One of [Dan Heaton's] favorite books about Walt Disney World is Building a Better Mouse: The Story of the Electronic Imagineers Who Designed Epcot. David Green and Steve Alcorn co-wrote the book, which gives us an insiders’ look at the atmosphere during EPCOT Center’s construction. What [he loves] about the book is the way that it documents the daily work of engineers building a highly ambitious project. The chaotic pace led to a remarkable theme park. This isn’t your typical Disney history book.
David Green worked at EPCOT Center in the early 1980s and is the COO and President of Visual Terrain.
[Dan's] guest on this episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast is David Green, who talks about working on the construction of EPCOT Center in 1982. David worked at WED Enterprises for three years, including his time during the final months of construction. His stories about that time in Walt Disney World’s expansion that he recalls on the podcast are so cool to hear because they aren’t the normal Disney history. The young team of artists and engineers worked crazy hours to bring the incredible park to life.
David talks about his other roles at Disney in the 1990s when the company was growing quickly under Michael Eisner. Projects had great potential but then were stopped despite their success. We discuss David’s interest in themed entertainment and what interested him about documenting his experiences in the book. He also worked on the PeopleMover project at the Houston Airport, Tokyo Disneyland, and more during his career.