Believe it or not, Wiltshire based town Swindon is a close relation of Disney World Florida. In 2009 the pair became twinned! The whole concept started from a competition where Disney World Florida asked the residents of the United Kingdom to vouch for their towns and express to them why their town is suited to become twinned with the theme park. Rebecca Warren, aged 20, rose to this challenge and came up with a winning slideshow boasting Swindon’s premium qualities. Twinning has been described as a way to exchange cultural ideas, so would that mean we can expect to see a Space Mountain in Swindon?
What is so great about Swindon?
Swindon is host to a number of festivals. The Summer Breeze Festival is an annual based music experience that has been host to some top names such as KT Tunstell, a Grammy Award nominated female singer songwriter. The festival is run voluntarily by music enthusiasts with all profits made being donated to charity or put into funding for next year’s event. Maybe Mickey has a soft spot for Folk, Indie and Ska music. There is also a growing art scene in Swindon, based inside the Arts Center, where amateur productions are put on from local talent. Swindon also has its fair share of museums (like the STEAM Museum) and many shopping outlets. Swindon sums up Britain in the the space of a large town. The town promotes a healthy local economy, while the green spaces boast qualities of the great British countryside.
A Disney Comparison
There’s really not much you can compare. I guess if you were clutching at straws, you could mention Disney has films with kitchens in them like Ratatouille, and there are also kitchens in Swindon. One’s a glorious world of fun where animals can talk and humans fly around on magic carpets; the other is a standard British town. I suppose the goodwill of Swindon represented by such events as the Summer Breeze Festival mentioned earlier reflects the good nature Disney bases its’ values on.
I’m not sure that twinning with Disney World will necessarily help Swindon in any way. Perhaps they will get a few Disney enthusiasts who will add a visit to the town to their bucket list. For Disney, however, it was one fantastic public relations stunt that got the whole of the UK talking in 2009.