Building a Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers Who Designed EPCOT

Building a Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers Who Designed EPCOT

by Steve Alcorn, David Green


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ISBN-13: 9780972977753
Publisher: Theme Perks Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Steve Alcorn is an entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, author and teacher best known for his involvement in the theme park industry. In 1982 he joined Walt Disney Imagineering (then known as WED Enterprises) as a consultant, where he worked on the electronic systems for Epcot Center. During his two years with Imagineering he designed show control systems for The American Adventure, wrote the operating system used in the parkwide monitoring system, and became Imagineering's first Systems Engineer.

In 1986 he founded Alcorn McBride Inc. The company's show control, audio, video and lighting equipment is used in most major theme park attractions around the world.

Mr. Alcorn is the author of several novels available at Through Internet instruction provider Education To Go, Mr. Alcorn teaches online classes at over 1000 universities and colleges worldwide. He also teaches a survey class in Theme Park Engineering at

David Green is the president of Monteverdi Creative, Inc. (, which provides creative and technical design services to companies in the entertainment industry. In addition to his three years at WED working on Epcot, Tokyo Disneyland, Fantasyland Rehab and Houston WEDWay Peoplemover, David spent another 11 years at other divisions of The Walt Disney Company. He is a trained journalist and published author in non-fiction, fiction and poetry.

Since founding Monteverdi Creative, David's clients have included DIRECTV, Technicolor, Pioneer Home Digital, Visual Terrain, Smart Design, Thinkwell, Dedica Group, Concrete Pictures and others.

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Building a Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers Who Designed EPCOT 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
figre on LibraryThing 22 days ago
There is a very good book here. Unfortunately, this isn¿t that book.On the plus side, there is a lot of detailed information on what it was like to work on Epcot before the opening. It particularly focuses on the electrical engineering aspects, and most particularly on the American Adventure attraction. There are some very fun stories that give a good feel for the hectic approach that resulted from trying to get everything done at once for the big opening.On the negative side, there really is nothing but the stories. Two examples show this at it worst. First example: there is a chapter title ¿Club 33¿ that is nothing more than a two-page reminiscence of getting to go into Club 33. Second example: towards the end of the book the authors just resort (in two chapters) to providing exact quotes from a tape another imagineer kept to record what was occurring.This is part of a bigger story. And somewhere in here is a great narrative. But none of that is evident, and that lack makes this book barely worth the time. If all you want are a few fun stories, then this fits the bill. But a book should do much more.
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