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During the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, Disney responded by closing their theme parks around the world, leaving fans without easy access to their ‘happy place’. This chapter explores how fans reacted to these closures in inventive ways. For some, the sharing of recipes for park food and drink by unofficial and official sources (such as the Disney Parks Blog’s revelation of the recipe for the popular Dole Whip) allowed the recreation of the experience of ‘being there’ in their own homes. For others, the reconstruction of ride experiences offered an avenue for recreating the magic, as blogs featured home-made versions of iconic attractions such as the Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise, and other fans undertook virtual visits to the parks via online ride-through videos on sites such as YouTube. This chapter thus argues that, at this unique moment in Disney history fans of the parks maintained their emotional and affective connections during this period of social distancing, and the physical inaccessibility of beloved sites, in a range of creative and imaginative ways.
|Title of host publication||Fan Phenomena: Disney|
|Place of Publication||Bristol|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 18 Feb 2022|
- theme parks
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Creativity, Connection & Coming Home: How Disney Parks’ Fans Responded During the Coronavirus Closures
Rebecca Williams (Speaker)10 Feb 2022
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