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Disneyland and Culture: Essays on the Parks and Their Influence

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The success of Disneyland as the world's first permanent, commercially viable theme park sparked the creation of a number of other parks throughout the world, from Florida to Japan, France, and Hong Kong. But the impact of Disneyland is not confined to the theme park arena. These essays explore a far-reaching ideology. Among the topics are Disney's role in the creation of children's architecture; Frontierland as an allegorical map of the American West; the "cultural invasion of France" in Disneyland Paris; the ...

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Overview

The success of Disneyland as the world's first permanent, commercially viable theme park sparked the creation of a number of other parks throughout the world, from Florida to Japan, France, and Hong Kong. But the impact of Disneyland is not confined to the theme park arena. These essays explore a far-reaching ideology. Among the topics are Disney's role in the creation of children's architecture; Frontierland as an allegorical map of the American West; the "cultural invasion of France" in Disneyland Paris; the politics of nostalgia; and "hyperurbanity" in the town of Celebration, Florida.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786443727
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Studies/Popular Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 591,656
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Merlock Jackson is a communications professor and coordinator at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. She is the editor of The Journal of American Culture and is a past president of the American Culture Association. Mark I. West is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, teaching children's literature and serving as associate dean for student services. He has written or edited a dozen books on children's literature and culture and is a past president of the Children's Literature Association.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Disneyland Concept

The Theme Park: The Art of Time and Space Margaret J. King J. G. O'Boyle 5

Synergystic Disney: New Directions for Mickey and Media in 1954-1955 Kathy Merlock Jackson 19

Animator as Architect: Disney's Role in the Creation of Children's Architecture Mark I. West 29

Disneyland Attractions

Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A., and Its Sources in Hollywood, U.S.A. Robert Neuman 37

Frontierland as an Allegorical Map of the American West Richard Francaviglia 59

The Dark Ride of Snow White: Narrative Strategies at Disneyland Suzanne Rahn 87

Tom Sawyer Island: Mark Twain, Walt Disney, and the Literary Playground Mark I. West 101

A Southern California Boyhood in the Simu-Southland Shadows of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room Craig Svonkin 107

Disneyland's Variations

Disneyland Paris: A Clash of Cultures Christian Renaut 125

Hong Kong Disneyland: Feng Shui Inside the Magic Kingdom Derham Groves 138

Hyperurbanity: Idealism, New Urbanism, and the Politics of Hyperreality in the Town of Celebration, Florida Eric Detweiler 150

Disneyland's Influence

Theme Parks and Films - Play and Players J. P. Telotte 171

Of Theme Parks and Television: Walt Disney, Rod Serling, and the Politics of Nostalgia Douglas Brode 183

Vacation in Historyland Katherine Howe 195

Autographs for Tots: The Marketing of Stars to Children Kathy Merlock Jackson 207

Forget the Prozac, Give Me a Dose of Disney Cathy Scibelli 215

The Disney Effect: Fifty Years After Theme Park Design Margaret J. King 223

About the Contributors 227

Index 229

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