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Spaceship EarthWelcome to Episode 27 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Tomorrow's Child" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Listener Mail - Candler wrote us regarding the old photos of the 20k subs in Florida. He corrected us, saying they were in Plant City. @CoderBrad asked us about the origins of the five legged goat on the Contemporary mural, How informs us on every detail possible regarding this. Reese is curious about a 20k scuba diving outfit, which ended up at The Living Seas & The Seas With Nemo. Brian helps us figure out this one, but let us know if you recall this piece. Rob from Las Vegas remembers a gold coin from Pirates, that had the date stamped on it. We go into great detail letting him know about this machine, what it did and finally how cool it was!  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 - Last month, the audio rewind song was JP and the Silver Stars, you were correct! The winner is Frank Schell, winning a set of RetroWDW Pins.  Great job Frank! If you think you know the answer to this months audio rewind puzzler, email us! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - This month the winner will get a pack of RetroWDW Pins!  All entries due 4/3/2017 and a winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the NEW PRIZE POT!

Prize Pot - This year, we are going to do a new and exciting prize giveaway. The RetroWDW Podcast will have two prize pots this year; one summer, one winter.  The first prize pot item is the Walt Disney at the World's Fair Four CD Set. This month, we are having How add a mystery gift...The item will not be revealed, and this is the first time we are adding a mystery item to the pot. Spaceship Earth

Main Topic - This month, we rejoin at the gates of EPCOT Center, to take a ride on Spaceship Earth. An opening day attraction that has changed a few times but lots of aspects remain the same. EPCOT was an amazing achievement and still is, so join us as we take you back to construction, opening day and the ride itself. Guided by the retro master himself, How goes into great detail taking you through the geodesic sphere. We also mention the Ray Bradbury script, which you can find here. 

RetroWDW Merchandise - This month, we are bringing you a Spaceship Earth design in honor of our Podcast. How just keeps putting out these one of a kind designs that you cannot find anywhere else. Give How some feedback on your favorite design by tweeting at us, showing off your purchases. As always, we appreciate your support and love seeing you out there sporting your RetroWDW gear! Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug- www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

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!

-Join us next month for a trip to the Old Swimmin' Hole. We take you back to River Country, the first themed water park!-

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Back in August 2014 we released what we affectionally refer to as the "Pristine Film". The color/clarity of the film and the freshness of the Magic Kingdom led to this moniker and it has stuck ever since. Fast forward to 2017...we've learned a lot about film restoration and we recently setup a brand new computer with an all new workflow that is faster and produces more accurate results. What better film to test this out on than the first film that proved the Jugle Cruise frogs existed!

We recently stopped increasing the frame rate to 30fps in our restorations, instead we are leaving the films as they were original shot (18fps). Yes there is a bit of "flicker"; but we wanted to keep the nostalgia and feel of the original film. Additionally we added the original 1971 WDW Overature to add a bit of depth and interest while watching. Purists may choose to mute their speakers! As with the original restoration the clips of the Mickey Mouse Review, Small World, Tiki Birds and Country Bears were left on the cutting room floor as most of it was too dark - but don't worry we've got some incredible footage of one of those coming up in a few months! Enjoy!

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After the obligatory pan of Main Street USA, we can see the Christmas decorations are up for the holiday season. A view from the Plaza restaurant shows construction just beyond Tomorrowland and the original yellow Swan Boat landing. From there, the film dives into a world of scenery and landscape - beautifully showing how the park was just after opening. Incredible shots of 20k, Fantasyland, and the Sunshine Tree Terrace. The now famous Jungle Cruise Frogs make their appearance at the 3:17 mark followed by the remainder of the attraction, sans any dense foliage. Shots from the Seven Seas Lagoon and Main Street round out the day followed by some wonderful shots of Liberty Square, Frontierland and Tomorrowland all lit by twilight. The film ends at sunset, panning over from one of the bridges on the hub with just a hint of the castle in silhouette.

20k Leagues under the SeaWelcome to Episode 26 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Tiny Bubbles" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Listener Mail - First off, we have a real letter! Rob wrote us discussing history on the Golf Resort and some new facts we didn't cover. Next, a listener wrote in asking about updates to the utilidors. Cameron wrote us about the corrugated wall and how he found it. Joey was next, asking about our opening title music. We give you the history and also details on each section of the song. 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 - We are back with a new audio puzzler. If you think you know the answer, email us! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - This month the winner will get a pack of RetroWDW Pins!  All entries due 2/12/2017 and a winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the NEW PRIZE POT! 

Prize Pot - This year, we are going to do a new and exciting prize giveaway. The RetroWDW Podcast will have two prize pots this year; one summer, one winter.  The first prize pot item is the Walt Disney at the World's Fair CD Set. This is an amazing start to the Summer Prize Pot, so be sure to get your entries in.20k Leagues under the Sea

Main Topic - This month we take you back to the Magic Kingdom and onto the classic ride, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. How & Todd take us back to the 1950s, giving us a bit of history to begin. As we continue, you learn all about the subs, the ride, sounds and everything down to the smallest detail. This is one attraction where nearly all of us have some experience actually riding and loving. Gone but not forgotten, this ride never made it to "Classic Status" before it was too late. Our own How Bowers is one of the few people on earth to take the final ride around on the sub... Hope you enjoy going back with us to Fantasyland, before it was new and when you could ride with Captain Nemo.

RetroWDW Merchandise - How has given us an amazing design based on the Home of Future Living. This one is absolutely amazing and you can get it in shirt form and many other products. Give How some feedback on your favorite design by tweeting at us, showing your purchases. As always, we appreciate your support and love seeing you out there sporting your RetroWDW gear! Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug- www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

 

Film Restoration - Todd gives us all an update on our film projects coming soon.... Lots of goodies are being processed as we speak, so if you are one of our film buffs, it is time to get excited.....

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!

-Join us next month for a grand and miraculous journey, as we take you to EPCOT Center and into Spaceship Earth-

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EPCOT Center Entrance - 1986Welcome to Episode 25 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Anniversary Special" - 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- To start this episode, we discuss things that scare us at WDW. Mike wrote in and said he used to be scared of Tick-Tock Croc on Peter Pan's Flight. Kate was scared of Body Wars due to her fear of shrinkage. Hipster Mickey wrote in telling us about being scared during the Studio Backlot Tour. Next up, Brian recaps his visit to the old Golf Resort. Currently, known as Shades of Green, Brian was able to worm his way over there and see what still exists. BJ Major sent us an Epcot Film which was absolutely amazing.

Listener Mail - We had lots of great letters sent in this month. Bernie wrote us to discuss character meet & greets and how it has changed over the years. Brian remembers a paper mache Pete's Dragon and also a walk-around dog from the Shaggy DA. For questions, comments and concerns, please write us - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Orange Bird Film - One of our holy grail films was released a few weeks back and we discuss as a group. The Orange Bird is back in amazing color and he even does a dance for you. We talk about the different types of bird head and give our opinions on which is best. Hope you enjoy the film and check back for more soon...we have lots of rare films that will be released very soon.

Main Topic - This episode is all about anniversaries, including our own! How starts us off with year one then quickly moving into the five year anniversary and tencennial. The fifth is when things got serious; this includes waterski shows, Boardwalk & Baseball and many other amazing events.  Who out there still has their "I'm a Winner" Visor? The Earforce One was another 15th anniversary special item along with the famous ticket system, giving almost every person who entered a prize. This included the Chevrolet Cavalier(one per day), pins, stickers, park tickets and of course the visor. The 15th was absolutely epic!

Prize Pot - Our year end prize is huge! Included are: 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, the WDW Tencenial Coin, a WDW Pocket Protector, and finally the RetroWDW Pin Collection.

Congratulations go out to Wes Hansen! He was randomly selected from over 600 entries to receive this years big prize! Congratulations Wes!!15th Anniversary

More Main Topic - How takes us back to the 20th anniversary! The infamous Castle Balloon was featured during this anniversary. How also got to see Michael Eisner, again... We also hear about 20 things that debuted for the 20th. Great walk down memory lane for this crazy annivesary. Brian discusses the Florida Legislatures Weekend and his amazing intvitation of the fold out Empress Lily. Brian takes us into the 25th, a topic that he has a huge amount of information on. This includes the two TV Specials, which includes Drew Carey eating a turkey leg. The unbelievable Castle Cake is discussed in great detail. So much mid/late 90s goodness with tons of highlights. If you still have your "Guest of Honor" pin, show your 25th anniversary pride - these things sure do bring back memories. Brian has a favorite shirt from this anniversary, showcasing the two castles. The how-to on this whole castle is super interesting. To round out the 25th, we bring on our buddy Matt to discuss to the road show, The Maigical Memories Tour.

RetroWDW Merchandise - Fantasy Pins are here! We have a great set of custom pins for sale now. Be sure to get your pins and add them to your collection as these are limited time and won't be around forever. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug- www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

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 in January for  Episode 26 where we take you back to a time when you could journey under the sea...This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Welcome to Episode 24.5 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Destination: Retro" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Main Topic - Todd, Brian and JT are back to give you a recap of the Destination: D Trip and some other highlights. We discuss the D23 event, some interesting findings brought to our attention and also talk about the Lake & Lagoon Tour.  Bay Lake Aerial '72

The RetroWDW Lake and Lagoon Tour - The tours were a great success! We had seven boats go out over two days and they were filled to the max. The different sights and locations were all discussed in detail and on this episode, we give you a little recap of the different stops. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us, we plan to release some audio versions of the tours very soon. This way you can take your own journey on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon.  

Dinner with Tom Nabbe and David Coolidge - We had two very special guests of honor at dinner and afterwards Tom told us monorail stories as we rode the restort beam in search of the elusive missing beams!

ReeseRileyReview -  A big RetroWDW Hello to Reese and Riley! We were special guests on Episode #8 of the ReeseRileyReview! - Be sure to follow the girls (@ReRiReview) and listen and watch their shows as they review Disney Resorts and more!

RetroWDW Merchandise - Fantasy Pins are here! We have a great set of custom pins for sale now. Be sure to get your pins (retrowdw.com/pins)  and add them to your collection as these are limited time and won't be around forever. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug- www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

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 25 where we take you to the 25th Anniversary Celebration! Brian is super pumped to tell you all about this entire experience, in honor of our 25th episode. 

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All RetroWDW pins are on sale and we have a VERY limited number of Lake and Lagoon tour pins availabe, only 100 were made!

Order yours at http://retrowdw.com/pins

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

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series

Future World

World Showcase

Our series of 1980s and 90s era EPCOT Center B-Roll footage continues with Future World East.

Before Ellen it was Exxon who reigned at the Universe of Energy. We visit this much loved pavilion with plenty of dinosaur footage to please your prehistoric palette. For those of you who never experienced the original you get a glimpse of what it was like before Alex Trebek and Jeopardy were the backdrop.

The spanking new Wonders of Life pavilion is up next. See it in all it's glorious, active and crowded 1989 aesthetic. A fair amount of time is spent on the exhibits under the dome. Be sure to check out Goofy teaching golf and Chris Evert teaching tennis tips on video screens!
And how about that pedal bike looping around the hub at Disneyland!

A visit to Body Wars and Cranium Command attractions was a must in the Wonders of Life and our footage gives you a glimpse at both attractions. A healthy dose of 90's jeans are omnipresent in this visit.

The glorious Horizons presented by General Electric is the next stop.
This EPCOT sequel to the Carousel of Progress is well documented in this footage. We see the majestic exterior and ride along through many of the most famous scenes from the ride. The legendary "choose your own ending" segment features the space landing.

No trip to Future World East would be complete without visiting the World of Motion presented by General Motors. A fine selection of key scenes featuring the record setting number of animatronics in this ride are on our ride-along as well as a post-trip visit to the TransCenter, GM's post-show area.

 

Aerial View of Golf CourseWelcome to Episode 24 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "The Golf Resort" - 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- To start this episode, we discuss some emails regarding the Carousel of Progress. Animatronics, the father figure and lots of detail from the whole group.

Listener Mail - Chad wrote us mentioning he purchased some shirts from us. We also get into Chad's question about the Gold Key Vacations, which Todd has first hand knowledge of. We also got some tweets this month, discussing World Key and which attractions might have scared us. 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, Suzanne Gill, she guessed "Journey Into Imagination". Suzanne won a the brochure and Vacationland package! 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 the first Walt Disney World Cookbook: Cooking with Mickey. Send your guesses by November 28, 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, the WDW Tencenial Coing, a WDW Pocket Protector, and new this month........the RetroWDW Pin Collection! 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 talk Golf. The Golf Resort is one of those early attractions that most people have never heard of. We take you back to the origins of golfing at WDW. Big thanks to George Taylor, Foxxy, and Passport to Dreams; we used some of their expertise to guide this podcast.  Brian starts us off by explaining how this resort came to be and from there we head into the Trophy Room for some eats and also delve into room sizes. This little known location, which is gone but not forgotten now, is truly going take you back. We all learned lots during this episode and we hope you do too, enjoy!

RetroWDW Merchandise - Fantasy Pins are here! We have a great set of custom pins for sale now. Be sure to get your pins and add them to your collection as these are limited time and won't be around forever. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug- www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

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 25 where we take you to the 25th Anniversary Celebration! Brian is super pumped to tell you all about this entire experience, in honor of our 25th episode. 

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We visit the Magic Kingdom during 1981's Tencennial celebration, marking the resort's first decade in business.

Our film opens with traffic along World Drive before we pass the Polynesian en route to the Contemporary Resort where a monorail glides seamlessly into the Grand Canyon Concourse. Our guests head into the Magic Kingdom where they meet Mickey and Pooh in Town Square before boarding the Tomorrowland Skyway for a bird's eye preview of a fun day ahead.

We glide over the Speedway and 20K lagoon, looking out over Fantasyland
and taking shots of Seven Seas Lagoon using a zoom lens.  More Main
Street USA character greetings and Cinderella Castle looking regal at 10 years old. We board our Speedway cars, race each other, meet MORE characters and then it's time to look at everyone lining up for the Tencennial parade before a riverboat cruise and a spin on It's A Small World before catching the parade!

All of our favorite Disney characters appear in the parade including a mustachioed Pluto! The film captures the entirety of the parade before heading to the Flower Market on Center Street (no longer there). Our visit ends with another Skyway ride before ending with a final glimpse of the riverboat.

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

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series

Future World

World Showcase

 

Our next installment of EPCOT B-Roll footage from the 80's and 90's focuses on Future World West and takes us first to the Living Seas.

The Living Seas opens with beautiful exteriors showing the LOUD United Technologies sign before we board the hydrolators for our Sea Cab journey to Seabase Alpha. Terrific interior depictions of The Living Seas with the scuba tank (note how much the interior resembles the color scheme used on the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation - they were designed around the same time). Beautiful views of the sea life on display and guests enjoying the antics of a baby manatee, among others.

The Land, presented by Nestle, is up next. We get panoramic views of the Sunshine Seasons food court, the much beloved and missed fountain that sat in the center of the dining area before heading to the Food Rocks show that replaced Kitchen Kabaret. Thankfully our visit to Food Rocks is brief as we board Living With The Land, EPCOT's marvelous boat ride through its greenhouse facilities. Note the presence of the live narrator, which was a staple of the ride for it's first 20 years of existence until a recorded narration replaced them. Terrific footage of scientists working in The Land's laboratory facility closes out our visit to The Land.

No visit to Future World West would be complete without EPCOT Center's flagship attraction: Journey Into Imagination. Our visit showcases the original Kodak entrance sign (note the flowers in the bed are Kodak's corporate colors) and also note the plants and flowers along the buildings first level. They add a decorative touch that's missing on today's Imagination building. A glipse of the "upside down" fountains with the original DNA-strand style fountain artwork is seen before we head into The Image Works on the second floor of the pavilion. Many fondly remembered activities and attractions are in the footage including - yes - the famous rainbow tunnel. This video really captures just how much there was to do up there and the kinds of attractions available.

No visit to Imagination is complete without seeing the leaping fountains and footage of the Dreamfinder and Figment doing their much missed live meet and greets!

 

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