Disney Suburbia

posted May 9, 2012, 4:44 PM by Joseph Goulart
Joseph Goulart, Jarrett Maleski, and Gabby Wright

A. EPCOT is a Disney owned theme park founded on the idea of creating a community of tomorrow. EPCOT itself stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow and it opened in 1982. The park consists of two sections, Future World and World Showcase which are both based off of exhibits found at the world expo. EPCOT is based off of a model community called Celebration where the shops are in the center surrounded by houses. There is no slums areas in Celebration because Disney ‘wouldn’t let it happen’ and all residents are required to be in employed. Walt Disney said, "It will be a planned, controlled community, a showcase for American industry and research, schools, cultural and educational opportunities. There will be no landowners and therefore no voting control within Celebration. People will rent houses instead of buying them, and at modest rentals. After Walt Disney’s death, the Disney corporation decided it didn’t want to be involved in running a city and turned the park into a tourist destination. Unfortunately Walt Disney’s utopian vision wasn’t fully realized but reflected in the current amusement park. 

Sociology Utopia Experiment

B. EPCOT and Walt Disney’s vision [Celebration, FL]  was attempting to solve the social issue of division of labor and establish a classless society. Celebration’s original vision was the make sure everyone was taken care of with jobs and opportunities. He intended to rid industrialization by providing all the technical innovations that residents needed. No one had to work to create this environment but everyone had to work to remain inhabiting Celebration. Celebration was trying to combat the ever industrializing world by bringing concepts of the world to his ideal village. Florida was never a destination at this scale since people thought it had the fountain of youth. 

C. During Walt Disney’s time, communism was very popular and appealed to him as a utopia. Although he may not have intended it, its clear that communist ideals have trickled in to Celebration, FL. During this time many Americans were moving to suburbia and having children. Disney jumped at this business opportunity and created a village where new families could be happy and succeed. 

D. One of the major cons of the Disney’s Celebration, FL is its negligence to people that don’t conform to the socially constricted ideals of the village. There were no kids with nose rings, no fat men drinking beer, only strolls through the gorgeous neighborhood. The only major pro is after the first few generation it would be a seamless society. The only thing that hinders this idea is if people know of the outside world. The town is also very economically friendly.