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Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World$
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Cher Krause Knight

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049120

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049120.001.0001

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Fair Game

Fair Game

Sampling Technology and World Cultures at Epcot

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Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World

Cher Krause Knight

University Press of Florida

Chapter 5 focuses upon the profound influence that World’s Fairs, particularly those in the United States, had upon Walt Disney. The fairs offer keen insight into the conception and planning of Disney World, especially Epcot. Disney’s work developing attractions for the 1964–65 World’s Fair in New York City, offers evidence of his fondness for these grand events. It also illuminates his desire to build an ideal city. Divided into Future World (devoted to technology) and World Showcase (a sampling of international cultures), Epcot prompts us to reconsider which products, technological revolutions, and social movements point the way toward “progress.” It also prompts Americans to reconsider the kinds of relationships they want to foster with their global neighbours.

Keywords:   Disney World, Walt Disney, World’s Fair, Epcot, Future World, World Showcase, ideal city

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