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Our secret behind the scenes technical video wizardry team has been hard at working putting visuals together to create our very first video podcast episode. We've taken Episode 5, Stubborn Donkey where myself, JT, How and Brian dive into the World of Motion and added photos, videos, custom 3D animations and more! Prepare to relive the attraction and the podcast like you have never done before.

Sit back and enjoy the first 5 minutes in this teaser/trailer....The full length video will be released in a few days! Enjoy!



145831-ALB-217In December I released at 30 minute film of my trip to Walt Disney World from 1980, I bet you didn't know that there were over 200 photos to go along with it. Thanks to the folks at ScanDigital I now have the entire album safely stored in digital format. I sent them the entire album...they went through it page by page, scanned each photo and then re-assembled the album before shipping it back to me along with a DVD of the 600dpi photos.

Inside you'll find photos of the Polynesian Luau, the Magic Kingdom, Big Thunder Mountain and the Whatchamacallit!

There are over 200 photos for me to share with you! But ScanDigital has also given us a special 10% off coupon that can be used at any time:  RETROWDW10 Head to ScanDigital today via this link to use the coupon!

Here is the photo album of my trip:


In October 2014 we released a film entitled 1976 Magic Kingdom Swan Boats and More - It is now nearly June and in those short 8 months we've restored numerous films and through trial and error we've improved our restoration and color correction process. So much in fact that we are now going back through some of our previous restorations and doing them over again.

On the left is a quick comparison, the top is the old version and the bottom represents the remastered version. You'll notice the colors are more true to life. Don't get me wrong, by no means is this now a perfect restoration, but its way better than what we had before. Time consuming? Yes but totally worth it. Enjoy this newly remastered version of the film!

Original Article text follows:

"Sometimes things on eBay pop up that are worth spending a few dollars on. Sometimes you know whats on there, and sometimes you are purely taking a chance. With the help of a friend we were able to secure a few reels of Magic Kingdom footage from 1976. With a total running time of of nearly 5 minutes we are first treated to ride on the Peoplemover - oh how I long for the days of the StarJets!  Next up is about 1.5 minutes of on-board Swan Boats footage. Jungle Cruise is up next (no frogs this time) and then a trip on the train. A fantastic shot of the Tomorrowland Speedway from the train is tucked away at the 4:06 mark.

Technical Details: The color on this film was terrible to start with, and in the end its just OK by my standards. You'll notice that the color in each scene changes, demonstrating a inexpensive camera, poor quality film/developing or a combination of all. Its very difficult to apply a general color fix across all scenes, but we did the best we could. Scene by scene adjustments is not warranted in this case."

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First and foremost, don't get too exited here...this film was a disaster of epic proportions. Normally I wouldn't release something that is this poorly filmed and developed. What prompted me to attempt some bit of restoration and subsequently release it is due to the fact that the film has over 3 minutes of the 20k ride soundtrack. So this film may be best enjoyed with your screen turned off and your imagination taking you into the cramped quarters of the subs so many years ago.

Happy Memorial Day and Enjoy!

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As announced in Episode 7 of the RetroWDW Podcast we have created some original artwork for t-shirts, stickers, pillows, iphone cases and more. Our first two designs are inspired by the Electrical Water Pageant and the World of Motion. Get into the 4th of july spirit with the "It's Fun to be Free" red white and blue tee or have your morning coffee in an Electrical Water Pageant mug...

All sales proceeds will go towards improving the equipment used to record the RetroWDW podcast!

Use coupon code 'RADGRAD' for 20% off your order! Valid May 19th only!


Designs will be only available for a limited time order yours today before they are gone!

Special thanks to How Bowers for these wonderful and unique designs!




Souvenirs from the '80sWelcome to Episode 7 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Receipt Is In The Bag" We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of the previous shows along with our latest.

Introductions - The regular crew is all here, Todd, Brian, How & JT are all present and accounted for. Todd discusses some of his recent trip to Disneyland and how it relates back to the East Coast. He also touches on attractions left to rot away and the cast member experience. We also heard about the lack of DVC salesman...imagine that! No major updates on the World of Motion episodes, but if you'd like to go back and listen please feel free.

Main Topic - This episode is all about souvenirs and more souvenirs. The one thing every Disney fan can't get enough of and seems to never stop collecting. Todd opens up talking up with the infamous Pictoral Souvenirs - A true gem in the retro world showcasing everything the Vacation Kingdom had to offer. We also hear about Todd's favorite guest, the polka dot mystery girl. Your hosts also discuss their favorite souvenirs including a squeaky armed, hard plastic, cotton jumper wearing Mickey, How's impressive LP collection and a few plush from Brian's collection.

Call Ins - This was a new thing for us, we had live on the air call-ins from some of our biggest fans. These listeners called in to discuss their favorite souvenirs and also reminise about some of the classics. Thank you so much to Paula, Keith, and Joe for participating and taking time out of your evening to share your gems! Check out the special collection of souvenir photos from this episode:

Audio Puzzler - Congratulations to our winner, Robert Myers, guessing the ferry between TTC and the Magic Kingdom. He wins the 1993 WDW Calendar!  If you think you know the answer to the audio puzzler this month, email us! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - You can win the amazingly cool Disney transportation and attraction poster.  All correct answers will also be entered into a drawing in December of 2015 for a Paul Hartley reproduction map from!!

necklaceShirt Project - We are going to start to offer some limited edition, RetroWDW exclusive T-Shirts! Exclusive to our listeners and fans and will help us update some of our audio equipment - check out the designs here:

Viewer Mail - This month we have an email from Johnny K, showing us a piece of jewelry from the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village.  This is a great souvenir from the early years of WDW and a true example of classic merch from the village.  Thank you Johnny!  Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Film Restoration - We will be back next month for another great film restoration.  Please take a look at our YouTube Channel for some great films.  

We hope you 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 8 - The team is also in contract negotiations to possibly record some mini episodes from time to time... one should be coming very soon..

Until next time... "Make it a stretch. . .On the other hand, make it a super stretch"


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