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Walt Disney and the Promise of Progress City Paperback – December 16, 2014
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This book leads the reader through a history of various projects that Walt Disney (and the Disney company) were involved in over the years that formed and informed the ideas and plans developed for Disney World, EPCOT, and Progress City. These projects included the Animation studio, Disneyland, Walt's Holmby Hills home, the 1964 World's Fair, the Mineral King Resort, and others.
I especially liked the explanations of urban planning concepts and how they were used/manifested in Disney's various projects.
My only quibble (and it's very minor) is that in his "speculative 1982 visit" to Disney World and Progress City, the author assumes that it would have been built just as presented in the EPCOT film. I suspect that many aspects might have changed (as Walt himself predicted in the EPCOT film). I certainly understand why he did this, since planning and work on the project likely stopped shortly after that film was made (which was only 2 months before Walt's death), and the plans in the EPCOT file represent the last know vision for Disney World. As I said, this is a VERY minor quibble.
I strongly recommend this book to any fans of Disney parks or Walt Disney. You will learn something new from this book. I can almost guarantee it. This is definitely going in my "read this again" pile.
Note: This review was written for the original printing of this book, published by Ayefour Publishing.