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We grabbed this film off of eBay - most of the time we have no idea what we are getting. There are a few gems in this one!
This film is from 1971 and by the looks of it, we feel this is very close to opening day. We open with a very rare shot of the original trams and a very odd looking vehicle. The trams take us right from the parking lot to the Magic Kingdom - now thats service! Standard Jungle cruise footage - notice how clean the water is and how little vegitation

Amazing pan of the Aventureland Bazzare taking us right to the Tiki Birds. Rivers of America and then over to Fantasyland! We board the skyway in Tomorrowland and watch the roofless teacups go by as we glance down on Fantasyland. We settle back into Fantasyland and meet some of the Aristocats.

 

 

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We continue with our series of EPCOT Center B-Roll footage from a 1987 3/4" videotape issued by Disney to media outlets for their use.

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series

China

Ni how and welcome to China.

Chine footage opens showing the building that houses the landmark Circlevision 360 film "Wonders of China" that played in the park from 1982 through March 2003. After showing guests entering and exiting the building and some of the statues on the building facade we are shown some clips from the film. Disney was the first to ever film inside the walls of the Forbidden City after the Communist takeover of China in 1950.

The creation of a hand painted fan is among the artwork being created on site. Sidewalk entertainment featuring a dragon yields to diners inside Nine Dragons restaurant being stalked by a dancer outside the window. Chip n Dale in their Chinese outfits sign autographs and pose for kids before a wide shot of the pavilion shot from World Showcase Lagoon closes out our visit.

Mexico

Hola! Por favor, alejado de las im genes B-roll.

The pavilion's pyramid (which is NOT suitable for climbing) opens our visit to our neighbors to the south. Some of the wares sold in the pavilion are showcased before we board El Rio del Tiempo for a leisurely cruise through Mexico. All that travel works up an appetite that the San Angel Inn is happy to satiate as diners enjoy delicious looking food.

An old man shops for a hat from the roadside stand while Mexican adorned Pluto makes time with his women. A wide shot of the pavilion from World Showcase Lagoon finishes our visit to Mexico and concludes our series of B-Roll 1987 World Showcase visits to EPCOT Center.

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Kitchen KabaretWelcome to Episode 15 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit" - 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 & Comments - One small correction, we learned how to pronounce Captain Saltyhinder, apparently we did it wrong. John Hench had an idea, which we learn all about from How. For our regular listeners, we start a new show order for 2016, hope you enjoy!

Listener Mail - A friend of the show, Mathius, sent us some interesting information on Howard Keel. We find out about his Disney connection. Keep the emails, tweets and pictures coming! Please contact us - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Audio Rewind - Congratulations to our winner, April, she guessed the Ham & Eggs portion of the show from Kitchen Kabaret. April will get a Main Street USA poster drawn by our friend, Chris Buchholz. 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 collectible D23 pennants from 2012 & 2014. Send your guesses by February 15, 2016 - All correct answers will also be entered into the drawing for our next BIG PRIZE, which is a huge prize pack slowly built over the course of 2016. The Prize Pot is building.....

Kitchen Kabaret

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, and this month we added a World of Motion guidebook. The pot will continue to grow each month with new and exciting prizes!

Main Topic - This month we discuss the amazing Epcot Center attraction, Kitchen Kabaret. How takes you through the entire history of the show, describing each part in detail. Some amazing sound clips are included throughout the commentary, taking you back to The Land Pavillion, how it used to be. This take on the food groups in amazing animatronic goodness was a classic that is no more. Hope you enjoy going back with us.

Film Review - As a group, we sit back and watch The Magic Kingdom Club film from 1980. This was filmed on 16mm, but we did find some of the older footage was filmed in a different format. Set up your VCR Plus and follow along with us as we jump around enjoying the film. How notices a super rare shot of some people in a bar, right around the 9:01 mark. Do you know what this is?

RetroWDW Merchandise - We thank you for your purchases and we'd like to let you know about some of our newest items, which include merchandise from Roy's Cabin. These are RetroWDW original works of art, done by How. Super neat stuff that is only available for a limited time. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: 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!

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This film is one of the rare 16mm reels we restored with the help of generous supporters. Entitled "Magic Kingdom Club - 1980 Update" this film is a rare glimpse at the benefits and reach of the MKC in its heyday. The MKC was designed in 1957 to promote Disneyland ad offer discounts to its members. Originally given out to employees of industry leading companies, it was expanded to include Walt Disney World in 1971 and eventually the MKC became less of an exclusive club as you could essentially pay your way in (or be a shareholder by just buying 1 share of Disney stock!) The club included discounts on tickets, vacation packages,the Disney Stores and many other travel related companies. At one point there were over 6 million members! There were numerous packages and paperwork sent each year to its members until it met its demise in 2000.

 
At 1:10 you get a great glimpse of what the entrance to the Magic Kingdom looked like when the ticket booths were there and there was no security checkpoint.  The brand new Big Thunder Mountain Railroad makes an appearance just after this shot. Disneyland's 25th Anniversary gets some love as well. Some terrific Disneyland footage is set to a jammin' 1980 soundtrack featuring "It Can Only Happen At Disneyland". So much 1970's era goodness in these Disneyland shots of both on-ride footage and various families making their way through the Happiest Place on Earth.
 
The film then shifts to Florida's Vacation Kingdom. Minnie gingerly makes her way down the steps of the castle with Mickey as "The Magic of Walt Disney World" plays over a montage of shots that make me wish I could build a time machine. We see it all as it was in 1980: An uncrowded Main St. USA, happy faces, water skiing on Seven Seas Lagoon, Tomorrowland Stage, Swan Boats (swoon), Skyway, olde tymey popcorn carts, Pirates of the Carribbean sans Johnny Depp, the superior Winnie The Pooh with the hunny pot and bee on his head. A final enticement has waving children in an incredible shot riding in the front monorail car.
 
Treehouse footage I've never seen before precedes some terrific views of Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World Shopping Village. A ride through Fort Wilderness gives us a look at the passing Fort Wilderness Railroad!  Of course we are taunted with some River Country fun.  Even Cypress Gardens is promoted. They promote "World Showcase" escorted tours internationally available to MKC members.  16mm film rentals for members are promoted as well!
 
This is a delightful look at how Disney promoted it's first vacation club before it involved timeshares.

 

 

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We continue with our series of EPCOT Center B-Roll footage from a 1987 3/4" videotape issued by Disney to media outlets for their use.

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series

Japan

Continuing our journey around EPCOT Center as depicted in B-roll footage shot in the mid 80’s, we stop at Japan.

Serene garden footage opens this pavilion as a series of shots show each building in the complex. A pan back from Spaceship Earth through the Friendship Arch sets the view from Japan in World Showcase. A stop in the Mitsukoshi Department Store reveals a very different environment than today’s often frenetic energy found inside the store. Japan’s oldest department store has been a presence in EPCOT since the pavilion opened. This footage shows the early experience was more high end and quieter, focused on works of art and collectibles.

An origami artist entertains guests on the promenade before our hungry visitors step inside the hibachi restaurant, Tokyo Dining. A panorama via boat in World Showcase Lagoon gives a final look at this pavilion whose experiences chronicled here show how little has actually changed since opening day.  A few minor additions (including the sushi restaurant) but a very good glimpse at an unspoiled corner of EPCOT Center.

The American Adventure

Visiting our host country at the center of World Showcase, the footage opens with some unnervingly fast zooms on the pavilion from across the lagoon. You can see what it looked like before the America Garden’s theater of today was built on the shores of the lagoon in front of the pavilion. The Voices of Liberty make an appearance performing America The Beautiful before we take an escalator ride up to the theater to see The American Adventure show which, despite a few minor changes in dialogue and the exit film has run pretty much untarnished since it’s 1982 opening. 

Colonial Mickey greets guests in front of the pavilion  We even make a stop for a bite to eat in the Liberty Inn (note the little kid’s Figment hat in the background!). Our visit closes out with pavilion panorama showing the names of both sponsors: American Express and Coca-Cola  This was the first example of two separate companies sponsoring one attraction. (Pepsi owned Frito Lay when they both sponsored the Country Bear Jamboree a decade earlier).

This is the only b-roll that does not end with a panorama shot from the water because so much of the American Adventure is obscured from the waterline.

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Concourse Christmas TreeWelcome to Episode 14 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Christmas Around the World" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. This marks one year of podcasts, so thanks for sticking with us and supporting this fun endeavour. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Corrections & Comments - How discusses the infamous WDW Globes that now go for big bucks on eBay. We learn about their original cost and also how they were sold at the resort gift shops. Some clever listeners sent us audio samples from the Country Bears, as they refer to their original sponsors during the show. This very cool revelation is also joined by Todd letting us know that Bisontennial Ben is still around. 

Main Topic - The long awaited Christmas Episode is finally here. Brian takes the wheel to steer us into a great holiday episode featuring stores about the original Candlelight Processional, celebrity guests, amazing retro audio samples and tons more. Brian tells us about the Main Street garland and of course the history of the various holiday parades. This topic is loaded with content that will really spark some Christmas memories from Walt Disney World. Be sure to let us know if you remember any of these special events or have a memory we might have missed.

Audio Rewind - Congratulations to our winner, Preston W., he guessed the Pirates of the Caribbean digging scene in the queue. Preston will get the autographed copy of The Progress City Primer. 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 Main Street USA poster, styled like the ride vehicle poster. Send Christmas Showyour guesses by January 11, 2016 - All correct answers will also be entered into the drawing for our next BIG PRIZE, which is a huge prize pack slowly built over the course of 2016. The Prize Pot is building.....

We finally get to pick our winner for the reproduction Paul Hartley map, from WDWMap.com - David Lambie. Thanks to all of our entries!

RetroWDW Merchandise - We thank you for your purchases and we'd like to let you know about some of our newest items, which includes a top secret Captain EO tribute design. These are RetroWDW original works of art, done by How. Super neat stuff that is only available for a limited time. Be sure to get your shirt, iPhone case, tote bag, pillow or coffee mug today: www.retrodisneyworld.com/supportus

Pirates of the Carribean '75Listener Mail - We appreciate all your kind notes, emails and social media connections. This month we hit on the burning smell in Pirates of the Caribbean. Does it exist or is our listener remembering incorrectly? This same note mentions seeing Walt discussing the contemporary in an early film. None of us have heard of this, although we do discuss Walt's very own chest of drawers. Todd gets to address the filming isues in The Magic of Walt Disney World, and how they rehased old footage that used different film sizes. Finally, we discuss some info about the WDW Waterski Show. Keep the emails, tweets and pictures coming! Please contact us - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. Our good friend Glenn Simpson gave us a call, among many others, sharing their holiday greetings and also some seasonal stories. Keep the calls coming!

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