Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World

Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World

by Cher Krause Knight


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In this fascinating analysis, Cher Krause Knight peels back the actual and contextual layers of Walt Disney's inspiration and vision for Disney World in central Florida, exploring the reasons why the resort has emerged as such a prominent sociocultural force.

Knight investigates every detail, from the scale and design of the buildings to the sidewalk infrastructure to which items could and could not be sold in the shops, discussing how each was carefully configured to shape the experience of every visitor. Expertly weaving themes of pilgrimage, paradise, fantasy, and urbanism, she delves into the unexpected nuances and contradictions of this elaborately conceived playland of the imagination.

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Well-researched and concise. By approaching Walt Disney World as a multilayered text with many meanings, Knight appreciates its complexity as a popular culture artifact worthy of admiration and scrutiny.”—Journal of American Culture

“[An] accessible overview of how Disney imagines its ‘magic’ to work.”—Florida Historical Quarterly

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ISBN-13: 9780813068015
Publisher: University Press of Florida
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 500,629
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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