Martin Smith Continues to Wow with Historical Disney Parks Videos

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 You will not regret it.

Jungle Cruise

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  1. Bennywert
    Posted July 11, 2015 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    An afternoon? More like a week! I lose more time to martins videos than I do to Netflix.

  2. Sarah
    Posted July 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Not only does Martin SHOW us great things we never knew existed, we also HEAR incredible things as well! I have found unique attraction audio and bgm tracks that I had never heard before. Sometimes I let his videos play in the background just for the great tunes he incorporates into his masterful works of art. Just when you fancy yourself a specific attraction expert, he makes you go “Huh? Really!? It is??? It does!?!?! It did!?!?!?!?!” It’s edutainment at its finest!! ^_^

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