Developed toward the end of Walt Disney’s life, the property purchased near Orlando, Florida now home to the Walt Disney World Resort, was originally intended to be a small cutting edge community showcasing, testing, and demonstrating new ideas and technologies geared toward urban living in an effort to stimulate American corporations to further innovation of this field. The architectural model originally drawn up for Walt Disney can be found still on display at the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover in the north show building that also houses Stitch’s Great Escape.
Unfortunately with his death on December 15, 1966, the majority of Walt Disney’s ideas for the planned city were abandoned, with the Walt Disney World Resort instead opening the Magic Kingdom and a few hotels in 1971. However his original vision did manage to live on and eventually evolved into the opening of the Epcot theme park in 1982. And while his intended city was never built, the Walt Disney World Resort has gone on to represent Walt Disney’s ideas of forward-thinking planning, as the company continues to find innovation solutions to the myriad problems presented them in running the resorts and their respective rides and attractions.