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date: 22 September 2020

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This chapter explores the complex relationship between science fiction and the theme park. It moves beyond an analysis of SF themes and tropes that are used to design theme parks and their attractions to explore the SF experience that is enabled by these environments. The Disney parks are taken as exemplary of the theme park, and a close analysis of an attraction at Epcot entitled Mission: Space is undertaken. This particular focus provides a means of revealing how Disney situates “guests” in an ambivalent position, one that is inherently science-fictional. The chapter proposes that the science-fictional mode of engagement activated by the theme park offers the means of recognizing and negotiating the science-fictional worlds that we now inhabit.

Keywords: science fiction theme park, environments, Disney, Epcot, Mission: Space

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