DESIGNING DISNEY’S THEME PARKS: THE ARCHITECTURE OF REASSURANCE.

DesigningDisneyArchitecture[Book: Karal Ann Marling – 1997 – 26x29cm – 224 Pages – Many colour photos and artists’ impressions]. From the day it opened in July 1955, in an event given live TV coverage, Disneyland has been a key symbol of contemporary American culture. It has been both celebrated and attacked as the ultimate embodiment of consumer society, a harbinger of shopping-mall culture, a symbol of American hegemony in entertainment, the epitome of fantasy, simulation, pastiche, and the blurring of distinctions between reality and mass-media imagery. This book discusses the making of this unique place, with its far-flung colonies in Florida, Japan and France. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.