If you've listened to podcast Episode 10 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Hooray for Floridawood" you may be wondering where some of the attraction sound bites originated from. Todd has just shared nearly 40 minutes of footage from his trip in August 1989 that was used for parts of the podcast. The video starts out at 6:30am, the sun is just coming up for a very early 7am opening.
Apparently back then The Great Movie Ride was the place to go first thing in the morning! Then we are off to the Backstage Studio Tour, which takes up nearly half of the video! From there we watch a good portion of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular which has not changed over the years but this particular day the trap door in the final scene was working. Some quick footage of Star Tours under construction is followed by the Dip Mobile, NY Street, shots around the park, night shots, The Roger Rabbit/Acme Cartoon area and some more final shots around the park.
Its amazing to watch what has and what hasn't changed over the years. Of course the park is going to go under a massive change in the next handful of years so most of what you see here,if it isn't gone already will be added to the history of WDW.
For many of us fans the Horizons pavilion in EPCOT Center will always hold a special place in our hearts. While it closed years ago it lives on for many in the ride's dialog and many can recite it from memory. One particular part of the attraction recently inspired us to create several t-shirt designs, the first of which (oh yes, there are more on the horizon!) we are revealing today..
Welcome to Mesa Verde University!
On the outskirts of a well established desert landscape where storms roll in from the north and harvesters tend to Lorange crops lies the agricultural driven campus of MVU. Established in 2083 by a grant from Edias Clevenshoe (the philanthropic founder of Pegasus Industries) the university was chartered to create the the agronomists of tomorrow. The dedication to the cultivator arts is evident in the MVU motto which reads:
"Nobis septem annos liberos mittite, agricolas remittemus"
("Send us your children for seven years, we will return farmers")
You can become an alumni of the distinguished Mesa Verde University (MVU) - where you too can graduate a farmer, err... agricultural engineer in a scant seven years time. Now you can show the world that in your spare time you have the authority and the geoponics know-how to grow Pinanas, Pepcumbers and Circuit Egg Ivy!
Because registration is limited, we're only accepting students for the next 7 days. If you miss this opportunity to become a part Mesa Verde University, you may have to wait for the next registration period - which may not happen if we don't get enough students registering. Click below to jump to the store and get your gear before they are gone!
About the University Store
We're excited about offering Mesa Verde University gear, and if we sell enough tees with this test run, we'll be opening up a "Mesa Verde University Store" where you'll be able to pick up all kinds of MVU gear for your college classes. So if ya dig the shirts, buy one. If ya can't tell others about it via social media. Sometimes getting the word out can be just a valuable as a purchase. And besides, who wouldn't want an MVU notebook for next semester or a nice throw to curl up under this fall?
What and Where is Mesa Verde University?
Totally made up dude! Seriously. :) In the desert farming scene in Horizons where the narrator says: "Isn't it something! Send a city kid to college for seven years and what happens? She becomes a farmer!". Then his wife responds, "Oh, I think agricultural engineer is a little more like it." We've designed what we think that daughter's college t-shirt might have looked like - complete with the Mesa Verde University motto written in Latin.
Welcome to Episode 10 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Hooray for Floridawood" - 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 - Brian discusses some EPCOT 30 corrections about World Showcase from our last episode and we have photos of the real "depression era house" inspiration from The American Adventure shown to us. Take a look!
Main Topic - We take you back to the opening day of the Disney-MGM Studios, way back on May 1, 1989. Our very own How and our guest, Hoot Gibson were waiting in the parking lot all night to be the first through the gates. They discuss rubbing elbows with Michael Eisner and Bob Hope and of course giving commentary about being the first to see different attractions. How has a great story about being the first person ever to take a pie to the face at Super Star Television. Join us as we relive opening day, through the eyes of the attendees. Todd references his trip in August 1989 and you can see nearly 40 minutes of vintage Disney-MGM studios footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hERibY2m40k
*JT is still waiting for your photograph at the old Discovery Island pirate ship; this will earn you a great bonus prize!!
RetroWDW Merchandise - Our very first limited edition RetroTee based on an Illumnations napkin is now available for sale at The Imperial Shirt Company! This shirt will only be available until August 31! Our Redbubble shop is doing great, in fact thanks to our listeneres we all have upgraded audio equipment! All designs are exclusive to RetroWDW and will be rotated out and updated frequently. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus
Mesa Verde University Tee - Jason has designed a fantastic t-shirt inspired by the Horizons desert farming scene. The MVU logo includes the schools official fruit (a Lorange) and the motto which reads: "Nobis septem annos liberos mittite, agricolas remittemus" (Send us your children for seven years, we will return farmers). This is only a 7 day flash sale! Get your shirt today: www.retrodisneyworld.com/mvu
Film Restoration - Due to time constrains we skip the film restoration discussion for a 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
By now you are probably familiar with what we have been doing here at RetroDisneyWorld.com - aside from the podcast, the t-shirts and photos....Todd has been busy restoring a variety of 8mm WDW home movies - Some of these are his own personal home movies and others were eBay finds. Additionally Brian has been scouring local flea markets and garage sales and the hunt has paid off, a number of fantastic films were purchased, digitally transferred and then restored - and we have more coming! (Visit us on Vimeo to see all of our restored films: http://www.vimeo.com/retrowdw/) The cost of this process to this point has been minimal, it does add up, but it has been manageable.
Recently we were able to procure two very special 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. Because we want to have these films scanned and digitally transferred with the best possible technology the cost of this process is beyound our current budget - this is where we need your help.
We've setup a support us page at Patreon, while similar to Kickstarter or Indigoog, Patreon is crowdfunding that is geared towards those producing media. 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 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
If you can, please support us at https://www.patreon.com/retrowdw
Welcome to Episode 9 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Building the Golden Dream" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of the previous shows.
Corrections and Comments - We go back and rehash a little bit about the Town Square Cafe and also who the original designer of the Electrical Water Pageant was. Todd has an oddball thought about a Cuttlefish and we also found out about a very early autograph book at WDW.
Main Topic - The focus this month is on The American Adventure in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. Todd, Brian, JT & How all discuss how the show works and also some of the history leading up to the attraction. Some great information is discussed on each of the eras presented during the show, JT discusses the backstage tour and all discuss the book Building a Better Mouse.
*This episode has the chance for you to win 3 seperate prizes! Listen carefully for the different questions, challenges, and opportunities where YOU, can be a winner and star of the show!
RetroWDW Merchandise - Our very first limited edition RetroTee based on an Illumnations napkin is now available for sale at The Imperial Shirt Company - Order now! This shirt will only be available until August 31! Additionally our redbubble store is off to a great start, in fact Brian and JT have upgraded audio equipment thanks to our supporters! The designs are exclusive to RetroWDW and will be rotated out and updated frequently. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus
Listener Mail - Todd discusses a stage that once existed in Fantasyland and what makes it unique. How tells the story of the pirate ship on Discovery Island which is a perfect intro for Pablo Cruise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-C_kvDwqeY We take a detour through a very odd Christmas special starring Shields and Yarnell that is pure nightmare fuel, but dont say we didn' warn you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmQbNZxNToU
Film Restoration - We take a look at an August of 1972 Magic Kingdom home movie, digitally transferred by Pixcel and restored by our very own Imageworks. How finds some lost trashcans, Brian is amused by a man walking into frame, Todd gets confused about the first American flag and a kid in a funny feather hat walks by.
Until next time... "Spare a dime? Hehehe. Sure buy four of my apples, and I'll loan ya back the ten cents."
It has been awhile since we posted a film restoration and I guess for good reason. I was away on vacation and the entire podcast crew has been busy researching the show and designing our t-shirts and merchandise (If you haven't seen our exclusive original retro designs, check out www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus) But there is another reason, and it's a good one...I've been hard at work restoring a pristine 16mm home movie of the early days of EPCOT Center. I took a bit more time to restore this film as anything with EPCOT on film is a rarity, but 16mm with sound puts this to a level of super rare and its over 17 minutes long.
Ok so what is in this film? First you'll notice that the entire film is narrated by the individual who filmed it. While I thought this was boring at first, he brings a unique aspect to the film and if you pay attention to his commentary you'll find some very interesting comments that demonstrate how EPCOT was viewed by its guests in the early 1980s. The film starts right in the front of EPCOT and we see the amazing acrylic fountain and Spaceship Earth. Our visit to Future World is brief but fantastic. Horizons under construction, the marquee signs on Communicore and other wonderful sights. We then dive into World Showcase in a very detailed fashion starting with Canada. I love how the photographer zooms in on "TV personality Michael Young...he used to be on Kids are People Too"...From there every World Showcase pavilion is discussed in great detail before coming around to Future World again for some wonderful footage inside Imageworks at the Journey into Imagination Pavilion.
This did not come cheap, I spent quite a bit of money to obtain the films and then the cost to restore them. I've opened up the Tip Jar on this film in case you'd like to help support future endeavors. A film like this cost nearly $400 to procure, transfer, restore and distribute. You can also donate via Paypal:
Learn how to get 10% off your digital transfers and FREE restoration of your film! retrodisneyworld.com/imageworks