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Welcome to a special episode of the Retro Disney World Podcast! We talk to illustrator Dave Perillo in the latest installment of our series of occasional bonus episodes featuring interviews with subjects we think will interest you. Dave is a Philadelphia-based artists whose work has been featured on retro-styled merchandise for Disney with a focus on attraction artwork. He will be appearing this weekend at Disney Springs in the Wonderground Gallery section of the Marketplace Co-Op store. Dave shares stories of his history with Disney parks and how his love of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride has influenced some of the merchandise you’ve been able to purchase over the years.

Dave’s artwork runs the spectrum of pop culture interests.  If there’s a fan community out there for pop culture media there’s a good bet Dave has done some artwork that will be of interest to you.  Star Wars, Airplane!, Disney, The Simpsons, classic cartoons and advertising — you name it.  Dave’s whimsical artwork and Mary Blair-influenced style is sure to delight and amuse.

Listen to our interview and follow Dave on Twitter and Instagram @montygog

Dave will be at Disney Springs at the Marketplace Co-Op this weekend October 21st and 22nd from 5 PM - 8 PM and on Sunday October 23rd from Noon to 3 PM.

Check back with us very soon for Episode 24 where we take you to The Golf Resort in honor of our old buddy, Arnold Palmer.

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David Coolidge ( is an American Watercolor Realist and in podcast episode 22.5 Todd and How discussed with David how he was one of the first ever to display his art at Lake Buena Vista. During our chat, we discover that David used the original Polynesian waterfall as the subject of one of his paintings.

But more recently he's done some more paintings of WDW!

David is now accpeting orders for all of these! These giclée prints are limited edition and are signed/numbered by the artist himself! There are a limited # of these left. You can order yours here:

Tell David RetroWDW sent you!

Sunday, 02 October 2016 21:15

Podcast Episode 23: Carousel of Progress

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Carousel of ProgressWelcome to Episode 23 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Carousel of Progress" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Comments & Corrections- We start off learning the origins of the Captain Jack's Restaurant name and then move onto some more information about the Lake Buena Vista toy stores.

Listener Mail - Lincoln writes in asking about Walt Disney biographies, we got a tweet from Senor Peanut with pictures of Pablo Escobar visiting Disney World, How tells us about World Key ending and finally we got a question regarding Walt Disney World mail order. For questions, comments and concerns, please write us - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Audio Rewind - Congratulations to our winner from last month, Robert Burke, he guessed "Delta Dreamflight". Robert won a copy of the Progressland Brochure! If you think you know the answer to the audio rewind 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 some 20th anniversary brochures and guides. Send your guesses by October 17, 2016 - All answers will also be entered into the drawing for our next BIG PRIZE, which is a huge prize pot slowly built over the course of 2016.

Prize Pot Items - As you may have heard, our year end prize this year will include a different prize from every month. So far, we have an Orange Bird Yo-Yo from January, a brochure from The World of Motion given away in February, the March prize is a Golf Resort Mickey head logo golf bag tag, an Epcot Center salt and pepper shaker set, a Disney Glass Candy Dish, Tomorrowland Handbook, 1984 Disney News Magazine, The Walt Disney World Explorer CD Rom, expired Discovery Island Tickets, a Frontierland Viewmaster Slide and new this month........the WDW Tencenial Coin and....a WDW Pocket Protector! The pot will continue to grow each month with new and exciting prizes! To win the prize pot in December, just answer any audio rewind question each month for one entry.

Main Topic - For this month, we discuss all things Carousel of Progress. We take you back to the General Electric days and start you off with a bit of history. The journey starts right after Disneyland opens and follows us up to the version we all see today. You are really going to enjoy this main topic filled with sound clips, effects and tons of snipets to remind you of this attraction has changed over the years. We even get our fans in on the show, playing your version of the theme song from your call ins. One of the most classic attractions in Disney Parks history is our main topic this month; enjoy the show!   

L’Omelette Superb Avec Jambon
6 eggs
2 tbls butter
1/4 cup milk
6 slices pre-cooked ham
Salt & Pepper

Beat eggs in mixing bowl. Season to taste. Add milk to egg mixture.
Dice ham - set aside. Heat butter in skillet, add eggs. Let cook until eggs coat entire pan. Add ham.
With spatula, fold over 1/2 omelette. Let cook approximately three minutes. Remove and serve

RetroWDW Merchandise - The Lake Buena Vista Whatchamacallit merchandise is finally ready! We had a slight delay on the design work, but we are ready to release this to you along with some other extra special items. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug:

The RetroWDW Lake and Lagoon Tour - Much faster than anticipated, the Lake & Lagoon Tour sold out in record time. We are accepting standby reservations, which will basically be a waiting list, in case an opening pops up or if we have the ability to open up another boat tour.  Thank you so much for your tour reservations and we are super excited to take this cruise with you all! We will all be around all weekend during Destination D, so please check our social media accounts for postings on where we will be and how you can meet us all.

Listener Memories - Keep the calls coming, sharing your memories and giving us feedback. If you would like to call and leave us a message, please dial 978-71-RETRO. Keep the calls coming! 

Check back with us very soon for Episode 24 where we take you to The Golf Resort in honor of our old buddy, Arnold Palmer.

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45 Years ago this week Walt Disney World opened its doors and since then millions have poured through its gates capturing memories on film. In the past 3 years we've shared nearly 50 restored home movies of WDW. While a few of these films are from our own family and friends, the majority come from eBay, garage sales, and flea markets. Captured memories that were tossed away to time, lost in estate sales and completely forgotten. When you view the films you can't help but wonder who they are and why their once precious memories played eventually played second fiddle in their lives.

To celebrate these individuals who we will never meet, we put together a montage of those wonderful faces, happy children, and delighted (er, sometimes grumpy!) adults in a project we call Kodachrome Kingdom. This musical montage is nearly 3 years in the making as we carefully pulled out specific scenes from our restorations to fill in the puzzle. This film is not complete by any means; as we restore additional meida and obtain more personal footage we'll gradually change the film to be a more complete picture of the faces and people that have enjoyed WDW in the early years. Kodachrome by Paul Simon was selected for a few reasons. For one, it is an obvious nod to the finest color film of all time...our footage spans 1971-1980 and this song, released in '73, captures the essence of that era and photography; and its just a good song!

Families never dreamed their short few minutes of film would be shared for all to see...
This film is dedicated to all of those whose memories were thought to be lost to time

Technical Notes: We realize that not every film we've restored has the clarity and cleanliness of Kodachrome, over time we'll replace the grainy clips with higher quality footage. The montage follows the song to a degree and slightly follows what a day at the MK would be like back then. The latter is a project for another day! :)


Tuesday, 27 September 2016 12:03

EPCOT Center B-Roll Video - Future World 1 of 3

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We continue with our series of EPCOT Center B-Roll footage

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series

Future World

  • Part 1 - (This Article), General EPCOT Center, Spaceship Earth and Innoventions
  • Part 2 - Coming Soon
  • Part 3 - Coming Soon

World Showcase


A few months back we took you on a tour of World Showcase using B-Roll footage shot by Disney for use by news agencies and for promotional purposes. Today we return to that videotape moving in to Future World.

We begin with aerial shots of circa 1987-era EPCOT Center. We glide over the whole park, then over Spaceship Earth and the Energy Pavilion and then a panorama of World Showcase follows focusing on the American Adventure, our host nation, initially. The experience of arriving at EPCOT is captured from the parking plaza to the parking lots to the trams (in groovy glorious EPCOT 80s earth tones) and the turnstiles.  We even get the monorail experience offering a seldom captured view of the Lucite fountain from above.

Our favorite Future World rainbow spacesuit-clad characters are featured next with Donald and Chip N Dale appearing. We then move briefly to World Showcase Lagoon for a view of the nighttime show Laserphonic Fantasy.

Now on to Spaceship Earth!  You really do get a sense of the majesty the park entrance had before they replaced the flower beds and fountain with the ugly stone memorials there now. We even get a bonus view from the top of Spaceship Earth looking down on the park. In Spaceship Earth we see the caveman scene before some of the drawings were animated on the back wall (and it was more brightly lit).  The Renaissance and Greek Scholar scenes are also featured before we head outside for more day and nighttime Fountain of Nations displays.

We are then move to Innoventions. Notice how crowded and lively it seemed back then. Very different from the ghost town feel it has in some areas now. While the technology on display seems rudimentary to us now it was cutting edge stuff back then – stuff you often couldn’t see anywhere else.

The video ends with a glimpse of the (still functioning) lighted floor tiles and some exterior shots by the Electric Umbrella.


First and foremost, thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. We certainly didn't expect to sell out so quickly; all but a few tickets were sold in the first 10 minutes! We're humbled by how many of you want to spend an hour with us this coming November.

For those that purchased tickets, we will be contacting you during the next week to let you know if your requested date was available. We think we have it pretty well mapped out and it looks like everyone will get the day they requested, however there may be an additional boat added for Saturday which would mean 2 different sail times. We'll keep you updated - we understand some of you are attending Destination D and don't want to miss a minute of that!

If you were unable to purchase tickets we have a standyby list now open. Depending on the additional interest, we may add an additional boat or two depending on our schedule. Please email your name, total # in your party to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject: "Lake and Lagoon Tour Standby List"

If we have availability or add more tours we will contact those on the list in the order they are received. Of course if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Again thank you to everyone for their continued support, we've got some special film and video releases coming out this week and we are working on some major projects as well!

RetroWDW Crew - Todd, How, JT and Brian

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