Restored films: Early Magic Kingdom

This restored film starts off with the Riverboat floating past a very empty Frontierland. There is also a great shot of the railroad, and some nice, slow pans of the Tomorrowland entrance. Of course there is footage of the parade, and a shot down a very busy Main Street USA!


Our second film, from 1972, is silent but has some cool shots of the Treehouse and Adventureland. There is also footage of a great look at the Plaza Swan Boats and 20k Submarines.

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Robert M Hibler
September 13, 2022 12:06 am

My parents took me in 1972 when I was 11 years old. That was the beginning for me. All these years later, still going. I have taken my children and now my grandkids. Very special to my heart. We have watched the transformation over the years. Every little detail of the parks is noted every time we visit. My youngest daughter is now a cast member, so proud! Can’t wait until next April to see her and the Kingdom!

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Johnny K
Johnny K
September 17, 2022 5:08 pm

The second film is very likely Summer 1973 as there appears to be footage of Fort Sam Clemens (Tom Sawyer Island opened in May 1973) and construction of Pirates (opened Dec 1973). Hope this helps date the film!

Mark Comden
Mark Comden
October 1, 2022 6:55 am

As an old time member of the Widescreen Society, it’s nice to see Widescreen home movies in the wild!

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