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Treasure Troves from the Past

A visit with Steven Watts, Professor, History

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: Playboy Hugh Hefner Henry Ford Walt Disney biography

On Walt Disney

Topics: theme park entertainment

“Most people look at Disney as merely a kind of entertainer, as the creator of children’s entertainment,” Watts notes. “What I found really interesting about Disney is that his creations were connected to some very serious historical issues and the American experience.” Likewise, he discovered that the theme park “connects to broader issues and developments as well. In this very creative way,” says Watts, “Disney spun this picture of happiness that was connected to the American way of life and material plenty.”