This interview originally appeared in the February 3rd edition of the “Out Here” newsletter.
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
A: My name is Kevin Perjurer and I am the creator and host of the Defunctland docuseries and podcast.
What thing have you made that you’re most proud of?
I am most proud of my book, Defunctland: Guide to the Magic Kingdom. I never thought I would be able to write a book, let alone find an audience for it.
What have been some of the most astounding things you’ve discovered while doing Defunctland?
I think the connection between theme park history and the American story is amazing. Theme parks are so closely related with our culture and society. It is one of the most subtle and authentic reflections of the truth.
What are some weird trends you’ve spotted in the amusement industry?
The progression of the amusement park industry is fascinating, and the trends are always a bit ridiculous. The rise of the “studios” parks in the early 90s, the introduction of simulators, etc. Like any business, there are obvious and endless trends.
Where do you see the amusement industry moving to in the next 10 years?
The theme park industry is going to move to more realistic immersive environments. If Galaxy’s Edge is successful, I could see theme parks where people dress up in era-specific costumes and play in active role in the theming.