I was doing research for a speech on club 33 and I found a really interesting article about Disneyland and the place it has in American Culture. It embodies a concept of "idealised realism". Yes, that kind of goes without saying- all the lands are an idealised and perfected vison of America, the frontier, New Orleans, etc. But they are idealised to such an extent, that to many people, these facsimilies become real- more real that the "actual" reality. Take New Orleans Square for example- the land is so finely detailed, you feel like you are in the French Quarter. To a visitor who has never expereinced the real thing, this becomes their perception of what New Orleans is, so much so that if they encountered the real thing, they might be dissapointed because it isn't quite so perfect.
I thought this was a really interesting theory and the main point was this- in Disneyland, Walt Disney was presenting and perfecting an idealised America. Not the way it was, but the way it should have been. All the ideals he admired are shown in their purest form- freedom, enterprise, ingenuity, forward- thinking, imagination, courage, integrity, innocence, etc. In a way, Disneyland is what Walt wanted America to be.
Not sure if this is precisely relevant to the discussion, but it came to mind, so I thought I would share it.