Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World Paperback – September 17, 2019
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“[An] accessible overview of how Disney imagines its ‘magic’ to work.”―Florida Historical Quarterly
"Approaching Disney and his 'magic lands' from the vantage point of scholar and enthusiast, Knight interweaves astute observations about globalized cultural production and the built environment while her crisp writing makes for a lively and engaging read."―Sarah Schrank, author of Art and the City
"Knight's insights on Disney as an intrepid planner, inventor, innovator, and iconoclast―and his fascination and deployment of technology that bridges private desire with the public realm―has pressing relevance for contemporary culture."―Patricia Phillips, Rhode Island School of Design
- Publisher : University Press of Florida; 1st edition (September 17, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 246 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0813068010
- ISBN-13 : 978-0813068015
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.56 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book explores why DW is such a huge sociocultural force, looking into Walt's inspiration and vision for creating his parks, and how this translates into reality.
Neither a hagiography nor a "dirty secret" book, this is Un-official, but Cher Krause Knight reveals she is a big fan of the parks (as am I!).
She also covers the history, but in ways neither the fans or detractors do- allowing her to tell the true story of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a political subdivision that makes DW pretty well a independent county of Florida.
The Notes and Bibliography take up nearly 50 pages.
By no means is this a guidebook, note. This is a social history book, and covers such things as Worlds fairs of the past, etc. Not easy reading.