RetroMagic 50 Video Release – Part 4 – Geoffrey Snider

The Swan Boat returns to Disney property! Well…sort of. In this fourth segment from RetroMagic 50, Todd speaks to Geoffrey Snider who brought his beautifully restored Swan Boat swan to our event. This was an amazing part of the weekend and we were so excited Geoffrey was able to share this with us. We hope you enjoy this interview conducted by Todd, as he goes into what made all of this possible. Enjoy!Read More...

Antique Music and Arcade Games at Walt Disney World

The following is a list of equipment bought from Paul Eakin’s Gay ’90s Village in Sikeston, MO, and sold to Disney in August 1977: Belgian Band Organ34 Whistle Steam Calliope – experimental model made by the Tos. J. NicholsSeeburg Style “H” – The largest Orchestrion made by SeeburgEncore Automatic Banjo – made in the 1890sBeale Street SpecialMr Sam – Large Wurlitzer Orchestrion from MemphisBig Bertha – Limonaire Fair Organ with 3 hand carved figuresBig Nelly –...Read More...

Restored films from Walt Disney World in 1971-1973

We are happy to share a group of videos from the first few years of operation at Walt Disney World. Many of the films we receive contain some common shots – a parade, the jungle cruise, and usually some skyway footage. These are no exception but we’ll point out a few highlights along the way In this film, we start in the car ride to the Contemporary with a nice shot of the monorail running alongside...Read More...

Video: An Evening in the Vacation Kingdom of the World

Spend a beautiful evening in the vacation kingdom of the world in this souvenir film. After seeing the entertainment on Main Street USA, there are some scenes from the Mickey Mouse Revue show. Then the film takes us to Tomorrowland for a bit of the Carousel of Progress and a live performance from the Tomorrowland Terrace. There are also some scenes from the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Haunted Mansion. As any good evening does, the...Read More...

Films: A Trip Back to 1971

As Walt Disney World continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary, we are pleased to share two restored videos from its earliest days of operation. The first video explores Main Street USA, and the park-like setting of the early Magic Kingdom. There are some great shots of the parade, as well.   The second video is a bit longer, and is from December when the Magic Kingdom is well-decorated for Christmas. There are a few shots from...Read More...

Podcast Episode 73: Happy New Year!

Welcome to Episode 73 of the RetroWDW Podcast: Happy New Year!– 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. We are back with a full episode and our first release of 2022.  Listener Mail The mailbag is back for 2022 and we are...Read More...

Restored videos: Dark Rides!

Tonight we are pleased to share videos of three classic Walt Disney World dark rides! First up, from 1994, is Snow White’s Scary Adventures, the second iteration of the attraction at the Magic Kingdom   Next, take a ride to nowhere in particular in Mr Toad’s Wild Ride. This fan favorite attraction had two separate tracks with different experiences on each. Our video features both sides   And finally, we go to Tomorrowland to take to...Read More...

Celebrate Christmas in July

Welcome to Christmas in July from RetroWDW! To celebrate, today we have three videos from our archives to share. First, from Walt Disney World in 1978, is this TV special featuring Shields & Yarnell making their way from Los Angeles to Orlando for a visit to Walt Disney World. A performance by band Pablo Cruise on Bay Lake follows and appearances by Phyllis Diller, Andrea McArdle, and Danielle Spencer are made in this one hour special....Read More...

Restored film: Traveling to & Visiting Walt Disney World (early 1970’s)

This great film from the early days of Walt Disney World’s existence starts with the road trip from Georgia to Clearwater, Florida and then onto Orlando. Once in Walt Disney World, the film continues on the monorail through the Grand Canyon Concourse in the Contemporary Hotel before pulling into the station at the Magic Kingdom – note the great shot through an empty Tomorrowland because it hasn’t been built out yet! The film includes a musical...Read More...

Restored film: Woody, Bea, Gail and Bertha visit Walt Disney World (March 1974)

This film contains nicely composed shots of the Magic Kingdom from a visit in 1974. Included are views of the Enhanted Tiki Room Preshow, Main Street, Cinderella Castle, and Fantasyland. Next up is a great segment of the Fort Wilderness Railroad, including a great close up of the locomotive taking on water! Finally, the film wraps up back at the Magic Kingdom after a quick ride on the monorail.Read More...