Fairies are real because I saw it

September 25, 2008 asalazar8

 

http://thedisneyblog.com/2008/09/24/tinker-bell-and-her-fairy-friends-coming-soon-to-disneyland-and-magic-kingdom/#more-4407

Disney is going to feature a new addition to Walt Disney World. The attraction will be called “Pixie Hollow” and is a promotion for Tinker Bell’s upcoming DVD “Tinker Bell Movie”. The characters came out at Disney’sToontown to introduce the fairy and her friends. Although the film will be released prior to the attraction opening, DVD releasing October 29 while the attraction opens sometime in November, the attraction will compliment the movie and fans across the park. The target of this attraction is young girls. We can see that young girls are targeted because all of the fairies are women who are “pretending” to be fairies. Here we see the attraction “bringing to life” these fairies and combining an imaginary world with a realistic one.

 

Disney is attempting, once again, to bring young girl’s fantasies to life. The appeal is to make young girls feel as if they  are a fairy too, and bring the imaginary world to children as close as possible. This blurs the line between reality, and fiction. This attraction makes it hard to separate the imaginary fairy world from the reality of human life. In the attraction, the “Fairy World” is life size (meaning the audience feels as if they have shrunk to “fairy size”) with Tinker Bell and her friends participating in different activities such as reading stories

Tink and her friends

Tink and her friends

and meeting the characters to entertain the children and make them feel as if they really are a part of a Fairy’s world. Whether one believes that it is ok to feed these ideas of imagination into young girl’s mind, or that it is wrong to sell this idea of fiction, the message being sent across is that reality can go as far as the mind can fathom. One can only assume that the topic of this film will include a male fairy, conflict, a heroic struggle, and then some sort of “happy ending” contributing to the ideologies in American culture. It’s not the idea of bringing fantasy to life for little girls that I am opposed to, but rather the idea that “happy endings” are being brought to reality for young girls every day.

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  • 1. sandersen11  |  September 25, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    This is a interesting post. Disney is always a target for people who study media and how it affects young children. I visited this site and really looked at the images. Did any one else notice that the faries all that dirrenet hair color? Making it easy for young girls to relate to one fairy and making it easier for these kids to create their own “reality” ….
    very interesting Aly!

  • 2. ssmith26  |  September 30, 2008 at 6:39 am

    First off, I had no idea what so ever that Disney was in the production process of creating a Tinker Bell movie let alone adding on a new edition to Disneyland that is designed around Tinker Bell. I guess I’m just out of the loop. Ally, I agree with your statement that little girls do need to have a sense of fantasy element added to their child lifestyle; and no one better than Disney to be able to get the job done. Yet above all, I do share your same concerns about Disney giving the wrong message about “happy endings”. Personally, I feel that I was sucked straight into the Disney’s “happy ever after” trap and I am NOW just beginning to break free from it’s clutches.

  • 3. Courtney Pasch  |  October 2, 2008 at 1:02 am

    although i am not a huge fan of fantasy or fiction, i strongly believe that enriching activities that actively engage as many parts of a child’s brain as possible is mandatory for healthy development. on a bit of a side note- i must say that the movie most likely wont present any major threats to children’s understanding of reality/fiction, but the adjoining merchandise (such as teens acting as children dressed in fairy costumes) will absolutely convey mixed messages about self image.


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