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We've had this film completed and uploaded for a number of months now, but other projects forced us to back burner this release for a little bit. We're between podcast episodes so this is now a good as time as any to let the world in on this little gem.

Our 1978 visit to the Magic Kingdom starts wwith footage in Adventureland of JP & The Silver Stars, the steel drum band in permanent residency for many years in this location. A brief parade shot of Pluto and Goofy (and a cupcake) yields to a flood of people exiting the riverboat and some character greetings (notice the costume improvements today over the visible headpiece on Chip n Dale).

Racing along the Tomorrowland Speedway we see some of the old posters for famous raceways that used to line the starting point. A more genteel ride follows on the WEDWay Peoplemover. Peoplemover fans are in for a treat as our cameraman took extensive footage of his ride along the futuristic transport. Our subjects exit Tomorrowland alongside the spires (I can’t tell if the water jets were running or not) before taking in the afternoon parade where Mickey is wearing his 50th birthday hat (Pooh and some other characters have birthday hats on too).  For some reason Alice and Mr. Smee have pom-poms. This film was an eBay find for us from an estate collection.


Title screens were the purview of real film enthusiasts and our cinematographer sets the stage by showing us the Winter/Spring 1974 WDW guide map. This is really unique because it chronicles all facets of the arrival and entrance to Walt Disney World property and the Magic Kingdom.

On the open road headed to the Disney World exit and then approaching the parking plaza. Our driver is seen paying his fee and collecting his guide for his Walt Disney World adventure.

The orange parking trams (the ones that actually worked and didn't overheat) squire our guests to the Transportation & Ticket Center. This journey is familiar to many of you but the surroundings all look different. I love that on the tram ride you can see another member of this party setting up and taking his own movie footage.

Monorail Gold glides in to carry us to the Magic Kingdom, past the garden of topiaries that used to camp out on the lawn that is now the Magic Kingdom's bus loop station.

The hub, Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, Jungle Cruise (with one of it's old entrances) are visited before we see the area outside of Pirates of the Caribbean and then the start of a lengthy daytime parade featuring some characters that are rare or unheard of today, especially Herbie the Love Bug with eyes who opens his mouth. Thankfully this Herbie has been permanently retired (we hope).

After the parade we view the Richard F. Irvine and some canoes carrying passengers along the Rivers of America before boarding the Skyway for a twilight ride as the sun sets on a fun filled 1974 day in Walt Disney World.

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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


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.


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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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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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 12:03

EPCOT Center B-Roll Video - Future World 1 of 3

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

EPCOT Center B-Roll Restoration Series

Future World

  • Part 1 - (This Article), General EPCOT Center, Spaceship Earth and Innoventions
  • Part 2 - Coming Soon
  • Part 3 - Coming Soon

World Showcase


A few months back we took you on a tour of World Showcase using B-Roll footage shot by Disney for use by news agencies and for promotional purposes. Today we return to that videotape moving in to Future World.

We begin with aerial shots of circa 1987-era EPCOT Center. We glide over the whole park, then over Spaceship Earth and the Energy Pavilion and then a panorama of World Showcase follows focusing on the American Adventure, our host nation, initially. The experience of arriving at EPCOT is captured from the parking plaza to the parking lots to the trams (in groovy glorious EPCOT 80s earth tones) and the turnstiles.  We even get the monorail experience offering a seldom captured view of the Lucite fountain from above.

Our favorite Future World rainbow spacesuit-clad characters are featured next with Donald and Chip N Dale appearing. We then move briefly to World Showcase Lagoon for a view of the nighttime show Laserphonic Fantasy.

Now on to Spaceship Earth!  You really do get a sense of the majesty the park entrance had before they replaced the flower beds and fountain with the ugly stone memorials there now. We even get a bonus view from the top of Spaceship Earth looking down on the park. In Spaceship Earth we see the caveman scene before some of the drawings were animated on the back wall (and it was more brightly lit).  The Renaissance and Greek Scholar scenes are also featured before we head outside for more day and nighttime Fountain of Nations displays.

We are then move to Innoventions. Notice how crowded and lively it seemed back then. Very different from the ghost town feel it has in some areas now. While the technology on display seems rudimentary to us now it was cutting edge stuff back then – stuff you often couldn’t see anywhere else.

The video ends with a glimpse of the (still functioning) lighted floor tiles and some exterior shots by the Electric Umbrella.


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