This essay will look into the impact of Disneyifcation on the Wan Chai Blue House Preservation Project to show how the process affects local Hong Kong culture and everyday life.
To begin with, Disneyfication is defined as a simplification process by which uniqueness of something was reduced to the limited terms Disney and his people could understand. It also refers to the process by which the principles of the Disney theme parks are coming to dominate more and more sectors of American society as well as the rest of the world (Bryman, 1999).
Disneyifaction in spatial development usually involves four dimensions in the process, namely theming, dedifferentiation of consumption, merchandising and emotional labour.
Theming refers to applying a narrative to institutions or locations. Themes are usually new definition of a place exerted by someone subjectively and purposively to attract a particular group of people. In the preservation project, Blue House, the once ordinary Hong Kong Tong Lau for residential use, has become the landmark of the city now. In Hong Kong, theming by government usually means new business opportunities, as it often implies new uses of the building. While some users under the original definition of the place are being evicted, it invites new innovations, more public awareness and business involvement to the place. This further lead to another three dimensions of Disneyifaction. It is noticeable that while some traditional content is lost under theming process, some new elements, which sometimes are fruit of globalization, will fill the gap,
Dedifferentiation of consumption is the general trend whereby the forms of consumption associated with different institutional spheres become interlocked with each other and...