Legal strategies, dummy corporations and covert maneuvers. This is the story of how 27,000 acres of swamp became the “happiest place on Earth,” according to author Chad Emerson.

In his non-fiction account, “Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World,” Emerson recounts the complex events that enabled the code name, Project Future, to become the modern day Walt Disney World.

Emerson will be at the UCF Library on the main campus from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, to discuss his research into Walt Disney World’s past. He’ll be in Room 223 and will answer questions and sign copies of his book.

The event is free and open to the public.

Emerson is a law professor at Faulkner University, where his areas of expertise include land planning law, intellectual property law and amusement park and leisure law.

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