Summary:This last section of the book covers the ideas and planning for Walt Disney World and EPCOT until Walt's death. Walt and his wife Lilly traveled the world on Walt's Private plane. They went to Paris, Switzerland, Cuba and many more exciting places. Walt was always looking for inspiration for Disneyland and for new movies. For example, when he was in Cuba he went to a pirate's island and was inspired to make Pirates of the Caribbean and when Lilly found a mechanical singing parrot in Puerto Rico it became inspiration for The Enchanted Tiki Room.
Mary Poppins with Bert
Walt received his highest award on September 14th, 1964 when President Johnson presented him with The Medal of Freedom the highest award that a civilian can receive. A big part of Walt's life came when he decided to help art conservatories by helping create Cal Arts and college for talented young individuals.
Walt decided he wanted to have another Disneyland in Florida in 1958. He also decided that he wanted to create a City of Tomorrow later called EPCOT using state of the art technology and creating a community environment where citizens would have a simplistic lifestyle. All land for the Florida Project as WED called it was settled in 1965. Walt had two of his best men Marv Davis and Joe Potter assist him in this ambitious project. EPCOT became Walt's obsession and put most of his time and effort into it. In 1966 Walt was made the Grand Marshal at the Tournament of Roses Parade. After this event Walt's health greatly decreased; his polo injury was bothering him more than ever, he suffered from and chronic sinus problem, he had developed a kidney ailment. Walt even as a young man had a premonition that he would die before finishing his work and his illness reinforced that thought. During this time though Walt and Lilly became closer and spent more time together. He also worked more seamlessly with his brother Roy and didn't have as many quarrels. But Walt's heath continued to worsen and when he went for an X-ray they found his lung cancerous and had to remove it. He was optimistic about it and returned to work as soon as he could. But he was admitted back to the hospital soon after he left his physical pain was excruciating. His family finally thought he was feeling better when he died on December 15, 1966 from an acute circulatory collapse. He never got to see his final project. His death was mourned by many, but business had to go on. Roy took control of the company and saw out the the Florida Project that Roy decided to call Walt Disney World. But soon after its opening Roy too died just barely seeing out his brother's dream.
Roy Disney at Walt Disney World's opening
Walt's Dream of EPCOT
The Walt Disney name continues to stand for what it did then; quality, family, entertainment and he will always be remembered by those who knew him and people who experienced the Disney dream.