Long story short, a western journalist working in the middle east, witnessing a Death to America march is approached by a marcher who in the course of their conversation says someday he'd like to take his kids to Disney and he then resumes marching and chanting death to America.
In a shout out to optimism, this could mean even pessimists and cynics of our great experiment wish for their progeny to experience the power of the Disney fantasy.
A universe of fantasy on which we pile our own fantasies and expectations, that are probably far too big for a carry-on bag . Anyone lucky enough to have the Disney experience is presented with an endless opportunity of stimulation. But before the fun begins they've likely spent hours reviewing the packages and planing the trip, not to mention the wad of money and commitment of vacation time. For most, all the preparation and planning can't help but provoke a great deal of stress. Whatever your neurological threshold for that might be, once you get there a lot of lighthearted playfulness will bear down on your nervous system.
The nonchalance of Disney characters frolicking through the parks with no regard for the elements can only be rivaled by mail carriers and they're not encased in elaborate costumes. All the minions who meet the public embrace you and the brand with equal parts character and script. It's all performed in a way that never alludes to a hint of the parallel universe working behind the curtain.
The passage to and from pavilions form mazes of boulevards. There is movement and activity showing gestures full with feeling. Sometimes I can see exactly where an intersection of fantasy and reality converge. Other times I look and see ambiguity that once captured and later reviewed show images that makes a surreal sense to me. Although fantasy and expectation don't seem naturally compatible, the beauty of this environment is how well prepared it is to greet one and all in whatever way you come to suspend disbelief.
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