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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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Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World

Cher Krause Knight

University Press of Florida

Chapter 4 looks at tourist destinations, most closely Las Vegas, which employ theming techniques and loose historical references to create immersive experiences for wide audiences. The founding and development of Las Vegas offer striking similarities to Walt Disney’s Florida resort. Both were remote, inhospitable locations subsequently transformed into thriving tourism sites. Each utilizes themed attractions and spaces, with an intensity of showmanship elevated far beyond most other American amusement places. Furthermore, both Las Vegas and Disney World are firmly embedded in our collective consciousness as benchmarks for escapist fantasy. A comparison between them reveals much about evolving notions of “public” space, community, and spectacle in American culture. While inducing consumptive impulses is clearly a primary goal, the resulting fantasy spaces are not easily dismissed as solely commercial. Increasingly popular, planned communities often developed near such tourist destinations, including Disney’s Celebration, to attempt to perpetually extend the “holiday” state-of-mind.

Keywords:   Disney World, Las Vegas, community, celebration, benchmarks, escapist fantasy, spectacle, Walt Disney’s Florida resort, tourism sites

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