Podcast Episode 61: Alien Encounter Part I

We are staying in Tomorrowland this month, but zeroing in on a specific attraction that is no longer with us: Alien Encounter, or the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter if you are using its full legal name. This one came online back when Tomorrowland had the major overhaul in 1995 and is a fan favorite. X-S Tech is hosting a demonstration at the Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Center and everyone is invited, including you! How leads us this month…Read More...

Podcast Episode 60 – Tomorrowland ’94

For this month, we are discussing a major overhaul of a land at the Magic Kingdom. Many of the lands have slowly evolved and changed, but Tomorrowland had a major change with nearly everything being touched in 1994. Brian & How start us off at Disneyland in 1983 with the expansion of Fantasyland - bringing comparisons to our main topic. All of these major refurbs work towards making the park appealing to a new audience -…Read More...

Restored Home Movie: Mission to Mars Ride Through 1992

Long before Mission: Space opened in Epcot, Mission to Mars took guests from Tomorrowland for a visit to the red planet. An updated version of the Disneyland opening day attraction Rocket to the Moon, guests visit mission control before boarding their circular rocket for their voyage. Our video covers the entire attraction about a year before it closed to make way for Alien Encounter.Read More...

Restored Video: Progress City Model Detail

The Progress City model originated at Disneyland as part of the Carousel of Progress post show. Originally nearly 7000 square feet, a portion of it was moved to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in 1975 and can still be seen while riding the PeopleMover. The PeopleMover never stops though, so this video from 1991 shows a lot of detail you may miss while riding!Read More...

Come ride the PeopleMover in 1992!

We’ve got a special treat for you today! How Bowers’ Video Archive strikes again with two fantastic Peoplemover ride throughs!  On April 2, 1992 How boards the attraction with his trusty tripod for a sun-filled trip around Tomorrowland! Next up is a few months later when How takes the trip again, this time at night in November 1992. Note: We did add in some video stabilization to help keep this ride a bit more steady.Read More...

Carousel of Progress – May 1992

Today we head to the Magic Kingdom in 1992 for one of the most classic attractions of them all. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress – if you have not seen this version, you are in for a real treat. So much has changed on this for the current version, but this is one of the final years for this with the songs and scenes. The final scene has an amazing projection screen, some period correct hanging...Read More...

Podcast Episode 48.5: A Chat With Jeff Blyth – Director of The Timekeeper

Jeff Blythe joins us on this bonus episode, which is a follow-up to Episode 48, which is all about The Timekeeper. Jeff has been a film director for many years, getting his start in Circlevision with the original China film at EPCOT Center. We take a massively deep dive into what it takes to make these types of films. As you listen, your mind is going to be blown and you are in for a few…Read More...

Podcast Episode 48: The Timekeeper

Welcome to Circlevision and The Timekeeper. This super unique format was used throughout Disney properties and this episode we dive into one of the last productions, The Timekeeper. Our entire crew has a great recollection of this film and animatronic show, starring Robin Williams. The show itself, featured a unique character based on the actual camera system and they called her, Nine Eyes. With this episode, we go scene by scene, discussing the stars, filming, production…Read More...