Will Disney ever get up the nerve to create Progress City the real Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT)?
As most of you know Walt was always about the next new thing, at the end he had moved beyond theme parks and his latest and last dream was to take what they had learned from Disneyland and apply it to how people would live, not just play, this was to be Progress City or EPCOT which has absolutely nothing to do with the EPCOT center in Fl as you may know.
It was to be a living working blueprint for how people could live and work in the future, a miniature of it has been seen at the end of the Carousel of progress attractions when they were open.
As usualy Disney was at least 50 years ahead of his time, was this last dream to much for people to comprehend? Certainly it was for the Disney co, they shrank from the challenge and didnt try to attempt to make his last and greatest dream come true, perhaps only the genius dreamer himself could have accomplished it.
2018-2020 would have been the real EPCOT's 50th anniversary when the rest of the world would have caught up with the concept. If you are familiar with what ideas have been released Progress city was to be more or less self sustaining community where families would work, live and play, very similar to Palo Solari's Archology concept of a city-building. Using mass transit in the form of monorails and peoplemovers allowing homes to be built in a park like setting free of the roads and parking needed for cars where kids could play freely and safely.
Today more than ever we need Disney's vision as we face a very uncertain and what looks to be a dark future in the coming years as resources we have made ourselves dependent on are on the decline and our need now to no longer ignore our impact on the environment.
Would Disney if he had lived and completed Progress City have shown us all "how to do it" how to live in harmony with the world around us and with eachother, and would this have impacted the way we all now live as he had hoped? Or was this last dream just to grandiose even for the master dreamer? Was it just another example of 60' Utopian ideal of a model city that has fallen by the wayside like so many dreams of that time like the Space Age another direction for mankind that Disney believed in very much but has since been deferred to some future generation? Any thoughts?
I personally believe that Disney co will never attempt such a thing and never for the high idealistic reasons of their founder.
Prehaps it takes some other dreamer with the financial power and a new similar dream to make this come true some day, or perhaps things are as cynical as they seem and no one would care to try and utilize technology and urban planning to try and show us a better way to live?