Readers' Opinions

From Brian Emery on November 28, 2011 at 9:50 AM
Hello Robert..

I was thinking about Celebration Florida and wondering if anything from this book – Walt and the promise – are applicable. Celebration is a master planned community therefore I am wondering if any futuristic ideas or planes were Implemented?

Plus the other day I was looking at WWOHP at universal site and I saw a blurb from TPI – “Best new ride in 2010” - It was nice to see…

From Robert Niles on November 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM
Hi Brian,

Sam and I talked a little about that in our interview, and Sam goes into greater detail in the book. Basically, Celebration is nothing like what Walt envisioned for EPCOT.

There are some elements of New Urbanism, which is the post-modern successor to the type of pedestrian-friendly, transit-based modernist development Walt envisioned, in Celebration. (Specifically, having the garages in back of the homes and keeping the houses close together.) But the lack of public transit coupled with the sharp division of residential and commercial development within Celebration undermine New Urbanism concepts.

Personally, I think parts of my hometown of Pasadena, California are a lot closer to EPCOT-like concepts than Disney's Celebration, where my parents live.