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Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World$
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Cher Krause Knight

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049120

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049120.001.0001

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Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

Disney World as a Pilgrimage Center

(p.24) two Keeping the Faith
Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World

Cher Krause Knight

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 investigates Disney World as a pilgrimage site predicated on its rites of passage, temporary communities transcending normal social constraints, spatial planning, corporeal, symbolic transitions, and/or liminality. Disney World, particularly the Magic Kingdom, is compared to Santiago de Compostela in Spain because Santiago de Compostela emerged as a pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages and remains popular to this day. Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney are examined in relation to St. James, the patron saint of Compostela. Although comparisons to traditional pilgrimage centers and devotional figures point out distinctions between touristic and spiritual practices, the book suggests that many Disney World visitors engage in a quasi-religious pilgrimage. Today pilgrimage may be less a matter of a journey’s risk than a site’s ability to generate memorable experiences.

Keywords:   Disney World, pilgrimage, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, St. James, quasi-religious

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