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American AdventureWelcome 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 we also found out about a very early autograph book at WDW.  

Main Topic - The focus this month is on The American Adventure in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. Todd, Brian, JT & How all discuss how the show works and also some of the history leading up to the attraction. Some great information is discussed on each of the eras presented during the show, JT discusses the backstage tour and all discuss the book Building a Better Mouse.

Audio Rewind - Congratulations to our winners, Alex Suarez and Tammy Norman, guessing True Colors from the pre-show for Magic Journeys and Captain EO. They are the winners of custom, 3D printed EPCOT Center Spaceship Earth Coaster and also some custom stickers from Redbubble featuring How's artwork!  If you think you know the answer to the audio puzzler this month, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a chance to win the book, Building a Better Mouse - All correct answers will also be entered into a drawing in December of 2015 for a Paul Hartley reproduction map from wdwmap.com!!

*This episode has the chance for you to win 3 seperate prizes! Listen carefully for the different questions, challenges, and opportunities where YOU, can be a winner and star of the show!

RetroWDW Merchandise - Our very first limited edition RetroTee based on an Illumnations napkin is now available for sale at The Imperial Shirt Company - Order now! This shirt will only be available until August 31! Additionally our redbubble store is off to a great start, in fact Brian and JT have upgraded audio equipment thanks to our supporters! The designs are exclusive to RetroWDW and will be rotated out and updated frequently. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

Listener Mail - Todd discusses a stage that once existed in Fantasyland and what makes it unique. How tells the story of the pirate ship on Discovery Island which is a perfect intro for Pablo Cruise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-C_kvDwqeY We take a detour through a very odd Christmas special starring Shields and Yarnell that is pure nightmare fuel, but dont say we didn' warn you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmQbNZxNToU

Disney-MGM Studios

Film Restoration - We take a look at an August of 1972 Magic Kingdom home movie, digitally transferred by Pixcel and restored by our very own Imageworks.  How finds some lost trashcans, Brian is amused by a man walking into frame, Todd gets confused about the first American flag and a kid in a funny feather hat walks by.

We hope you have enjoyed this episode! If you have any questions, suggestions or find errors please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check back with us very soon for Episode 10, where we take you into the Disney-MGM Studios for the first time ever on our podcast. Our very own How was camping out, the night before opening day....Super pumped up to hear his whole story, and we may have a guest star as well.  

Until next time... "Spare a dime? Hehehe. Sure buy four of my apples, and I'll loan ya back the ten cents."

 

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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 Center. I took a bit more time to restore this film as anything with EPCOT on film is a rarity, but 16mm with sound puts this to a level of super rare and its over 17 minutes long.

Ok so what is in this film? First you'll notice that the entire film is narrated by the individual who filmed it. While I thought this was boring at first, he brings a unique aspect to the film and if you pay attention to his commentary you'll find some very interesting comments that demonstrate how EPCOT was viewed by its guests in the early 1980s. The film starts right in the front of EPCOT and we see the amazing acrylic fountain and Spaceship Earth. Our visit to Future World is brief but fantastic. Horizons under construction, the marquee signs on Communicore and other wonderful sights. We then dive into World Showcase in a very detailed fashion starting with Canada. I love how the photographer zooms in on "TV personality Michael Young...he used to be on Kids are People Too"...From there every World Showcase pavilion is discussed in great detail before coming around to Future World again for some wonderful footage inside Imageworks at the Journey into Imagination Pavilion.

This did not come cheap, I spent quite a bit of money to obtain the films and then the cost to restore them. I've opened up the Tip Jar on this film in case you'd like to help support future endeavors. A film like this cost nearly $400 to procure, transfer, restore and distribute. You can also donate via Paypal:

Learn how to get 10% off your digital transfers and FREE restoration of your film! retrodisneyworld.com/imageworks

 

Saturday, 04 July 2015 13:52

Prototype Coasters

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Awhile back we did some 3D print tests with a 3rd print company to see how the EPCOT logos would look…we recently added our very own 3D printer to our arsenal of tools and we figured we’d print out a full and complete set as a prototype. While these are reliefs and made of plastic, we may make the final product with a rubber material and inset the logo. Further below you will find another experimental square coaster, this has the inlay into the familiar square sign from EPCOT Center.

We know these will generate interest. However we need to work with Disney to get these approved for mass production. If you have any contacts at Disney merchandising/licensing please drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stay tuned for Kickstarter info once we have a green light from the mouse…

Prototype Coasters

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Seven Seas LagoonWelcome to Episode 8 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Legends & Legacies of Lakes and Lagoons" We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of the previous shows along with our latest.

Corrections and Comments - We discuss a little bit about Todd's squeaky mickey doll, which you all heard during the last episode. Some light has been shed on the purpose and of course the cotton jumper. Brian is fresh off a WDW trip, but didn't make it to check on the famous sewage smell at Mousegear.   

Main Topic - This episode focuses on Bay Lake and The Seven Seas Lagoon. We discuss the layout, construction and attractions that were planned and also what made the final cut. The watercraft options compared to now are crazy different and we discuss what was available. Find out which lake is man made and which is natural, a common misconception. We have started doing photo albums for the different podcast episodes, so check out the Episode 8 Album to get a great visual as you listen.

Call Ins - We had two great call-ins this month from some very special people. Our first guest is Bill Cork and he is a former lead on the Admiral Joe Fowler. He shares an amazing story about how the ship ran off track at one point and also has some special easter eggs that you won't want to miss. Bill takes then takes you back in time for a journey around The Rivers of America as he narrates the spiel he remembers to this day. The second guest is Jeff, who is the end all be all expert on the Electrical Water Pageant. He has recreated the different versions throughout the years, digitally for your enjoyment. Jeff also knows each change, float, music and all the other details for one of our favorite shows at WDW. Jeff has a great site, that houses everything he discussed on the show, check out his Tomorrowsphere Blog. How dives super deep into the Electrical Water Pageant and we 17655_10207066174797808_6411652437298106448_nlearn tons of facts and figures about this simple, yet long lasting show.

Audio Rewind - Congratulations to our winner, Jennifer Silveira, guessing El Rio del Tiempo in the World Showcase. She is the winner of an amazing WDW Transportation Poster!  If you think you know the answer to the audio puzzler this month, email us! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a chance to win an Epcot attraction logo pavillion sign, custom made, in house at RetroWDW - All correct answers will also be entered into a drawing in December of 2015 for a Paul Hartley reproduction map from wdwmap.com!!

RetroWDW Merchandise - Our Redbubble store project is off to a great start. Many amazing products are available for you, our fans and listeners. The designs are exclusive to RetroWDW and will be rotated out and updated frequently. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today! Exclusive to our listeners and fans, these sales will help us update some of our audio equipment - check out the designs here: www.retrodisneyworld.com/redbubble

Viewer Mail - This month we have an email from Stephen, who brings up Little Oscar. Todd reminiscences about his visit with Little Oscar, the spokesman for Oscar Mayer. We also discuss some questions received on Instgram during the show. Thanks so much for your message, be sure to email us with any comments, questions or anything else you would like to discuss. Send your messages to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The American AdventureFilm Restoration - This month we take a look at the Home of Future living, restored by Pixcel and Imageworks.  This features the area after Space Mountain; the film has been brought back to life and color corrected for your enjoyment. How gives you a great commentary, comparing how the future turned out to be real in more aspects than one. 

We hope you enjoyed this episode! If you have any questions, suggestions or find errors please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check back with us very soon for Episode 9, as we wander into World Showcase and discuss The American Adventure, in honor of the Fourth of July. Hope you are as excited as we are!

Until next time... "Ready when you are, CB!"

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The day is finally here! Our good friend Jason has completed and released our first visual podcast. He took our fifth episode, Stubborn Donkey: Part 1, and added amazing visuals, photos, videos and even shows avatars while we each talk. This truly does make the podcast listening experience ten times better, as he has done an amazing job. Follow along as we talk you through the ride while you watch it all unfold before our eyes. We even have included custom 3D animations so you can tell where you are located in the show building.Prepare to relive the attraction and the podcast like you have never done before.

(Note: Episode 5 Stubborn Donkey was originally published on March 23, 2015 as a part of our standard audio podcast , the original show notes can be found on this page.) Find us on Podbean: podcast.retrodisneyworld.com and iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/retro-disney-world-podcast/id935548315

You can watch the podcast below, or on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRhASQLpCdg

 

@GoAwayGreen has been hard at work coming up with two all new retro inspired designs. Will you descend in Hydrolator 1, 2 or 3? How about the We Are Doing It! design reminiscent of the now famous photo of EPCOT imagineers and workers building the park?  Don't forget our Electrical Water Pageant and Its' Fun to Be Free designs as well! Order a shirt, a sticker, greeting cards, a bag or even an iPhone case!

Best of all, today, June 8th only, use coupon: REELDEAL for 20% off your entire purchase of anything!

Visit www.retrodisneyworld.com/redbubble to check out the designs and place your order

Proceeds of sales go to improve the RetroDisneyWorld podcast audio equipment and server/distribution fees. Thanks for your support!

 

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