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During the final months of his life, Walt Disney was consumed with building an experimental community to help solve urban problems. His team's preliminary planning at the time of his death in 1966 drew freely from the technology of American industry to house, employ, entertain, and educate residents and millions of visitors. Disney called the concept the 'Experimental Prototype community of Tomorrow', or EPCOT. It was the most ambitious project he would ever undertake. This beautifully written, instantly engrossing volume focuses on the original concept of EPCOT.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754619741
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/23/2002
  • Series: Design and the Built Environment Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
1 Physical Planning 3
2 Transportation: The End of 'Autopia' 31
3 Architecture and Construction 43
4 Site and Technology 67
5 Landscaping 83
6 Economic Analysis and Finance 89
7 Marketing 99
8 Regulation and Community Governance/Social Planning 105
9 Operations and Management 121
10 EPCOT After Disney 127
List of Abbreviations 141
Notes 143
Biographical References 179
EPCOT Chronology 185
Bibliographical Essay 191
Index 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2003

    A must get book for the Disney fan library.

    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!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    Walt Disney's Final Dream: E.P.C.O.T

    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.

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