Religion and Disney

Having spent a number of years researching the religious dimensions of Disney films and theme parks, I'm thrilled to share this awesome topic with interested students. January 2024 will mark the third time Memorial University's Department of Religious Studies has offered RELS 4812: Religion in Disney Parks, and provided interested students the opportunity to travel to one of Disney's reknowned theme parks to study first-hand the relationship between religion and pop culture.

This course is in no way affiliated with The Walt Disney Company nor The Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Paris. The course is offered purely for academic and educational purposes, and no copyright infringement is intended. Photographs on website taken by Dr. Jennifer Porter, or were purchased through Disney's Photopass.

Nature Spirituality at Disney Parks

One theme we will explore in our course is the link between Disney and nature religion. Other topics include civil religion, religious consumerism, and the religious dimensions of Disney’s constructed pasts, futures, and the global village.

Fieldtrip photos

  • Ariel's autograph
  • Battling Zurg
  • Breakfast before the parks
  • Animal Kingdom meetup
  • Daisy's crystal ball sees all
  • Dinner with Tigger
  • Disney squad nighttime edition
  • Hands up for the Yeti
  • I see Elsa!
  • Beware the Hitchhiking Ghost!
  • Disney Squad Daytime edition
  • Between Joy and Sadness
  • Lanterns gleam and glow
  • That's Captain Jack Sparrow!
  • Meeting Kylo Ren
  • Sacred Mountain
  • No one shows off his giant biceps like Gaston
  • No one crushes your hand in his grip like Gaston
  • Posing with Nemo
  • Too late to change your mind now!
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Chillin' with Roy and Minnie
  • Doing what snowmen do in Summer
  • Hangin' with the Stepsisters
  • Tatooine Trader
  • 0-92 kph in 2.8 seconds!
  • The Wilderness must be explored!
  • Waiting for Fantasmic
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  • Ready for the show
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Winter 2024


Course approval is being sought to offer this course in Winter 2024. Check this website for updates, or click "Learn More" to see what courses are scheduled within the Department of Religious Studies

Spring 2019


Thank you to all the students who participated in the Religion and Disney Parks course! We had a great trip to Walt Disney World, and a great Symposium to discuss our research in April.

Spring 2017


The Religion and Disney Parks course made its inaugural trip to Walt Disney World in February 2017. Many thanks to all the students who made this course so great. I hope you all had an amazing time.


Walt Disney World