Retro Disney World

We have big news over here at Retro Disney World... We've made contact via a wired telephony device with the famous Hoot Gibson. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 5 years you already know that Hoot and his trusty side-kick Chief are the founders of Mesa Verde Times; a blog highlighting the duo's stealthy and sometimes near-death escapades throughout Horizons at EPCOT Center.

Hoot has given us permission to archive and post all of his photos/videos from his accolades and escapades throughout WDW. We've already grabbed Mesa Verde Times, F77 and his current Facebook photo archive. We hope to get Fresh Roasted Corn and we will of course follow Pirates of the Magic Kingdom. We've setup our site to syndicate his feeds here for your reading pleasure.

We've reserved a special area at RDW in our Pictorial Souvenir called Hoot's Loot:
Archive of the entire Mesa Verde Times Blog:
Facebook (updated whenever Hoot posts):

To add to the fun, Hoot will be making some appearances here at RDW: expect some articles, photos, general reminiscing, and retro type banter. Hoots personal connection to the World Famous David Ensign will provide artistry beyond your imagination and bedtime stories for the entire family.

We can officially say, in Love Boat style, Hoot is a Special Guest Star here at! Captain Stubing and Vickie welcome you aboard Hoot, glad to have you here!

There are already clues on our website, but expect a more formal article tomorrow... You'll give a hoot..

Until then, stay frosty my friends.

Once upon a time there was no clutter... People long ago didn't need primary colors to entertain them; in fact drab earthy colors was more than acceptable. In days gone by there were no hanging banners, no tracking systems, and no outlandish souvenir trading. Turnstiles really turned, tickets were printed on paper and marked with real ink or torn by real people. The human element was present everywhere...we were being entertained and the product was the theme park, not us... It was simple and we liked it.

From my personal collection; 1980 and 1986 respectively below... more to come in the near future, a lot of scanning to do.

From Train Station - 1980 EPCOT - England - 1986

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:25

The Rarest Souvenir Roundup - We Need You!

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The souvenirs of today at WDW are usually pretty lame.  We get a rare treat here and there of something cool and unique.  Mostly though, they are just "Disney Parks" items that aren't special or unique.  The resort specific merchandise is slowly making a comeback and sometimes we will see a must have item show up.  eBay is one of the best places to see what used to be offered back in the Retro Era. 

I found a very rare, vintage Mickey Mouse Zippo Lighter on eBay today.  "Musket Mickey" is featured and so is Fort Wilderness.  From what I can gather, this is from the mid 70s.  Incredible find that of course costs a ton of money for an old lighter.  Either way though, it is very cool and very rare.  eBay Link

For some midweek fun, I'd like you the readers to post links, pictures, or whatever else to what you think is a rare souvenir.  We have posted some in the past on the site, but what can you come up with?  Is it something the Main Street Tobacconist used to carry or a vintage belt buckle?  Post your links on the site, put a picture on the Retro Disney Facebook page, or tweet @RetroWDW - If you happen to own one of these great souvenirs let us know, maybe we can get some high quality photos from you for the site.  Thanks for your input and enjoy!

Mickey Fort Wilderness Zippo




Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:55

Wishing MyMagic+ was April Fools...

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We don't often post recent grumblings of recent events at WDW, but we decided to do this because there is so much negativity towards the new MyMagic program at WDW. We of course would be the first to allow us to go back to the Original Magic Ticket....

The article linked below gives you some insight to what is behind MyMagic/Fastpass+ at Disney World...

On a personal level in spring '15 we will visit Disneyland where we can again experience a theme park with out RFID bracelets...

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