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World Showcase ModelWelcome to Episode 12 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "There's No Place Like World Showcase" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. This marks one year of podcasts, so thanks for sticking with us and supporting this fun endeavour. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.  We could have a clip show coming in the near future...

Main Topic - We have a special guest, Glen Simpson, who is on board to discuss his career at Walt Disney World. He primarily worked at EPCOT Center in the World Showcase area. Glen also did some work at the Magic Kingdom starting in 1978 with food service and he was also a Jungle Cruise skipper. We get some great insight into the opening days of World Showcase, special guests, and some hilarious mishaps that only a former cast member would have experience with. Glen is a great resource and we think you're really going to enjoy this one!  

Audio Rewind - Congratulations to our winner, Michele, she guessed the barker bird outside Pirates of the Caribbean. Michele will get the Cinderella Castle model. 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 King Stefan's Banquet Hall glass mug. Send your guesses by November 10, 2015 - 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 - We thank you for your purchases and we'd like to let you know about some new items comign soon.. We are debuting two shirts based on the STOL Port, which are super unique and only for the true retro diehard. We also are taking some interest surveys on a model of the planes that flew to the STOL Port, so let us know and check out what we have. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

Listener Mail - We appreciate all your kind notes, emails and social media connections. Todd sent us some information on the STOL Port, conecting some dots and pointing us to more information. Johnathan had a question regarding boat access from Epcot to MGM, which How addresses. Keep the emails, tweets and pictures coming! Please contact us - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Film Restoration - We view a listener purchased tape, containing B-Roll Epcot Center World Showcase footage. Being video tape, the quality is lacking and edited to a level that is as good as it gets. Still a fun movie to watch of old world showcase. Huge thanks to everyone who donated to our pledge drive, helping make the major film restoration a reality. Check out Passport2Dreams from Foxxy, who was a huge supporter of this project.

Carousel of ProgressListener Memories - This month we had tons of great singers calling our hotline. They have all been edited together to make one glorious production that we think you'll enjoy. 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.

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 13, thanks for listening!

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We continue with our series of EPCOT Center B-Roll footage from a 1987 3/4 videotape issued by Disney to media outlets for their use.

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series


Today we start our counterclockwise walk around World Showcase visiting our neighbors to the north: Canada and the country with which we have a special relationship, The United Kingdom.

In Canada we start with a panoramic view of the pavilion as watercraft and ground transport pass in front of it. Obligatory shots of the buildings/rooflines and totem poles give way to the entrance to O' Canada, the circle vision 360 film that has anchored the pavilion since it opened.

Several scenes from inside the theater are included and its infectious song is heard in its original version. Canada's impressive rock work and waterfalls, the faux Victoria Gardens and the waterways of the pavilion are all captured before we head inside Le Cellier in its days as a buffet before it became a high end steak house.

Footage of Canadian Mountie Mickey, a peek inside the merchandise shop and a final shot of the pavilion from the water close out our visit to the Great White North.

Chip Chip Cheerio! Welcome to the United Kingdom where we start with 1980s citizens strolling it's charming streets (with a low rider metal stroller to entertain you) and exploring it's sculptured gardens. The obligatory red phone box photos and a Robin Hood and Little John character greeting are upstaged by a tartan kilt wearing Goofy.

Wonderful footage inside the Toy Soldier gift shop gives you a glimpse into how high end some merchandise was in 1980's EPCOT. Interior details are captured before heading across the way to the Twinings Tea Shop which is virtually unchanged today. Thirsty? Follow us across the way to the Rose & Crown Pub both indoors and outdoors.

A view of the pavilion from World Showcase Lagoon closes out our visit to Her Majesty's finest international outpost.

 

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 17:07

Rare EPCOT Center B-Roll Video - Part 1 of 11

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EPCOT Center opened to the public on this first day of October in 1982.  Thirty three years later the park’s original “permanent World’s Fair” theme has suffered a bad case of mission creep.  But for RetroDisneyWorld fans the chance to step into EPCOT’s first decade is one we relish.  Just such an opportunity presented itself to us when we acquired a ¾” videotape (commercially known as U-Matic) containing footage of EPCOT Center’s World Showcase. U-Matic tapes are larger than VHS (which was 1/2” tape) and were the standard video used in commercial broadcast television stations until they gave way to digital media.

This particular U-Matic tape was issued by Walt Disney World for use by the media as “B-Roll” footage.  B-Roll is the footage that is used during voiceovers to illustrate a story.  Picture the newscaster saying “Ticket prices will be rising next week at EPCOT Center” while footage of people entering the park under Spaceship Earth plays on the screen. 

Today we share the “General” footage including aerial shots of the whole park, terrific footage of the original parking lot entrance signage, people pulling into parking spaces, waiting for the tram (check out the original EPCOT color scheme on the trams!) while monorail lime passes overhead.

People pass through the turnstiles (while you hear the original entrance soundtrack). Footage of Laserphonic Fantasy set the stage for a ride on the Friendships of World Showcase Lagoon. A double decker jitney meanders around World Showcase before the Mickey Express brings the characters on stage.  And for you character hunters don’t miss the footage of country-specific characters like Canadian Mountie Mickey and German Goofy!

The EPCOT Center World Dancers take the stage to entertain you and the video closes out with Future World’s band playing swing music. This footage was shot between 1985 and 1987 and includes ambient sound.  While the ability to restore videotape is limited we really like how this turned out. Some of this footage was used in EPCOT souvenir travel videos of the 80s and early 90s but we’re betting a lot of it will be footage you’ve never seen before (and never seen this clear).  We’ll be releasing more footage from the individual pavilions in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned and Happy Birthday EPCOT Center!

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Mesa VerdeYes we all miss Horizons. But we also miss the odor of the fictional and now fabled Lorange fruit (half lime, half orange). The distincint smell is engrained in our memories and anything close to what we remember only peaks our olfactory receptors and thus triggers a memory flashback that is generally partnered with random thoughts of denial, eventually leading to depressed thoughts and binge watching grainy home videos of the now shuttered attraction. We now know that a "Scent Cannon" was used to inject the smell of oranges into the scene and was provided by Flavor and Fragrance Specialties (They don't sell to the public, so don't even try to call them).

So how can you enjoy some of this memorable smells in your very own home? The scientific research division here at RetroDisneyWorld.com has been keeping an eye out for orange based products and has tested them to ensure that their memory inducing odor lives up to your expectations. With out any further pomp and circumstance, here is how to Eat, wash, deodorize and shave with Horizons.

And if you have a favorite orange product, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we'll add it to the list!

 

1. Chupa Chups Sunny Orange- 40 Lollipops - Yeah you're saying WTF is a Chupa Chup... well they are really tasty lollipops, seriously good and they don't have any crazy fake dyes and flavorings added. You wont' be dissapointed, one of my personal favorites!

 

 

2. Men's Face Wash - Citrus by LEAP Organics - I can't find the exact version of the one I have, but this one is pretty close. Its a really nice face wash that has a very refreshing Lorange scent to it. Women will be just as happy to wash with this one as well...no reason its for guys only.


 

 

3. Pacific Shaving Company All Natural Shaving Cream - 3 oz - This one is a new find for me - not only does it smell like Horizons, you don't need much to shave with, its a all natural, leaves no nasty residue and gives you a super smooth shave. Yes women can use this one too!

 

 

4. St My Shaldan Neo Air Freshener Orange - Why it is "My Shaldan" and not Yours...or Theirs...or hers...is beyond us... We've experienced this Japanese import of Shaldan for years, my father used to have one at his office and we were taken immediately back to Horizons. Only question that may never get answered is, who's Shaldan is it really?

 

 


5. Pack of 12 My Shaldan Japanese Car Cup-Holder Natural Air Freshener Cans (Orange Scented) - Same as above, just in bulk for savings, making sure that every room you visit smells like Loranges, or perfect for birthday party goodie bags (well not really).

Sunday, 20 September 2015 12:13

Podcast Episode 11: First Things First

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Cinderella CastleWelcome to Episode 11 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "First Things First" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Corrections and Comments - How discusses the World Showcase original location, which is surprisingly way different compared to the current spot where it ended up. The Food & Wine Festival would have ended up being at an unusual location if they stuck with this plan..

Main Topic - This month we go back to many firsts at Walt Disney World. George & Becky Miranda from Ohio join us to discuss opening day at The Magic Kingdom. They both have an amazing first hand account from visiting the park on opening day along with a great collection of photos (You're going to want to load these up and look at them while you listen to them describe that first day: https://www.flickr.com/photos/georgelmiranda/albums/72157658664679871). We then jump into some great stories about the first families that entered each theme park, including a checkered past for a few of them. How moves us over to the original, first airport on property which ends up being yet another surprise found during the research phase. How then digs into the details of the STOL port on WDW property - this is a long awaited and often requested topic by our listeners!

Audio Rewind - Congratulations to our winner, Joe Yost from Atlanta, he guessed the Horizons Ending music. Joe will get the Hydrolator notebook. 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 Magic Kingdom, Cinderalla Castle resin model. Send your guesses by October 12, 2015 - 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 - The STOL Port was discussed during this episode and that will lead to some new, top secret merchandise. Check back for information on that very soon. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

Listener Mail - Lots of great mail this month, thanks so much for your emails! Our selfie challenge was accepted by a good friend of the show, Tim Birch. He snapped the photo of himself riding by the abandoned pirate ship on Discovery Island. Tim will be receiving a 1984 Walt Disney World Calendar. Keep the emails, tweets and pictures coming! Please contact us - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Discovery Island pg 2

Film Restoration - Due to time constrains we skip the film restoration discussion for this month, however Todd has acquired some super rare 16mm Walt Disney World films. These are very pricey to digitally convert. We've setup an account on Patreon.com where you can pledge to help the restoration effort and in return receive exclusive early access to this podcast for 1 year! If you can help us please check out Our Restoration Project on Patreon.com

Listener Memories - This new segment is where you the listener can give us a call to share your memories. We had a few calls already and find these so much fun to listen to. If you would like to call and leave us a message, please dial 978-71-RETRO.

RetroCon - Brian & JT give us a quick recap on RetroCon 2015; Thank you so much to all the listeners that stopped by, it was great to meet each and every one of you. 

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 12, thanks for listening!

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If you've been following us, you know that we are working on a special project to restore two 16mm WDW films. These are not home movies, but professional productions that we would like to restore and share with the world. Together they have a runtime of over one hour, include sound and from our research there are no existing High-Definition digital prints of either of these films anywhere. We have seen a few horrid grainy VHS transfers, but they are just that, abysmal and nearly unwatchable.

16mm films were the "home video" of the 60's through the early 80's. Companies like Disney rented these films to schools, civic groups and travel agents who would screen them for students, members and clients. Promotional films like this were the only way, aside from the occasional TV special, to promote Disney World in moving pictures. Disney did little television advertising until the Eisner era began in the mid eighties - in fact almost all of the print advertising done for Disney World was done by their sponsors like Eastern Airlines, not by Disney themselves.

Our prints were issued by Disney from the original negatives.  When our conversion and restoration is done the only better copies anywhere in the world will be on the original prints in Disney's vault (assuming they have them). The likelihood that 30 to 40 year old promotional travel films will ever receive this kind of attention from Disney is nil. We're convinced that if these films are to be rescued and preserved it's up to us to do it.

Many have asked "What are the films?!" - Now that we've reached 50% funding necessary to make this project happen we are releasing the titles of the films so you know exactly what we will be working on:

1972 - The Magic of Walt Disney World

1980 - Magic Kingdom Club Promo Film

These films are in decent physical shape, but do need quite a bit of color restoration as you can see from one of the title frames in the upper right. And yes, both have sound. We think we can restore these in a fashion better than this WDW promo film that we did a few months back (https://vimeo.com/122931747) - we will be using a higher quality scan system and improved color balancing software. You can clearly see how much color you can bring back into a film.

Because we want to have these films scanned and digitally transferred with the best possible technology the cost of this process is beyond our current budget. To help us restore these films we setup a support us page at Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/retrowdw), while similar to Kickstarter or Indigogo, Patreon is crowdfunding that is geared towards those producing media. We'd appreciate any support we can receive for this project and your support will not be left un-noticed, not only will you get to view the restored films before the general public but we've got some additional rewards for helping us out:

Pledge $5+ Personal thank you on the RetroDisneyWorld Podcast!
Pledge $15+ One year of advanced access to all restored films and a personal thank you on the RetroDisneyWorld Podcast!
Pledge $25+ One year of advanced access to all restored films and the RetroDisneyWorld Podcast, and a personal thank you on the RetroDisneyWorld Podcast!
Pledge $50+ 3D Printed EPCOT Center Logo Coaster, and one year of advanced access to all restored films and the RetroDisneyWorld Podcast, and a personal thank you on the RetroDisneyWorld Podcast!
Pledge $250+ 3D Printed EPCOT Center Coaster Set - 10 coasters in all - and one year of advanced access to all restored films and the RetroDisneyWorld Podcast, and a personal thank you on the RetroDisneyWorld Podcast!
Stretch Goal - If we raise more than our goal we will restore a 3rd 16mm film as well! - we have in our possession a 16mm print of The Magic of Disneyland

We respect the fact that not everyone can support this endeavor, but we thank all for their continued support not only with this project, but with our podcast and RetroDisneyWorld.com. To be clear, once these films are restored everyone will get to view them for free. We are not selling copies or access to these films for money, the funding from the campaign will be used to digitally transfer and restore the films only.

If you can, please support us at https://www.patreon.com/retrowdw

Thank you for your continued support!

The Retro Disney World Team

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