Perhaps you could take a short time to introduce Walt and his vision, the original cost of Disneyland, how long it took to build, how DCA used to be the main parking lot. Historical trivia like that is interesting.
Are you allowed to use pictures? Perhaps you could relate the history of a ride, like Pirates.
Have fun with your speech. You picked a great subject!
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Are there are any guidelines or expectations as to what the speech is supposed to accomplish? Is it supposed to be persuasive? Inspirational? Informative? Anything you want? I agree that Disneyland is a great topic to talk about, but there are a lot of different routes that you could go.
My friend did this in her speech class. I helped her out with and she split her content into three sections: history, opening day, and what it's become. She had a fifteen minute presentation, you only have 3 so you have endless topics to choose from.
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^^ What Data said. Disneyland is a very broad subject: from its effect on American culture to its selling of American culture to the world; from its conception by a creative genius to its marketing by a modern multimedia corporation; from what Disneyland means to your parents and grandparents to what it means to you.
Two generations ago, Disneyland was renowned as a showplace that transported us to America's nostalgic past and celebrated our optimism for the future. A world's fair that fulfilled our romantic desire to visit exotic, faraway places, and made real our dreams of fantasy. Is it still?
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imagination or art. All you need is a brand."
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It's history, why Walt made it, it's influence on society, it's rides, how it beats Universal, Six Flags, and Knotts...
Originally Posted by williamtheking
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For persuasive you can explain why it is different and better from amusement parks. For informational, if you wanted to be specific, you could talk about New Orleans Square or the various new Tomorrowlands or how the Worlds Fair affected the park.
(I've never visited Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Resort Paris, nor Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, so don't be fooled when I pretend to know what I'm talking about. [But I'm pretty good with the information, if I do say so myself. And you can hit me all you want with Walt Disney World.])
BTW, if there are absolutely no specific expectations in terms of the style or content, I personally would probably go for a description of how onstage and backstage are carefully delineated, preserving the magic for guests and providing sanity for cast members. Despite the fact that you can't really market that philosophy, I believe it's been one of a number of crucial factors in Disneyland's success, and Disney quietly employs a lot of different tools to keep the two types of space separate. It's an interesting topic to me, one that I could easily talk about for three minutes. But I'm weird. The more profound topics described above also sound great.