I need your help!
My name is Steven and I'm a junior majoring in Theater & Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. I am in the process of proposing an Honors Thesis that will focus on the history of Disney in performance--in theme parks and on Broadway. At this point, my topic is quite broad and I'm trying to narrow it down. You dedicated Disneylanders know your stuff, so I would absolutely love your feedback, stories, and anything else you'd like to share about your experiences with Walt Disney Entertainment!
Here's a brief summary of where my thesis is heading: For many children and even adults, the first experience in a theater may not happen in New York, let alone a traditional theater. Rather, one's first theatrical experience may occur at at Disney theme park. Is it a coincidence that Broadway's two current Disney musicals are also playing in scaled-down versions at Walt Disney World: Disney-MGM Studios' Beauty & the Beast and Disney's Animal Kingdom's The Festival of the Lion King? Productions at Disney Theme Parks are constantly compared to Broadway--Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure is billed as a "Broadway-style" musical. Children's first exposure to live theatrical performance is often through Disney.
Please share your thoughts and stories about parades and shows at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as any "Disney on Broadway" productions you may have seen, whether in New York, or on tour!
This is the beginning of a year-long process, that will culminate in December 2006 with a 60 page paper. Your thoughts are much appreciated! Feel free to reply to this thread, message me here, or I can also be emailed at [email protected]
Thank you and have a magical day!