Project Florida – Like you’ve never seen it before! – Restored 16mm Film

This is one of the rare films we've all been waiting for...Project Florida. Produced in 1970 the film was presented on NBC's The Wonderful World of Disney, following the conclusion of The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Part 3 on January 31, 1971. Its primary goal was to educate and excite the public about the construction and soon-to-open Walt Disney World. Since then, aside from a portion of the film released the DVD Magic Kingdom: Imagineering the Magic, the…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...

Early days of the Polynesian & Contemporary Resorts – Home Movie

This incredible film includes ample footage of the grounds of the Polynesian Village Resort in 1974. We open with a panoramic view from area between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Maui (now Raratonga) longhouse. Note that the area being filmed is the present day location of the Pago Pago, Moorea & Tokelau longhouses (built in 1978 and 1985). Plenty of images of the monorails gliding to and from the resort are featured – following...Read More...

Art & Linda are back! A Visit the Magic Kingdom in 1974

This magnum opus is a 27 minute visit (with sound) to Walt Disney World in November 1974 with a couple named Art & Linda (you may remember them from our Fort Wilderness Railroad film). This restored film is their honeymoon, just a year or so prior to their visit to the fort. Glimpses of the approach to the property and parking plaza and the arrival at the Contemporary Resort with Monorail Black gliding overhead. We sail...Read More...

1974 at the Magic Kingdom – Home Movie

This film opens with a brief glimpse of Fantasyland before capturing the VERY packed riverboat plying the Rivers of America.  The colonial parade through Liberty Square is briefly glimpsed before we jump on the Skyway and glide over Fantasyland, 20K Lagoon and set down in Tomorrowland where our tuckered subjects just need to rest on one of the planter walls.  Then we head back to Fantasyland to catch Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs on a...Read More...

A crowded Magic Kingdom from 1972 – Home Movie

A few days ago we posted a home movie from 1976 featuring a very patriotic Magic Kingdom. Unbeknownst to us, the film was actually two home movies spliced together - it was not until we released it that @MKPony alerted us that we had a home move from '72 and '76 clipped together. So back to the editing room we went, cutting the two films apart and re-uploading them as two separate films. Here is the...Read More...

Polynesian Village and Luau – 1973 8mm Home Movie

This 8mm home movie opens in the lobby of a very young Polynesian Village Resort in 1973. We see directional signs and an early iteration of Luau Cove. We are treated to a display of hula dancing by the luau performers and get a good flavor for what the luau was like at this time in the resort's young history. Each segment of the show is represented: hula dancing, fire dancing, music (though you can't hear...Read More...

Restored Mission to Mars upper scanner 16mm film with in-ride audio

RetroWDW was able to obtain an original copy of the the upper scanner 16mm film from Mission to Mars, we immediately had the it scanned in HD and then we improved the color/clarity by implementing a few different restoration methods. The result is nothing short of amazing - you've never seen this film in this clarity before. Even in the attraction, due to a series of mirrors, film degradation, fuzzy focus and the fact that the...Read More...

Happy Canada Day via EPCOT Center ’85 Home Movie

In honor of Canada Day we take a brief 1985 visit to the Canada pavilion in EPCOT Center. Amateur movie film is semi-rare by this point in favor of videotape and it is uncommon to find guest-shot park footage on film at this stage of the 1980's.   Our film opens with a very brief glimpse of the EPCOT Center parking plaza and then a pan of Future World from the bridge to World Showcase. The...Read More...

Home Movie: Jack and Elliot Gottlieb at the Magic Kingdom – Sept 1972

Arthur Gottlieb filmed a few minutes of the family vacation back in September 1972...just as the Magic Kingdom was to celebrate it’s first birthday. The film opens with Tomorrowland’s majestic spires. Our subjects, the Gottlieb Boys, take a spin on the not-yet-covered-by-a-canopy teacups. They then head over to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea where we’re treated to a glimpse of the signage before shots of the sub traversing the lagoon.  A nighttime view of the castle...Read More...