It's been a busy week for me. I was in Florida for a series of over 15 talks, podcasts and events. One of which I'd like to share with you today. On Saturday, I spoke to the Disneyana World Chapter Meeting about Walt Disney and how he changed the public's expectations with regards to the public realm.

In his early days, Walt forever changed animation, and animal documentaries, and television, and theme parks. Near the end of his life, he also took on how family vacations could be improved outside of the theme park and how to build a community of the future. While those projects never came to be, there is much for us to be inspired by, even today. But one project very near to Walt's heart was completed, CalArts - a multi-disciplinary college that focused on the practical application of the arts.

Although I have a face for radio, you might just get over that and enjoy these videos taken by Luke Piacente on this presentation: Walt Disney's Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.

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Perhaps Walt's wife, Lillian, summed up his passion and drive the best. "Enthusiasm and optimism together. Walt was enthusiastic about everything. He never thought anything would turn out badly." And for the most part, it hasn't.




Sam Gennawey is an urban planner, historian, and author.

If you enjoy reading SAMLAND, you'll love his book. Walt and the Promise of Progress City is a detailed look into how Walt Disney envisioned the future of communities. Along the way, we explore many facets of a fascinating man.


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