After attending countless seminars, reading dozens of books and even interviewing Imagineers, you’d be hard pressed to find a better source on Disney theme park history than Martin Smith.
A perfect example is this fantastic tribute to Walt Disney World’s Jungle Cruise. Smith details not only construction, but show scenes that I never even knew existed. A show scene that featured frogs, who knew? And he even has proof! He also has some fantastic recent footage all shot in HD of the classic attraction.
Most recently is his tribute to Walt Disney World’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Not only does he have many photos of the show scenes without water, there is a wonderful explanation on why the attraction suffered from low capacity. A must watch for any fan of extinct attractions.
With all the recent talk of the changes happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Smith has a fantastic video chronicling the history of the Backlot Tram Tour. He even has footage of the video featuring Pee Wee Herman and Mel Gibson which actually played in the second half of the tour! A great snapshot on how much the park has changed over the years.
If you’re looking for something completely unique and long forgotten, check out the above video for The Water Engine show at World of Motion in Epcot. I never even knew this existed. If you’re looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, you have to check out www.martinsvids.net. You will not regret it.