The College of Liberal Arts' University Forum lecture series presents Disneyland and the Revolution of Themed Space a talk by Todd James Pierce, Professor of English, California Polytechnic University.
In 1955, Walt Disney opened Disneyland, thus beginning the era of themed, interactive space. He was assisted in this project by the first president of Disneyland, Inc., C.V. Wood, a man that Disney fired shortly after the park’s opening. Wood would go on to oversee other theme parks, including the first Six Flags (in Texas) and also Freedomland (in New York); he would also build Lake Havasu City. Together the two men – Walt and Wood – and their differing views on themed entertainment established the traditions that would influence the industry for the next sixty years. The talk will focus on the origins of Disneyland and its enduring legacy.