Silverpin Studios and Tony Cortese Present
Walt Disney - Master of Dreamers
Disney legends Bob Gurr, Rolly Crump, Dick Nunis & Richard Sherman, join award winning authors Jeff Barnes and Sam Gennawey along with Audio Animatronics pioneer Garner Holt & Orlando Commercial Property Developer Robert Kingsland in a feature length documentary that takes us through Walt Disney's epic journey after Disneyland to the 1964-65 New York World's Fair through the opening of E.P.C.O.T.
The 1964 New York World's Fair was arguably the most important stepping stone that Walt Disney took in paving the way for the future of the Disney Parks. It would be the first time East Coast audiences got a chance to see Disney shows and attractions that had become legendary at Disneyland in California. What the world didn't know, was that Walt Disney had been secretly buying up parcels of land in Central Florida accumulating property twice the size of Manhattan. He was planning his biggest idea yet... Walt Disney World. At the epicenter of this "Florida Project" would be E.P.C.O.T. , A real life utopian progress city of the future that would change the world forever. We know that Walt Disney's E.P.C.O.T. was never realized, but how did Walt's team of Imagineers land on the E.P.C.O.T. that was ultimately built and what did it take to develop 27,000 acres of Florida swampland into the resort destination we know today.
Never before has this story been told so thoroughly and accurately by Walt Disney's closest confidants who walked beside him each step of the way. Supporting insight by some of the industry's leading experts, provides a unique look at the pivotal milestones that unfolded through the journey and how Walt Disney's unique leadership style was paramount in inspiring his team of imagineers to work tirelessly after their leader and mentor's untimely death to complete what would be the largest construction project the world had ever seen!
The Film's Cast
Walt Disney era Imagineer, Bob has earned his place in history having worked directly with Walt Disney in creating some of the most iconic attractions and vehicles including the Monorail, Matterhorn and The first animatronic Abraham Lincoln.
In 1959, Rolly joined WED Enterprises, now known as Walt Disney Imagineering. He became one of Walt’s key designers for attractions like the Haunted Mansion, Enchanted Tiki Room, and It's a Small World.
Best selling author of The Wisdom of Walt and Beyond the Wisdom of Walt, Jeff teaches the only accredited college course on the History of Disneyland and believes the Disney parks teach us some of life’s greatest lessons, as long as you know their history.
Best selling author of
The Promise of Progress City, Sam's professional training as an urban planner in Los Angeles gives him a unique perspective on Walt Disney's plans for EPCOT and what it would've taken to make it a reality.
Founder and president of Garner Holt Productions, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of audio animatronic figures and a recognized authority on the history and technology of animatronics & it's impact on Walt Disney's vision.
Commercial Property Developer
Bob worked directly with Walt Disney secretly acquiring the land needed to build Walt Disney World. Bob was with Walt when he chose the spot for EPCOT & was commissioned to cut the first roads to the Magic Kingdom.
Orlando Film Festival Awards Walt Disney - Master of Dreamers with Best Documentary & Grand Jury Prize, 2019!
Named one of the top “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine, the world premiere of Walt Disney - Master of Dreamers was held at the world famous Orlando Film Festival! Located at the state-of-the-art Cobb Plaza Cinema Café featuring twelve beautiful theaters with a high-end digital projection right in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida.
Retired Chairman of Walt Disney Attractions, Dick Nunis was paramount to the successful completion of the Florida Project. Having worked directly along side Walt Disney, Dick learned from the master and dedicated his entire career to carrying on the great traditions and philosophies of Walt Disney for more than 4 decades.
Richard M. Sherman
The other half of the legendary Sherman Brothers song writing team, Richard & his brother Bob wrote some of Disney’s most iconic classics from films like Mary Poppins & The Jungle Book. He also penned tunes from classic Disneyland attractions like Small World and Carousel of Progress.
Walt Disney - Master of Dreamers
The 1964 New York World's Fair was arguably the most important stepping stone that Walt Disney took in paving the way for the future of the Disney Parks in years to come. It was the first time East Coast audiences got a chance to see Disney shows and attractions that had become legendary at Disneyland in California. What the world didn't know, was that Walt had been secretly buying up parcels of land in Central Florida accumulating property twice the size of Manhattan. He was planning his biggest idea yet... Walt Disney World. At the epicenter of this "Florida Project" would be E.P.C.O.T. An Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. A utopian progress city of the future that would change the world forever.