Fairies are real because I saw it
September 25, 2008
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
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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