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Lectures at The Ranch: What in the World? How Walt Created Disney World with Gary McKechnie

August 10 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Microphone, projector with HDMI adapter and sound system compatible with MacBook

When Walt Disney realized cheap tourist traps were enveloping Disneyland, he began a nationwide search for enough land to hold every dream he could imagine. What happened next would require a heightened degree of CIA-level secrecy for Disney’s undercover team, who launched a misinformation campaign that included dummy corporations and secret transactions. However, when a keen-eyed reporter cracked the code, Disney was forced to show his hand. Audiences will be amazed to learn of not only a subterfuge but also the monumental innovations and engineering feats required to create a whole new world.

Native Floridian Gary McKechnie is a two-time National Geographic author, author of America’s best-selling motorcycle guidebook, and two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. On stage, he has honed his skills as a motivational storyteller, a stand-up comedian, and improv actor. He is also a guest speaker aboard the ships of Cunard, Seabourn, and the Silversea lines. His travel features on Florida have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and through VisitFlorida.

This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

August 10 @ 11:30 am -
August 10 @ 12:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Gary McKechnie, Speaker
Event Fee:
Event Type:

Event Contact:

Elaine Smith
(727) 815-7126

Event Venue:

Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center
12118 Lake Blanche Dr.
Odessa, Florida 33556
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Venue Phone:
(727) 815-7126

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