Performance and the Disney Theme Park Experience

This collection of essays explores the Disney theme parks as performance spaces-as immersive theatre spaces-and examines the agency of the tourist within those spaces.

Author: Jennifer A. Kokai

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ISBN: 3030293238

Category: Performing arts

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This collection of essays explores the Disney theme parks as performance spaces-as immersive theatre spaces-and examines the agency of the tourist within those spaces. In contrast to much previous Disney scholarship, Performance and the Disney Theme Park Experience asserts that park guests collaborate with Disney Imagineers more than typically assumed. The book's various sections explore nostalgia, utopia, progress, and fantasy; the ideology of park environments; the presence of human and audio-animatronic performers; and the inclusion of outsider identities within the parks. Jennifer A. Kokai is an Associate Professor and Theatre Program Coordinator at Weber State University. She is the author of Swim Pretty: Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature (SIU Press, 2017). Tom Robson is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Academic Programs in the Millikin University School of Theatre & Dance. He has published on topics ranging from historical stage technology to African American theatre to baseball movies.
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What Affects Theme Park Performance

This study aims to find out what are the critical reasons that result in the significantly different performance of Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Resort, and what experience and lessons that the new Shanghai Disneyland can learn ...

Author: Wei Guo

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ISBN: OCLC:1004785266

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This study aims to find out what are the critical reasons that result in the significantly different performance of Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Resort, and what experience and lessons that the new Shanghai Disneyland can learn from. A comparative analysis is conducted from external and internal aspects between the two Disney theme parks in Asia. The results indicate that unfair financial arrangement and the small size of Hong Kong Disneyland have hefty impacts on profits while the Tokyo Disney Resort succeeds by providing a Japanized American Dream to Japanese visitors. Although there are other influential factors, the writer argues that the reason lies mostly in the financial arrangement and the small size of Hong Kong Disneyland. The two cases can provide experience and lessons to future theme parks in China, especially projects themed in international companies.
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A Cultural History of the Disneyland Theme Parks

Kokai, Jennifer and Robson, Tom (eds) (2009), Performance and the Disney Theme Park Experience, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Koren-Kuik, Meyrav (2014), ...

Author: Sabrina Mittermeier

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781789382464

Category: Social Science

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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. She 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, this book closes a significant gap in existing research and is an important new contribution to the field, providing the first discussion of the Disney parks and what they reveal about the cultures they are set in. There has been a lack of focus on cross- and trans-cultural analyses of theme parks generally and Disney theme parks specifically, until now. It is also particularly interesting – and will be welcomed for it – for the non-United States context of the study. This is a thorough examination of all of the existing Disney Parks and how they function within their respective cultures. While Disney themes and characters attempt to be universal, the author does a good job of arguing for where this is not possible and how glocalization is crucial to the parks’ successes. The writing is academic, but it is not inaccessible. It will have wide disciplinary appeal within academia, as tourism studies cross into a variety of fields including history, American studies, fandom studies, performance studies and cultural studies. It will be invaluable to those working in the field of theme park scholarship and the study of Disney theme parks, theme parks in general and related areas like world’s expositions and spaces of the consumer and lifestyle worlds. It will also be of interest to Disney fans, those who have visited any of the parks or are interested to know more about the parks and their cultural situation and context.
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The Cambridge Companion to American Theatre since 1945

Ibid. 42. Ibid. 43. J. A. Kokai and T. Robson (eds.), Performance and the Disney Theme Park Experience: The Tourist as Actor (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), p.

Author: Julia Listengarten

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108570268

Category: Drama

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The Cambridge Companion to American Theatre since 1945 provides an overview and analysis of developments in the organization and practices of American theatre. It examines key demographic and geographical shifts American theatre after 1945 experienced in spectatorship, and addresses the economic, social, and political challenges theatre artists have faced across cultural climates and geographical locations. Specifically, it explores artistic communities, collaborative practices, and theatre methodologies across mainstream, regional, and experimental theatre practices, forms, and expressions. As American theatre has embraced diversity in practice and representation, the volume examines the various creative voices, communities, and perspectives that prior to the 1940s was mostly excluded from the theatrical landscape. This diversity has led to changing dramaturgical and theatrical languages that take us in to the twenty-first century. These shifting perspectives and evolving forms of theatrical expressions paved the ground for contemporary American theatrical innovation.
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Your Guide To Entertainment Marketing and Performance Collection

Theme Parks In the early 1950s, Walt Disney grew dismayed by the lack of ... driving visitation; the park experience drives trust in the Disney brand, ...

Author: Al Lieberman

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 9780133742855

Category: Business & Economics

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Entertainment spending is soaring worldwide, driven by new technologies, new platforms, new business models, and unrelenting demand amongst seven billion consumers. That means entertainment marketing opportunities are soaring, too. But this business is more complex and competitive than ever–and it’s changing at breakneck speed. Now, two leading practitioners show how to transform content into profits today and tomorrow…in The Definitive Guidce to Entertainment Marketing . ¿ Marketing Metrics: The Definitive Guide to Measuring Marketing Performance, Second Edition , is the definitive guide to today’s most valuable marketing metrics. In this thoroughly updated and significantly expanded book, four leading marketing researchers show exactly how to choose the right metrics for every challenge and expand their treatment of social marketing, web metrics, and brand equity. They also give readers new systems for organizing marketing metrics into models and dashboards that translate numbers into management insight.
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Performance in the Twenty First Century

Given the centrality of experience here, I explore this scenario with reference to visits that I undertook to Disneyland in Hong Kong and Dickens World in ...

Author: Andy Lavender

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136467202

Category: Performing Arts

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Performance in the Twenty-First Century: Theatres of Engagement addresses the reshaping of theatre and performance after postmodernism. Andy Lavender argues provocatively that after the ‘classic’ postmodern tropes of detachment, irony, and contingency, performance in the twenty-first century engages more overtly with meaning, politics and society. It involves a newly pronounced form of personal experience, often implicating the body and/or one’s sense of self. This volume examines a range of performance events, including work by both emergent and internationally significant companies and artists such as Rimini Protokoll, Blast Theory, dreamthinkspeak, Zecora Ura, Punchdrunk, Ontroerend Goed, Kris Verdonck, Dries Verhoeven, Rabih Mroué, Derren Brown and David Blaine. It also considers a wider range of cultural phenomena such as online social networking, sports events, installations, games-based work and theme parks, where principles of performance are in play. Performance in the Twenty-First Century is a compelling and provocative resource for anybody interested in discovering how performance theory can be applied to cutting-edge culture, and indeed the world around them.
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Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance

The classic example is Disney theme parks. The magic and enjoyment of the experience is unique to each visitor based on how he or she interacts with the ...

Author: Robert A. Giacalone

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765628657

Category: Business & Economics

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Extensively revised and updated, and including three new chapters that extend and deepen the coverage, this popular handbook provides the most comprehnsive, research-based and action-oriented approach to
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Total Landscape Theme Parks Public Space

The experience of the theme park visitor would thus be the polar opposite of ... and quantify his family's fiveday experience in Walt Disney World Resort ...

Author: Miodrag Mitrasinovic

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351878746

Category: Architecture

Page: 296

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Placing theme parks from the United States, Europe and Asia in a comparative, multidisciplinary framework, this fascinating book argues that these fantasy environments are an extreme example of the totalization of public space. By illuminating the relationship between theme parks and public space, this book offers critical insights into the ethos of total landscape. Illuminating the relationship between theme parks and public space, the book offers an insight into the ethos, design and expectations of public space in the twenty-first century.
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Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Organizational Performance

The classic example is Disney theme parks. The magic and enjoyment of the experience is unique to each visitor based on how he or she interacts with the ...

Author: Robert A Giacalone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317468974

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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An explanation of how and why the economic downturn of 2007 became the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009. It explores the root causes of the cycle of boom and bust of the economy. It describes social equity in terms of its arguments and claims in political, economic, and social circumstances.
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Shakespeare Survey

30 Yet , performance at Disney usually evokes the totalitarian dimension of ... Theme parks choreograph and commodify all aspects of experience ( where to ...

Author: Stanley Wells

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521541859

Category: Drama

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This year's volume is devoted to the theme of Shakespeare and the Globe, including the original Globe, playhouse of Shakespeare's time, the new Globe Theatre on Bankside and the notion of a global Shakespeare.
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Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance

... in marketing a uniquely historical experience of Shakespearean theatre , the Globe also recalls another mode of history - performance : the theme park .

Author: W. B. Worthen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052100800X

Category: Drama

Page: 274

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This book analyses how Shakespeare is recreated in historical performance.
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Performing Japan

German park, Ueno German Culture Village (Ueno Mura Doitsu Bunka Mura), ... Whole new worlds: Music and the Disney Theme Park experience.

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Publisher: Global Oriental

ISBN: 9789004213197

Category: Art

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Using an interdisciplinary, theoretical and ethnographic approach, editors have brought together a rich collection of current research on contemporary Japanese performance practices. Topics covered include theatre, music, art, fashion and technology, media, architecture and tourism.
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Play Performance and Identity

Since our visit, the World Showcase Adventure has been modified to feature the characters from Disney's Phineas and Ferb program. In a few years, ...

Author: Matt Omasta

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317703242

Category: Art

Page: 180

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Play helps define who we are as human beings. However, many of the leisurely/ludic activities people participate in are created and governed by corporate entities with social, political, and business agendas. As such, it is critical that scholars understand and explicate the ideological underpinnings of played-through experiences and how they affect the player/performers who engage in them. This book explores how people play and why their play matters, with a particular interest in how ludic experiences are often constructed and controlled by the interests of institutions, including corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, religious organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Each chapter explores diverse sites of play. From theme parks to comic conventions to massively-multiplayer online games, they probe what roles the designers of these experiences construct for players, and how such play might affect participants' identities and ideologies. Scholars of performance studies, leisure studies, media studies and sociology will find this book an essential reference when studying facets of play.
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Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations

... is a very important part of any visitor's experience in a Disney theme park. ... to the overall theme park experience, there is only a small performance ...

Author: Daniel Denison

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118235102

Category: Business & Economics

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Filled with case studies from firms such as GT Automotive, GE Healthcare China, Vale, Dominos, Swiss Re Americas Division, and Polar Bank, among others, this book (written by Dan Denison and his co-authors) combines twenty years of research and survey results to illustrate a critical set of cultural dynamics that firms need to manage in order to remain competitive. Each chapter uses a case as a means to illustrate an important aspect of culture change focusing on seven common culture-change dilemmas including creating a strategic alignment, keeping strategy simple, and more.
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Swim Pretty

Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature Jennifer A. ... At Disney World, however, spectators moved through the show experience.

Author: Jennifer A. Kokai

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809336005

Category: Performing Arts

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In Swim Pretty, Jennifer A. Kokai reveals the influential role of aquatic spectacles in shaping cultural perceptions of aquatic ecosystems in the United States over the past century.
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The Psychosocial Implications of Disney Movies

Disney invites people to visit EPCOT and experience the 'other' parts of the world, but through a controlled perspective of familiarity, tropes, ...

Author: Lauren Dundes

Publisher: MDPI

ISBN: 9783038978480

Category: Philosophy

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In this volume of 15 articles, contributors from a wide range of disciplines present their analyses of Disney movies and Disney music, which are mainstays of popular culture. The power of the Disney brand has heightened the need for academics to question whether Disney’s films and music function as a tool of the Western elite that shapes the views of those less empowered. Given its global reach, how the Walt Disney Company handles the role of race, gender, and sexuality in social structural inequality merits serious reflection according to a number of the articles in the volume. On the other hand, other authors argue that Disney productions can help individuals cope with difficult situations or embrace progressive thinking. The different approaches to the assessment of Disney films as cultural artifacts also vary according to the theoretical perspectives guiding the interpretation of both overt and latent symbolic meaning in the movies. The authors of the 15 articles encourage readers to engage with the material, showcasing a variety of views about the good, the bad, and the best way forward.
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The Disneyization of Society

Emotional labour in the Disney theme parks Precursors of emotional labour The diffusion of ... to be construed as a performance , much like in the theatre .

Author: Alan Bryman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761967656

Category: Social Science

Page: 199

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`Alan Bryman has expanded on his internationally well-known work on Disney theme parks and Disneyization to create a fascinating and highly readable book. It should prove of interest to beginning students in a number of different courses and fields, as well as to scholars interested in culture and consumption. There is no question that the model created by Disney, and emulated in whole or in part by many organizations and in many settings, will continue to influence social structure and culture well into the future. This is an important book about a significant social process. And, it manages to be a fun read, as well!' - George Ritzer, author of McDonaldization and Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland `Bryman's analysis of contemporay consumption is full of detail and provides a host of examples ranging from restaurants and hotels, to theme parks, zoos and sports stadia. Without doubt students will find it an accessible text, one that should allow them to think about consumption, familiar consumer products, settings and activities, sociologically' - Barry Smart, Professor of Sociology, University of Portsmouth `Bryman's dissection of Disneyization is a timely and significant contribution to the growing literature on Disney. In fact, his excellent analysis of the extension of Disneyization throughout society explains why we should care about the Disney phenomenon at all. This is not only an important book for Disney scholars, but for any one interested in the future of modern society' - Janet Wasko Professor of Communication Studies, University of Oregon This is an agenda-setting new work in the sociology of culture and modern society. It argues that the contemporary world is increasingly converging towards the characteristics of the Disney theme parks. This process of convergence is revealed in: the growing influence of themed environments in settings like restaurants, shops, hotels, tourism and zoos; the growing trend towards social environments that are driven by combinations of forms of consumption: shopping, eating out, gambling, visiting the cinema, watching sports; the growth in cachet awarded to brands based on licensed merchandise; and the increased prominence of work that is a performance in which the employees have to display certain emotions and generally convey impressions as though working in a theatrical event. This insightful book demonstrates the importance of control and surveillance in consumer culture. Of interest to a wide variety of students studying in business, sociology, cultural studies, media studies and leisure studies courses this will also be of interest to anybody interested in understanding the intricacies of modern society.
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Arts Management

You might recognize this metaphor if your company is a performing company! However, think of the experience at one of Disney's theme parks or Universal ...

Author: Carla Walter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317499343

Category: Art

Page: 436

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Arts Management is designed as an upper division undergraduate and graduate level text that covers the principles of arts management. It is the most comprehensive, up to date, and technologically advanced textbook on arts management on the market. While the book does include the background necessary for understanding the global arts marketplace, it assumes that cultural fine arts come to fruition through entrepreneurial processes, and that cultural fine arts organizations have to be entrepreneurial to thrive. Many cases and examples of successful arts organizations from the Unites States and abroad appear in every chapter. A singular strength of Arts Management is the author's skilful use of in-text tools to facilitate reader interest and engagement. These include learning objectives, chapter summaries, discussion questions and exercises, case studies, and numerous examples and cultural spotlights. Online instructor's materials with PowerPoints are available to adopters.
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Reframing Immersive Theatre

Two of the better-known purveyors of experience are Disneyland Park in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. As Anna Klingmann suggests, ...

Author: James Frieze

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137366047

Category: Performing Arts

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This diverse collection of essays and testimonies challenges critical orthodoxies about the twenty-first century boom in immersive theatre and performance. A culturally and institutionally eclectic range of producers and critics comprehensively reconsider the term ‘immersive’ and the practices it has been used to describe. Applying ecological, phenomenological and political ideas to both renowned and lesser-known performances, contributing scholars and artists offers fresh ideas on the ethics and practicalities of participatory performance. These ideas interrogate claims that have frequently been made by producers and by critics that participatory performance extends engagement. These claims are interrogated across nine dimensions of engagement: bodily, technological, spatial, temporal, spiritual, performative, pedagogical, textual, social. Enquiry is focussed along the following seams of analysis: the participant as co-designer; the challenges facing the facilitator of immersive/participatory performance; the challenges facing the critic of immersive/participatory performance; how and why immersion troubles boundaries between the material and the magical.
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