Theme and amusement parks as a site of inter-disciplinary research into the construction of childhood leisure

Amusement parks and theme parks are usually dismissed as frivolous or children’s entertainment and, unlike films or art, have received scant academic interest. They are both a highly popular form of leisure but pose a challenge to scholars in how to analyse what is a multimedia experiential ephemeral phenomenon.

This gestational project, drawing from multiple disciplines, seeks to establish possible methodologies for analysing theme parks, bringing together scholars from the UK, other parts of Europe and the United States to ultimately consider how the theme park acts as a site where certain constructions of childhood, and childhood ‘fun’, are created.