Disney's Thwarted Alpine Village

Mineral King is a site adjoining Sequoia National Park that the Park Service wanted to lease as a resort. Walt Disney was gung ho to do it, and got pretty far in planning an alpine village resort before the project was killed.

Planner Sam Gennawey goes into detail on the plan, which was brought down by a number of factors including the Sierra Club:

"In a brochure, Walt said, 'When we go into a new project, we believe in it all the way. That's the way we feel about Mineral King. We have every faith that our plans will provide recreational opportunities for everyone. All of us promise that our effort now and in the future will be dedicated to making Mineral King grow to meet the ever-increasing public need. I guess you might say that it won't ever be finished.'

All of these activities would be contained in a high density, compact, pedestrian oriented village."

Full Story: From Slope to Nope - Walt Disney's Mineral King

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