Disney Techno-Nature Essay

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               Disney Techno-Nature
Like most Disney material, nature themes were incorporated into the earliest parks, including Adventureland, Frontierland, Nature’s Wonderland, and the newest, Animal Kingdom. Disney carefully edited these “natural” settings that show the less wild side of the wilderness. However, how does the tourist comprehend the illusions? How are the plants and animals adapting to reflect the illusion, and how are they accented by the interactions with both human nature and Disney’s technological nature? These questions and more will be answered within the following sections: Definitions, Technological Nature, Kilamanjaro Safari, and The
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(Tate 2) In following the form of Heidegger’s definition of technology as a mediation of nature, it correctly fits the Disney technological nature (qtd in Phillips 218).
Technological Nature
With these working definitions of nature and technological nature, we can move onto how Disney’s Animal Kingdom uses technological nature. In the newest theme park, Animal Kingdom, Disney has recreated an African community and several other exotic lands, like Dinoland and Asia. Disney engineers, called Imagineers, imported African trees, grasses, and other plants, to provide the setting for the pseudo-savanna attraction, the Kilamanjaro Safari Ride.
How does technology add to the realness of the park? “While theme parks are mostly illusion, occasionally things that seem authentic really are. Thatched roofs on buildings in the faux village [of Harambe] were hand woven by 13 Zulu thatchers brought over from South Africa, using bundles of grass harvested by their wives, sisters, and mothers. Some 1500 hand-painted wooden animals were crafted in Bali, under Disney supervision.” (Gunther 123) Ninety students from African countries were hired to “really validate the experience.” Disney has done a convincing makeover of the Florida acreage. When Franklin Sonn, the African ambassador to the United States saw the

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