Environment, Space, Place

Volume 5, Issue 1, Spring 2013

Kip Redick
Pages 46-72

Profane Experience and Sacred Encounter: Journeys to Disney and the Camino de Santiago

This article explores the contrast of pilgrimage and tourism as sacred and profane journeys using Disney World and the Camino de Santiago as exemplars of such destinations. An entanglement of place structures reveals Disney World as a quasi-religious journey site for some whose tourist actions implicate a ritual centered on capitalist mythology. Disentangling sacred encounters and profane experiences demonstrates the role such places play in elevating community versus self-indulgence.