It's rather interesting that Disney plays a role in America's modern mythology that is absolutely critical, even central. Increasingly the world sees Disney as the real symbol of America. Forget about the Statue of Liberty, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights - America means Mickey Mouse. The recreational mecca called Disney World has now supplanted America's historical mecca called Washington, D.C., as the nation's most popular tourist site. Some now argue that Disneyland is the spirit of America, the nation's key sacred space, the bearer of the images that carry American meaning and mission.
Disney's mission statement is simple and straightforward: "Provide People Happiness." In its quest to meet this goal, Disney focuses all its energies in the realm of fantasy - convincing the whole country that to find happiness involves escaping reality.