Theme parks – where media and tourism converge

Authored by: Sabrina Mittermeier

The Routledge Companion to Media and Tourism

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138366282
eBook ISBN: 9780429430398
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429430398-5

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Abstract

Theme parks are a true convergence of media and tourism. They are not only media themselves, but also highly mediatized spaces, and central to mediatized tourism. Aiming to provide an immersive experience for fans, they are often dependent on the remediation of other media such as film and are thus an integral part of the capitalist structure of the multimedia conglomerates that own them. Additionally, technology increasingly plays part in the interactive experiences they offer their visitors, vacation planning, and in their social media marketing, further cementing their status as both media and tourist destinations in today’s participatory culture.

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