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Disneyland celebrates 50th birthday

 
 
 

Date: Jul 18, 2005

Level: Easier (Try the harder lesson.)

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THE ARTICLE

Disneyland celebrated its 50th birthday on Sunday. Thousands of fans and celebrities gathered at what Disney calls the "happiest place on Earth" for a giant party. Walt Disney opened the world’s first large-scale theme park on July 17, 1955. It started a whole new world of fantasy and family fun. An amazing 515 million fun seekers have since visited Disneyland. Walt Disney’s idea has been copied around the world by thousands of others, all wanting to make money from the riches in this money-spinning industry.

From its small beginnings, Disney has mushroomed into a global entertainment empire. It has become one of the most famous and well known brands in history. It has created everything from blockbuster movies to children’s stationery. Theme parks have spread across the world in Paris, Japan and very soon Hong Kong. It is almost impossible to walk around any city and not see Mickey Mouse in some shape or form. However, while the idea of providing pleasure has not changed, park admission prices have: the one-dollar ticket in 1955 is now $56.

WARM-UPS

1. DISNEY – THE BEST? Is Disney the best? In pairs / groups, discuss the following:

  1. Characters – Is Mickey Mouse the world’s most loveable cartoon character?
  2. Theme parks – Is Disneyland the world’s greatest theme park?
  3. Animated movies – Are movies such as Bambi, Aladdin and the Lion King the best?
  4. The company – Is the Disney company the happiest company in the world?
  5. For kids – Is Disney the perfect form of entertainment for kids?
  6. For adults – Are Disney T-shirts the best way of reliving your childhood?

How does Disney compare with theme parks, characters and movies from your country?

2. QUICK DEBATE: Students A love Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Students B hate Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Try to persuade each other to switch sides.

3. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words are most interesting and which are most boring.

Disneyland / 50th birthdays / Walt Disney / theme parks / fantasy / family fun / global brands / EuroDisney / Hong Kong Disneyland / Mickey Mouse

Have a chat about the topics you liked. For more conversation, change topics and partners frequently.

4. DISNEY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with Disney. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

5. DISNEY OPINIONS: In pairs / groups, discuss the following opinions on Disney:

  1. Disney is the greatest American cultural asset.
  2. Disney sucks.
  3. Disney has brought incredible joy into the lives of billions of children.
  4. I’m fed up with seeing Mickey Mouse.
  5. Disney truly is the happiest company in the world.
  6. Disney’s originality and creativity died thirty years ago.
  7. Every home should have Disney products.
  8. Disney is just a money-making machine that exports American ideas.
  9. Disney provides fantasy. There’s nothing wrong with that.
  10. Disney will not last another 50 years.

Change partners and share what you talked about.


 
 

BEFORE READING / LISTENING

1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):

a.

Disneyland opened five decades ago.

T / F

b.

Disney says Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth.

T / F

c.

Five billion people have visited Disneyland.

T / F

d.

Thousands of copycats have made money from Disney’s ideas.

T / F

e.

Disney once experimented in the global mushroom business.

T / F

f.

Disney is one of the world’s most ubiquitous brands.

T / F

g.

You are likely to see the Mickey Mouse logo in every world city.

T / F

h.

Admission prices have increased 56 fold since 1955.

T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

a.

gathered

virtually

b.

amazing

wealth

c.

copied

expanded

d.

riches

unbelievable

e.

money-spinning

giving

f.

small

congregated

g.

mushroomed

humble

h.

created

profitable

i.

almost

replicated

j.

providing

made

3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more than one combination is possible):

a.

Disneyland celebrated

money

b.

a whole new world

a global entertainment empire

c.

Walt Disney’s idea has been

pleasure has not changed

d.

make

industry

e.

money-spinning

across the world

f.

mushroomed into

well known brands

g.

most famous and

its 50th birthday

h.

spread

or form

i.

see Mickey Mouse in some shape

of fantasy and family fun

j.

the idea of providing

copied around the world

WHILE READING / LISTENING

WHICH WORD? Delete the word you think is incorrect from the pairs in italics.

Disneyland celebrates 50th birthday

Disneyland celebrated / celebration its 50th birthday on Sunday. Thousands of fans and celebrities / celery gathered at what Disney calls the "happiest place on Earth" for a giant party. Walt Disney opened the world’s first large-scale theme / thyme park on July 17, 1955. It started a whole new world of fantasy and family fun. An amazing 515 million fun lookers / seekers have since visited Disneyland. Walt Disney’s idea has been copied around the world by thousands of others, all wanting to make money from the riches in this cotton-spinning / money-spinning industry.

From its small / gigantic beginnings, Disney has mushroomed into a global entertainment empire / emperor. It has become one of the most famous and well known brands in history. It has created everything from blockbuster movies to children’s stationary / stationery. Theme parks have spread across the world in Paris, Japan and very soon Hong Kong. It is almost impossible to walk around any city and not see Mickey Mouse in some shape or farm / form. However, while the idea of providing pleasure has not changed, park admit / admission prices have: the one-dollar ticket in 1955 is now $56.


 
 

AFTER READING / LISTENING

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words ‘giant’ and ‘party’.

  • Share your findings with your partners.
  • Make questions using the words you found.
  • Ask your partner / group your questions.

2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

  • Share your questions with other classmates / groups.
  • Ask your partner / group your questions.

3. WHICH WORD? In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…? What was the relationship between the words in each pair?

4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

5. STUDENT DISNEY SURVEY: In pairs / groups, write down questions about Disney.

  • Ask other classmates your questions and note down their answers.
  • Go back to your original partner / group and compare your findings.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

6. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall exactly how these were used in the text:

  • celebrated
  • giant
  • first
  • amazing
  • copied
  • riches
  • mushroomed
  • brands
  • across
  • almost
  • providing
  • admission

DISCUSSION

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

  1. What did you think when you first read this headline?
  2. Did the headline make you want to read the article?
  3. Do you like Disney?
  4. What part has Disney played in your life?
  5. Is there anything about Disney you hate?
  6. Have you been to or would you like to go to any Disney theme parks?
  7. What do you do to escape?
  8. What do you think is the secret to Disney’s success?
  9. What do you think of Mickey Mouse?
  10. What will / did you do for your fiftieth birthday?

STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

  1. Did you like reading this article?
  2. What did you think about what you read?
  3. How do Disney’s movies compare to those from other countries?
  4. Have you ever bought Disney products?
  5. Do you think Walt Disney was a genius?
  6. Do you think Disney is America’s greatest cultural asset?
  7. Is $56 too much for a ticket to enter a theme park?
  8. What message do you think Disney sends to children and adults?
  9. Would you like to work for the Disney company?
  10. Did you like this discussion?

AFTER DISCUSSION: Join another partner / group and tell them what you talked about.

  1. What question would you like to ask about this topic?
  2. What was the most interesting thing you heard?
  3. Was there a question you didn’t like?
  4. Was there something you totally disagreed with?
  5. What did you like talking about?
  6. Do you want to know how anyone else answered the questions?
  7. Which was the most difficult question?

SPEAKING

THE NEXT 50 YEARS: You are part of the team to make sure Disney survives for another 50 years. Your job is to make everything in Disney as futuristic as possible. Look at the present image. What is the competition? What is needed to give a more high-tech, modern image?

 

PRODUCT

 

PRESENT IMAGE

 

THE COMPETITION

 

THE FUTURE

 

 

Mickey Mouse

 

 

 

 

 

Theme parks

 

 

 

 

 

Animated movies

 

 

 

 

 

Stores

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Change partners and give feedback on your ideas.

Return to your original partners. Use the feedback you got to make your original ideas better.

LISTENING

Listen and fill in the spaces.

Disneyland celebrates 50th birthday

Disneyland __________ its 50th birthday on Sunday. Thousands of fans and celebrities gathered at what Disney calls the "happiest place __ ______" for a giant party. Walt Disney opened the world’s first _____-_____ theme park on July 17, 1955. It started a whole new world of ________ and family fun. An amazing 515 million fun ________ have since visited Disneyland. Walt Disney’s idea has been copied around the world by thousands of others, all wanting to make money from ___ ______ in this money spinning industry.

From its small __________, Disney has mushroomed into a global entertainment empire. It has become one of the most famous and well known ______ in history. It has created everything from ___________ movies to children’s stationery. Theme parks have spread across the world in Paris, Japan and very soon Hong Kong. It is ______ __________ to walk around any city and not see Mickey Mouse in some _____ __ _____. However, while the idea of providing pleasure has not changed, park _________ prices have: the one-dollar ticket in 1955 is now $56.

HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information on Disney’s entertainment empire. Share your findings with your class in the next lesson.

3. WALT DISNEY: Make a poster on Walt Disney. Show your poster to your classmates in your next lesson and explain what you found out about him.

4. LETTER: Write a letter to the head of the CEO of Disney. Explain what you think of the company as it celebrates its 50th birthday. Give advice on what you think it should do to get better in the next 50 years. Read your letter to your classmates in your next lesson. Did you all write about similar things?

ANSWERS

TRUE / FALSE:

a. T

b. T

c. F

d. T

e. F

f. T

g. T

h. T

SYNONYM MATCH:

a.

gathered

congregated

b.

amazing

unbelievable

c.

copied

replicated

d.

riches

wealth

e.

money-spinning

profitable

f.

small

humble

g.

mushroomed

expanded

h.

created

made

i.

almost

virtually

j.

providing giving

PHRASE MATCH:

a.

Disneyland celebrated

its 50th birthday

b.

a whole new world

of fantasy and family fun

c.

Walt Disney’s idea has been

copied around the world

d.

make

money

e.

money-spinning

industry

f.

mushroomed into

a global entertainment empire

g.

most famous and

well known brands

h.

spread

across the world

i.

see Mickey Mouse in some shape

or form

j.

the idea of providing

pleasure has not changed

WHICH WORD?

Disneyland celebrates 50th birthday

Disneyland celebrated / celebration its 50th birthday on Sunday. Thousands of fans and celebrities / celery gathered at what Disney calls the "happiest place on Earth" for a giant party. Walt Disney opened the world’s first large-scale theme / thyme park on July 17, 1955. It started a whole new world of fantasy and family fun. An amazing 515 million fun lookers / seekers have since visited Disneyland. Walt Disney’s idea has been copied around the world by thousands of others, all wanting to make money from the riches in this cotton-spinning / money-spinning industry.

From its small / gigantic beginnings, Disney has mushroomed into a global entertainment empire / emperor. It has become one of the most famous and well known brands in history. It has created everything from blockbuster movies to children’s stationary / stationery. Theme parks have spread across the world in Paris, Japan and very soon Hong Kong. It is almost impossible to walk around any city and not see Mickey Mouse in some shape or farm / form. However, while the idea of providing pleasure has not changed, park admit / admission prices have: the one-dollar ticket in 1955 is now $56.

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