Last night, I saw the first time the film that Walt did shortly before his death in which he talked about his "Florida Project."
If you haven't seen it, catch it here:
Most of the film was dedicated to Epcot Center. I was surprised while watching it because I never really thought he wanted to built a *real* experimental city. I am so used to what Epcot turned out to be, that I was surprised to hear the real plans. To think what might have really been built if Walt had lived (and money were endless!)
Now after watching the film, Epcot seemed to be an interesting concept.
"It will be a planned, controlled community, a showcase for American industry and research, schools, cultural and educational opportunities. In EPCOT there will be no slum areas because we won't let them develop. There will be no landowners and therefore no voting control. People will rent houses in stead of buying them, and at modest rentals. There will be no retirees. Everyone must be employed. One of our requirements is that people who live in EPCOT must keep it alive."
Dare I say..it almost sounds like a little socialist city? hehe. I am most impressed by the use of space and public transportation (esp. now that we are paying $3 + a gallon!). I also was surprised to hear Walt's plans for a corporate park as well.
So if you have seen this film or have knowledge about Walt's vision for the real Epcot (that never was).....would you have wanted to live there? Does it seem almost too "ideal?" Would people have been chosen to live there? My DH thinks people would have lined up to live there...and it would have been filled with yuppies. hehe. Would it have felt like one big commune? Bottom line, would it have worked or would it just be another property for DVC? hehe. I did read it would have taken a quarter of a century to build, so people might have only moved in about 10 years ago! hehe.
Just curious what you all think! (Sorry, if this has been posted before. I tried searching in the thread history and couldn't find something like this thread.)