Nope, you never hear anyone ask that question. Neither do you hear from people who want to live at Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm, Sea World, or Lego Land...or DCA.
But every few months, on this board and others, variations of this question are posed, often by an adult: "Would you like to live in Disneyland?"
I brought this subject up on the "L.A. Times Slam" thread in response between two MiceChatters arguing about whether or not good theming makes a good amusement park. Disneyfann121 thought themeing was, um, nice, but unnecessary. JiminyCricketFan suggested theme plays a far more important role, in creating a "different world."
"A different world." In fact, Walt Disney did say, "I want people to feel they are in another world" when speaking about Disneyland.
So, why do so many people want to live at Disneyland, and not at other parks? Have we discovered something here--have we found a clue as to what sets Disneyland apart? Is it "livable" as none of the other parks I mentioned are? And if so...why?
I admit that as a child, the thought of actually "living" at Disneyland held lots of appeal for me. And clearly for some, it still does. Heck, even today, I think living in the NOS apartment would be nice, and actually, something that isn't entirely outside the realm of possibility. Not that I could live there. But someone could live there. It's almost like Walt Disney designed the Park as living space, with beautiful views out nearly every window (or, at least, the windows of his two on-site residences).
Does the notion of theme go beyond the idea that details, architecture and landscape should all work in harmony? After all, several sections of DCA might be considered to be well-themed. Knott's Ghost town is (or was) very well themed. But does it go deeper?
This notion that someone would actually want to live at Disneyland--because it is highly themed, and because that theming allows one to see the realms as something more than amusement park real estate--clearly sets Disneyland apart from its competition. Is Walt Disney's success in creating a themed world that exists in reality--someplace where someone could actually consider living, something the Imagineers charged with improving DCA should look more closely at?
Disneyland a different world? You bet it is.