The Disney and Religion Project

Having spent the last few years researching the religious dimensions of Disney films and theme parks, Dr. Jennifer Porter decided it was time to share her excitement about this research with her students. January 2019 will mark the second time Memorial University's Department of Religious Studies will offer the course RELS 4812: Religion in Disney Parks, and provide 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. All photographs were taken by Dr. Jennifer Porter.

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.


OCT. 31, 2018

Religion and Disney Parks Information Session!

We held an information session to discuss the details of the Religion and Disney Parks Course on Wednesday October 31st. Information from the session can be found below.

Registration for RELS 4812 opens Nov. 5th, 2018. Enrolment is limited to 12 students, so if you are interested, you should make sure to contact the Department of Religious Studies ASAP to find out how to reserve a spot. Click the link to visit the Religious Studies Department website. You must be a Memorial University student to take this or any other Religious Studies course at MUN. To find out how to register at MUN, click the link below.

The Religion and Disney Parks course will have a table at the Winter Go Abroad Fai, to be held from 12:00-2:00pm in The Landing UC 3018. Drop by to ask questions and find out more about the course


Walt Disney World