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Old 10-11-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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American Pavillion and the Election

Over in a now closed thread a person from the UK was asking how the election works in the US. I think this is an excellent opportunity to educate people from outside the US and even our younger US residents.

Have some sort of temporary exhibit at the American pavillion in Epcot explaining the basics of our process. Of course it needs to be kept totally non-partisan. No mention of Dems, Repubs, Libertarians, etc. Have Mickey, Donald, and Goofy running against each other or something.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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I've lived here for nearly 9 years and I STILL don't understand how the election works - ours is much more straightforward and shorter
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:46 PM   #3
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Over in a now closed thread a person from the UK was asking how the election works in the US. I think this is an excellent opportunity to educate people from outside the US and even our younger US residents.

Have some sort of temporary exhibit at the American pavillion in Epcot explaining the basics of our process. Of course it needs to be kept totally non-partisan. No mention of Dems, Repubs, Libertarians, etc. Have Mickey, Donald, and Goofy running against each other or something.
That is an awesome idea. Mickey and Donald have been fighting since well ever! Each character could make political ads that can be viewed somewhere and then everyone could vote. That would be fun!
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:41 PM   #4
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I come to WDW to escape the real world, not to be reminded of it. Politics and Disney don't (or shouldn't) mix. Just my opinion.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:50 PM   #5
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. . . Have some sort of temporary exhibit at the American pavillion in Epcot explaining the basics of our process . . .

1) How can you have an exhibit of
. . . pollsters
. . . political consultants
. . . half-truths
2) I guess you can just have a BIG pile of money, instead.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:59 PM   #6
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Do a Google search for "Pooh for President". Disney tried to do a fun, Disney-centric, "how an election works" thing that didn't bring in parties or politics. It was cute as heck, but provided no real information about how the US political system works. There's simply no "easy" way to explain it.

And, frankly ... if someone wants to know, there are plenty of sites, books, pamphlets, movies, documentaries and YouTube videos out there that will explain the electoral college and the political process. I'm not sure that the parks need to be dipping their toes in that water!

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:03 PM   #7
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As much as I love the idea of a mock election between characters--the election process is so complicated (i.e., popular vote vs. electoral college)
it'd be difficult to explain in an efficient manner that would hold a person's interest. God knows, I'm bored to death with it and I understand it
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I'm not so sure about the idea in that I just don't know how "entertaining" it is. Educational and informative? For sure, but I don't see it fitting in with the experience of Epcot. It's information that is readily available to anyone who wants it through books/internet, etc...

I will say though, that if they were going to do something like that, then I would hope and want to see it for all the countries represented in the WS, not just the US. That would be far more interesting.
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i come to wdw to escape the real world, not to be reminded of it. Politics and disney don't (or shouldn't) mix. Just my opinion.
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Totally agree!
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:04 PM   #11
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I will say though, that if they were going to do something like that, then I would hope and want to see it for all the countries represented in the WS, not just the US. That would be far more interesting.
You really want to see how Italian or Chinese Politics work?
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:13 PM   #12
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Over in a now closed thread a person from the UK was asking how the election works in the US. I think this is an excellent opportunity to educate people from outside the US and even our younger US residents.

Have some sort of temporary exhibit at the American pavillion in Epcot explaining the basics of our process. Of course it needs to be kept totally non-partisan. No mention of Dems, Repubs, Libertarians, etc. Have Mickey, Donald, and Goofy running against each other or something.
I like this idea. Roll it out every four years, starting after the political conventions so there are actual candidates out there. But have the exhibit do cartoon people "running" against each other. End with voters going into the polling place and never having a winner declared.

America's voting system is complex, no doubt about it. And it's different from anywhere else in the world. Instead of saying how bad it is, wouldn't it be nice to be positive and show the world what we do here?

Remember Schoolhouse Rock? That concept would be excellent for something like this.
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For those of you not in a swing state, consider yourselves lucky. We have been bombarded with campaign ads, Special Interest Group Ads, candidate phone calls, PAC calls, polling calls non stop since May.

I have 2 days circled on my calender, Nov 6 and Dec 2. Both will be when our vacation starts.
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