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Monday, 22 August 2016 14:05

RetroWDW Lake and Lagoon Tour - 2016

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We're sorry, the 2016 RetroWDW Lake and Lagoon Tour is sold out

GOOD NEWS!

We have a waiting list, 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.

 

 

 

Tickets now avaialble for the RetroWDW Lake and Lagoon Tour!

Take your lunch break at Destination D this year and join the RetroWDW Podcast crew for a tour around Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon!

Your tour, narrated by one of the RetroWDW podcast hosts will take you to some of the famed but not forgotten sights and and landmarks of years past! We'll be sure to include Rile's Island, the Polynesian Wave machine, point out special monorail beams and of course Roy's Cabin! Your RetroWDW hosts will explain the history of each as you cruise the lake and you'll receive a special RetroWDW gift!

Details

When: November 19th and/or 20th, 2016 at approx.1pm
Where: Contemporary Resort Boat Rental Dock

Tickets

Only 50 tickets available!
Sold on a first come first serve basis. All sales are final, no rainchecks or refunds (see cancellations below for details)
Tour Ticket: $15
Tour Ticket + Tee shirt: $30 (specify size at checkout)
Payments will only be accepted via Paypal

WAIVER: By purchasing these tickets you agree to the following for you and all people in your party: I understand that there are risks associated with my participation in this Activity, such as physical and/or psychological injury, pain, suffering, illness, disfigurement, temporary or permanent disability, death or economic loss. These injuries or outcomes may arise from my own or other’s actions, inactions, or negligence, or the condition of the Activity location (s) or facility (ies). I understand the regulations and laws in the state of Florida that require me to have a life jacket in my possession. In consideration for being allowed to participate in this Activity, I release from liability and waive my right to sue AeroPro LLC, RetroWDW, their employees, officers, volunteers and agents (collectively “District”) from any and all claims, including claims of the District’s negligence, resulting in any physical injury, illness (including death) or economic loss I may suffer or which may result from my participation in this Activity, travel to and from the Activity (including air travel), or any events incidental to this Activity.

The Fine Print

All purchases are final.
Children are permitted, recommended age is 8+
No refunds will be given for no-shows.
Refunds for the value of the boat rental will be given only If the boat portion of the tour is cancelled for one or more of the following reasons:
   Boat is not available
   Boat is not allowed to leave during inclement weather
   Boat is cancelled due to some unforseen event
If in the event the tour does not sail, T-shirts will be distributed and the historical tour will be held elsewhere on the grounds of the Contemporary Resort.
The RetroWDW 2016 Lake and Lagoon Tour is not sponsored by or affiliated with any part of The Walt Disney Company,Destination D, D23 or the Walt Disney World Resort.

Questions?

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions and we'll answer them as quickly as possible.

 

We often purchase home movies of trips to Walt Disney World from ebay, estate sales, flea markets etc. Many times much of what we receive that isn't WDW related hits the cutting room floor: Edna and Earls anniversary, little Susies 5th birthday party, etc. While it is sad to see these memories crash to the ground, every now and then we find some interesting bits that we think should be restored and shared. 

Brian came across some films recently and one of them had a few minutes of the Cleveland airport; being a fan of aviation I just had to restore it. Some wonderful United 737s and a DC-8 are featured as well as a great shot of an Eastern Airlines 727 with ground service equipment. Remember, Eastern was the official airline of WDW! To see a bygone era of air travel in photos is one thing, but to come alive after 42 years is another. Sit back and imagine it is 1974, and you are behind the camera; documenting your trip to Orlando....you are cleared for take-off!

[Notes: We believe this dates from 1974 based on our research of other clips in the film]

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

If you thought 8mm film was rare, try 16mm. Its not often someone had the budget or the patience to lug a big heavy camera - but we stumbled up on this film and just had to have it! The details that 16mm picks up are amazing. Enjoy!

This film opens at the Contemporary Resort’s outdoor recreation areas capturing the tables and chairs, volleyball pit and captures monorails entering and exiting the hotel. There is footage of the circular “bullseye” pool which has been in continuous operation since the resort opened but this film shows fountains of water used to stream from the side into the pool.  Very cool.

The main pool is also seen in its original state, before they added waterslides and play areas. From the pool we also catch some activity at the marina then some footage of the entrance driveway to the hotel and its landscaping. Our guests are seen prancing among the topiaries that once occupied the area across the street from the hotel.

Quality footage of the Magic Kingdom entrance plaza and landscaping yields to some excellent 20,000 Leagues lagoon scenes. A few shots of the obligatory afternoon parade and outstanding footage of the bicentennial landscaping near the hub.

After a quick shot of the old Adventureland entrance area bench our friends head to Lake Buena Vista to do some shopping!

A long shot of the Pottery Chalet opens the scene then gives way to a bevy of red umbrellas and tables outside Heidelberg’s Deli in the Village is their first stop (they must have been hungry). Mrs. Lady stands among the flowers.  In this position Heidelberg’s would now be over her left shoulder just out of the camera’s view.

Be sure to notice the security guard and his white belt walking behind the flower garden on patrol.

PCWelcome to Episode 21 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Listener's Choice Q&A" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Q&A- This month we took a call for all of your questions; things you want to know, different things you remember and even some memories that we have forgotten about.

- We start off in Epcot discussing Figment and the Imagation Pavillion. The discussion also moves onto Spaceship Earth regarding continents projected with lasers!Flight Into Imagination

- RJ McBean is discussed with binaural audio and also our MGM Studios Opening Day Episode.

- The Bay Hill Cottages and where Roy stayed, not Roy's Cabin, during the construction. How & Brian have some seriously detailed information on this.

- Todd's book is discussed and compared to the current generation of WDW, analyzing his old tips and tricks.

- The Dreamfinder book, written by Ron Schneider - From Dreamer To Dreamfinder - We had a listener ask about this title and we give you some history on Ron.

- The anniversary cakes are discussed and also mass cake serving to park guests. 

Thank you so much for all of your questions, this is just a small sampling of the topics we discuss from our listeners. Not everyone made it to the show, but thank you so much for contacting us. Please contact us with your questions, comments and concerns; we love hearing from you - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Audio Rewind - Huge number of correct responses this month. Congratulations to our winner, Christina , he guessed "Spectromagic". Christina won the Disney News issue from 1985. 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 a copy of Disney U, a book all about Disney University. Send your guesses by August 15, 2016 - All answers will also be entered into the drawing for our next BIG PRIZE, which is a huge prize pack slowly built over the course of 2016. The Prize Pot is building.....

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, a copy of '84 Disney News and new this month........a copy of The Walt Disney World Explorer CD Rom AND expired Discovery Island Tickets! 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.

Listener Trivia - We gave you the listener, a chance to answer a number of easy and super difficult trivia questions.  In this episode, you hear our own How Bowers attempt the same questions our listeners did... See how he did and also see which listener won! Our listeners win some 3D printed items; a peoplemover car & EPCOT Center Logos. Thanks for playing along, hope you were able to answer some of these great questions. 

Vacationland pg 23Interview with Ted - Ted Linhart is in the studio to discuss his passion, Disney documents.  We hear all about his website, The History of Disney Parks Documents.  Ted has an amazing collection you have to check out.  Hope you enjoy our interview with him.

RetroWDW Merchandise - Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

The RetroWDW Event - November 19-20, D23 will be hosting an event at Walt Disney World. Our group is planning an event that weekend where you can interact with us, look at some vintage WDW artifacts, host a guest and even record a live podcast. This is all in the planning stages and we will be ironing out the details over the coming months. We are planning The Retro Disney World Lake & Lagoon Tour with your favorite hosts, showcasing all of the vintage pieces that are still there. Some of the final details will be shared with you on our next episode, promise!

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! 

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 22...... Tweet at us, send us a Facebook post or message, tag us on Instagram or email us your thoughts... Thank you!

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Saturday, 18 June 2016 14:16

Podcast Episode 20: America on Parade

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America On Parade StickerWelcome to Episode 20 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "The Deluge" - 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 were sent lots of extra information on The Living Seas, even a voicemail.  On the podcast, we bring up some new facts and extra things that were brought to our attention.

Listener Mail - This month our mail was crazy good. Tons of great feedback, stories and extra information. We appreciate everyone that gets in touch with us to share memories and stories. Everything from Kitchen Kabaret updates, Living Seas follow-ups and even some new information regarding evening cruises with new restrooms being installed. Please contact us with your qEnergy Exchangeuestions, comments and concerns; we love hearing from you - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RetroWDW Merchandise - How has designed a fourth of July, Retro Epcot themed piece of merchandise. This is based all around the "build your own flag" touchscreen game that used to be in Epcot. These are RetroWDW original works of art, done by How. Super neat stuff that is only available for a limited time. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

Audio Rewind - Huge number of correct responses this month. Congratulations to our winner, Tom Yoder, he guessed "Space" from Horizons. Brian won the All-Star Movies plastic mug set. 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 a mint copy of 1985 Disney News, courtesy of Joel. Send your guesses by July 12, 2016 - All answers will also be entered into the drawing for our next BIG PRIZE, which is a huge prize pack slowly built over the course of 2016. The Prize Pot is building.....

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 and new this month; a copy of '85 Disney News donated by our listener Joel. 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 - In the spirit of the summer, How takes us back to the 70s and the world famous America On Parade.  This vintage parade wasn't seen by many, including most of us, but it is such an interesting piece of history. Learn all about the giant sandwiches, large headed characters and everything else that made this craziness happen. We have a great video to accompany this months podcast, take a look on the Retro Disney World YouTube Channel.

Bay Lake Aerial '72The RetroWDW Event - November 19-20, D23 will be hosting an event at Walt Disney World. Our posse is planning an event that weekend where you can interact with us, look at some vintage WDW artifacts, host a guest and even record a live podcast. This is all in the planning stages and we will be ironing out the details over the coming months. We are planning The Retro Disney World Lake & Lagoon Tour with your favorite hosts, showcasing all of the vintage pieces that are still there.

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! 

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 21...... Tweet at us, send us a Facebook post or message, tag us on Instagram or email us your thoughts... Thank you!

 

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A ferryboat gliding into the landing at the Ticket and Transportation center opens our 17 minutes 1974 visit to the Magic Kingdom. Views of the Contemporary and Cinderella Castle onboard yield to Main Street USA and then our subjects step through the arches of the castle. Note the two vehicles on a sparsely populated Main Street.

Friar Tuck is greeting guests in the rear of the castle while a solemn looking Snow White boards the Carrousel for a little mid-morning merriment. Perhaps she’s upset that the cameraman can only find three Dwarfs instead of seven. No matter, he finds happier parkgoers at the Fantasyland Skyway Station in all its alpine glory. A few seconds of footage from the Skyway station is too dark to really make out but then we board the Skyway for a journey above Fantasyland and Tomorrowlandd with views of 20,000 Leagues lagoon.

A few men can be seen working atop the under-construction Space Mountain as the Walt Disney World Railroad passes by. A few shots of Frontierland before we head inside the Mickey Mouse Revue. This is some great footage for those of you who have never seen the figures before. Can you spot the Three Caballeros? These same animatronics were recently installed in the Gran Fiesta Tour ride at EPCOT.

We then board If You Had Wings with a little on ride footage to give you the flavor of this attraction as well. There’s on ride footage from the Magic Carpet Around The World (a Circlevision 360 attraction) and even a little bit of Mission to Mars.

Running out of things to do in Tomorrowland our filmmaker heads to Adventureland and boards the Jungle Cruise. In search of some live entertainment we heads into the Diamond Horseshoe. There’s some footage of the Disney World marching band before we head outside the gates of the Magic Kingdom for a few shots of the monorail and the entrance plaza where our subject sports a Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers shirt (go Flyers!).

There is footage inside the Penny Arcade and then of our Main Street ragtime piano player followed by some character greetings including Mickey Mouse! Brief footage of a few attractions and locations gives way to the obligatory chronicling of the daily parade. Be sure to watch for Herbie The Love Bug complete with his hood that opens to reveal a full mouth and tongue. Yikes. After the parade there is some on ride footage from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and then a ride on the Walt Disney World Railroad.

The topiaries that formerly occupied the area in front of the Contemporary Resort that now hosts the bus loop depot is glimpsed before we head back to the Magic Kingdom for an afternoon visit to Tom Sawyer Island and a ride on the Rivers of America where we spy the burning cabin and Mike Fink Keel Boats among other sites.

Our friends conclude their visit in the best possible way: a visit to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.

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