After I grew up post – adolescence, I heard things about Disney slapping their brand / logo on intellectual property that was not, nor had ever been theirs. The ” Happiest Place on Earth ” is a cheap, gilded technicolor facade covering a mingy structure.
The point of contention is that it’s brought happiness to lots of people & I myself have happy childhood memories of watching ” Mickey Mouse ” & ” Disney’s Wonderful World “.
This is on a par with discovering that Siegel & Schuster lived into retirement pretty much flat broke w/out receiving a DIME in royalties from ” Superman ” & ” Action Comics “.
As much fun as it is, Disney can be scary. Any corporation of Disney’s magnitude and influence is scary, no matter how superficially benevolent it seems, or how many cartoon characters it employs. I say this as someone who devoured Disney World guidebooks as an 8-year-old, rode her first plane to Orlando, conquered her fear of roller coasters on Space Mountain, and performed with her high school choir in Tomorrowland. There’s an emotional connection. But I haven’t been to the most magical place on Earth in almost a decade, never as an adult. Revisit Disney through the eyes of these authors and see the good, the bad, and the creepy.
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