Recently we came across some original Orange Bird animation cels. Rather than keep them all here, we decided to auction one off for our users. 100% of the winning bid will go directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
We feel very fortunate that our team here as well as our users have had the ability to visit Disney theme parks many times over the course of our lives. We have to remember that a visit to Walt Disney World or Disneyland is sometimes the one thing in the world that some children will ever ask for...being able to see Mickey will mean the world to them. This is our way of doing what we can to make some of those dreams come true.
You can view the auction here: Rare 1970 Orange Bird Animation Cel Walt Disney World Playhouse Pictures
We thank you for your support over the years and hope you can help support this cause. Even if you don't win, a bid of $1.00 or more will help.
Happy Holidays to you and your family!
The Retro Disney World Team
Below you will find 4 test screen shots. I took Intercot's full ride video of Horizon from YouTube and ran it through some post-processing filters I've developed for improving old videos. This is my first attempt at using them, there is a lot going on during the post processing. Not only color correction and sharpening, but any video-shake is being removed as well. The end result is pretty impressive, however I'm starting with a compressed video from youtube. If anyone has higher quality videos of this ride that I can try my post processing on, please let me know. I need something that hasn't been compressed yet, so preferably an AVI.
I'll post a quick video later today showing progress. The color isn't perfect yet, but i'm getting there.
One thing that always nags me about missing the old days, is how much has changed on Bay Lake & The Seven Seas Lagoon. I am more of a Bay Lake/Seven Seas Lagoon kinda guy - just spent most of my time swimming, ferry boating, Water Spriting, and anything else starting out on the original two lakes. When I look now, it is literally a ghost town. Short of the small and large ferries driving back and forth, not much else seems to be going on. I see the occasional Sea Raycer and sometimes a parasailer, but other than those items, I find it pretty lame anymore. Sammy Duvall seems to be showing some signs of life, but they aren't "Disney" really.
I found this YouTube video today, which is mostly River Country, but it does show what I am talking about. Bay Lake almost looked downright dangerous with all the boat traffic and such. Maybe I just answered my own question. The danger and liability of such a bustling place at the hands of simple vacationers might have proven time and time again that bad things can happen. I don't know about you, but watching this footage just blows my mind more people didn't drown or crash with all of the activities Bay Lake had to offer. The paddle boats, sail boats, and water sprites all negotiating the same area looks scary to me, especially if you were in a paddle boat. Is there a list somewhere of all the different watercraft that was available for vacationers to try out?
River Country is another one that amazes me each time I view these old films. Rules seem very relaxed and it looks kind of like a free-for-all (Ted Nugent). Does anybody agree with me that in our lawsuit loving society, this type of Walt Disney World will never exist again? Is the old Bay Lake gone forever? Watch the movie and see what you think. Leave a comment or tweet with your thoughts. Also, check out the crowd getting filmed for the 10th Anniversary special, very cool! Enjoy!
A few months back we posted a discount regarding Chad and his WDW Map. Well good news, the prices are now lower and he has more sizes available! Plus RetroDisneyWorld users get a 10% discount!
Chad has painstakingly replicated this amazing map and now has 6 sizes available for sale! Professionally printed on a canvas paper, this map is a perfect reproduction of the originals that hung in the resorts!
This is the ultimate retro map! It contains the never built Asian, Persian and Venetian resorts. There is some form of Big Thunder Mountain or possibly the Western River Expansion on what is Splash Mountain today. We can also see the monorail spur out to the Persian Resort, it looks odd as originally this would have looped back through Tomorrowland. Discovery Island features a fort and the STOL Port has an active runway!
The best part is, we've worked out a special offer only for Retro Disney World users! Using the buy-it now links below, or ordering directly from his site at this special link: http://wdwmap.com/rdwdiscount.html
We're back from a quick trip to WDW just a few days ago, and our veins are pumped with nostalgic adrenaline! A few years ago our "Retromaster", aka owner of RetroDisneyWorld.com, digitized his entire of 8mm and hi8 videos from his trips to WDW. He was a goofy teen back then, but he recently cut out most of the awkwardness, family members you don't know and other bits of nonsense. We'll be posting videos dating from 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, and 1998 over the next few weeks. Yes we go into the 1990s for one reason, if there is some attraction that has massively changed since that time, we'll post it. However we won't be posting videos of the Not So Great Movie Ride, Indiana Jones Epic Boredom Failure, etc. Sorry they don't make the cut yet...
Retromaster's dad was a cinematography major when 8mm, 16mm and super8 film were at their peak of popularity. Retromaster grew up surrounded by the technologies and watched his dad adopt 8mm and hi8 video when they be came available to the general public. So you'll notice that the pans, shots of storefronts, gentle butterflies and other items warranting artistic merit are all done with a very steady hand. You will rarely see any quick zooms or jerky motions (with the exception where the shots were taken from a vehicle or similar situations). When Retromaster digitized all of the old videos he ran them through a number of post processing filters that cropped out the artifacts on the sides and top of the video stream; additionally all interlacing was removed and a filter to improve color and remove video artifacts was applied. The result is probably some of the better footage available, given the time frame and the equipment used at the time. Remember, you can only polish a turd so much!
So we will host the videos here at retrodisneyworld.com as well as on our all new YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzPq2x_DpTIXSD-ecWSm8sA
No matter where you subscribe, here, twitter, Facebook or Youtube, you won't miss a thing!
And the pinnacle of all this will be a HD conversion of Super 8 film from a trip to WDW in 1981. Retromaster was only in first grade back then, but there is consensus among the family that somewhere between 15 to 45 minutes of rare footage of the Magic Kingdom, Polynesian, Monorail, Treehouse Villas and more are awaiting us all.
If that wasn't enough, Retromaster has in his hands 4 or so 50 foot reels of silent 8mm film from his grandparents trip to WDW in 1973. These haven't been seen in years, there is no telling what we will find once the conversion is done!