Die-Hard Disney Fans Band Together At The Happiest Place On Earth

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about a phenomenon emerging at the Disneyland. Packs of Disney fans have started meeting up at Disneyland with matching gear and group names — like The Neverlanders and Walt's Misfits. Disney gangs? Not quite. Many have started to incorporate elements of community service into their meetups.

They also discuss efforts to make South Korea a friendlier place for entrepreneurs.

The New And The Next

  • Social Clubs On The Scene At Disneyland

    The Main St. Elite is among the clubs that regularly gather in Disneyland.

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    "There've been Disney fans for years, but now they've started to gather on a regular basis — wearing similar clothes at the parks. Some people would, somewhat sniffily, describe them as the gangs of Disneyland. But they think of themselves as clubs. ...

    Walt's Misfits are one of the names, the Jungle Cruisers are yet another, the Neverlanders. ... You see a lot of vests with insignia on the back and increasingly ... it's almost become a little bit of a fraternity and sorority where they will do public service with and for each other."

    Read 'Gangs Of Disneyland' On Ozy.com

  • Giving Startups A Boost In South Korea

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    South Korean President Park Geun-hye is investing in entrepreneurship.

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye is investing in entrepreneurship.

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    "South Korea has always been ahead of the game ... technology-wise. ... All sorts of interesting technology companies have come out of there ... but they haven't had much of an entrepreneurial culture. One entrepreneur said to us, 'Starting a company is for people who can't find a decent job.'

    "But led by a new president, Park Geun-hye — she's ushering in something she calls the creative economy and is encouraging entrepreneurship with a $4 billion government investment fund.

    "... You see companies like the education technology company KnowRe that now has been able to not just raise money from a place like the Silicon Valley but actually raise domestic venture capital there in South Korea."

    Read 'High-Tech Money Finds Footing In Korea' On Ozy.com

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