Disneyization and the provision of leisure experiences

Simon Beames, Mike Brown

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This chapter outlines a particular theoretical framework called Disneyization and uses this set of concepts to examine leisure patterns. Disneyization’s principal argument is that the characteristics of Disney theme parks are coming to dominate society, as they incorporate performed, themed narratives into consumer service experiences. What distinguishes Disneyized arrangements from other bought leisure is that customers can “eat, play, and shop” in the same “storied” location; everything needed to have a good time is found in one place. Armed with some foundational social theory on globalization and the four features of Disneyization, this chapter explores the degree to which a variety of leisure experiences can be considered to be Disneyized. The analysis continues with a discussion about how Disneyization can be seen to have both positive and negative implications for leisure in the twenty-first century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory
EditorsKarl Spracklen, Brett Lashua, Erin Sharpe, Spencer Swain
PublisherMilton Keynes: The Open University and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781137564795
ISBN (Print)9781137564788
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2017


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