Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Public Policy Leadership

First Advisor

Jody Holland

Relational Format

Thesis

Abstract

The intention of the thesis is to examine the relationship between the development of the Walt Disney Company’s theme parks and public policy. Using the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California and the Walt Disney World Resort outside of Orlando, Florida as case studies, this thesis will execute a comparative analysis to better understand the relationship between the Walt Disney Company’s theme parks and public policy. Using an evaluative framework, this thesis will provide a deeper understanding of how public policy affected the development and the current operations of these theme parks. The driving research question in this thesis is, ‘what is the relationship between the Walt Disney Company theme parks and public policy?’

In the next chapter, I will provide background of the development of theme parks. In Chapter 3, I will provide the methodological approach utilized in this thesis. Next, in Chapter 4, I will highlight the findings between the case studies utilizing a policy evaluation framework. Finally, in Chapter 5, I will present a discussion and conclusion.

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