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...

Restored 16mm film: Cloudy Day at the Magic Kingdom

Take a 7 minute silent tour of the Magic Kingdom. The film starts at the TTC where there appears to be a healthy wait for the monorail. Moving on to Main Street USA, of course and a horse-drawn streetcar ride. After some shots around the hub, the film moves to Adventureland and the Swiss Family Treehouse, followed by the Keel Boats making their way around the Rivers of America. In Fantasyland, there are some great shots...Read More...

Restored film: Fritz & Heidi take Rocky to WDW

Previously featured on our live movie night in March, this family vacation silent film was edited together into a 35 minute tour of Walt Disney World around 1977. Some Disney souvenir footage was edited in – the segments from in the Jungle Cruise and other attractions feature footage from both Disneyland and Walt Disney World! Other segments include the Mickey Mouse Revue, the Haunted Mansion, and a ride on the Skyway.Read More...

Restored film: An Early Magic Kingdom

Enjoy a few minutes of footage from Walt Disney World not too long after opening! We start with two tram rides and then up to the train station and Main Street USA. There are some great shots of the Main Street Vehicles and a cameo by a Bob-a-round Boat. After touring the park, the film ends with a monorail ride back to the TTC.Read More...

Restored video: Delta Dreamflight (1991)

We’re gonna take you flyin’, and they’ll be no denyin’, this Dreamflight’s bound for non-stop fantasy! Delta Dreamflight was a Tomorrowland omnimover attraction focusing on the history of aviation. Each scene featured cartoon-style backgrounds and characters showing different eras of flight. The finale of the attractions led guests into what appeared to be a jet engine followed by a giant “speed tunnel” project room of a jet taking off. Our video even features a brief ride...Read More...