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Walt Disney and the Quest for Community (2003)

2003 | 218 Pages | ISBN: 0754619745 | PDF | 4 MB

During the final months of his life, Walt Disney was consumed with the worldwide problems of cities. His development concept at the time of his death on 15th December 1966 would be his team’s conceptual response to the ills of the inner cities and the sprawl of the megalopolis: the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” or, as it became known, EPCOT. This volume focuses on the original concept of EPCOT, which was conceived by Disney as an experimental community of about 20,000 people on the Disney World property in central Florida. With its radial plan, 50-acre town centre enclosed by a dome, themed international shopping area, greenbelt, high density apartments, satellite communities, monorail and underground roads, the original EPCOT plan is reminiscent of post-war Stockholm and the British New Towns, as well as today’s transit-oriented development theory. Unfortunately, Disney himself did not live long enough to witness the realization of his “model city”. However, EPCOT’s evolution into projects such as the EPCOT Centre and the town of Celebration displays a remarkable commitment by the Disney organization to the original EPCOT philosophy, one which continues to have relevance in the fields of planning and development.