The strange case of Dr. von Braun and Mr. Disney: Frontierland, tomorrowland, and America's final frontier

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Abstract

When Disneyland opened in 1955, it featured America's past in Frontierland and looked at America's future in Tomorrowland. Together they represent what scholar of religion Mircea Eliade called a "religious nostalgia" for a mythic past; in this case, a nostalgia for the western frontier. The conjoining of space exploration with the historical frontier solidified space as America's new frontier in the popular imagination and a sense of being called by God to explore the new frontier of outer space. Disney's Tomorrowland, in tension with Frontierland, paralleled how nostalgia for the western frontier was revived as faith in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-429
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion and Popular Culture
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Frontierland
  • Tomorrowland
  • Walt Disney
  • Wernher von Braun
  • final frontier
  • religious nostalgia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Religious studies

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