• Studio 360: American Icons: The Disney Parks

  • By: Kurt Andersen
  • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 10-19-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: WNYC New York and Public Radio International
  • 4.5 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. In 1955, Disney mixed up some fairy tales, a few historical facts, and a dream of the future to create an alternate universe. Not just a place for fun, but a scale model of a perfect world. "Everything that you could imagine is there," says one young visitor. "It's like living in a fantasy book." And not just for kids: one-third of Walt Disney World's visitors are adults who go without children. Visiting the parks, according to actor Tom Hanks, is like a pilgrimage - the pursuit of happiness turned into a religion.
Futurist Cory Doctorow explains the genius of Disney World, while novelist Carl Hiassen even hates the water there. Kurt tours Disneyland with a second-generation "imagineer" whose dead mother haunts the Haunted Mansion. We'll meet a former Snow White and the man who married Prince Charming - Disney, he says, is "the gayest place on Earth. It's where happy lives." [Broadcast Date: October 19, 2013]
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