VIDEO: To Visit or Not? – Park Fans Discuss Pandemic Choices in “Small World”
When Walt Disney World reopened after their COVID-19 lock down, many fans had to make hard decisions about when they would once again enter the parks.
Recently, The New Yorker has released a short documentary that takes a look at this predicament entitled “Small World.” The film is directed by Jonathan Napolitano and has WDWNT’s own Nathan Hartman as a producer.
“Disney fans have complex relationships with the parks,” said Hartman. “Right now, many are deciding if a trip will give them a respite from the real world or just further remind them of it.”
In the film, Disney fans, including Parks Center’s own Alison Shih, discuss those tensions amidst footage of a nearly empty Magic Kingdom.
“I made this film for Disney fans,” said Napolitano. “The pandemic is the film’s backdrop which makes everything feel uneasy and unsettling, but beyond that, it’s a story about loving something that truly means something to you. Even though some of these people featured in the film can’t agree on attending Disney’s parks (right now), there’s still no doubt that Disney has always been there for them throughout their entire lives”