Researcher ORCID Identifier
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
I am interested in themed experiences from theme parks to comic conventions to influencer parties as spatial and temporal media art. Peter Weishar, the director of the University of Central Florida’s Themed Experience program defines themed experience as “an immersive narrative experience that is often based on a popular book or film.”1 This immersion extends and expands narrative and allows the audience to engage directly with their favorite stories. Despite being an emerging field of study, it is a long-practiced art form from the American theme park boom of the 1960s, to their predecessor the Parisian Pleasure Gardens of the 18th century which inspired the design of both Disneyland in 1955 and Scripps College in 1926.2 It is an ever-evolving field, and it is even more critical to study it now in the age of social media as “Instagrammable” is becoming more solidified in criteria for design practices. Even traditional spaces like museums are being reconfigured to center the spectator as subject. My senior project is a themed experience delving into how the social media aspects of fan culture influence the creative design of transmedia adaptations as I create a premiere party for Traci Hines’ upcoming Disney’s Haunted Mansion tribute music video.
Duncan, Amaya, "The Haunted Mansion: Themed Experience & Social Media" (2022). Scripps Senior Theses. 1980.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.