Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781789383270 Will Publish October 2020 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Cloth $96.00 ISBN: 9781789382228 Will Publish October 2020 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

A Cultural History of the Disneyland Theme Parks

Middle Class Kingdoms

Sabrina Mittermeier

A Cultural History of the Disneyland Theme Parks

Sabrina Mittermeier

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

288 pages | 6.7 x 9.6
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781789383270 Will Publish October 2020 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Cloth $96.00 ISBN: 9781789382228 Will Publish October 2020 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

When the first Disneyland opened its doors in 1955, it reinvented the American amusement park and transformed the travel, tourism, and entertainment industries forever. Now a global vacation empire, the original park in Anaheim, California, has been joined by massive complexes in Florida, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

Spanning six decades, three continents, and five distinct cultures, Sabrina Mittermeier presents an interdisciplinary examination of the parks, situating them in their proper historical context and exploring the distinct cultural, social, and economic landscapes that defined each one at the time of its construction. Mittermeier then spotlights the central role of class in the subsequent success or failure of each venture. The first comparative study of the Disney theme parks, the book closes a significant gap in existing research and is an important new contribution to the field.

Contents

Introduction: The Cultural Relevance of Disneyland

Part I: The American Disney Theme Parks

An Orange Grove in Anaheim: The Original Disneyland (1955)

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (1971) and the Age of Fracture

Part II: The International Disney Theme Parks

‘Is There Really a Disneyland in America?’ – The Unique Case of Tokyo Disneyland (1983)

A ‘Cultural Chernobyl?’ – EuroDisney (1992) and the Theme Park Public

Hong Kong Disneyland (2005): A Site of Local Pride and Conflict

‘Authentically Disney, Distinctly Chinese’ – Shanghai Disneyland (2016)

Middle Class Kingdoms: Then, Now, and Forever?

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