1st Disney park goes golden - The Journal Gazette 5/17/05
Article from The Journal Gazette and The Sacramento Bee available at fortwayne.com - 5/17/05
1st Disney park goes golden
But not everybody sees the self-proclaimed Happiest Place on Earth as exactly that. A feisty band of critics questions the ethics of sugar-coating history, of drawing a veil of pixie dust over children’s imaginations and of putting a hefty price tag on family fun.
“The most pernicious thing about Disneyland is it steals the imagination by trying to construct total environments,” said Dean MacCannell, who wrote a pioneering study of tourism and teaches landscape architecture at the University of California, Davis. “The Disney message is simple: You don’t need to have imagination – we’ll do all that for you, for a fee.”