Disneyland in Disney
We may say that Disneyland represents just a tiny part of Disney World. Indeed, if we pay attention on Disney, as a company, we can observe that Disneyland represents one part of all the Disney Empire. Everyone knows Disney Channel, the Disney Studios, DreamWorks (bought by Disney), Disney cartoons, Newspapers, shops etc. Disney is a powerful empire and Disneyland is a way to exploit Disney World. Disneyland parks are made for fun, but also to live as a true character from the movies. To live the Disney adventure from the inside. Everything makes you feel as if you were in wonderland. The castle, the decorations, the attractions, the disguised characters etc. If you go to Disney, you sneak in another world. A world where you can live another life, to be someone else. Thus, when people goes to an attraction park, such as Disneyland, they expect to live something different, to have the Disney experience. This is called the magic of Disney: you go to Disneyland, not only for the attractions but also because you want to live your dream. Disneyland is also a park for children and adults. This may not be obvious but this is a genuine advantage. Adults can go to these parks not only to go with their children but also to live this experience at the same time. Sometimes they have seen a movie with their children, and so they can enjoy the attraction because they know what it is about (example: Ratatouille).
Lots of criticism have been made to Disneyland. The 1st one and the most popular is about the waiting. People spend more time waiting than really having fun doing an attraction during the high season because the parks are swarming with people. To avoid that some people even rent disabled people to avoid waiting. The second criticism is that they push you to consume their product, to buy a lot of things, all useless. There are (really) a lot of shops in Disneyland and the fact that you wait so much even pushes you to go inside the shops because there are some of the few (maybe only) places you don’t have to wait for hours. Besides, the park is so big that you can’t do it all in just one day so you have to stay at least one night if you want to do it all, and for that the only hotels close to the parks are the Disney hotels. Of course there are other hotels but they are more distant from the park and there isn’t buses to go from the hotel to the park every 5 minutes as for the Disney ones. Besides, when you go on the sites to see the prices you are pushed to stay at least one night, because booking tickets for just one day isn’t the first thing that the website propose to you and you have to search a little before finding where is the page to do that.
Another criticism is about health. Even if the park is big and you walk a lot in it. The restaurants in Disney aren’t really healthy, they are fast food restaurants, like MacDonald’s (but Disney brand of course). Health is also an issue because of the attractions, especially the roller coasters which can provoke backaches or neck aches. The working conditions of the employees or “cast members” can also be criticized. Some studies have been made about their jobs and they are very repetitive, last for very long hours during the day. They are also imposed a dress code, which can be understood because it is part of the magic of Disneyland. Their salary is also not so good, considering the job they are doing. But most of them love to work there because of the magic and mostly because they are proud to say that they do work for Disneyland.
An American Icon.
Disney is the perfect example of the American Dream. First because Walt Disney was not coming from a wealthy family, and he built his company from the ground until it became a huge company. He established his empire permanently. Disney is known worldwide. The movies set all around the world. Thus, people of each country can identify themselves to the character of the movie that takes place in their own country. Because these people know the country, culture, environment that is shown in the film, they will feel closer to this movie. But there is a price for success, and Disney is not exempt from counterfeiting. Many Disney characters are copied and many other companies take advantage of its fame. For example: Ratatouille has been copied, another movie with almost the same plot and structure called Ratanouille was realized.