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|2||Transportation: The End of 'Autopia'||31|
|3||Architecture and Construction||43|
|4||Site and Technology||67|
|6||Economic Analysis and Finance||89|
|8||Regulation and Community Governance/Social Planning||105|
|9||Operations and Management||121|
|10||EPCOT After Disney||127|
|List of Abbreviations||141|
Posted September 20, 2003
I have read and researched most every book about Walt Disney and specifically the Walt Disney World Resort. Mannheim provides very interesting and detailed new insights details about Walt's own plans for the Florida property. An excellent read. (I enjoyed the book so much, I've included a link to it on my own website!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 16, 2003
It is clear that it will be the responsibility of historians to accurately reflect the influence that Walt Disney had upon the development of cultural and social structures; beginning during the twentieth century and continuing into a new millennium. Though Walt Disney reflected the social values of his contemporaries in the United States, he also tapped into the essential curiosity that drives all human beings toward exploration and discovery. It is that final phase of Walt Disney's bold and creative exploration that provides the backdrop for this important study. In 'Walt Disney and the Quest for Community', author Steve Mannheim brings Walt's original idea for EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) back to the table after almost four decades of neglect. While the creation of Epcot Center at Walt Disney World provides for an interesting day of amusement, the origins of EPCOT (the community) had far greater implications. Those living and working at the EPCOT of Walt Disney's mind would participate in an innovative commercial, social, and political experiment that would be unprecedented in human history. Regrettably, the genius of Walt Disney was revealed to be finite with his passing in December 1966. With Disney's death, the dream of EPCOT as originally conceived was shelved as being unattainable without the necessary provision of Walt Disney's personal authority and command. Mannheim's text explores the historical context and influences upon Walt's research and imagination, along with many first hand interviews and accounts from those who worked closely with Disney during this exploratory period in the mid 1960's. The text is expertly researched and provides the most thorough account to date of the vision behind Walt Disney's final dream: E.P.C.O.T.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.