Visions of Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center resurface in Dubai Expo 2020

If you’re a fan of Disney history, you know that Walt’s final dream of opening an utopian city was morphed into the Epcot theme park we know today. Who knows if the planned city where transportation, jobs and shared cultures would have actually been the wave of the future? What I find interesting is how many of those themes, concepts and ideals have resurfaced in the plans for Dubai Expo 2020.

Dubai Expo 2020

Make no mistake about it, this is a modern version of a World’s Fair that Disney helped pioneer in 1964. Instead of just corporations showcasing what they can do (there will be that as well), think of the Dubai Expo to be also a sharing of ideas. Think TED Talks on a global scale.

Dubai Expo 2020

There will also be spaces to showcase cultures from around the world as well as an open air market to sell products from various countries. Starting to sound familiar?

Dubai Expo 2020

The expo is also designed similarly to the original version of E.P.C.O.T. Center with a central hub and various buildings extending out from that center section. Don’t let the above rendering fool you, this thing will be massive.

Dubai Expo 2020

In Walt’s vision of a futuristic city, a PeopleMover would get you from the center of the city to the outlying areas via above-ground track. Here, everything will be connected underground via a series of tubes with zero emission trains getting you from point A to point B. Take a look at the video below and see for yourself, the parallels are uncanny.

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Images Copyright: Dubai Expo 2020

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