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On October 1, 1982, EPCOT Center opened. Steve Alcorn and David Green were there, as employees of Disney's WED Imagineering. Building a Better Mouse describes what it was like to be in the trenches as a Disney Imagineer leading the frantic dash to opening day. It is a breathtaking, breezy, E-ticket ride of a book, required reading for Disneyphiles and anyone interested in ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published March 29th 2010 by Smashwords Edition (first published October 1st 2007)
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Josh McConnell
Mar 08, 2012 Josh McConnell rated it liked it
Shelves: disney
This book is definitely an acquired taste and only for the die-hard Disney fans (particularly of Walt Disney World). There really is no narrative here. You are placed into the shoes of an engineer who worked on the American Adventure attraction during the madness that was the initial EPCOT construction. The second half of the book is literally a journal, with timestamps for entries.

All of this said, it is still fascinating to understand the insanity that went on during the creation of EPCOT. You
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Jeff Schmitt
Sep 02, 2015 Jeff Schmitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disney's second Florida Theme Park, EPCOT Center (so named at the time) opened officially in October 1982. And after reading this book, I'm more than a little surprised that it happened at all!

This is not the typical Disney "back-stage" history book. This was written by two of the main electrical engineers that made it happen. While it's a quick read (less than 200 pages), it's still very detailed as to the work that went into building specifically The American Adventure show

I love these kinds o
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Andrew Frueh
Dec 18, 2011 Andrew Frueh rated it liked it
Shelves: disney, memoir
I've been to Disney World and EPCOT Center more times than I can count. And a large number of those trips were made during the golden age of EPCOT, the 80's and early 90's. I've always been fascinated by the Disney Imagineers, so I was very excited to hear a first-hand account of what actually went into building the park. In many ways the book did not disappoint, the stories of the young engineers with impossible deadlines and the unique culture of Imagineering were captivating. But at the same ...more
Ron
Feb 05, 2011 Ron rated it it was ok
A very loose description of the lives of several engineers involved in Disney's EPCOT Florida project during the 80s, focussing the American Adventure pavilion. Very "on the ground" and flow of consciousness writing, as in "I remember that..." In spite of this it will have significant appeal to Disney park fans and engineers, with it's descriptions of EPCOT when it was still one of the world's largest, muddiest and most complex construction sites. There are long descriptions of how the engineers ...more
Blaywulf
Aug 01, 2015 Blaywulf rated it liked it
A very interesting look into skme early developement of Epcot Center, specifically the workd showcase and the American Adventure pavillion. If these dont interest you, you will get nothing out of this book
Jeff
Jun 02, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disney
Not what I was expecting; was expecting a more in depth look behind the scenes look at the building of EPCOT, similar to David Koenig's books. Though there were some of those stories here, mostly it was a little too technical to really get the overall behind the scenes experience. What a sense of urgency and sense of accomplishment though!
Sarah
Dec 14, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: reference, disney, a-own
An interesting look into the behind the scenes creation of EPCOT Center. Unfortunately, it has a lot of grammatical errors and repetitions. It would be nice if they could have an editor clean it up a bit. I also wish there was a glossary to explain some of the engineering jargon (what is a wirelister??).
sid
Oct 08, 2013 sid rated it liked it
An interesting peek into the crazy engineering schedules that went into finishing Epcot on time. Reads more like a journal than a real book.
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Steve Alcorn is the author of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works. His novels include the mystery A Matter of Justice, the historical novel Everything In Its Path, and the romance Ring of Diamonds (under the pseudonym Sharon Stevens). His best-selling history of the Imagineers who built Epcot, Building a Better Mouse, was co-written with author David Green.

During the past decade Steve ha
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