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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Progress City

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We’ve all been to Epcot, we’ve all been bored by it, we’ve all seen its sad decline from a kind of permanent world’s fair into a gaggle of thrill rides and theme restaurants. We’ve all thought “Why bother?”

What is somewhat less known is that the original plan for E.P.C.O.T. was vastly more ambitious, a kind of planned city of the future that would have housed about 30,000 people, experimented with new systems of transportation, civil engineering, and social design. It’s all pretty fascinating, as you can see in this promotional film which aired as an episode of “Walt Disney Presents.”

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: The Original E.P.C.O.T.

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Everybody knows that Epcot was originally intended by Walt Disney to be an actual living, working town. Most, if they think of it at all, tend to write it off as one of crazy Unkie Walt's whacky Futurian daydeams that never would have come off, and now we've got "Celebration," and that's just as good, right?

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