DISNEY BOOK CLUB: SAM GENNAWEY’S WALT DISNEY AND THE PROMISE OF PROGRESS CITY
APRIL 1ST, 2015, 6:30 PM
Village House of Books is proud to launch our first themed book club. Our new Disney Book Club will meet quarterly and will focus on books written about the history of Walt Disney’s contributions to animation, live action film, theme parks, and other forms of entertainment.
For our first book, we will be reading “Walt Disney and the Promise of Progress City”. Disney historian and urban planner Sam Gennawey traces the evolution of the EPCOT we didn’t get and the Epcot we did, in a tour-de-force analysis of Walt’s vision for city-building and how his City of Tomorrow might have turned out had he lived.
Beginning with Walt’s earliest conceptions for “Progress City”, a centrally planned, centrally run community where people could work, live, and play, Gennawey weaves urban planning concepts into a meticulously researched historical narrative that culminates in Walt’s death and his brother Roy’s decision to focus on building a new theme park in Florida, not an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.
We will also be screening Walt’s last film, “EPCOT,” in which he reveals his concepts and plans for the Disney World and EPCOT project. After the show, we’ll be talking to Sam Gennawey via Skype, and he’ll be able to answer your questions about his research. It will be a fun-filled evening for Disney fans, theme park buffs, and anyone interested in architecture and urban planning.