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.
There have been any number of sociological reports written about how the Disney Princess marketing department — and let’s face it, the Disney Princess franchise really is a marketer’s dream in terms of how much product is sold — is leading to poor self-image in young girls.
One thing that he is becoming known for is his ability to recreate classic Disney Princess animated characters and turn them into real-life models.
Take, for example, the above stock advertising photo for a Jasmine costume from Disney’s Aladdin. There’s nothing wrong with the photo or the model – it’s doing exactly what the marketing department requested. If you’re looking for a costume, it’s perfectly adequate… but if you’re looking for the “essence” of the character, you have to look elsewhere.
Some places are known for blowing the existing up and rebuilding from the ashes, history be damned. Other places embrace their history, making it difficult for any new development to take place lest it disturb the historical (in)significance of what’s present.
That’s why Web Watch loves websites like WHAT WAS THERE, as it tries to capture the glory of history, without worrying about keeping the march of progress down.