Performing Disney: Exploring guests' narratives of Disney theme parks
AuthorMcCormick, Mary Helene
This thesis focuses on performances in relation to Disney theme parks. The project asks: How do guests narrate their Disney theme park performances? This question is examined by conducting semi-structured interviews with people who had been to a Disney theme park within the last three years. The findings were analyzed looking at ways guests performed in relation to fellow performers, and the setting. The findings showcased multiple ways in which guest reported they performed while on their theme park holidays. Many performances began long before traveling by reviewing scripts and making preparations. Informants described both highly structured and improvised performances. Many performances were choreographed around dining reservations. Ideas as to what constituted a successful or unsuccessful performance are provided. Several types of performances are examined. Performances were influenced by navigating different settings and environments and enhanced by other actors. In conclusion there are a multitude of performances to be considered within these themed parks.
PublisherUiT The Arctic University of Norway
UiT Norges arktiske universitet
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