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NOT-SO-MAGIC KINGDOM

The cult-like world of Disney means queues and costs, but the parades, fireworks and Mickey ears are so infectious you might find yourself joining in

VIEW FROM THE USA // AARON MILLAR

ILLUSTRATION: JACQUI OAKLEY

I’m a Disney cynic. There’s just something about the combination of a cappella singing and fake Mickey ears that makes me want to do unspeakable things with mousetraps. Surely in this great country of pristine mountains and golden beaches there are better things to do than queue and bleed money? Apparently not. Disney is still one of America’s most popular travel destinations and I have a theory why: it’s not a theme park, it’s a religion. I call it the cult of the mouse.

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