Something that has come up in recent discussions is the artistic qualities of theme parks. This may sound more general than I actually mean it to. For we can probably all agree on the artistic merit of the architectural and visual elements of ride construction and theme park design. What I am more interested in for this post and future ones on this specific subject is the narrative presented by the ride separately and the park collectively.
It is possible that a theme park may be the best Aristotelian imitatio. But to achieve this best something has to change in the way this narrative is told; it can no longer be stagnant. For this narrative to achieve the level of imitation I am only beginning to conceive, a theme park would have to recognize to different levels of narrative development that would both have to evolve over time as well as connect the collaboration of the guests with the vision of the authors. So what are we really talking about here? A narrative woven into the development of each ride as each ride changes over time. So the guest that comes back later will see more of the story, nothing will conclude.
This is possibly an extreme that we neither have the technology nor the desire to create today but the fundamental idea already exists and was pioneered by Walt himself. I truly believe there is a narrative behind these rides that should be looked at and analyized from a critical view. Even more I want to see it looked at comparatively; how do the narratives combine to create the narrative of the park as a whole?
As a quick aside: I do not mean to discuss the story of the park as in which rides were developed when and what news happened where. Rather what I am discussing is the fictional narrative presented by the theme of the park and the story of the rides.
This is only the beginning of what I envision to be a large critical experiment.