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Photo Search Instructions

Join in the fun and win prizes with our Photo Search!  We are looking for retro photos of your visits to Walt Disney World.

  • 1. Each month we will pick a different theme for the photos we want you to search for. Use the link next to each month to submit your photos on the specific topic.
  • 2. You may upload and enter as many photos as you wish, as long as they pertain to the category for that month.
  • 3. After 3 months, our staff will pick the top 3 best photos, one from each month.
  • 4. Users will then vote on the best of those photos, and the winner will receive a prize!
  • 5. Remember: Photos should be from Pre-Opening to 1989 ONLY

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How to use Retro Disney World

Below is a quick description of each of the main areas on our site. If you have any questions, please mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our forums are the place to pull up a chair and enter into some online disucssion regarding your favorite memories of Disney Past. The forums are divided into different topic areas. You can also post any ideas/improvements for the website at our "Suggestion Box". Here you can also let us know if you found any bugs/issues with the site.

Pictorial Souvenir

Our massive collection of photos, postcards, menus, guidebooks and other media that have been accumulated since the vacation kingdom began. The items in this section online casino tend to be more from old out of print sources, we'd like to keep personal photos in the Photo Album section. However you can add items to this section as long as they fit into one of the categories and it is not a duplicate. The De fokuserade i borjan pa att erbjuda casinospel ombord pa de kryssningsfartyg som Casino Midas est tellement sur de sa machine a sous qu'il vous laisse l'essayer gratuitement sans meme telecharger quoi que ce soit. seglade i Ostersjon. "Incoming" folder are those images that have been uploaded but we have not sorted and named yet.

Prototype Community

This is where this site begins to take on a new forum. This community allows you to join up with friends, create groups, share photos, update your statu etc. Think of it as a mini-facebook that only contains Retro atoledo Disney users.

Photo Albums

Create your own photo albums and upload your personal photos of your visits to WDW! Think of this as your online photo sharing site, just for your Disney trips!


Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the best of old TV commercials, home movies, and indepedant productions from years past. You can link directly to videos you find on YouTube, or you can upload your personal memories!

The Emporium

A great way to find some old retro merchandise! Organized by categories, our system automatically searches eBay for maps, souvenirs, books and more! We've tweaked the searches to weed out the new things and just show you the older goodies!


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About Us

"In 1981 an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 left a trail of dirty exhaust as it climbed skyward over Newark NJ...we were on our way, and I had no idea that that my first airplane ride, let alone first trip to Walt Disney World would open a door of memories and opportunities that continue with me to this day." Read how this trip became this site in more detail...

So that article is the back-story of my enjoyment of Disney World...a family trip to WDW back in the early 80s. But why create this site, and what are we all about anyway? Well the answer is simple, if you can identify and feel good about the following few tidbits, then you'll know where we are coming from:

Polynesian Wave Machine "Let's make believe, we're a tiny little seed..."
EPCOT Center Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
The Whatchamacallit "Kelp... Seaweed... Kelp"
"If we can dream it, then we can do it.. yes we can, yes we can" Orange Bird
Sea Base Alpha "I am the Dreamfinder!"

Grand Prix Aerial '72Over the past few years there has a been a resurgence in the interest in retro and vintage Disney World. There are many blogs and discussions around the internet that are exploring the history, back-stories, mysteries and joy that many of us felt so many years ago. I read these blogs and I salute and give a hearty thank you to all those authors out there...The more I read, the more I realized that the blogs were only the tip of the iceberg. There were threads sharing photos of times gone by and people discussing now defunct attractions. I saw one major problem, all this information is nestled amongst news of DVC construction and the latest Next-Gen Fast Pass... If anyone was to try to find something they'd be searching for years...The design of this website is a bit different than most out there, it takes its cue from the growing social trend an has its roots in software that create a community based website. Most websites rely on discussion forums and news feeds for content. While we have forums, this site will put more emphasis on our users posting memories, photos, home movies & videos, all of which are displayed on the front page. This is not a one person show, its for all of us...

Some may ask why are we only focusing on pre-opening to 1990? That's a great question and there are a few reasons. For one, anything in that twenty-some year span are now distant memories in our minds. Re-kindling those older thoughts will bring back a more prominent feeling of the way it used to be. Besides, the fashion and decor alone from this time period warrants a few hours of discussion! On another note, Disney has finally taken notice that retro is in high demand. Just last year we saw the Peoplemover name return and a short time ago a little bird flew back into Adventureland...Orange Bird had returned.

So the question remains, why is retro/vintage Walt Disney World becoming popular? I think I have the answer and I have experienced it first hand...That first visit in 1980 and subsequent trips gave my parents and grandparents great joy in watching me and my siblings experience the magic. We were the first generation to experience Walt Disney World first hand. And now, 40 years after it all started, we are returning and watching our own children have a first time encounter with Mickey. My son provided me with that inspiration as I walked through the parks with him, I realized that change is what a generation is about, but Walt Disney World, although changed over time, has kept a constant level of magic in our lives. Yet we always want to be a child again and relive those memories of the past.

So, to quote Walt Disney himself, "...I felt that there should be something built, some kind of family park website"...and thus, our journey back in time begins...


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