Ep 41 - Fort Wilderness Railroad

July 5, 2018

Welcome to Episode 41 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "Fort Wilderness Railroad" - 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

Corrections
 - We get started with the infamous Contemporary Resort third floor. We did a little more digging and found out from some listeners that this is where the fitness center is located, along with some other various offices. The ceiling is noted as being lower, but most times the average guest has no reason to be there. We also heard that the ceiling is lower due to the monorail beam and infrastructure heights.
 - For the Skway, we dug into that extreme angle turn and how tight it actually was. Using aerial photography, we found it to be around sixty degrees. So this is somewhat different when compare to some other angles claimed.

Listener Mail

  1. Big thanks to all the new "Binge Listeners" - we get tons of messages from new listeners who hit up the entire catalog at a rapid rate. This is so cool!
  2. Kathryn wrote in, asking about the old shops on Main Street. She brings up some miniature jelly jars from the Market House. How & Brian let us know all about this location and some of the history of Main Street. Listen carefully, as some of it is still there today for you to try...
  3. Anthony wrote in, as a former cast member, sharing some great operational manuals and information. These should guide some future episodes and answer lots of questions.
  4. Finally, Brent wrote to us as a new listener. He first listened to Episode 40 and found that it filled in a memory gap about a skyway/gondola ride from years ago. We also discuss the muskets that were once available at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

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

First, we are giving away the Tammy Tuckey albums - Chris & Anna were our winners! They will each be contacted individually and congratulations!
Our audio rewind this month turned out to be Remember The Magic! The winner is Kristin Rappold, winning a copy of Mouse Tales. Great job and thanks for playing along to everybody!

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

All entries due 7/162018 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the Second 2018 Prize Pot!

Prize Pot

It is time to pull our Prize Pot winner, for the first half of 2018. We go retro with our name pulling this time and pull a random name, from over 300 ping-pong balls. Number 211 came out, and Rick Webster is our winner! Congratulations Rick, we are so excited for you!

2018 Prize Pot #1 Contents

  • EPCOT Poster Set
  • RetroWDW Logo Embroidered Hat
  • McFarkle Family Christmas Card created by our fan, Reese
  • EPCOT Center Coin / Medallion
  • Mickey Earforce One Balloon Pin
  • Set of Retro Disney Pennants
  • Turning Dreams into Reality - Autographed by Bob Gurr!

    Our second Prize Pot for 2018 has also started. The first item is:

  • WDW Resort Pocket Sewing Kit

Main Topic

Fort Wilderness Railroad

So this month, we take you back to Fort Wilderness. The main topic is the now removed Fort Wilderness Railroad that provided transportation inside the resort in a unique way. Todd has done his research, focusing on text and personal interviews to give us an amazingly detailed picture into the railroad. If you are familiar with Fort Wilderness, you know that they use the standard bus transportation for the internal resort loop. In the past, they even had the 'trams' that are very similar to the parking lots and also the now gone Backlot Tour. 
We focus though on a much earlier mode of transportation, the railroad. Todd goes into the history, construction, engineering and even some of the myths that have grown over the years. If you think you know why the railroad shut down, you might learn something new or something different in this episode. Fort Wilderness is a fan favorite, has a following and this will be some amazing and unknown history for tons of people.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Fort Wilderness Railroad Video

https://vimeo.com/209766480

Next Month

  • Join us next month as we discuss The Disney-MGM Studios in Episode 42!
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Ep 40.5 - WDW Radio Loops Part I

June 12, 2018

Welcome to Episode 40.5 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "WDW Radio Loops Part I" - We appreciate your support and hope you have been enjoying each and every episode. Be sure to check out some of our previous shows.

WDW Radio Stations

A few episodes back we discussed the WDW Radio loop that played on the interstate highway system in Florida as you approached Walt Disney World. Wayne from Alabama sent us a copy of the 22 minute loop that he recorded while pulled over on the side of the road back in 1994. Many of our listeners wrote in asking "If you have a loop of the WDW Radio station, why didn't you let us hear it?"  We received additional emails as well with links and downloads to more sources of WDW radio loops! Thanks to our listeners we now have '94, '95, '96 and '97! We'll share those as well in the future.

On you drive this summer take a list as you go back to 1994 along with the welcome and exit AM radio from 1980!
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Next Month

    Join us next month as we discuss the Fort Wilderness Railroad in Episode 41!

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Ep 40 - Skyway and Swan Boats

May 30, 2018

Corrections & Listener Mail

Corrections
First off, we got a note about The Dutch Inn, with the "Sleepy Bear" - he would greet you as you entered the hotel. Very neat little tip about that chain of hotels. Another listener wrote in about the Vistana resort and how they were the first timeshare you could get into. We got lots of great memories related to Hotel Plaza Boulevard. 

Eric Jacobson wrote in about an article from 1985, regarding the EPCOT Center Polls. We go through some of the information related to this vintage poll from EPCOT and it also led write to a letter from Dan. 

Listener Mail

  1. Dan wrote in, a former cast member, about how he was "The Person of the Century". Basically, Dan messed this all up for Disney and he would tell people all day to "Vote For Dan".  This led to a mysterious closure of this area, which we are guessing was due to our listener Dan.  Such a great story, thanks for sharing!
  2. Next up, we heard from Christopher. He recently visited Fort Wilderness and sent us a picture of the original River Country Restroom sign. Such a cool gem that is leftover back there.
  3. Elizabeth wrote in regarding the third floor of The Contemporary Resort and the compressed floor. We discuss what we know regarding this, but we'd love to hear from some others. Such an interesting topic....
  4. Reese touched base about a guard on Tom Sawyer's Island. She wanted some more information about this fort guard, which How is happy to offer. 
  5. John wrote in with some artifacts, books, scans and lots of good stuff for us to share. Thanks!
  6. Finally, we had numerous listeners ask for the full radio loop from WDW.  This will be coming soon and we have a plan, don't worry!

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 music from Horizons! The winner is Kevin Hitchcock, winning the Giant WDW Pencil. Great job and thanks for playing along to everybody!

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will win the book "Mouse Tales". 

All entries due 6/11/2018 and a random winner will be selected. Even if you don't win, you will gain an entry into the Early 2018 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
  • Mickey Earforce One Balloon Pin
  • Set of Retro Disney Pennants
  • Turning Dreams into Reality - Autographed by Bob Gurr!

    This will be given away next episode, so be sure to get your entry in before the big drawing!!

Main Topic

Skyway
Brian starts us off with the Skyways, another attraction that is no longer around. We do a little bit of Disneyland history along with Skyway history in general. This episode takes you for a ride on the Skyway through our unique perspectives and memories. Most of us have ridden this one, so the picture we paint and the mechanical end of things we go into is quite detailed.  Hope you enjoy!
Swan Boats
This is an interesting one, because none of us have ridden this one. Todd shares an interesting memory how his family used to love the Swan Boats and were super disappointed when it closed. How could have possibly ridden it, but we really don't know for sure. We go into the build history, mechanics, and of course what the ride consisted of. The Swan Boats have such a unique and almost lost history, there isn't much out there. When you look at the path of the boats though, it was a neat and relaxing attraction that I'm sure lots of our listeners would have enjoyed.

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Ep 39.5 - Premier of You’ll Find me on Main Street

May 7, 2018

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.

Back in November 2017 we chatted with Tammy about her project: putting her vocal talents to use recording an album of past Disney songs including a duet with Ali Olmo, the voice behind the song “Two Brothers” in EPCOT’s “American Adventure” attraction. We are happy to announce that You'll Find me on Main Street is now available on iTunes and Amazon.com! We sit in with Tammy as she takes us through each of the 7 songs, the arrangement, style and more. Be sure to listen during the show on how you can win a copy of her album!

Check out Tammy’s website Tamm

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Ep 39 - Hotel Plaza Boulevard

April 23, 2018

Corrections
Wayne in Alabama writes in about Walt Disney World / AAA Rest Area. We discuss this in a little more detail and also some billboards along the way. Wayne had an amazing techno tip from back in the day on how he recorded the WDW radio loop. This comment led us into a little bit of retro tech discussion.

We also heard from some listeners regarding the touch screens from Communicore. Todd & How take us into how they worked and how they differ compared to current touchscreens.
Listener Mail

    Wayne also reached out about a WDW Special, A Dream Come True. There is some great footage from Communicore in this special, so take a look.
    David was up next, bringing up two memories. One memory David brings up for discussion is the return hand stamp smell. Todd brings up an interesting hack to see your stamp.... Resort TV also comes up from the 1970s - We discuss early Resort TV and how people used to actually film the screen. This led to yet another retro tech discussion.
    John W. wrote in letting us know about a sad memory visiting WDW. He thought it was an indoor place that smelled of cheese. John asked about the radio station, which we mentioned earlier.  Big thanks to Wayne for the audio on this!

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 music from The American Adventure! The winner is Brendan , winning the EPCOT Center Wheel Brochure by Kodak. Great job and thanks for playing along to everybody!

If you think you know the answer to this month's audio rewind, email us! podcast@retrowdw.com - This month the winner will win a giant WDW Pencil!

All entries due 5/14/2018 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
    Mickey Earforce One Balloon Pin
    Set of Retro Disney Pennants

Main Topic
Hotel Plaza Boulevard

We go back to Hotel Plaza Boulevard. Brian gets us started this month, taking us hotel by hotel. We learn quite a bit about this area that consists of seven hotels, not owned by The Walt Disney Company. One of the first items constructed ever on property was the Walt Disney World Preview Center. How actually visited this and gives us a little insight into what was here. Todd also gives some input on what was going on at this place.

Each hotel had it's own theme and feel, which has been changed over the years. Brian gives us great detail on the infamous Michael Jackson suite and even where Bob Hope would stay. This area is almost a forgotten part of the WDW history and we really think you are going to enjoy everything Hotel Plaza Boulevard has to offer. There are so many random facts thrown out and you really get a feel of the 70s, 80s, and even 90s as we go into great detail of each property.
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Next Month

    Join us next month as we head to The Magic Kingdom! The Swan Boats & The Skyway are up next - which are no longer in existence. Please join us as we share some vintage footage and also some memories on these two lost attractions.

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Ep 38 - Communicore East

March 20, 2018

Welcome to Episode 38 of the RetroWDW Podcast: "Communicore East" - 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

Corrections
Last month, we had the Polynesian series of episodes. Joe wrote in and gave us some recent luau info about what currently happens in the show. We're still searching for info about the puppets and various character appearances.
Listener Mail

    Eric wrote in to discuss some of the early locations where WDW could have been. How & Brian discuss some various locations that Eric emailed us about, including some survey markers and WED markings. The secrecy of the planning came up, so we're not sure regarding those parts. How also discusses an early Welcome Center up north, which also includes an initiative about "Disney Rest Areas". Getting a Haircut at the Alii Nui Barber Shop
    Anderson, who is 11, wrote in to thank us for the podcast and to discuss how he is learning tons! We love having the younger listeners and hope you stick with us throughout all the history.  
    Next up, Nate wrote us about the Salon/Barbershop at The Contemporary Resort. He brings up Grady and getting his haircut during breaks from work at WDW. Brian also confirms Grady and how the Polynesian used to have the salon as well. As far as we know, Grady's whereabouts are unknown...
    Nicholas D. wrote in regarding the music from Retro Food. Todd shared with us, he used a two hour mix on YouTube, called Retro Lounge Music: Lovely 70s. It worked very well for that episode.
    Dan P. recently discovered the show and also bought a Dreamfinder Airship Blimp Blueprint. How discusses the authenticity of this blueprint and the history of how this connects with Skyleidoscope. Brian & How also discuss gumdrops, rainbows and so on.... Figment was supposed to come out on the balloon from the blueprint Dan wrote us about. Very interesting stuff on this one, thanks Dan!

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 music from If You Had Wings! The winner is Brooke Outzen, winning the EPCOT Center Opening Medal. Great job and thanks for playing along to everybody!

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 Kodak Disc wheel brochure!

All entries due 4/9/2018 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
    Mickey Earforce One Balloon Pin

Main Topic
Communicore East

Todd & How take the lead this month, taking us back to EPCOT Center and more specifically, Communicore East! Todd starts off by questioning JT on what Communicore actually means. We go through the things that Communicore would actually do: have a conversation with a computer, contribute to polls with your opinion, see what a space shuttle is like and check travel destinations, just to name a few.
We discuss the original plans, a Wedway Peoplemover running along an outer edge and some other scrapped ideas. New technologies were sort of the push here, allowing companies both small and large to come and go with their latest and greatest. The open floor plan and easy to Compute-A-Coasternavigate area added to the feeling of the space you did not get with Innoventions.
Each attraction and area is discussed in detail during this episode. We learn about creating a wire frame roller coaster, the DARYL featured EPCOT computer system, SMRT-1 and tons more. How and Todd really remember this stuff and if you need help with your memory, check out our gallery. It is loaded with great stuff from some of our own trips and many more. Enjoy your journey through Communicore East!

Support Your Local Museums

Brian discusses the early EPCOT feel and how you can still experience that at your local museums. Each of us bring up some different places we frequent in our areas. Dig intoExpo Robotics what is near you or take a look at what we have in our different states. Don't forget to share your favorites with us a well!

    McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center - Concord, NH
    Museum of Science - Boston, MA
    The Franklin Institute - Philadelphia, PA
    California Science Center - Los Angeles, CA
    Exploratorium - San Francisco, CA
    MOSI - Tampa, FL
    COSI - Columbus, OH
    The Christa McAuliffe Center - Farmingham, MA
    The Great Lakes Science Center - Cleveland, OH
    Orlando Science Center - Orlando, FL

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Ep 37.5 - Working the Waves

March 13, 2018

A few months back we had the privilege of talking to Bill Tyson, Pat O'Neil, and Chuck Breibart about their time at Walt Disney World specifically around the Polynesian Resort, the wave machine, and their participation in the Mike Douglas show in February 1976.

Come explore the real reason the Wave Machine failed and how it eventually materialized into what we now know as Typhoon Lagoon!  Find out how both machines worked and take a listen as Nunis attempts to make a grand entrance! Chuck then takes us on the Pirates tour out of the Polynesian as well as the watercraft rentals, Pat discusses the surfboards, cold weather and Mike Douglas on Space Mountain!

 

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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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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 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
Polynesian Resort Page 3 and 4 Complete Edition About WDW Cover Polynesian Design Early Concept of WDW including South Seas Themed Hotel WDW Concept Model 1968-69 WDW Concept Model 1968 Polynesian Village Resort Construction Polynesian Village Resort Construction Polynesian Resort Room Construction Polynesian Village Resort Construction Polynesian Village Resort Construction Polynesian Themed Resort (Concept Art) Polynesian Village 1973 Aerial Photo Early Polynesian Resort Concept Art Polynesian Village Resort Construction Original Polynesian Village Map Polynesian Room Being Loaded - Ready to Deliver! Polynesian Village Resort Room Assembly Plant (US Steel)

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!
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Listener Memories

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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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