Ep 37 - Polynesian Dreams Part II

February 14, 2018

Welcome to Episode 37 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "Polynesian Dreams - Part II" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows including the first part of this podcast: Retro WDW Podcast: Polynesian Dreams - Part I.

Corrections & Listener Mail

Corrections
After some introductions, trip updates and welcomes, we get started with some corrections. 
How offers up a minor correction on his pronunciation of Future Corps and adds a few details to our discussion from last month. 

Listener Mail

  1. Paul wrote in about Backstage Magic at EPCOT Center. This was a show located in Communicore East, near the Energy Exchange. We take you back to this attraction that showcased all of the computers running EPCOT back in the day. This show ran until Innoventions showed up and sounds like one you didn't want to miss.  The movie DARYL had a scene in this location as well, so check that out from 1985.
  2. Brent wrote in, who is the creative director of Super 78 and host of The Season Past Podcast. He wrote us as a fan, letting us know his crew is binge listening to the show. Check them out and thanks for listening Brent!
  3. Kurt Phillips sent us a great group of pics from the Polynesian - amazing folders, stationary ephemera and lots of other neat tidbits. We discuss some of the old services and options at the resorts. Check out our collection and send in your stuff!  We also got a solid set of Contemporary ephemera from Mark Brieve. Big thanks to all our friends out there that let us share these memories with you.

Thank you for all the emails, tweets and comments you have sent our way. We try to respond to almost everything and do our best to pick unique questions for the show. 

For questions, comments and concerns, please write us - podcast@retrowdw.com.

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be the music from World of Motion! Todd gives us lots of the wrong answers(Danny Kaye), which were great guesses by our listeners. The winner is Daniel Smay, winning the 1975 copy of Eyes and Ears. Great job and thanks for the entries.

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will win an EPCOT Center Grand Opening Medal!

All entries due 3/12/2018 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the NEW PRIZE POT!

Prize Pot

We are back with a new Prize Pot for 2018! Once again, we will be putting together tons of gifts & random items for our January - June 2018 Prize Pot. Every guess for our audio rewind each month gets you an entry for the Prize Pot. For the best odds of winning, be sure to take a guess every month, even if you do not know. Best of luck and here is what we have so far:

2018 Prize Pot #1

  • EPCOT Poster Set
  • RetroWDW Logo Embroidered Hat
  • McFarkle Family Christmas Card created by our fan, Reese
  • EPCOT Center Coin / Medallion

Main Topic

Polynesian Dreams Part 2

Once again, How is taking us to the Polynesian! We had such a huge listener turnout for Part I - big thanks to everybody who downloaded and listened. This episode focuses on post construction, memories, resort services entertainment and more.

How starts us off with a minor correction regarding the construction and the opening dates of each area, which is different than we all thought. The design of the resort is discussed along with the feel back then, when compared to the other resorts on property. Atmosphere plays a big part with this back in the 70s. Everything from the entrance walkway to the lobby are described in detail by How. The Vacation Wonderland restored film shows off how the original doors actually worked. Who doesn't remember that lobby smell?

We also go into the sundries shop, barbershop and tons of other amazing features which are no longer present. How has pinpoint accuracy and even some on location scouting to locate these places. You really need to listen to this episode as you are walking around the Polynesian. The mental picture alone though is amazing and How does a great job taking you right back. The fire lighting ceremony was different back then too; learn all about how this has changed over the years. Finally, we get into the church services and how they changed over the years and how they actually worked, up until 2002.

How has done a great job with this series. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have had making it and putting all this together for you. 

Film Restoration

Two Families - 1973 Magic Kingdom Restored Footage

This month we release this 1973, beautifully restored film called "Two Families". The beginning features some amazingly clear and color corrected footage of the tram waiting area and the parking lot tram itself. The orange is so glorious!

The film also includes some amazing shots of 20k Leagues, a monorail ride, The Contemporary Resort, and in park footage. The ending shows off an afternoon parade with extra large Mickey hats. The restoration on this one came out so nice, we hope you really enjoy it.

 

 

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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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Next Month

  • Join us next month as we head back to EPCOT Center and get into Communicore. Let us know if we should talk about East or West...
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Ep 36 - Polynesian Dreams Part I

January 10, 2018

Corrections
Japan Concept ArtBrian mentioned a song last month, from the holiday special. We found out the correct song title and reveal we were about 85% correct regarding 1970s theater. Big thanks for all the messages regarding how odd this special was; we are relieved that we aren't the only ones disturbed by this special.

How uncovered some information regarding the Japan pavilion, thanks to Ted Linhart. How discusses a "Meet The World" attraction and how it was uncovered in a long, lost diagram.

Japan Concept Art
Note the double bridge leading into the large castle in the back of the pavilion - that led into/from the never-built "Meet The World Show"
Japan Concept Art Harper Goff Japan Pavilion Concept Art 01 Harper Goff Japan Pavilion Concept Art 02 Harper Goff Japan Pavilion Concept Art 03 - Meet The World Show Harper Goff Japan Pavilion Concept Art 04 Harper Goff Japan Pavilion Concept Art 05 Japan Pavilion Omnimover Concept Art (Ginza)

Listener Mail

    Brian wrote us to ask about The Future Corps. The history, length of time they were in the parks, etc. We refresh your memory with a little bit of their music and Brian gives us the back story on how and where they played. Brian also asked about the Wave Machine, and how he would love to see a video.  We are still searching....but have some leads. Todd does mention one of our Holy Grails we recently released.
    Gary was up next and asked all about EPCOT Magazine. He felt he was on the show at one point, so we inform him all about this daily digest style show from The Disney Channel. This show ran from 1983 - 1986 and was hosted by Michael Young. Brian gives all the details on this gone, but not forgotten shows. We restored a 16mm film that shows some of the filming, behind the scenes. Check the 3:00 minute mark in this video.

Thank you for all the emails, tweets and comments you have sent our way. We try to respond to almost everything and do our best to pick unique questions for the show.

For questions, comments and concerns, please write us - podcast@retrowdw.com.

Audio Rewind

Wave Machine Wave Surfer (from Eyes and Ears)Our audio rewind this month turned out to be Buzzy, from Cranium Command! The winner is Lauren , winning the Christmas Favorites Album, courtesy of Brian. Great job and thanks for the entries.

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind puzzler, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will get a copy of Eyes & Ears from 1975!

All entries due 2/4/2018 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the NEW PRIZE POT!
Prize Pot

We are back with a new Prize Pot for 2018! Once again, we will be putting together tons of gifts & random items for our January - June 2018 Prize Pot. Every guess for our audio rewind each month gets you an entry for the Prize Pot. For the best odds of winning, be sure to take a guess every month, even if you do not know. Best of luck and here is what we have so far:

2018 Prize Pot #1

    EPCOT Poster Set
    RetroWDW Logo Embroidered Hat
    McFarkle Family Christmas Card created by our fan, Reese

Main Topic
Polynesian Village Resort ConstructionPolynesian Dreams Part I

We are officially in the hands of How Bowers for the next two months, and we couldn't be more excited. The Polynesian episode has been teased, discussed and in the works ever since Episode 1. How has researched, re-researched and compiled so much information, we couldn't cram it all into just one episode. So for part I, we discuss the original concepts and ideas involved with the Polynesian.

How gives us some of the crazy and some of the real ideas that actually came to be. The Polynesian, being a themed resort, was not normal back in this era. Design is discussed, including the idea of grass shacks in Florida and how these were constructed. The infamous Chest of Drawers is brought back to the forefront, but the Polynesian does things a bit differently with US Steel. How also goes into capacities and details planned in the late 60s, which is crazy to think all of this was planned in that era. You really need to listen to this one twice to take in all the details. Check back next month for more info, mascots, food/drink and the changes over the years. We also have some special guests lined up....
Polynesian Village Gallery

Polynesian Resort
Postcard featuring concept artwork for the Polynesian Resort
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Links Mentioned:

    Michael Crawford's ProgressCityUSA.com - See more of the 1968 WDW Concept model
    Royal Kona Resort on Kailua Bay, Hawaii

Film Restoration
Ford Photo Shoot and Eastern Winds

We have a real gem for you this month! A silent, 8mm was put into our collection with some really rare and unusual things, including a holy grail! The film starts off with some sort of behind the scenes footage of a 1974 Ford Station Wagon photo shoot. You see the various models lined up with Disney characters inside and around the cars, while the photographer does his thing. This was showcased in some various magazine print ads in the 1970s.

The next section of this restored film is some various Magic Kingdom shots. Most importantly though, we see the famous and probably never before seen on film, The Eastern Winds. The boat rolls by the Magic Kingdom docking area and is in full, beautiful color. You really need to check this one out.

This also would be a great time to go back, and watch another one of our restored films from 1973, all about the Polynesian Resort. Enjoy!
RetroWDW Merchandise

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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!

Tweet at us, send us a Facebook post or message, tag us on Instagram or send us your thoughts..We hope you have enjoyed this episode! If you have any questions, suggestions or find errors please email us podcast@retrodisneyworld.com.

Next Month

    Join us next month as we continue this two part series, all about the Polynesian Resort. How has even more for Part II, so be sure to follow along for the next episode!

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Ep 35 - Christmas Around the World Part II

December 11, 2017

Welcome to Episode 35 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Christmas Around The World - Part II" - 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 & Listener Mail

As always, we start off with corrections and listener mail. This month we had some really fun notes, letters, cards and messages. We start off the show with some amazingly comical stories from Dreamflight. In 1991, listener Brian had a fellow rider exit the ride too quickly, claiming the ride was on fire! What a story!

We also got some information about the Grand Central Air Terminal, which is actually the bus depot from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. If you look below at a screen grab from the movie, and an old postcard, you can see exactly what we're talking about. Thanks for the note Kevin and everybody else that sent us facts about this space.

How also brings up a conversation he had with Tony Baxter regarding 20,000 Leagues and if the reference to Mr. Baxter is referring to him. The answer might or might not surprise you.....

Brian has a correction from two years ago, Christmas related. The small railroad in Germany has a different origin than we originally thought. This is not a Christmas attraction!

Reese wrote in asking about the colors on the sides of Universe of Energy. She is wondering why these changed and if there was some specific reasons on the color choices. Brian and How help us out and give us some backstory on the colors.

Rob wrote in about the hot air balloon and powered glider show, asking how long it was in production and if it was related to the electrical water pageant. How chimes in on how this was an opening day special and gives us some other facts.

Finally, we hear from Wayne regarding a Nestle chocolate chip cookie tin, with special magnets. Well Wayne took it upon himself to do a hard target search and we can't wait for you to hear how he found his magnet...

Thank you for all the emails, tweets and comments you have sent our way. We try to respond to almost everything and do our best to pick unique questions for the show. 

For questions, comments and concerns, please write us - podcast@retrowdw.com.

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be SpectroMagic, the piano version! The winner is Brandom Fitzgerald, winning the 1autographed picture of Corinne, from Horizons! Great job and thanks for the entries.

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind puzzler, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will get a Disney Christmas Vinyl LP Record, Disney's Christmas All-Time Favorites from 1981.

All entries due 1/8/2018 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the NEW PRIZE POT! The new prize pot already has one item, which are some EPCOT Posters. Best of luck to our 2018 Part 1 Prize Pot contestants! 

Prize Pot

The time has come to give away our Fall/Winter 2017 Prize Pot!  JT heads to the basement to fire up the old computer again, but runs into some technical problems... Our lucky winner is........ John Marado!

Here is what John will receive:

  • Life Magazine - 1971 (Courtesy of David)
  • Look Magazine - 1971 (Courtesy of David)
  • WDW Easter Egg Hunt Invitation - 1986
  • 1991 Magic Kingdom & MGM Theme Park guidebooks (Color Coded)
  • Vintage Epcot Center World Showcase postcards
  • EPCOT Cooler Bag from D23
  • RetroWDW Embroidered Hat - 1 of 5 made!

 

Main Topic

Christmas Around The World & The 1978 Christmas at WDW Special

Brian takes the lead this month for another amazing round of Christmas Around the World. Part 1 took place way back in 2015 on Episode 14, if you would like to listen back, click here. We discuss the 1978 special in detail this month, which offers up an amazing look at lots of our favorite vintage things at WDW.  We highly recommend you take a look either before or after you listen to this episode.  We go into such great detail about everything from Shields & Yarnell, Pablo Cruise, the amazingly interesting Gepetto scene and of course lots and lots of 70s stars. 
https://youtu.be/iswtfFAobiA

 

There are tons of hidden gems and weirdness throughout. Brian takes us back to our 2015 episode for a quick recap before hitting on some new Christmas details that appear throughout WDW. One of the most interesting items we discuss is the tree from The Contemporary that was suspended from the ceiling! Brian also discusses some very odd mannequins from The Grand Floridian lobby. Take a look at the images below, but be warned, you cannot un-see these! This episode has lots of great details to get you into the Disney World holiday spirit! Enjoy!

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Ep 34.5 - You Can Find me on Main Street

November 21, 2017

This is one of our periodic mini-episodes featuring an interview with a supporter of the show who has an interesting story to tell to our listeners.  Tammy Tuckey is an actress, singer, writer, director and Emmy Award winning filmmaker who has hosted her own podcast since she was 14 years old.  Her “Tiara Talk Show” can be found on YouTube and iTunes and features occasional interviews with men and women behind some of our favorite Walt Disney World shows and attractions.

We talk to Tammy about her show and her many fascinating interviews with Disney legends, imagineers, actors and Cast Members current and former.  Tammy was responsible for connecting us with Corine Cook Gulli, the redhead from Horizons who attended our EPCOT35 event.

The primary reason for our chat with Tammy was to talk about her latest project: putting her vocal talents to good use recording an album of Disney songs including a duet with Ali Olmo, the voice behind the song “Two Brothers” in EPCOT’s “American Adventure” attraction.  We go over ways you can help make Tammy’s album a success.

Finally we spend a few minutes talking about the fascinating arcade game business Tammy’s family owns and operates in the Delaware Valley and discuss some of our favorite classic arcade games. http://www.tntamusements.com

This is a really fun chat. 

Check out Tammy’s website TammyTuckey.com and her fascinating show at  http://thetiaratalkshow.com

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Ep 34 - Dreamflight

November 12, 2017

Welcome to Episode 34 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Dreamflight" - 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 & Listener Mail

We start off with some great feedback from "Retro Food", or last full episode. Chris wrote in with some kind words and we appreciate all the menus coming in. Please send those our way if you have any. Carla brings up the drink, Pink Leilani, which we discuss and even get How to think about making it a legit adult beverage.

Next up, Bill wrote in about the Pepsi/Coke connection to the Magic Kingdom. He gave us some insight, which is unique being a former PepsiCo employee.  Bill also brings up hollowing out rolls for the infamous Handwich.

We got a huge email from Mike in Minnesota, a few months back, where Mike sent us photos and video of the Fort Wilderness roundhouse and also DC6. Brian explains how we let these slip up and we almost forgot about them! Mike rode his bike around FW, looking for the roundhouse and he found it! The tracks are still there, inside the building. DC6 is still there and used for warehouse purposes. The videos will be coming soon and Brian has tweeted out some photos. A full story will be coming soon with this info.

Universe of Energy

Jeff in Philly sent us a quick email about the Mickey & Goofy comic from Universe of Energy. We discuss where they were handed out and also how it focused on fossil fuels. The comic is on hand to take us back to the Universe of Energy. 

Thank you for all the emails, tweets and comments you have sent our way. We try to respond to almost everything and do our best to pick unique questions for the show. 
For questions, comments and concerns, please write us - podcast@retrowdw.com.

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be The Tiki Room song! The winner is Johnathan Cooper, winning the 1983 Disney News Magazine. Great job and thanks for the entries.

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind puzzler, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will get some #Epcot35 items - an autographed photo of Corinne and an event wrist band!

All entries due 11/20/2017 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the Fall/Winter Prize Pot, being picked in December.

Prize Pot

This year, we are going to do a new and exciting prize giveaway. The RetroWDW Podcast will have two prize pots this year; one summer, one winter.

We have moved onto Prize Pot #2! All prizes added to the pot will be given to one lucky winner this December.  Here is what we have so far:

  • Life Magazine - 1971 (Courtesy of David)
  • Look Magazine - 1971 (Courtesy of David)
  • WDW Easter Egg Hunt Invitation - 1986
  • 1991 Magic Kingdom & MGM Theme Park guidebooks (Color Coded)
  • Vintage Epcot Center World Showcase postcards
 All entries for the audio rewind go to winning the next prize pot.  Email us to enter: podcast@retrowdw.com

 

Main Topic

Notes on a Time That Was Not Happy

Dreamflight

We take you back this month to Dreamflight! This attraction is one of the few that has the original layout, still to this day. The airline connection to WDW always seemed to be present back in our era, including giveaways, posters, and discounts. How has all the history for us on this one with George McGinnis and how he worked on lots of various attractions.

This episode paints an amazing picture of this attraction, where if you have never ridden it, you really get a sense to how it felt and looked. Delta had a major role in this attraction and we get into some old Delta airport decor, as part of the attraction has an airport built right in. If you have never heard about this aspect, you have to hear this!

The Barnstormer section is discussed in depth with Disney Imagineer Eric Vergarmi.  We get his insight throughout the episode, which is amazing to hear. He discusses creating the various show pieces, construction and even some things that we wish we could go look at now. Eric has tons of inside info that you won't want to miss.

We wrap up this episode with some commentary on some of our latest films.  Please take a look at these, as they are absolutely amazing! 

Next Month

  • Join us next month as we discuss more Christmas! Brian leads us on an adventure through the resorts and various Christmas things from WDW, that is a fan favorite. We alo. have another Art & Linda film release!
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Ep 33.35 - Looking Back at Tomorrow - EPCOT35

October 9, 2017

Welcome to Episode 33.35 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Looking Back at Tomorrow" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows. This episode is unique in that we are recapping the entire Epcot35 weekend; from our event to the D23 events we attended. Join us as we take you back to the 35th anniversary of EPCOT Center, 2017.

Main Topic

Looking Back At Tomorrow

Photo-Sep-30-5-47-48-PM-e1507601384953-3So looking back, at Looking Back At Tomorrow, it almost seems like a blur. We had a major event planned that has taken months of planning, and it has come and gone. The time, energy and effort that went into making this entire night a success took many people and tons of phone calls. As you listen back to our previous episodes, you can see our various teasers and hints we would randomly drop.

Well on Saturday, September 30th, it all came together. We had some last minute additions, some fancy character visits and a cake that now has more photos than the original from EPCOT Center 20 years ago.

See our event opening film here.

In the episode, we recap some of our impressions and how we thought the night went overall. We also discuss the super rare character greeting, our pretzel situation and also take you behind the scenes on the now infamous EPCOT Center Fountain gift.

Looking Back At Tomorrow guests were lucky enough to not only meet Tom Nabbe, but as a day of surprise, Bob Gurr joined the party. We really enjoyed hosting everyone in the Living Seas Salon and hope you had a time to remember. As we close out this part of the show, we welcome you to upload your photos, videos and anything else from the event. Attendees will also be sent a survey soon, to help us plan our next big thing....

See our site for How's drink recipies!

D23 Events

In addition to our event, D23 hosted some pretty amazing fan events for EPCOT35. Brian, Todd & How were able to attend the daytime event in World Showcase. They discuss some highlights and answered questions during this recap episode.

After the morning, we hosted our walking tour with some fans of the show. This was a very relaxed and fun trip down memory lane where we all seemed to learn something. How, Brian, Todd and JT all were there to guide you around Future World and show off some different things that are still hanging around or only exist and remnants.

We all had the opportunity to attend the evening D23 event which featured three corporate lounges, food from all over EPCOT and an amazingly awesome surprise to end the night. We give you all the details on this amazingly special event which ended our EPCOT35 weekend.

Support RetroWDW

Since our event, we have had so many people asking how they can get their very own EPCOT Center Fountain model. This was a limited run, but we anticipated some people being interested in purchasing an extra after the event, or even somebody who could not attend wanting one.

In this episode, we explain our latest initiative to support RetroWDW, which can include your very own fountain model. This support goes to our episodes, website and future events. We genuinely thank you for listening, supporting us and also attending our events over the years.

This is a super fun side hobby that we all enjoy and wouldn't be able to accomplish anything without your continued listening and support.  Thank you again to everybody who listens, visits the site and also attends our events. For information on supporting - CLICK HERE

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Ep 33 - Retro Food

September 11, 2017

We start off on the Seven Seas Lagoon & Bay Lake, taking you to each resort and discussing what has come and gone over the years. The offerings at time are very interesting and unique, while some are still the same to this day. Everybody brings out their old menus for this episode, refreshing your memories.The episode is really a must listen, mainly because it focuses on lots of great places and cuisine items you may have never heard of. We continue to the theme parks, which almost need their own episodes just to discuss the varying items. We hit on many random things and have a somewhat order, but like any discussion, we go off randomly reflecting on some memories. Hope you enjoy and let us know if you have any retro menus to share!"]

Welcome to Episode 33 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Retro Food" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Todd kicks us off with the infamous Universe of Energy dog food pump for the lava. ProgressCity USA had some information on this, which we discuss. 

The Universe of Energy, which we found had always been planned for the actual spot it ended up. Well...We found and heard from some listeners that this isn't entirely true. Brian also discusses some initial problems with the big turntable for the ride vehicles. This story is so crazy and absolutely amazing it happened this way.

We also go over the audio poll from last month, Graces vs. Braces - Well we have the results and here is the final tally.
Faces - 1 vote
Graces - 8 votes
Braces - 14 votes

Mike wrote in and asked about our Tom Nabbe episode, regarding the monorail power systems. We clear up what we think Tom meant and how this was slightly confusing. Reese also wrote in, asking about the voice of 'Buzzy' and how it seemed to be two different people in the attraction compared to the pre-show. We all chime in on this to give our opinion.

Thank you for all the emails, tweets and comments you have sent our way. We try to respond to almost everything and do our best to pick unique questions for the show. 

For questions, comments and concerns, please write us - podcast@retrowdw.com.

Audio Rewind

World Of MotionOur audio rewind this month turned out to be The World of Motion, It's Fun To Be Free! The winner is Laura H, winning some RetroWDW pins and a 1986 photo envelope. Great job and thanks for the entries.

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind puzzler, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will get a 1983 Disney News Magazine, all about food in WDW! Perfect to accompany this months episode.

All entries due 10/2/2017 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the Fall/Winter Prize Pot, being picked in December.

Prize Pot

This year, we are going to do a new and exciting prize giveaway. The RetroWDW Podcast will have two prize pots this year; one summer, one winter.

We have moved onto Prize Pot #2! All prizes added to the pot will be given to one lucky winner this December.  Here is what we have so far:

  • Life Magazine - 1971 (Courtesy of David)
  • Look Magazine - 1971 (Courtesy of David)
  • WDW Easter Egg Hunt Invitation - 1986
 

All entries for the audio rewind go to winning the next prize pot.  Email us to enter: podcast@retrowdw.com

Main Topic

Retro Food

This month, we travel all over the vacation kingdom, looking at vintage restaurants and menus. We start off on the Seven Seas Lagoon & Bay Lake, taking you to each resort and discussing what has come and gone over the years. The offerings at time are very interesting and unique, while some are still the same to this day. Everybody brings out their old menus for this episode, refreshing your memories.

The episode is really a must listen, mainly because it focuses on lots of great places and cuisine items you may have never heard of. We continue to the theme parks, which almost need their own episodes just to discuss the varying items. We hit on many random things and have a somewhat order, but like any discussion, we go off randomly reflecting on some memories. Hope you enjoy and let us know if you have any retro menus to share!

 

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Ep 32.5 - Mike McKee of Delta Rae talks Retro Disney with us

August 28, 2017

Delta Rae drummer Mike McKee sat down with Brian and Todd the other night to discuss a bit about the band, retro Disney, and the much missed SpectroMagic parade; find out why his mom uses the chords in the theme song to teach music to her students!

Delta Rae is a country rock band that will be performing at EPCOT Center on August 31 and September 1 2017 at the American Gardens Theater (In front of the American Adventure attraction in World Showcase). If you'll be in town for the shows stop by and give them a big cheer! Delta Rae will also be performing in Clearwater FL on September 3rd. Full tour schedule can be found at www.deltarae.com 

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Ep 32 - Riding on Sunshine - Universe of Energy

August 14, 2017

Welcome to Episode 32 of the Retro Disney World Podcast: "Riding on Sunshine" - 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 & Listener Mail

Lots of great feedback from our Mission to Mars episode. We discuss the subtle throwbacks that exist now in the parks and also answer some questions about the liftoff videos not being coastal exclusive. We also touch base on the placements of the different presidents in The Hall of Presidents. How discusses an original LP which has a layout built into the jacket.

Thank you for all the emails, tweets and comments you have sent our way. We try to respond to almost everything and do our best to pick unique questions for the show. For questions, comments and concerns, please write us - podcast@retrowdw.com.

Audio Rewind

Universe of EnergyOur audio rewind this month turned out to be The Universe of Energy! The winner is Jessica , winning some vintage WDW postcards!

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind puzzler, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will get a set of RetroWDW Pins and a WDW photo envelope.

Prize Pot

This year, we are going to do a new and exciting prize giveaway. The RetroWDW Podcast will have two prize pots this year; one summer, one winter.
We have moved onto Prize Pot #2! All prizes added to the pot will be given to one lucky winner this December.  Here is what we have so far:

  • Life Magazine - 1971 (Courtesy of David)
  • Look Magazine - 1971 (Courtesy of David)
     

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Main Topic

Universe of Energy

DAUj1BZXcAQcEMnA very timely main topic this month for our listeners. With the closing of The Universe of Energy this month, we felt it was time to take you back to the original attraction from EPCOT Center. We dive right into the opening concepts, how everything works and of course each show scene. The sheer size of this attraction and all the details will amaze you as ride along in the original attraction.

We do hit on some comparisons to the current and now closed version with Ellen and Bill Nye, but this episode focuses mainly on the original show that ran from 1982-1996. If you never had the chance to enjoy the original, this will take you right back to the 80s and 90s with firsthand accounts and experiences.  Learn about the film direction, editing process and even how the animatronics area has changed over the years.  This truly is a classic that signifies the original magic of EPCOT.  We think you're really going to enjoy this journey back in time to The Universe of Energy.

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Listener Memories

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Next Month

  • Join us next month when we explore some Retro Food. Vintage menu offerings, impressions and also extinct meals. If you have any 70s, 80s and early 90s menus, please send them our way in an email or tweet.
  • We will continue to share our plans for Epcot35 as we finalize details! Follow us everywhere for information!
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Ep 31.35 - RetroWDW EPCOT35 Event Details and Ticket Information

July 20, 2017

Join Todd and Brian for a quick episode where we discuss the details of our upcoming event at EPCOT Center on September 30th, 2017!

In November 2016 the RetroWDW podcast held a special event at WDW, specifically our Lake and Lagoon Tour was centered around DestinationD. We had limited spots and always wanted to do something that more of our listeners could attend. In conjunction with the official EPCOT35 events we decided to begin the research to plan our own event to coincide with the anniversary. We're now ready to tell you what you can expect on this very special evening and how to get tickets!

Full information on the event as well as Tickets (on sale Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1pm EST) can be found at retrowdw.com/epcot35

We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each episode and we hope to see this September!

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