Home Movie: America on Parade – March 1976

This silent film presents about nine minutes of America On Parade, which ran at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom from June 1975 through September 1976. The parade celebrated the United States Bicentennial. Tall doll-like characters representing the “People of America” accompany the many floats depicting American history, spanning eras from the voyage of Columbus through the 20th Century. Our vantage point for the parade is in Liberty Square near the end of the bridge leading from the...Read More...

Home Movie: A Patriotic Day at the Magic Kingdom – March 1976

This film captures a family’s visit to the Magic Kingdom March 1976, during the festive United States Bicentennial. A sampling of Walt Disney World’s patriotic decorations can be seen throughout the park. In the first couple of minutes we see the vacationing family posing in a variety of park scenes. Views of vehicles, flowers and shops along Main Street give way to a close-up of the castle main entrance. Attractions such as the Haunted Mansion and...Read More...

Home Movie: A Fun Filled Day At The Magic Kingdom March 1973

Our film opens traveling up World Drive towards the Magic Kingdom tolls and into the parking lot. Hopping aboard the tram we make our way to the Ticket and Transportation Center with monorails rolling by overhead. Aboard the Highway in the Sky we can see the topiaries lining World Drive en route to the Contemporary Resort. After passing a pristine and serene Bay Lake we find ourselves past the Contemporary and finally arriving at the Magic...Read More...

Restored Home Movie: Magic Kingdom Visit – 1970s

It’s a sunny start to this family’s day as they enter the Vacation Kingdom via the Ticket and Transportation Center and prepare to queue for the monorail. En route to the Magic Kingdom we get a nice aerial shot of the topiaries between the Contemporary Resort and the park. We then open to a generous 360 degree pan of Main Street before the parade makes its way through the crowd. There’s some great footage of Mickey...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...

Podcast Episode 20: America on Parade

In the spirit of the summer, How takes us back to the 70s and the world famous America On Parade. This vintage parade wasn't seen by many, including most of us, but it is such an interesting piece of history. Learn all about the giant sandwiches, large headed characters and everything else that made this craziness happen. We have a great video to accompany this months podcast, take a look on the Retro Disney World YouTube…Read More...

1978 Magic Kingdom & Mickey’s 50th Birthday Parade – Restored Film

Yes we here the collective groans..."What? another parade?!".. we agree, but this should be the last one for awhile, and after this we have 3 other non parade films to release. On the bright side this film does open with a nice shot across Seven Seas Lagoon, the ferryboat ride over to the Magic Kingdom and then some general shots in and around the park. The fife and drum corp does their thing and then Mickey's…Read More...

Double Feature Monday – ’72 Magic Kingdom and ’75 Parades Restored HD

We are back from our trip to Florida (no Mouse this time, just a world of wizarding..) and we felt it was time to release our next films. For our first film, to be honest, we have no idea where it came from; all we know is that it is from August 1972. After the obligatory opening shot of Main Street, we get a really nice view of the flowers on East street and then some...Read More...

Swan Boats and Adventureland Steel Drum Band in ’75 Style

I felt bad the other night when I got everyone psyched up for new film restoration - specifically I've been much like Paul Revere in recent weeks..."The Swan Boats are coming, the Swan boats are coming!" I wasn't joking around, the transfer was complete last week and when the hard drive arrived it turned out everything on it was corrupt. To make some amends, and to prove that I'm not trying to turn this into some…Read More...

1974 Magic Kingdom Parade – Restored Super8 with Sound in HD

First before we get started, we all need to thank David Coolidge for this fantastic Super8 sound footage from March 1974. David is a client of ours, entrusting Pixcel and our ImageWorks department to transfer and restore his home movies. Along with his wife and two kids, the Coolidge family trekked to Orlando on the Amtrak Autotrain, spent their nights at the Polynesian Village and days at the Magic Kingdom. This is our second film from…Read More...