Has Disney World Fulfilled Walt's Dreams For His Florida Project?
Let's fast forward a little less than five years. The theme park had opened, but where was the futuristic city? What happened to the breathtaking urban vista Walt had promised? Sure, the Magic Kingdom was only the first phase of the Florida Project, but Walt's grand, forward looking ideas were already in motion.
The Walt Disney World Monorail ushers guests from hotels and the Transporation & Ticket Center to the park, as well as to and from the Epcot theme park. Though the People Mover is only an attraction, it followed a similar transportation system at what is now George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston (the only transportation system the Disney company built outside its own facilities).
The Magic Kingdom also makes use of the innovative AVAC trash collection system from Sweden, where trash makes its way to a central collection point via pneumatic tubes. A revolutionary water filtration system employs water hyacinths to reclaim waste water. The underground Utilidor system allows for cast members and behind-the-scenes technology to remain out of sight until necessary, much like the logistics areas beneath EPCOT's urban core.
Eleven years later, EPCOT Center (now known as Epcot) opened. This park continues the legacy of Walt's Florida Project vision. Innoventions demonstrates new technology that lies just around the corner - much like the homes where the residents of Progress City would live. The attraction Universe of Energy runs on solar power, while The Land and The Seas demonstrate new techniques for cultivating crops and exploring the oceans, respectively. Of course, all four parks maintain the use of cutting edge entertainment technology as well - from Audio Animatronics, to the DACS parade control system, to the brighest and most colorful fireworks, Walt Disney World continually raises the bar when it comes to showmanship.