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If you don't know what Roy's Cabin is, then you haven't been listening to Todd, JT, How and Brian on the Retro Disney World Podcast! What started out as a comment by Brian has become a reoccurring point of laughter, mystery, history and research...and it gets a purposeful mention each episode. In "Camping Cabins and Coonskins" we dive deeper into the legend surrounding Roy's Cabin...

To compliment this latest discussion, Todd was able to morph nearly 3 decades of aerial photograph to show the original location of the fishing lodge. The second image, from a Walt Disney World brochure, is the only known official acknowledgement of the cabin.

Be sure to listen to Episode #3 - Camping Cabins and Coonskins to learn more about Walt's Cabin...and Roy's Cabin..

 

 

 

Pioneer HallWelcome to Episode 3 of the Retro Disney World Podcast. Thank you so much for listening and giving us feedback. We love hearing from everyone and sharing your thoughts live on the air!

Introductions - The regular crew is all here, Todd, Brian, How & JT are all present and accounted for. We start off discussing the Tomorrowland Speedway changes through the years, Richard Nixon at the Contemporary and also more US Steel construction techniques for vibration resistance. 

Main Topic - Our main topic this month, Fort Wilderness. This is one of the originals at WDW and actually, none of us stayed there in the early years. JT is a regular to the Fort and we hear all about the opening years and what makes Fort Wilderness a unique place to be on property. The Fort Wilderness Railroad & River Country are slightly discussed, but we would like to devote two full future episodes to those topics. Learn all about Fleetwood Homes, tent camping, Melvin The Moose Breakfast and of course more concrete evidence about Roy's Cabin. Hitch up your camper and join us for a great discussion all about one of the most relaxing resorts on property, that has changed quite a bit over the years.

Audio Puzzler - Congratulations to Matthew for winning the Episode #2 Audio Puzzler, the answer was the Mike Fink Keel Boats background music. Matthew wins a great Mickey Christmas Ornament. If you think you know the answer to the audio puzzler, email us! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - We will enter all correct answers into a drawing for retro prizes, this month you can win a great bar of vintage Contemporary Resort Dial Soap! All correct answers will be entered into a drawing in December 2015 for a Paul Hartley reproduction map from wdwmap.com!!

Viewer Mail - Candler sent us a great email regarding the US Steel construction site where the Contemporary/Polynesian "drawers" were built.  If you would like to do some exploring, we have the actual address for you in this episode.  Thanks for your note Candler! - Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Film Restoration - We watch and discuss a retro film that has been restored with Pixcel and Imageworks. Follow along with us as we add color commentary to this film: Todd's personal trip to WDW back in 1980 - 30 minutes worth of outstanding Kodak Film.

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Be sure to check back with us very soon for Episode #4 when we move into the future and finally start discussing EPCOT Center.

Until next time, "But enough of this chit chat, yick yack, and flim flam."


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Our latest film restoration is a trip backward and forward in time! We'll let How Bowers (who is also a voice on our podcast) explain:

So many visions of the future are so off the mark that they often end up being laughable—a trait put to good use in the "Looking Back at Tomorrow" segments in Epcot Center's Horizons pavilion. It's especially remarkable then that in 1975 Disney debuted a post-show for the RCA-sponsored Space Mountain attraction at Walt Disney World that predicted the household of today with uncanny accuracy.

Here's a short list of things the attraction got right:

  • Huge wall-mounted widescreen flat panel televisions
  • Curved flat panel televisions
  • Laptop computers
  • Video chat
  • Online shopping
  • Online learning
  • Video games with motion controllers
  • Baby and home security video monitors
  • Movies on shiny discs
  • The general acceptance of unnaturally colored hair

What it didn't quite get:

  • No Internet
  • No cordless or cell phones
  • Streaming video (RCA could have foreseen this, but as one of the points of the attraction was to sell Select-A-Vision players, it's excusable
  • Teens still being excited about Elvis

Besides the futurism, guests also got to see themselves displayed on television sets, which was quite a novelty at that time. They also got to hear a super-catchy Buddy Baker song, "Here's to the Future," with a repeated refrain that "RCA leads the way."

We're going to get to the bottom of the reasons, specific length lost, and other goodies as a quick followup segment in the next podcast.. However until then, sadly watch the speedway shrink before your very eyes..

Below you will find the restored film of my first trip to Walt Disney World in October 1980. I'm a tad over 6 years old in the film, a big time first grader that wears a sun visor without concern about his image. The Kodak processed Super8 film features sound and the run time is over 30 minutes.  The sights and sounds included are amazing - The barker from PoC, a brand new Big Thunder, Adventureland Steel Drum Band, the Empress Lilly character breakfast and The Watchamacallit...to name a few...

But the content is not what is important here. My father filmed many events in our lives and I'm fortunate to have these memories preserved on film. The ability to see see my grandparents again is a gift I will treasure forever as they were the key inspiration for my fascination with WDW and now I want to share that gift with our followers.

As you spend time with the people you love, cherish the time you have with them. Remember the photos and videos you are taking aren't just capturing the present but creating memories that will last a lifetime for all.

I wish you and your family all the best during the holidays and a wonderful new year!

-Todd

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