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What Would Walt Do?: An Insider's Story about the Design and Construction of Walt Disney World

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ISBN-13: 978-0595172030
ISBN-10: 0595172032
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About the Author

D. M. Mike Miller is a professional engineer. He was graduated from the University of Florida in 1966, and has had a diverse career in civil engineering design and construction. His experience includes significant management positions during the construction of Walt Disney World, Epcot, and Universal Studios Florida. Mr. Miller lives in Brevard County, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595172032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595172030
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Miller has lived in Florida since 1960. He graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida and has lived and worked in most areas of the state. His civil engineering projects include Walt Disney World, EPCOT, Universal Studios and hundreds of other developments all over the state. During that time, Mike developed an understanding and love of Old Florida that is reflected in his books and on the pages of his website, Florida-Backroads-Travel.com.

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The book was an easy read BUT was really an autobiography of the author and his life. It's about his working days, especially while working on the constrction of WDW. Besides the very infrequent mention of the title "What Would Walt Do" there was next to nothing in the book about Walt's philosophies, work ethic and thought processes. Not what I exptected or what the title infers.
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"What Would Walt Do" has very little to do with the design and contruction of Disney World and more to do the author's personal remembrances of his career. Fully three-quarters of this short book deals with the author's personal history outside of Disney World. All of the information found here dealing with Disney World can be found elsewhere in more detail. I do not recommend this book.
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Obviously a self-published pamphlet, no proof reading done with the manuscript at all! D.M. Miller poorly recants small stories about his life, a few of them include checking out the construction of Walt Disney World, and several of them are repeated again and again through out the book, to fill space. Extremely poorly written, many mistakes. Not worth the paper that the book is printed on. Skip it!
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A very short book. No pictures. Lots of fluff. Information about the author that has nothing to do with Walt Disney takes up pages in the book. Stories about mean foremen and inspectors. Boring.
What would Walt do? He'd do it right no matter what the expense. There. Save your money and buy a good book on Disney.
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I enjoyed this book from the standpoint of learning how projects such as Disneyworld test all of the construction processes to ensure safety. I read this just as the Israel ballroom where a wedding dance was being held collapsed this weekend and was startled to see the first people they arrested (immediately!) were the contractor and chief engineer!
The author's assertion that Walt Disney would have nothing but the best, at any cost of time and money, shows why Disneyworld was selected by Tom Peters for his work on "In Search of Excellence". I.E., excellence starts at the bottom and trickles up....P>As the author states in the beginning, this was just "a little book" about his experiences with the project, and I found it to deliver that story in an unassuming manner. I loved the working man anecdotes!
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What Would Walt Do? is a first hand look through the eyes of a young civil engineer into the contruction of Walt Disney World from Walt's Seventh Premliminary Plan to Opening Day, 23 October 1971. It's a good read for engineering students, "wannabee" engineers and lovers of all things Disney. Readers will smile at the story of Levi, the arm wrestling champion of champions; the author's night on the town with an "Acadian Queen" and amused when engineers and technicians are dumped into a very cold Reedy Creek from a supposedly all terrain (including water) 4 wheel drive vehicle called a "Coot." The Coot was hoot!

Although the author had never met Walt Disney who died in 1966, he learned through the leadership of Walt's brother Roy and others with long standing at Disney to apply to difficult construction decisions, union conflicts, contractor disputes, quality control issues the question: "What Would Walt Do?" In their considering that question, the ideal always sought was to apply Walt's standards of quality and safety to accomplish even the smallest details in the spirit of Walt's Dream. The ultimate compliment came on opening day from Walt's widow Lily who said, "I think Walt would have approved."

Other accounts of this remarkable engineering/construction feat may be more technical or more historically accurate. However, WWWD gives insight not only into the day to day operation, construction ups and downs, but also into the personal lives of the men and women who helped to bring Walt's dream into a reality. They were a very special team who soon realized that after the gates had opened, the Boston Pops had played and Mickey had paraded....they had left a part of themselves in the dirt, steel and cement that covered hundreds of acres of Central Florida called Walt Disney World.
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for had I paid money for this book, I would be quite upset. The book is written as if the reader has an IQ of 50. There are many typos and poor sentence construction. These typos are even evident on the back cover of the book. I am surprised an editor would have let this book go to publication in the way it stands. Even worse, the author uses a supposed history book about WDW to rant about his own political views. I don't care what one's political thoughts are when I am supposed to be reading a book about the design and construction of WDW. Several pages are devoted to the author's views about unions and past presidents. He states that Walt was anti-union, and then takes this opportunity to write a few pages on why HE is anti-union. Who cares? Then there is a favorite quote of mine on page 22, "Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President, and he seemed to me to be a real jerk." Again, what does this have to do with the topic on hand? There are many other great books about the creation of the theme parks and Disney's vision. Do not waste your time on this one.
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