Realityland: the secret history of Walt Disney World

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5 Responses to “Realityland: the secret history of Walt Disney World”

  1. Halloween Jack says:

    Maurice Reeves: I’m all for new urbanism, and ideally New Pedestrianism, but I don’t have a lot of affection for greenfield projects like Celebration. Sometimes I wonder if some of these new developments are put up just because some people don’t want “used land.”

  2. zuzu says:

    Walt Disney’s mad, magnificent and terrible “Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow.”

    As opposed to Chicago’s mad, magnificent and terrible “Burnham Plan”?

    If you’re fascinated with the story of E.P.C.O.T., I highly recommend Walt Disney Treasures: Tomorrowland.

  3. Halloween Jack says:

    Is the “planned community” of Celebration one of the outgrowths of this? I’ve always thought that that was pretty creepy.

  4. Maurice Reeves says:

    I don’t necessarily find planned communities creepy, though the Catholic one down in Florida crosses the line for me. But still, I think as long as people have the choice to live there they’re fine. I do appreciate the “new” style of planned communities that try and recapture some of the small town feeling by mingling small commercial and residential and placing the porches of houses close to the sidewalk to encourage more social interaction between neighbors.

    I personally believe that for a long time the psychological and sociological benefits of urban planning have been ignored in a drive to throw up McMansions on every hill.

    Speaking about craziness behind the scenes at Disney, Neal Gabler’s bio of Walt Disney goes into great detail about the man himself and how he ran the animation studios. The drive to produce Cinderella makes every FUBAR software project I ever worked on look like a walk in the park. Granted, totally different scales of achievement and accomplishment, but still…

  5. BSUWG says:

    Kind of a tangential comment, but… That book cover artwork is really cool, although the author’s name kind of gets lost at the bottom amid all the green, yellow, and especially purple. Perhaps a bit of drop shadow, outer glow, or a stroke around the font there would’ve sharpened things up a tad.

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