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?

Well, no. (A) "Celebration" sucks. It's like living in a creepy version of "The Village" from The Prisoner, but without the dress code and kidnappings. (Just as much paranoia, though) Yeah, the original draft for EPCOT was Futurian definitely, but it wasn't a boondoggle. It was to be a living, breathing community in which to test out civil and social engineering projects in a uniquely American and optomistic way.

Here, I'll let Walt explain it for himself:

After his death, the directors lacked Walt's passion and vision, and they were frankly more interested in simply making money than they were in maintaining schools, homes, churches, and airports at company expence, so the project got scaled back and scaled back until basically it ended up as a kind of 'permanent world's fair.'

Sad, really.

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