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Sometimes I wonder what came first: the coaster enthusiast or the animator?
The field has a large percentage of people who love toys and theme parks. Did their love of theme parks draw them to animation?
Did Walt Disney's personal vision turn them into closet train nuts (one step removed from the coaster enthusiast -one goosestep closer.)
There are akin in one ontological sense -both animation and theme parks are creations built from nothing. Land made from thin air.
I also feel the association with children's vacationlands reinforces the crassest aspects of animation -its easy appeal to infants, its innate ability to turn characters into merchandise.