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The Best of All Possible Worlds
Martin Fox

In 1984 that is, an hour from no – ll well-behaved citizens who meet their production norms, have the requisite number of babies, and don't make trouble, will be sent for a fortnight to Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World is Paradise Regained or Grimsville, U.S.A., depending on your vision of the good life. It's neat and clean and really keen-a shrewdly-run pleasure dome with all the rough, raucous edges sanded away. It's a great big Florida orange --  but without much juice. It's an ocean of polite agreeableness, with an undercurrent of uptightness (Hippie types, keep out.) It's know-how apotheosized (see "Under the Magic Kingdom," page 39).

It's the epitome of the controlled, ordered environment-its creator's obsessive dream-come-true. (Isn't animation-Walt Disney's original thing -a technique which enables you to do without unpredictable live actors and be in total control yourself of what goes into a film?)

There doth it lie-this enormous incorporated community of 27,000 acres-this Ultra New Town of no permanent population-only straight- arrow highways, tamed foliage, pumped-in lakes, and swank hotels that line the roadway, leading you to the heart of the matte – he Magic Kingdom!--the carbon-copy East Coast Disneyland designed to give as much reassurance as pleasure to its throngs of Middle American-minded visitors.


Under the Magic Kingdom. Pollution control technology is the most amazing wonder at Disney World. But most of it is buried underground where tourists never see it. Three currently-being-tested pollution control techniques that have potential for application in New Towns and other large-scale urban design projects include pneumatic trash collection, the recycling of waste water and the reclamation of waste heat.

After raising much of the 100-acre Magic Kingdom 12 feet above grade, Disney engineers carved out a network of underground corridors (above, left) that connect to the kingdom's major structures. From the ceiling of these corridors, called utilidors, hangs a 24-inch pipe system that pneumatically propels trash from all over the property to a central collection point. Beneath the trash collection system lie a set of 18-inch pipes that carry waste water-most of which will ultimately be recycled. And along the bottom of the utilidor run yet other pipes carrying reclaimed hot and chilled water. Electrical wiring and a ventilation system are also housed in the utilidors. And finally, the utilidors provide a roadway for electrically-powered vehicles that haul Disney World's small army of workers from point to point within the kingdom.



Source type Magazine
Volume 4.1
Language en
Document type Feature
Media type text
Page count 4
Pages pp. 36-39


Id 7103
Availability Free
Inserted 2022-10-12