Is Disneyland the Greatest Piece of American Art?

Disneyland é a maior peça de Arte Americana?

Is Disneyland Art?Lately, there has been a desire to see this space as such. For all of Disneyland's cultural prominence, and the 18.6 million visitors it attracts each year, the park has not traditionally been discussed in these terms. Neither do its sister parks in Florida, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris or Shanghai (all of which also run according to Disneyland purists, who argue that Disneyland is the only park Walt Disney created and therefore the only that really matters).

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Last month, a new documentary series, Behind The Attraction, debuted on Disney+, which for the first time highlights the technological and artistic ingenuity of the theme park's most famous rides. This show recognizes the struggle for recognition of the park as art. Disneyland is meticulously architected, with each design choice reinforcing the story that surrounds it. Even the dustbins at Disneyland have different aesthetic identities depending on the location, to carefully match the climate and space in which they are immersed. In fact, when Disneyland opened to the public, Walt was praised in the news by many architects for the radial design of Disneyland – the center in the middle that branches off.

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Is Disneyland just an entertainment space or is it art?
Amusement parks are becoming more and more popular and an obsession for adults as well as children. For decades Disneyland has been synonymous with frivolous fun and entertainment, yet fans want Disneyland to be seen as more than that.

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Online, a wave of podcasts, websites, YouTube channels and Instagram accounts have sprung up to push for a reconsideration of the park as a cultural part. However, moving this needle is not easy. The park's history is certainly a mirror of Western society. Kevin Perjurer, writer and director of Defunctland, hopes Disneyland will begin to get the recognition it deserves as a place of artistic excellence rather than just being considered an entertainment space. Kevin Perjurer stated:
"Theme parks are the final medium. People said film was the final medium because it combines all other forms of art: sculpting, painting, music, sound, lighting into a single product. Theme parks are a step further than that because they take in every craft, and combine them into one experience. That's why I'm disappointed that more people don't consider Disneyland art. . It's beautiful"

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