Check out this video from 1966 about EPCOT City.  Walt Disney was a true visionary and an urban planner at heart. He goes as far as saying “The pedestrian will be king” in EPCOT. I sure hope we can unfreeze Uncle Walt so he can help us redesign our cities. Walt Disney-you da man.

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6 Responses to Walt Disney was an urban planner

  1. Silver says:

    Too bad his plans fro EPCOT didn’t turn out quite the way he envisioned them. This would’ve been a great model city for the rest of the world to follow.
    And I always wished that when Miami-Dade introduced the People Mover downtown it would be a continuous movement system like the WedWay People Mover in Disney World.
    I heard there was another Disney ‘city’ that was supposed to up and running nearby but don’t know if it is, or if it’s been successful? (probably not because we haven’t heard about it)


  2. transitnerd says:

    Silver, here is hoping that they will eventually extend the people mover in miami.


  3. Felipe Azenha says:

    The Disney “city” I think you are referring to is Celebration, Florida.


  4. Neil Fritz says:

    It’s very late moderne, the infrastructure requirements are way too intense for a density of 20,000 - even with a huge tourism component - so the economics could probably never work (sorry Walt).

    But man, is this cool!


  5. Felipe Azenha says:

    Neil, you are probably right. Two tunnels separating cars and commercial vehicles is cost prohibitive. There is a stretch of highway in New Jersey (Newark area) were there are truck only lanes. Cars and trucks are completely separated from each other. Perhaps this idea was borrowed from Walt but implemented at a lower cost by keeping it at the same grade?

    What I love about Uncle Walt is his imagination. He brings an open mind to planning and is not afraid to stir up a little controversy. Several of his ideas are just way off, but there are plenty of good ones in there too.

    I saw this video while at a Dreamlandia exhibition in Paris just a few weeks ago at the Pompidu Museum. Walt was a Renaissance Man for his time. I think one of the reasons people love going to EPCOT and Disney World is because it is void of cars. Too bad the only way to get there is by car.


  6. Grayson Peddie says:

    I agree with you, Felipe. If you’re going to take a bus, you’ll gonna have to spend about 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours to get there.

    As a visual impaired, I cannot go through the toll highway without a car. Even if I have a bike (I’m practicing my balancing skills to get a handle in my bike), the law prohibiting cyclists from using the toll road/interstate won’t let me. Even my mom and dad told me that I can’t use my bike to travel to where I want to go. I don’t think there are any bike racks in every theme parks, let alone Downtown Disney, a place to eat, shop, and have some fun. :(

    Maybe this is not considered a discrimination, but I feel kind of left out. :(

    Sorry, Walt! :(


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