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When Mickey Came to Town

Twenty-two years ago, Disney thought they could impose an unwanted American History theme park on the people of central Virginia. They thought people wanted white-washed history with rollercoasters and battle reenactments. They thought people wouldn’t mind their plans for a massive development of apartments, hotels, and golf courses. They thought people wouldn’t notice the project’s impacts on traffic, sprawl. and the environment. They thought wrong.


Directed by Sam Sheline. Edited by Adam Lee. Executive producers: Chris Palmer and Kristin Pauly. Director of Photography: Tony Azios.