The Vancouver Trip
In July 1966, Walt took his entire family on a memorable trip up from Vancouver through the inland channel and past a number of little islands.
Recalled Diane, “It was so wonderful because it was all my children from Chris down to two-year-old Ronnie, Sharon, Bob -- my sister and brother-in-law -- and their little baby Victoria, who was about six months old, and Mother and Dad. All on this boat.”
During the trip, the family celebrated one birthday (Diane’s daughter Tamara) and one anniversary (Walt and Lilly’s). “It seemed to me the most idyllic time,” Diane recalled. “Just cozy and fun beautiful things to look at.”
Walt took two books with him on the trip. His choices make it clear that he was thinking deeply both about Epcot and about the new California Institute of the Arts. One of the books was titled How to Choose a College President. The other was a book about city planning by architect Victor Gruen. “And those two books, Dad pored over,” Diane added. “He would go to the upper deck. It was a little space above the cabin on the boat, up in the wind, when he needed to have some tranquility and sit up there and read.”