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Disney ‘World’: The Westernization of World Music in EPCOT’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”

Musical Theatre Department, William Peace University, Raleigh, NC 27604, USA
Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(8), 136; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7080136
Received: 24 July 2018 / Revised: 9 August 2018 / Accepted: 11 August 2018 / Published: 13 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Psychosocial Implications of Disney Movies)
Although Disney’s EPCOT theme park markets itself as a place to experience other cultures and reflect on Earth’s history, the dominance of a Western perspective omits true authenticity, specifically in the music of its nighttime show IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. This 13-minute long presentation offers a visual retelling of humanity’s existence accompanied by an original musical score that guides the narrative. The consecutive music section titles provide insight into critical points within Disney’s story arc: Prologue: Acceleration, Chaos, Space, Life, Adventure, Home, Celebration, and Meaning. While sounds of music from other cultures do present themselves—albeit in stereotypical and clichéd fashions— they are arbitrarily highlighted within a framework of Western musical components. This framing allows Disney composers to control the perception of ‘others’ through music. Furthermore, the final Meaning section is entirely built of Euro-American musical conventions, insinuating that cultures arrive at their most enlightened, evolved selves when they become Westernized. Despite its impressive technological advances and complex musical composition, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is guilty of implementing Western musical frameworks that Disney utilizes in the majority of its films and theme parks. View Full-Text
Keywords: Disney; EPCOT; music; appropriation; world; park; entertainment; sounds; cultures Disney; EPCOT; music; appropriation; world; park; entertainment; sounds; cultures
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Hodge, M. Disney ‘World’: The Westernization of World Music in EPCOT’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7, 136. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7080136

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Hodge M. Disney ‘World’: The Westernization of World Music in EPCOT’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”. Social Sciences. 2018; 7(8):136. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7080136

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Hodge, Matthew. 2018. "Disney ‘World’: The Westernization of World Music in EPCOT’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth”" Social Sciences 7, no. 8: 136. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7080136

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