By now, you’ve likely heard about the alleged scam being run by some enterprising business-oriented folks who would use their disability to a tourist advantage by renting out their services — and ability to go straight to the front of the line — as a Disney tour guide to rich families.
It’s been a long common “trick”, where anyone with a wheelchair could go to the handicap entrance and board a ride at a Disney park immediately. But due to those aforementioned business transactions, because of the actions of a few Disney had to make dramatic changes to their policies and procedures.
Building a global brand is the ultimate goal of any major business.
It’s one thing to be successful on a local or hyperlocal level. It’s quite another feat to take that same local presence and expand that to a larger stage. Many have succeeded, but even more have failed at doing so.
This holiday season, little girls all around the world were presented with pink gift boxes filled with costumes and plastic jewelry all designed to fulfill their every wish and dream to be a Princess.
And it’s reinforced with various “Princess” clothing, “Daddy’s little princess” bumper stickers, and more. Raising a girl to be self-confident in herself is one thing; to raise her to believe that being a princess is the end-all goal is another, which is why some people tend to take a negative view of the continual Princess merchandising deluge found in toy aisles everywhere.
Even so, there have been many variations on the classic Disney Princess stereotype over the years, whether it be COSPLAY, PHOTOGRAPHY, or FICTIONALIZED CONTINUATIONS of the classic stories, such as the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by author Anne Rice.
But with all the gender-endoctrination of princess-dom, there can be one way to make the life of a Disney Princess not seem as glamorous as it could be:
The yelling, the screaming kids. The crowds. The pushing and shoving.
Going to Walt Disney World can seem, to some, to be a form of modern-day warfare, with every tourist working hard to achieve the ultimate prize of a Relaxing Family Vacation (five days of fun crammed into three)!
You’ve felt like you were going to snap, didn’t you?
A few months back, Web Watch told you about how Hemingway chose to write: be as concise as possible, don’t say in six words what you say in five.
Storytelling – whether it be written or verbal, for fun or for profit – is not something that comes naturally to everyone. It’s another reason why public speaking can be so difficult, as well. People naturally like to wander in their conversations, and becoming laser-focused on what you’re trying to say is a skillset that not everyone has.
Why take 20 minutes to tell a story when you can say the same thing in five minutes? You can always expand on what you’re talking about, especially as part of a continued conversation. But don’t give everything away on your own – your audience will become quickly bored.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World are often referred to as the “Happiest Places on Earth”.
And for good reason.
But there is an underbelly that seldom sees the light of day. And it proves that even with the fantasy worlds that Walt built, sometimes people crack a bit under the pressure to always have a good time and escape.
Perhaps there’s a reason that alcohol is hard to find at the Magic Kingdom (unless, of course, you know where to look).
Let’s take a look at how Disney’s professional security teams deal with unruly, and occasionally violent, guests:
Jirka Väätäinen is a Finnish design student at Bournemouth, and he wants to be very clear that his name is pronounced “Yirka”, not “Jerk-a”.
Web Watch has no reason to quibble with him on this, as he’s doing some phenomenal work on RE-IMAGINING DISNEY PRINCESSES as if they were real-life people.
Sure, we’ve seen some other examples of this with live models, but Jirka is taking a slightly different approach on this with his photo-realistic, manipulations that are designed to showcase what the Disney Princess would look like as an actual person.
Not a cartoon caricature, but really-for-real people.