In 2011, I wrote a masters thesis in museum anthropology on the presentation of history in Disney’s Magic Kingdom-style theme parks around the world, focusing on its Florida incarnation. After a year of my thesis sitting on a shelf gathering dust, I decided to post parts of it here. You can find these posts under the My Thesis category. Below are the resources I used to write it, and I also have a pretty serious list of Disney history and analysis blogs that I read regularly, which I’m happy to share if you email me. I hope you find the topic interesting!
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Hanna, J. (2008, September 12). Excerpt: ‘Jungle Jack: My Wild Life.’ Good Morning America. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/story?id=5787396&page=1
Harris, N. (1997). Expository expositions: Preparing for the theme parks. In Marling, K.A. (Ed.), Designing Disney’s theme parks: The architecture of reassurance (19-28). New York, NY: Flammarion.
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Jeffers, C.S. (2004). In a cultural vortex: Theme parks, experience, and opportunities for art education. Studies in Art Education, 45(3), 221-233.
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