Still image of EPCOT city concept from Disney's 1966 promotional film

EPCOT: The Original 'Smart City'

What can today’s futurists learn from Disney’s unrealized utopia?

October 7, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Celebration Florida

Disney Plans New Residential Developments

Despite the less-than-magical results of its experiment in Celebration, Florida, Disney has announced plans to build a chain of master-planned communities around the country.

February 17, 2022 - The Verge

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Friday Eye Candy: Renderings for the New Star Wars Theme Park

Fans of Disney theme parks and fans of Star Wars had a big week.

February 10, 2017 - The Architect's Newspaper

Celebration Florida

Celebration, Florida: 20 Years Later

Disney's efforts to make a quaint American town both failed and succeeded in ways few could have predicted.

January 10, 2017 - The Economist

Traffic Jam

65-Year-Old Disney Cartoon Perfectly Explains the Craziness of Driving a Car

In 1950 the Walt Disney Company released a cartoon called "Motor Mania". Starring Goofy, the film chronicles the metamorphosis of the mild-mannered "Mr. Walker" into the terror of the streets, "Mr. Wheeler". It was ahead of its time.

August 19, 2016 - Community Builders

Disney Imagineers' Next Big Thing: 'Avatar' Theme Park in Orlando

The world of Pandora, created by James Cameron for the blockbuster film Avatar, will be the next addition to Disney's Animal Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida.

February 28, 2015 - Variety

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Disney's Political Donations Increase as Anaheim Considers a Streetcar

Disney says its supports pro-business candidates for City Council in Anaheim, but some see a proposed streetcar as the connection behind an uptick in the company's local political support.

November 3, 2014 - Orange County Register

Friday Funny: Disney Planning More Vehicle-Themed Movies

If you love the transportation-related puns you've been subjected to over repeated viewings of Cars, Cars 2, and, now, Planes with your children, you're going to be excited to hear about what Disney is working on now.

August 23, 2013 - Funny Or Die

Assessing Disney's Impact on Urban Planning

Rachel James speaks with historian Jennifer Gray about the impact that Disney's "particular brand of nostalgic, comforting architecture and urbanism" has had on the way people experience the city and professionals plan for it.

October 17, 2012 - SmartPlanet

Mickey Mouse McMansions

The Disney Company is betting against the struggling Florida housing market with plans to build million-dollar luxury homes near its Orlando theme park.

June 29, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal

The Downfall of Disney's America

Planner Sam Gennawey goes deep into the details explaining how the Disney Corporation's awesome corporate power was thwarted from building an America-themed park in suburban Prince William County.

May 24, 2010 - SamLand's Disney Adventures

Riding A Retro PRT

NPR covers the state of Personal Rapid Transit today, and takes a ride on the first PRT in the U.S., running at West Virginia University since 1975.

December 3, 2009 - National Public Radio

An Empty Disney High Speed Rail Station for Orlando

The Disney Corporation has announced intentions to donate land for a high speed rail station in Orlando if a Florida project is approved. But some say it's unlikely the company will encourage anyone to use their station.

October 13, 2009 - The Orlando Sentinel

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