Retro Disney World Podcast
Ep 52 - Twenty Questions

Ep 52 - Twenty Questions

September 18, 2019

Welcome to Episode 52 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "Twenty Questions" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows and also look into Twin Pines Chalet!

Corrections / Notes

  1. Our first set of corrections/notes comes from an anonymous source - after they listened to some of our previous episodes they had a few notes:

    1. From Episode #2 Amongst the Plexiglass Trees – The Contemporary - the third floor of the Contemporary Resort actually houses the restrooms for Chef Mickey's and is accessed from the fourth floor. How explains the details.
    2. In our episode #39 – Preview Center and Hotel Plaza Boulevard - We forgot to mention that the Reedy Creek Improvement was housed in the preview center before they got their own building.
    3. We we were talking about touchscreens in our Communicore episodes (#38 – Communicore East#42 – Communicore WestHow gives us more info on where in WDW that specific early touchscreen technology is still in use today!
  2. Ryan R. writes in about how the Horizons Choose Your Own Ending videos were used in the exit of Tokyo DIsneyland's Star Tours as other destinations you could "visit" on Star Tours! Watch the Video here.
  3. Alex Lewis writes in to tell us about an homage to Horizons in the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Listener Mail

The mail bag is full and we love that! Every month, you can possibly get on the show, so be sure to write us at podcast@retrowdw.com.

  1. Mr. Williams asked if we could produce a second episode on WDW radio loops. JT & Todd give us details on when/if that will be coming up in the near future. We plan to review our stockpile and release a mini-episode soon.
  2. Michelle B. talks about staying at the Golf Resort back in 1976 when her dad was playing in a Walter Hagen Golf Championship. The guys talk about the Golf Resort pool and how similar it was to the fountains found in malls across America in the 1970s.  Thanks for sharing this memory Michelle!

 

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RetroMagic 2019

Are you ready for our big event celebrating our 5th anniversary? No, well what are you waiting for? Head over to RetroMagic.net and grab your tickets before they're all gone.

The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society cordially invites you to our 5th Anniversary Celebration:

Tickets

Tickets are now on sale at this link: Buy tickets for RetroMagic

Event Details

  • RetroMagic Celebration and Luncheon (Sunday October 13th) - 10a-5p, Contemporary Resort - Join us in the historic Ballroom of the Americas at the Contemporary resort for a day filled with stories and never before seen photos and artifacts from Disney legends, Cast Members, music and more!
  • EPCOT Forever VIP Reception and Viewing* (Saturday October 12th) SOLD OUT- Approx 8:30p-10:30p - Enjoy a beverage and selection of snacks on the shore of the World Showcase Lagoon for a once in a lifetime chance to watch the new nighttime show alongside all of our RetroMagic VIPs! (Includes admission RetroMagic Celebration on 10/13)

RetroMagic VIPs

Disney Legend
Bob Gurr
Disney Legend
Rolly Crump**
Disney Legend
Ron Logan
Disney Legend
Tom Nabbe
Disney Imagineer
Tom K. Morris
Ron Schneider
Disney Imagineer
Jim Sarno
Ali Olmo
Michael Campbell Tammy Tuckey
Jeff Blyth Lisa Bastoni

All presentation content is tentative and subject to change.
** Appearing via pre-recorded video interview

Learn more at RetroMagic.net!

And grab some custom Magic Band covers for the event - including some RetroWDW, RetroMagic and Lake Buena Vista Historical Society stickers only available via MagicYourBand.com. Search for the keyword "Retro" to see all our designs:

 

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be Big Al from the Country Bear Jamboree - Thank you for all the guesses and emails.

We have a winner! Congratulations Christopher Smith!  - you won a Vacation Kingdom Poster!

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind, email us! contest@retrowdw.com - This month, the winner will be getting a Vacation Kingdom Poster & a DVD copy of the independent film, Walt's Frozen Head - All entries due 10/13/2019 and a random winner will be selected.

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This month the entire episode is dedicated to your questions!  We opened up our floodgates to anybody and everybody. You all had the opportunity to send in questions, as us anything and possibly get on the show.

The event has taken a huge amount of time from all of us, so for this episode, we shoot from the hip a bit. Brian took the lead on this and we felt we could pull new questions, old questions and so much more. We even hit up some current topics at the Walt Disney World Resort, based on listener mail.

Some of the highlights include: Discussions on the 'old imagination and ideas' of Disney Parks coming back, the old discussion on the Paris sewer ride is brought back, Galaxy's Edge, Roger Rabbit, The 1970s Gas Crisis, Missing Resorts, and ride operator costumes - just to name a few. We bring you this and so much more!

We hope you enjoy this unique topic and show idea! Thank you to all our fans and listeners for reaching out to participate.  This is going to be a fun listen!

 

Next Month

  • Join us next time for Episode 53. As we are hard at work on RetroMagic, please check for updates on when the next episode will release.
    We thank you for your support and welcome you to enjoy all of our other offerings including our photos, restored films & The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society
Ep 51 - Horizons Part III - The Legacy

Ep 51 - Horizons Part III - The Legacy

August 1, 2019

Welcome to Episode 51 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "Horizons - Part 3: The Legacy" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Listen to Horizons Part 1 - The Prologue
Listen to Horizons Part 2 - The Promise

Corrections

  1. We had a correction about The Living Seas from @Futureport on Twitter, the name we were looking for was 'Moon Pool'.
  2. Last month, we discussed Mizner's - We had @DisneyFiedAsh tweet us about a Mizner's tour and his pet monkey!
  3. The people in the Mesa Verde scene from Horizons are brought up and their ages...interesting topic.
  4. Joe is up next, telling us that the Seal is connected to Carousel of Progress with the name, Rover.

Listener Mail

The mail bag is full and we love that! Every month, you can possibly get on the show, so be sure to write us!

  1. Jimmy wrote in to discuss some old souvenir items you would find in Tomorrowland. The bulb spinner and Spacewarp Toy Coaster were somewhat rare, but available places other than Disney. We get into these things and some other items being sold at WDW.
  2. Shaun wants to know if Morgana was the name of the fortune teller at the Fiesta Fun Center. Well, How tells us about this fortune machine and directed us to a Widen Your World article.
  3. Michael McClure is up next, letting us know about his binge listening and a big thank you for taking him back.
  4. BREAKING NEWS:  We have discussed this in the past, but we now have confirmation on Stormalong Bay and the real fish tank styled pool.  Patrick and I discussed a river ride with freshwater fish and snorkeling - think lazy river. This is the only pool of the three that has a loop. In May 1990, Patrick heard from a lifeguard that the fish wouldn't make it through the night - so they ditched the idea. This was in Birnbaum's though!  David is up next and he stayed there, during this time period. The letter is from the GM of the resort, Antonio Torres.  Super good stuff and a huge thanks to all of our sleuths on the case. 

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. 

[listenerfeedback]

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be Food Rapper from Food Rocks! Voiced by Tone Loc - Thank you for all the guesses and emails.

We have a winner! Congratulations Christian!  - you win a Vacation Kingdom Poster!

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind, email us! contest@retrowdw.com - This month, the winner will be getting a Vacation Kingdom Poster - All entries due 8/15/2019 and a random winner will be selected.

The Speed Ramp Onesie winner has been picked!  Matt Gahs is our winner and his baby is due this coming November.  That will be shipped out asap!  Thanks for all the kind words and congratulations to all the new parents out there.

RetroMagic

We spend some time updating everybody on RetroMagic - This two day event is coming soon and tickets are on sale now!  We also have some exciting news from MagicYourBand.com - they have some great covers for your Magic Band that feature RetroWDW, LBVHS & RetroMagic.  Check them out!

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Horizons Part 3 - The Legacy

Horizons: Part 3 - The Legacy

We finalize the ride this month, as the last episode was just insanely long and had to be cut off. Todd gets us back in the ride vehicles and we talk about choosing your own ending. How has everything worked out in detail, as to how this worked as a ride.... Ted even chimes in with some official wording on how all of this functioned day in and day out, using the Horizons Ride Control System manual. Very techy stuff, part numbers, duty cycles and so much - insanely detailed.

The Legacy though...We discuss our own personal rides and recollections related to Horizons. The closure is brought up, with how it was open, then closed then reopened. Disney World didn't bring much fanfare for closures, but Test Track being delayed kept Horizons opened even longer. Todd gets us talking about the Mesa Verde Times - which is an amazing story of documentation and danger!

We hope from these efforts, Disney has learned to document better and also take note of the fanbase, as people have emotional connections to these attractions. The auction scene is a huge part of this closure, as we discuss and go over how much of Horizons went right to the trash bin.  Todd tells us about a few products that feature the distinctive Horizons orange scent: My Shaldon Air Fresheners & Pacific Shaving Cream

1983 Horizons Cast Member Guide

With the help of Ted Linhart, we've reconstructed the original cast member guide  that details each and every scene in Horizons. Click the cover to download and read along with us as we discuss Horizons in this episode:

1983 Horizons Cast Member Guide

Todd's Mad L'Orange Drink Recipe

Horizons (EPCOT) Mad L'Orange Drink Recipe

 

Horizons & EPCOT Documents

 

Read More About Horizons

Read more about the design and construction of Horizons from:

 

 

Next Month

Ep 50 - Horizons Part II - The Promise

Ep 50 - Horizons Part II - The Promise

June 12, 2019

Corrections

  1. Rick wrote in, regarding The Timekeeper. At one point in the film, The Timekeeper mentions something about “If you had wings”. We find out if that was intentional or not from the director himself.
  2. Connor wrote in discussing “Century 3” and “Future Probe”. The vintage book called Horizons is discussed and some World’s Fair snippets as well. We discuss the possible connections to WDW, EPCOT Center and more.

Read the Horizons Book by Norman Bel Geddes via Archives.org

Horizons by Norman Del Geddes

Listener Mail

The mail bag is full and we love that! Every month, you can possibly get on the show, so be sure to write us!

  1. Park wrote in asking about Mizner’s and where the name came from. How discusses who it was actually named after and why
  2. Adam asked us about the old Teacher Center brochures we mentioned some episodes back. They are here and here and are very snazzy – enjoy!
    If you have any of the Teacher Center materials, please contact us as we’d love to add them to the galleries and JT would really appreciate it!
  3. Ryan wrote in about aquatic areas at WDW – he really enjoys River Country! Ryan more specifically wants to know about the possibility of live fish at Stormalong Bay. We discuss the possibility of this, our knowledge on pools Stormalong Bay in general.

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. 

Questions, Comments & Concerns

We love feedback and hearing your memories!

Drop us a line at podcast@retrowdw.com or call us and leave a voice mail at 978-71-RETRO. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be The American Adventure! (Listen to Episode 9 – Building the Golden Dream – American Adventure)

We have a winner! Congratulations Heather Manning – you win the VHS copy of ‘A Day at The Magic Kingdom’. You can pick the version you want too! 

If you think you know the answer to this month’s audio rewind, email us! contest@retrowdw.com – This month, the winner will be getting a Vacation Kingdom Poster – All entries due 7/8/2019 and a random winner will be selected.

For a Summer Bonus Prize, drop JT an email if you would like to win a new 6-month old ‘Speedramp’ Onesie. This doesn’t fit my son and is blue with the yellow Speedramp logo on the front.  jt@lbvhistory.org 

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Horizons Part 2 - The Promise

Horizons: Part 2 – The Promise

The moment you have been waiting for is finally here. The classic attraction from EPCOT Center is finally getting time on our podcast and we couldn’t be more excited. Horizons is here and get ready: this is going to take more than one episode!

For Part 2 – The Promise, this is the meat and potatoes episode, ride throughs, scene discussions and so much more. Our discussion starts though with a simple questions: Was Horizons under construction on opening day? Well we get into this with some aerial photography (footings, construction after opening).  From here though, we start this main topic off walking through the front door.  No waiting around and no discussion about the company who made the seals on the front door – although I’m sure some of you would enjoy that fact.

The main entrance had an amazing quote, which has been a controversy for many, many years. The Disney Company misquoted it, many people claim ownership, but we have some BREAKING NEWS on the topic of “If you can dream it, You can do it“. 

The discussion continues and we discuss the queue, known as Future Port. How and Todd paint such a great picture throughout this ride, but be sure to look below at the various galleries and images we have on the site. Each scene is gone through in detail this episode, taking you back on the ride. How gives us a little behind the scenes information and Todd gets technical with some various facts and figures.  

This episode is the one you have been asking for with music, sound effects and everything in between. If you are a fan, have a foggy memory, never ridden or always dreamed of this ride coming back, you have to listen to this episode multiple times. This is one of our longest episodes, but it sure doesn’t seem like it as you listen.  Enjoy!

1983 Horizons Cast Member Guide

We’ve reconstructed the original cast member guide that details each and every scene in Horizons. Click the cover to download and read along with us as we discuss Horizons in this episode:

1983 Horizons Cast Member Guide (EPCOT)

1983 Horizons Cast Member Guide

How’s Mad L’Orange Drink Recipe

Horizons (EPCOT) Mad L'Orange Drink Recipe

Horizons POV Ride-Thru Video

 

Horizons & EPCOT Documents

 

Read More About Horizons

Read more about the design and construction of Horizons from:

( Links go to Amazon & helps support the Lake Buena Vista Historical Society and the RetroWDW podcast)

Ep 49.5 - RetroMagic Event Details and Tickets!

Ep 49.5 - RetroMagic Event Details and Tickets!

May 12, 2019

The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society cordially invites you to our 5th Anniversary Celebration:

Tickets

Tickets will go on sale May 18th at 1pm EST at this link: Buy tickets for RetroMagic

Event Details

  • EPCOT Forever VIP Reception and Viewing* (Saturday October 12th) – Approx 8:30p-10:30p – Enjoy a beverage and selection of snacks on the shore of the World Showcase Lagoon for a once in a lifetime chance to watch the new nightime show alongside all of our RetroMagic VIPs! (Includes admission RetroMagic Celebration on 10/13)
  • RetroMagic Celebration and Luncheon (Sunday October 13th) – 10a-5p, Contemporary Resort – Join us in the historic Ballroom of the Americas at the Contemporary resort for a day filled with stories and never before seen photos and artifacts from Disney legends, Cast Members, music and more!

RetroMagic VIPs

Disney Legend
Bob Gurr
Disney Legend
Rolly Crump**
Disney Legend
Ron Logan
Disney Legend
Tom Nabbe
Disney Imagineer
Tom K. Morris
Ron Schneider
Disney Imagineer
Jim Sarno
Ali Olmo
Michael Campbell Tammy Tuckey
Jeff Blyth Lisa Bastoni

RetroMagic Highlights

The event schedule will be published in plenty of time to plan your day.  Our VIP presenters and the RetroWDW/LBVHistory team will include presentations related to:

  • Walt Disney World: A Kingdom in Florida with Disney Legends Bob Gurr and Tom Nabbe
  • The Spectacle of SpectroMagic with Ron Logan
  • Exclusive video interview with Rolly Crump
  • Building EPCOT with Imagineer Tom K. Morris & Artist Jim Sarno
  • The Fort Wilderness Railroad with Michael Campbell
  • Birthdayland with original Dreamfinder Ron Schneider
  • The American Adventure in Song: A discussion and performance of “Two Brothers” by original artist Ali Olmo accompanied by Tammy Tuckey
  • Presenting The World in 360 Degrees: A Discussion with Jeff Blyth director of Circlevision films including Wonders of China, Timekeeper and more.
  • The Age of Information: Original Communicore attraction song performed by Lisa Bastoni, granddaughter of the original attraction artist
  • RARE never before seen artifacts including the original SMRT-1 model!
  • Presentation of never before seen private films of WDW and a home movie of EPCOT Center from 1985
  • Special RetroWDW gift for all attendees!
  • This is a family friendly event, children are welcome as long as they have a ticket (Children 3 and under do not require a ticket)
  • And much, much, more!

*All presentation content is tentative and subject to change.

RetroMagic Lunch Break

  • Contemporary Resort’s Executive Chef and his team will present History in the Baking: The original Handwich. A build your own Handwich luncheon buffet is included with your ticket.  Of course that won’t be the only throwback surprise in the lunch offerings.
  • Light nonalcoholic refreshments

Pricing

  • EPCOT Forever VIP Reception* (Saturday October 12th) & Retromagic (Sunday, October 13th)  – $225 per person – Tickets are limited due to venue restrictions!
  • EPCOT Forever VIP Reception ONLY* (Saturday October 12th) – $150 per person – Tickets are limited due to venue restrictions!
  • RetroMagic Celebration (Sunday, October 13th)  – $100 per person.

*Theme Park admission is required for EPCOT Forever VIP Reception.

** Appearing via pre-recorded video interview

Tickets do NOT include admission to any Walt Disney World Theme Park, parking or other Disney imposed fees/charges. All ticket purchases are final; refunds will only be provided if the entire event is cancelled. RetroWDW reserves the right to change venues and modify the plans to as required by Disney Event Services. This is a private event is not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World or D23.

Merchandise: T-shirts and more are available at www.retrowdw.com/supportus

Proceeds of this event benefit the Lake Buena Vista Historical Socieyt. Event Sponsorships welcome; Interesting service trades will be considered, please contact info@lbvhistory.org for more information.

Notice: Filming, photography, and other recording will take place this event. By attending, you consent to and authorize RetroWDW and LBVHS to record you via audio, video or the similar to be used for distribution on our website.

Ep 49 - Horizons Part I - The Prologue

Ep 49 - Horizons Part I - The Prologue

April 30, 2019

Welcome to Episode 49 of the RetroWDW Podcast: “Horizons – Part 1: The Prologue” – We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

For this episode, one of our top donors Ted Linhart got to sit in because of his generous donation and also because of his amazing archive. Take a look at what he has going on, over at DisneyDocs.net – If you would be interested in joining us to get a behind the scenes listen, be sure to check out our Donation Page. Thank you Anthony!

Corrections

 

  1. Lucy wrote us to discuss The Timekeeper, regarding a scene filmed for the movie. We reached out to the director to get the facts for Lucy.  Thanks for writing!
  2. Another Timekeeper question came in, asking about the years on the Timekeeper’s display, stopping at 2000. We discuss this and also confirm some video evidence.
  3. How helps us out with this last question, from John Kitty. He was asking about the EPCOT name, with the word ‘Center’ being used. Danny Kaye has an explanation and so does How, so we hope this helps you out John. 

Listener Mail

The mail bag is full and we love that! Every month, you can possibly get on the show, so be sure to write us!

  1. Rick Webster wrote in about The Timekeeper, letting us know about the grand opening of EuroDisney. Rick is asking about the wording “If you had wings, I’d let you go”. We discuss how this is before nodding to other attractions. Once again, we reach out to Jeff and he said it wasn’t a deliberate plug, but many writers were swimming in the same Disney Soup. So yes and no… We actually got more information on this after we recorded the episode.
  2. Maverick is up next, letting us know what it was like working in the old Penny Arcade. Maverick is looking for the old band organ and How actually fills us in on where it is this very day… Happy hunting Maverick!
  3. Josue wrote us about The Timekeeper and the concept car featured at the end. Josue here is a car nut and we get some more information, relating back to an old Renault.

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. 

Questions, Comments & Concerns

We love feedback and hearing your memories!

Drop us a line at podcast@retrowdw.com or call us and leave a voice mail at 978-71-RETRO. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be the Star Tours! We have three winners this month, each getting a LBVHS Vacation Kingdom Poster and a shirt, size small. Nathan Hartman, Trenton Gladding & Kelly Daly all win! Congratulations everybody and thank you for playing.

If you think you know the answer to this month’s audio rewind, email us! contest@retrowdw.com – This month, the winner will be getting a VHS copy of ‘A Day at The Magic Kingdom’ – All entries due 5/20/2019 and a random winner will be selected. In our discussion, we talk about the ‘Day at The Disney Studios’ VHS as well and how the word ‘MGM’ is digitally blocked out.  If you’d like to watch that, click here.

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Horizons: Part 1 – The Prologue

The moment you have been waiting for is finally here. The classic attraction from EPCOT Center is finally getting time on our podcast and we couldn’t be more excited. Horizons is here and get ready: this is going to take more than one episode!

For Part 1 – The Prologue, we get into quite a bit of the origins of EPCOT, going over mission statements, concepts and much more. This is all important and leads up to the start of Horizons. Ted is on board with us this month too, as he is pulling original documents to quote and use for reference. This is absolutely amazing!

We get into the Imagineer design process and also what kind of company GE was at the time. With them being one of the largest in the world, it only made sense that they would be taking on this type of attraction. Ted chimes in often, with on hand documents and facts to fill in the blanks often. How has so much information, regarding the design of the building, who came up with this and also the small details you may have not noticed before. We also learn that the exterior was designed first, with the interior pieces, track and screens all being fit to match. There is so much packed in this episode, everything from how GE provided input on the attraction to cast member documents, used as evidence to share the original visions, way back when. Finally, our facts and numbers machine is fired up, ready to give you tons of great facts and figures about Horizons.

The sad part is, we end here for this month. Next month is Part 2, which will take us deeper into the attraction and ride aspects. We wrap up with some current updates, shirt ideas, drink ideas and much more. We really hope you enjoyed the first part, which has been years in the making. While you wait, take a look at EPCOT Center in 1982 – this amazing restored film has the footage we discussed, showing construction workers on the roof of Horizons. Enjoy!

Ep48.5 - A Chat with Jeff Blyth - Director of the Timekeeper Film

Ep48.5 - A Chat with Jeff Blyth - Director of the Timekeeper Film

April 8, 2019

Welcome to Episode 48.5 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "A Chat With Jeff Blyth" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

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A Chat With Jeff Blyth

Jeff Blyth joins us on this bonus episode, which is a follow-up to Episode 48, which is all about The Timekeeper. Jeff has been a film director for many years, getting his start in Circlevision with the original China film at EPCOT Center. We take a massively deep dive into what it takes to make these types of films. As you listen, your mind is going to be blown and you are in for a few surprises. Jeff has so many personal experiences with this type of film making and some of the techniques, skills and even issues all come up.

We move into what it took to actually make the film for The Timekeeper. This took Circlevision to a whole new level and we learn why, as some of the techniques seem basic when you compare it to a drone shot of today. Jeff is an amazing guest that is giving you an insiders look that we have never heard before. We focus mainly on The Timekeeper, but the art and technique of Circlevision is discussed in detail. This mini episode almost feels like it could be an attraction at the old Disney-MGM Studios. You really get to learn all about the art form and everything that goes into this whole process. We would like to thank Jeff for spending time with us and we hope you enjoy this bonus episode.

 

Next Month

  • Join us very soon, as we finally get into Horizons. Our listeners have asked, begged and pleaded - we are finally ready to take you back to the gone, but never forgotten attraction. We thank you for your support and welcome you to enjoy all of our other offerings including our photos, restored films & The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society
Ep 48 - The Timekeeper

Ep 48 - The Timekeeper

March 20, 2019

Welcome to Episode 48 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "The Timekeeper" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

Tonight we have a special guest joining us, Anthony got to sit in because of his generous donation. If you would be interested in joining us to get a behind the scenes listen, be sure to check out our Donation Page. Thank you Anthony!

Corrections

  1. Andy Hudson wrote in regarding the current state of the old Penny Arcade games. We discuss this a bit and give some insight into his question / concern.
  2. Next up, we got a message from Mike Skinner, regarding a 1979 episode of Charlie's Angels. During the opening sequence, you see The Eastern Winds, just moored out in the bay.  Click Here to check this super quick view, don't blink!

Listener Mail

Concourse PostcardWe're getting quite a bit of listener mail and we love to hear from ya! Keep the emails, tweet and calls comin' in!

  1. Amy wrote in, asking us what the average stay was back in the 1970s. We discuss this in detail, basing this on postcard collections, films and attractions. This is a deep question and this is a pretty thorough answer. 
  2. Sarah is up next, having us discuss the Beauty and the Beast stage show, in MGM. We have some various ideas on what she might have seen and possibly if she saw an early showing of this production. How has some old times guides, which can help us out here...
  3. Kasey touches base about the change from 'EPCOT Center' to just 'Epcot'. Kasey is curious when this changed and why - Brian gives us all the info on this one, which is a fun little history of the Epcot name changing.

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. 

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be the Future Corps! Keith Burton guesses right, and he will be receiving our famous Lake Buena Vista poster. Todd has some new items for this upcoming months prize - so listen carefully, as you could be a winner!

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind, email us! contest@retrowdw.com - This month we are picking four winners - each winner will get a poster and a shirt! All entries due 4/16/2019 and a random winner will be selected.

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The Timekeeper

WeThe Timekeeperlcome to Circlevision and The Timekeeper. This super unique format was used throughout Disney properties and this episode we dive into one of the last productions, The Timekeeper. Our entire crew has a great recollection of this film and animatronic show, starring Robin Williams. The show itself, featured a unique character based on the actual camera system and they called her, Nine Eyes.

With this episode, we go scene by scene, discussing the stars, filming, production and more. The original film entitled From Time to Time, but was named The Timekeeper in Florida. We go into the location, which always felt a little off and out of place in Tomorrowland. The redo in 1994 is discussed and we hit on some of the backstory involved with this attraction, including a bit of Alien Encounter.

We discuss a few other things, including the old WDW travel VHS tapes, which had some great panning shots over the years. The group also gets into the preshows and we get a little bit of history and current location talk on the Renault concept car made for the attraction, The Reinastella. This ride is somewhat unique, as you had to look forward at The Timekeeper, so it kept the audience attention, looking one way.  This is a great, 'New' Tomorrowland attraction that has met our criteria and we hope you really enjoy our look back. What is your favorite memory of The Timekeeper? Was this a must-do for you and your family? We would love to hear your memories as well.

Next Month

  • Join us very soon, as we take behind the scenes with director Jeff Blyth. He is going to take us on an amazing journey, all about how these 360 films are shot. You seriously need to hear this! We thank you for your support and welcome you to enjoy all of our other offerings including our photos, restored films & The Lake Buena Vista Historical Society
Ep 47 - A Room Full of Fun - Arcades

Ep 47 - A Room Full of Fun - Arcades

February 21, 2019

Welcome to Episode 47 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "A Room Full Of Fun" - 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

  1. Our first correction is in regard to our last episode, all about Snow White's Scary Adventure. A great memory shared and we feel you!
  2. How has a minor correction about the figures from Snow White's Scary Adventure, Disneyland Paris, duplicate figures and some other tidbits.
  3. Brian & How recently rode Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and How walks us through the repurposed figures, which you can go see right now.
  4. We also hear about a recent loss Brian experienced... Which relates very well to an old Eric Boardman Disney Channel video

Listener Mail

  1. Kicking things off, Tom wrote us from New Hampshire - asking what our own personal Holy Grail item would be from Walt Disney World. This could include merchandise, ride pieces and anything else.  Great question!
  2. Jake Nelson wrote in about Dreamflight and brought to our attention something that remains on Buzz Lightyear - we had no idea!  Thanks so much Jake!
  3. David is up next, with some amazing audio clips he shared with us. Listen in to this great stuff from River Country, it sure is unique. More to come from David soon.....
  4. Jerry Massey sent us a commemorative VHS from the 1994 Walt Disney World Marathon. We are going to share this with you soon, so stay tuned!
  5. Joe Barlow wrote in about some of the old arcades - giving us a great memory about what it was like to walk into the Contemporary & The Fiesta Fun Center.
  6. Andrew wrote in with some great memories and it sparked the feeling we used to get, waiting forever to check into our resorts. We all give our accounts on how it felt and why it used to take forever...We even bring up the old Ving Room Key!

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. 

 

Audio Rewind

Every Cloud Has A Silver LiningOur audio rewind this month turned out to be the Enchanted Tiki Room, from the original show!  The winner is Scott Chapin, winning a Vacation Kingdom poster. Great job and thanks for playing along to everybody!

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind, email us! contest@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will receive one of the Lake & Lagoon Vacation Kingdom posters. All entries due 3/12/2019 and a random winner will be selected.

 

 

Main Topic

Main Street Penny Arcade

We start off this month on Main Street, USA - more specifically the Penny Arcade! This classic is part of our overall topic of arcades and game rooms. How gives us an insanely detailed walk through, starting us off with the fortune telling machine and the old Mutoscope. We hear about 'Old San Francisco', 'Play Cowboy Rodeo Time', 'Burlesque Bouncer' and more. Todd also brings up some of the other titles shown on a stereoscope format as well.

The stories and facts continue as How tells us about the various strength testers, baseball games, love testers and so much more. If you ever spent any time in the Penny Arcade on Main Street, let us know if you have any interesting memories. We would also love to see your pictures! Finally, we let you know where the machines ended up with an interview by Todd Tuckey

Fiesta Fun Center

The Contemporary Resort in the 1970sFinally! We take you back to one of the greatest vintage spots in all of Walt Disney World – the infamous and now gone, Fiesta Fun Center. This was located on the first floor of the Contemporary Resort, down near the check-in desk. Currently, The Wave restaurant is located in the former spot of the arcade. We take a deep dive into this childhood paradise, which was absolutely massive. Originally, it was just an extra convention space, explaining the large size.

This started officially in 1973, resembling a Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse, filled with games that were similar to the ones featured in Jaws. There was even a smallish movie theater, costing $1 and it rotated various Disney movies. The theater is one place that seems to be very rarely pictured. We received some interesting facts and information relating to the caricature artists, which were there for a very long time. The shooting gallery, which was there in the middle of the Fiesta Fun Center run, is discussed as well during this segment.

We have some various videos that were dug up, relating to the Fun Center: S.A.M.I. by Midway and this great home movie from the 1990s, which covers some other parts of the resort. The Fiesta Fun Center always seemed to have some of the best machines, which we discuss. Over the top games, experiences you didn't get elsewhere and just an overall exciting experience.

 

Next Month

Ep 46 - Snow White’s Adventure

Ep 46 - Snow White’s Adventure

January 25, 2019

Welcome to Episode 46 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "Snow White's Scary Adventures" - 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

  1. Paul wrote in about his big prize pot victory and to discuss some of the old Birnbaum's guides.
  2. We got some updates on Pleasure Island from Mike, discussing the rivers, lakes and Mr. Pleasure. Mike also brings up Church Street in Orlando and how it was competition.

Listener Mail

  1. Our first message is from Megan - she wants to know about an old window in the PeopleMover. What did this window once overlook?
  2. Plant Sitting... We discuss this service that was once offered up at WDW. This unique aspect of the Vacation Kingdom covered your own ferns and also new purchases. Let us know if you have any extra information about this service...
  3. Dave wrote in about just discovering us. He is curious about The Fiesta Fun Center, which we go into detail on - this topic though, is going to require a full episode.
  4. Our next message, from GWS II, is super excited about the LBVHS and has been with us since the start. We thank you for your support and will continue creating engaging content for you and the WDW fan community.

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. 

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Map News

For our latest event, we put together a really special giveaway. This one-of-a-kind collectors map is truly amazing and you really need to get one for your home or office. The details Jason drew, the small Easter eggs - it is just insane. If you would like your own, please visit our 'Donate' page - the entire donation is tax deductible and you will get this amazing work of art. Be sure to share where you end up hanging your posters and show us those custom frame jobs!

Audio Rewind

Discovery_Island_0054_aOur audio rewind this month turned out to be Pablo Cruise: Worlds Away!  The winner is Jim Collins, winning a Vacation Kingdom poster. Great job and thanks for playing along to everybody!

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind, email us! contest@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will receive one of the Lake & Lagoon Vacation Kingdom posters.
All entries due 2/12/2019 and a random winner will be selected.

 

 

Main Topic

Snow White's Scary Adventures

Through the Forest: Snow White's AdventuresThis month, we take you back to one of the opening day attractions and one of the more recently closed dark rides at the Magic Kingdom. How takes the lead to go through the various versions of this ride and also takes a deep dive into the word 'scary', relating to this ride. The comparisons to Mr. Toad appear in this episode as well as the vintage origins of this type of ride. Dark undertones are brought up and we also get into why they had to add the word 'scary' to the title.

We also dive into the origins of ride creation and what perspective the creators were trying to give us. The other dark rides at WDW are brought in for comparisons, which is neat because you can still ride some of the originals today. The fairy tale concept is discussed and how dark it actually was. Snow White is a very dark movie and the ride connects well. Finally, we discuss the closing and how it was handled by the fans at the time, including Benjamin - take a look at his story, which is a good one. We hope you really enjoy this episode and all of the discussion we have on this classic.

 

Next Month

Ep 45 - Holiday Potluck

Ep 45 - Holiday Potluck

December 25, 2018

Welcome to Episode 45 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "Holiday Potluck" - 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

  1. Todd gets everybody up to speed regarding the Tailor / Taylor Ham discussions and research. If you have listened to our previous episodes, this shouldn't be totally random for you.
  2. We had a listener write in, regarding a live band for Mickey's Birthdayland. How recalls this and also potentially knew somebody who was involved in the show.
  3. Another listener wrote in, regarding an SNL skit where 20,000 leagues kept popping up, throughout the sketch. Sounds pretty funny -if you have a link, please share it with us. 

Listener Mail

  1. Our first message is from one of our newest binge listeners. Jacob's first visit was earlier than our era, but he has really enjoyed catching up with all the history shared. 
  2. This next message is from a fan and also a Lake & Lagoon Tour participant. Dan wants to know all about the Fort Wilderness Arcade, which is back behind Crockett's Tavern & Trails End Buffet. He is curious about the two levels, if it has always been for an arcade and even why... We weren't totally sure, but maybe a listener or former cast member can chime in. 
  3. Our friend Reese wrote in regarding a sentence or wording on the Progress City display, while riding the Peoplemover. Todd did some investigating and so did a few others, so we are going to dig into this a bit more, but we have some information for you right now.
  4. Keith Beaulie has been doing an amazing job, transcribing our episodes into a legible and functional set of documents. We wanted to give him a shout out and also tell him thank you for taking the time to get this going. The automatic systems just weren't cutting it, but Keith has really done an amazing job.
  5. Finally, Alan Bowers wrote in to ask why Florida was actually chosen for Walt Disney World. Brian & How go through some of the major reasons and also break down why other locations were not utilized. 

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. 

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Map News

For our latest event, we put together a really special giveaway. This one-of-a-kind collectors map is truly amazing and you really need to get one for your home or office. The details Jason drew, the small Easter eggs - it is just insane. If you would like your own, please visit our 'Donate' page - the entire donation is tax deductible and you will get this amazing work of art. Be sure to share where you end up hanging your posters and show us those custom frame jobs!

Audio Rewind

Our audio rewind this month turned out to be background music from The Germany Pavilion in EPCOT Center!  The winner is Ryan/Katie Welsh, winning the 1992 Burger King Calendar. Great job and thanks for playing along to everybody!

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind, email us! contest@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will receive one of the Lake & Lagoon Vacation Kingdom
All entries due 1/10/2019 and a random winner will be selected.

Prize Pot

The Land EntrancePrize Pot #2 has begun! Each month, we add a vintage or classic item to the pot. The winner will be announced in December and they get it all. Follow along as we add items and remember, each entry/guess of the audio rewind gets you an entry for the prize pot. Thanks for playing along!

2018 Prize Pot #2 Contents

  • WDW Resort Pocket Sewing Kit (See It)
  • The Official Album of WDW/Disneyland on vinyl, sealed! 
  • 2018 D23 Gold Member Kit - Featuring Mickey's 90th Birthday (see it & its contents)
  • Disney News collection from the 1990s
  • Numbered & Signed Vacation Kingdom Lake/Lagoon Poster

We used the "Phone-A-Friend" from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, to call JT's sister. She is stationed live, inside The Land Pavilion, to have a random person pick a number. This number correlates with over 500 guesses and emails for the second half of 2018. The winner of the 2018 Prize Pot Par #2 is...... Paul Zimmerman! 

Main Topic

Magic of Christmas at Walt Disney World - 1991

Starting us off, Brian takes us through this vintage VHS. This was sold alongside the other VHS tapes - A Day at The Magic Kingdom, A Day at EPCOT Center, and A Day at Disney MGM Studios. We discuss how Santa takes us on a journey, throughout the resort, about what is done for Christmas at WDW. There are some hidden gems in this video that have not really been seen too often. This will be a fun watch around the holidays, so be sure to check it out

1994 Holiday Trip

1994_November_G&G_WDW_0093Next up, Todd shares a very unique gallery from his grandparents, when they visited in November of 1994. We see lots of great holiday photos, new Tomorrowland under construction, the amazingly classic 90s Grand Floridian rooms and so much more. Be sure to take note of the sleigh photo-op on Center Street! These have that great 90s look, color and focus, which we discuss why... Hope you enjoy these!

New Year's Eve Every Night!

Finally, How takes us to our favorite night out at Pleasure Island! We go through a small history of the park and then into how the original idea was scrapped. New Year's Eve, every single night became a huge deal and also had a nightly countdown. The entire park had many changes throughout the years, which we discuss and also look into some of the clubs. Don't forget - time this section up right to do a vintage/retro countdown on New Year's! Hope you enjoy this look at Pleasure Island! 

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Next Month

  • Join us next year, for our first episode of 2019! We want to thank you for listening all year, joining us on our tours and also thank you for any merchandise you purchased or donations you made. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's!