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60 Hours!

Well time flies, and so it goes that our Kickstarter is drawing to an end. There are only 60 hours left to go but I still need your help!

There have been a few updates since I last posted about the project here. We’ve passed the $10,000 level, which means that I’ll include 10 of my favorite Walt Disney World recipes as an appendix in the book (including one for potato salad – it’s a long story). I’ll also be providing my own personal, top-secret chili recipe to every backer because chili > potato salad and, again, it’s a long story.

More exciting and germane is the fact that we’re also offering t-shirts as rewards. There will be four designs available – one with the Progress City logo, and three “travel poster” designs based upon the destinations once found in Epcot’s Horizons. You can choose between Brava Centauri, Mesa Verde, or Sea Castle – or order all three.

To make the designs come to life I’ve enlisted the help of artist Brice Croskey, who you might know from delightful pieces such as this:

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I have no doubt Brice will turn my chicken-scratch concept sketches into something really, really cool. This is the kind of project I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and after the book is done and we get the shirts taken care of, we’ll make the Horizons-inspired posters available as art prints. Because… they’re just really cool and I want them on my wall.

With the Kickstarter drawing to a close I think it’s only right that I give a sneak peek of what’s next, and what I have in mind as “future projects” should this first book prove a success. I expect that there will be a second volume of collected essays, following up on this initial release. Also, for the last five years I’ve been working on what I hope will be a comprehensive history of Epcot Center, put together from years of research and dozens upon dozens of interviews. Most likely this has grown so large that it will be split among 2-3 volumes; it’s kind of like Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, just about Epcot. I’ve also been working on a book about the Disney parks, lands, attractions, and hotels that “never were” – things that were planned, or even announced, but remain unbuilt. And I would like to do the first detailed English-language history of the Tokyo Disney Resort, complete with extensive photographic coverage of its two wondrous theme parks.

So that’s what’s next, and that is what any additional funding that comes within the next 60 hours will go towards. So spread the work to fellow Disney fans, especially those with an interest in history, and let’s see how high we can go!

Thanks again so much to everyone who has donated so far. You have my eternal appreciation!

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