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Disneyland’s 60th birthday party attracts crowds while a huge world’s fair in Milan gets no love in the US. Why? Plus, filmmaker James Cameron creates solar Sun Flowers to power -- and educate -- a school.

Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives.

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caroline Chamberlain

Disneyland Turns 60, What Happened to World’s Fairs? 20 MIN, 48 SEC

This past Friday, Disneyland kicked off its 60th birthday party with a 24-hour celebration that maxed out the amusement park’s capacity. After all of these years, and ever-growing admissions prices, how does the park continue to inspire? Performer, humorist, and “histo-tainer” Charles Phoenix explains why Disneyland is a Southern California treasure.

Longtime Disney reporter Jim Hill attended the 60th anniversary celebration, and talks about why the park fascinates him even as it becomes “formulaic.”

Meanwhile, a world’s fair, or Expo, centered on the theme “Feeding the Planet,” has opened in Milan. But it is getting little attention in the US. New York architect James Biber designed the USA pavilion for the Expo and he discusses the high and low-lights at the show, while speculating on Americans’ loss of interest in world fairs.

Daniel Ostroff is a film producer and the editor of An Eames Anthology, a collection of writings and talks by Charles and Ray Eames. Drawing on lessons from his dad -- who knew Walt Disney and produced the ‘64 New York World Fair -- he explains what makes Disneyland thrive, and World Fairs diminish.  

James Cameron Creates Solar “Sun Flowers” 5 MIN, 42 SEC

Filmmaker James Cameron has turned his hand to functional art, creating solar ‘sun flowers’ to power MUSE school in Malibu, co-founded by his wife Suzy Amis Cameron with her sister Rebecca.

The director details how they work, how he incorporated storytelling in their design and why he doesn’t want to wait for a miracle from the “techno cavalry” to combat a changing climate.


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