Podcast Episode 9 – Building the Golden Dream

Welcome to Episode 9 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: “Building the Golden Dream” – We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of the previous shows. Corrections and Comments We go back and rehash a little bit about the Town Square Cafe and also who the original designer of the Electrical Water Pageant was. Todd has an oddball thought about a Cuttlefish and...Read More...

Come visit the EPCOT Center of 1982 – RARE 16mm Home Movie restored in HD

It has been awhile since we posted a film restoration and I guess for good reason. I was away on vacation and the entire podcast crew has been busy researching the show and designing our t-shirts and merchandise (If you haven't seen our exclusive original retro designs, check out www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus) But there is another reason, and it's a good one...I've been hard at work restoring a pristine 16mm home movie of the early days of EPCOT…Read More...

Dateline: October 14, 1982 – EPCOT Center – Silent 8mm film with Horizons Construction

There comes a time when an eBay automated search turns up a diamond in the rough - this has surely got to be one of those times. Brian and I both found this film on the auction site and we immediately began to ensure that we would be able to secure it. We accidentally bid against each other, but no harm done, we got the film. There are a few things that make this particular film…Read More...

What if the Maelstrom soundtrack was “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure?

Tonight, I again took a good look at the Norway grand opening celebration hosted by Willard Scott from 1988. The guy clearly had about 8 jars of Smuckers before they shot this; he’s on a sugar high that rubs off into the other actors like a bad cologne. What surprised me comes at the 5:51 mark where the adventure of Maelstrom begins. Do we hear “You are not the first to pass this way…” followed by...Read More...

Willard Scott Previews Maelstrom – 1988

In 1988 there was much buzz about Norway opening... little did we know that would the last country added to World Showcase until, oh wait.. no other country has been added yet... Willard Scott, King of Smuckers jams and jellies and spokesperson for all people over the age of 100, co-hosted the 1988 WDW 4th of July Spectacular. I've never been fond of the word spectacular, especially when it is used as a noun... But I…Read More...