“According to this scale, I am six miles tall. Now it’s twelve miles from here (points to bottom of map) up to here (points to top), and whole area encompasses 27,400 acres. That is 43 square miles – twice the size of the island of Manhattan.”
“Here in Florida we have something special we never enjoyed at Disneyland: The blessing of size. There’s enough land here to hold all of the ideas and plans we could possibly imagine.
“Right now, our plans include an airport of the future […], an entrance complex where all visitors will enter Disney World, an industrial park area covering about 1000 acres, and of course the theme park area way up here. And all these varied activities around the Disney World will be tied together by a high-speed, rapid transit system running almost the full length of the property.
“But the most exciting, by far the most important part of our Florida Project, in fact the heart of everything we’ll be doing in Disney World, will be our
Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow. We call it E.P.C.O.T.”
– Walt Disney, in the original E.P.C.O.T. film (1966)