The Disney theme park, at just over fifty years old, has created a
commonly held, cross-cultural, communal pattern of activity
involving immersion into and interaction with content-filled,
created spaces. This work proposes that the Disney theme park be
approached as an agent of ritualization in the creation and
experience of sacralized space: an ordered, organized space for the
thoughtful, selective construction of social meaning and the mutual
exercise of symbolic power, initiated in the creation of
environment and experienced through ritualized activities and
spatial movement, resulting in the recovery of the past and the
possibility of a transformed future. Such an examination of Disney
theme parks provides a broad ground on which to place in dialogue
the other interpretive proposals within contemporary Disney
thought, a basis for the thoughtful discussion of these sites
within Religious Studies, as well as a more flexible and coherent
method of considering the complexity of the parks and their
pervading influence, for good or for ill, on the global cultural
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