Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (concept)

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The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) was a concept developed by Walt Disney near the end of his lifetime. The planned city, his intended purpose for the property purchased near Orlando, Florida, that eventually became the Walt Disney World Resort, was to be a "community of the future" designed to stimulate American corporations to come up with new ideas for urban living. Of EPCOT, Walt Disney is quoted as saying, "EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are emerging from the forefront of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed. It will always be showcasing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems."

The concept eventually evolved into the Epcot theme park, which opened in 1982 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The original architectural model of the concept can be viewed on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom.

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History

Inspiration

In the early 1960s, Walt Disney was a huge success in the entertainment industry, as well as having a family with many grandchildren. In watching his grandchildren grow up, Walt began to worry about the world of the future they would inhabit. He began to notice that the modern cities were hectic, disorganized, dirty, and riddled with crime. This was a far cry from Disney's clean and controlled Disneyland Park in California.

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