat and the view of the tollbooth, you know you’re in for something special with this film. Interior Tiki Bird shots accompany the standard parade of its time. We descend 20,000 Leagues under the sea only to surface at King Stephans Banquet hall!Read More...

200 Seconds in the Magic Kingdom – Home Movie

Blink and you’ll miss it! The quality of this film wasn’t great to begin with, but it is a quick tour around the MK! It opens with a brisk walk down Main Street USA; a quick tour while on the PeopleMover, a few glimpses of the 20k lagoon, and then the train departs from present-day big thunder mountain area. I told you it was short!Read More...

Early EPCOT Center Home Movie

It’s not often we come across home movie footage of EPCOT Center…the early 80s were the beginning of the video camera revolution and true movie footage is much rarer from this time period. This film starts off with wonderful shots of the entrance plaza, future corps band and then the lines! Oh the lines to get into Journey into Imagination! The jumping fountains are so clean and functioning as they should but sadly our visit to...Read More...

A Magic Kingdom Vacation – 1978 Home Movie

Last week on Home Movie Night we premiered a few home movies that haven’t seen the light of day in years. This one is new exception as a quite active family (in the dancing/wiggling sense, you’ll see what we mean) filmed their trip to WDW in 1978. Amongst some standard shots of the 20k lagoon the family tries on some hats, wanders around the park, jumps on the Jungle Cruise and for some reason films other...Read More...

EPCOT Center – Narrated by Harold and Yvonne Jenkins – Home Movie

If you joined us for RetroWDW’s Home Movie Night #4, you’ll recognize this film as the star of the show. Harold and Yvonne Jenkins of Savannah, GA documented their trip to EPCOT Center not only on film, but they dubbed over their film with their own narration. From the opening line, “Home of the big silver ball”, you’ll be immediately drawn in as their southern charm and not so subtle descriptions provide a dialogue that is...Read More...

The Griswolds Christmas Vacation to WDW – 1974 & 1975 Home Movie

For RetroWDW’s first-ever Home Movie Night we premiered a pair of home movies from one family. From the metallic pea family truckster to a nuclear family of mom, dad, brother and sister they quickly adopted the nickname of the Griswolds. The two films highlight their road trip to Florida and subsequently chronicling their tour of WDW. Apparently so enamored by their visit in ’74, they made the return journey a year later. Keep an eye out...Read More...

Springtime at the Magic Kingdom – April 1974 – Home Movie

The Jungle Cruise was often the first attraction many guests experienced if they headed left at the end of Main Street USA. Our movie makers in this April 1974 film did just that as they capture their journey on Jungle Cruise before boarding the Walt Disney World Railroad and capture the scenes along the way – even racing the monorail at one point! Views of the hub and the waterways around it are captured before we...Read More...

Ford Motor Company Photoshoot film with The Eastern Winds Sailing

This unique film was taken by a member of the crew of a Ford Motor Company advertising agency as a “behind the scenes” glimpse of a photo session featuring Ford’s 1974 lineup and some Disney characters. The first scenes were taken alongside the wooded area in the center of the Magic Kingdom parking lot. The second series were taken on the access road behind Town Square at the Magic Kingdom. Characters featured: Smee, White Rabbit, Brer...Read More...

The Magic Kingdom of 1975 – Home Movie

Topiary lovers will enjoy the opening of this 1975 visit to the Magic Kingdom as the topiary that reside at the Transportation and Ticket Center start this film. The footage is a little blurry but we see a good pan of the Polynesian Village Resort and the approaching water launch – the Ports-O-Call sidewheeler which carries us to the Magic Kingdom entrance. When we get inside the park we see the parade down Main Street. The...Read More...