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We have a good one for you today. Art & Linda are at The Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in December of 1976. The great thing about this footage is the sound! You can actually hear some things that have been lost in time. I couldn't belive the ferry boats still have a nearly identical sound as they do today! Bay Lake has a different look as well.  The trees, vegetation and foliage all look shorter; basically you can see more of everything compared to now.

The big thing for me though, being a Fort Wilderness dweller, is seeing the various transportation options. I remember seeing some of this as a kid, but you don't realize how many options you could have chosen, until you see this film.  We see sailboats, sidewheelers, ferries, sprites, water skiing, pontoon boats and of course the train.... More on that in a minute. Did you see people using the beach? Absolutely love the craziness on Bay Lake at the Fort Wilderness beach. I for one have played volleyball there and spent many hours of Spring Break chilling on that beach.

The railroad though; unbelievable. This is one of the best movies I have seen with sound and color of the Fort Wilderness Railroad...I'm blown away at the size, sounds, speed and just how colorful it is. Take a watch around the 8:10 mark as the bell ringer / employee jumps right off the moving train. Just another thing you would never see happening at WDW today. 

Finally, for all you Fort Wilderness regulars, you'll notice some great golf cart footage complete with a Christmas music soundtrack and gas powered glory. This film truly is a time capsule from the Disney World campgrounds. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. 

River Country '89 SignWelcome to Episode 28 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Whoop-N-Holler" - 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 & Listener Mail - Todd started us with some corrections on the Spaceship Earth episode. First, the music you hear is not called "Space", instead it is an instrumental section of Tomorrow's Child. Another listener mentioned Michelangelo and which hand he is, How chimes in to tell us he is left handed...The triangle boxes between the SSE cars were discussed during the episode. Former cast members informed us they did not know, so we discuss some of the more popular theories. This is going to start a new series on the show called - "How Did It Work". 

The mailbag this month was crazy full. Brian goes into great detail about how Mickey stood on top of Spaceship Earth, involving a rope and high winds. Next up, we discuss an email we received about the lack of children in the parks when you view some of our older films. Finally, @FancyRobotCouch asks us why Mission To Mars closed... We go into some various reasons and also discuss an incredibly rare piece of film we just acquired. 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 Impressions de France: Opening Theme, if you guessed that, you were correct! The winner is Stephanie Haddon, winning a set of RetroWDW Pins. Brian is also adding a souvenir photo set from the 1964-65 Worlds Fair; this was given out at the 2014 Destination D. Great job Stephanie! 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 and random brochures!  All entries due 4/30/2017 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the NEW SUMMER PRIZE POT!River Country

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, followed by a NEW Official Disneyland/WDW LP Record from 1988 and new this month is A Surprise For Mickey Mouse Little Golden Book from 1971.  All entries for the audio rewind go to winning the Summer Prize Pot.

Main Topic - This month, we discuss the old swimmin' hole: River Country. The original themed water park from 1976 is discussed in detail, taking you back with Birnbaum quotes and original guest testimony. If you didn't get to visit this 5 acre park, you are in luck because we walk through each experience and attraction. We even managed to lock down some original cast members who worked the park and their interviews are included in this episode. Take a trip back with us and relive River Country in the glory days. After you finish the episode, take a trip over to our YouTube Channel and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Audio Rewind - Last month, the audio rewind song was Impressions de France: Opening Theme, if you guessed that, you were correct! The winner is Stephanie Haddon, winning a set of RetroWDW Pins. Brian is also adding a souvenir photo set from the 1964-65 Worlds Fair; this was given out at the 2014 Destination D. Great job Stephanie! 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 and random brochures! All entries due 4/30/2017 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the NEW SUMMER 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. 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 Tweet at us, send us a Facebook post or message, tag us on Instagram or email us your thoughts..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. Podbean: podcast.retrodisneyworld.com iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/retro-disney-world-podcast/id935548315 Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/retrodisneyworld/retro-disney-world-podcast">watch one of our restored movies from when the park was fully operational.  Enjoy!

River Country '89 Water Area & RopesRetroWDW Merchandise - This month, we are bringing you two River Country designs 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 on Listen To The Land -

*Event Alert: Plan on joining us, later this year for an upcoming and amazing fan event! Details to come....*

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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.

The serene exterior/entrance to Pirates of The Caribbean in our latest souvenir film restoration stands in stark contrast to the busy area we see today. The ride footage opens after the opening scenes as boats approach the galleon just after the famous "drop". For those more familiar with the Pirates of the last decade where Barbosa from the Hollywood film is captain of the ship this film gives you a good glimpse of the original pirate captain.

As the fort battles the pirates our boats glide into the waterways of the town.  There are excellent closeups of a lot of the original ride animatronics, which were a little more rudimentary in appearance than they are today, especially noticeable with the wench brides. Immediately after you see the original scene of the pirates chasing the 2 of the local women. These were the setup for the gag of a third woman, stouter that the others, chasing the pirate. This scene was changed in the early 1990's to all the women chasing the pirates in response to complaints about Imagineer Marc Davis's original gag.

For the most part what you'll notice is how little much of the ride has changed (aside from the film references and characters added in the 2000's) - except that dog holding the key which seems to completely change his look every dozen years or so.

Overall this souvenir film probably captures the attraction better than any of the others Disney sold at the time.

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 14:55

Jungle Cruise - Restored 8mm Souvenir Film

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Our restoration of Disney 8mm souvenir films next takes us to Adventureland's legendary Jungle Cruise. The film opens with the earliest of Jungle Cruise's many signs and entrance designs over the years. We see ships leaving the dock and entering a covered thicket canopy which you might not recognize because you're usually sailing under it and looking at the giant butterflies on either side of you.

As Rutshuru Ruby glides past ruins and waterfalls we see our first
wildife: a giant snake! (that doesn't appear to be moving). The next is one of a series of cool shots showing you the boat from the perspective
of the animals and ride scenes.  It's also noteworthy how thin some the
vegetation on the banks of the ride was before it had 40 years to grow.

The film takes us into the darkened temple and we see those ride scenes before 40 years of enhancements were made to them (it seems every time Jungle Cruise goes down for refurbishment they tinker with that scene).

The elephant bathing pool and wading hippos give way to footage of the famous (now retried) firing cap guns. You'll see the overturned jeep that is still in the ride but you won't see the back half of the airplane that appears today. That wasn't added until 1989 (when the front half was used in Disney-MGM studios Great Movie Ride in the Casablanca scene).

After passing the headhunting natives we glide back safely from the jungle to the wilds of Adventureland. High time for a Citrus Swirl from Sunshine Tree Terrace to refresh yourself.

 

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