—Harry Truman, 1/7/53 to an anonymous aide immediately before announcing that the United States successfully tested a Hydrogen Bomb on 11/1/52. Quoted in "Geopolitical Ramifications of the Uncontrolled Dissemination of the American Image In The Media In The Atomic Age," by the Rand Corporation.
Allohistorical Allusion: Several, as is usual in Alternate History. Dodd hates being called Jimmie and ponders his life if he had become a musician instead, Malcolm X replaces Che as the most common face in campus posters, Bill Clinton mentions that he wanted to be president in kindergarten...
Anti-Villain: Though President Disney makes one disastrous, un-PC (by today's standards, anyway) move after another, he genuinely seems like he has the country's best interests at heart. For example, he only supports segregation because a high profile hate crime convinces him that blacks & whites aren't ready to live together. Further, the worst decisions and actions seem to be committed by manipulative underlings and more distant followers as he sinks into a helpless depression. The only time he clearly comes off as a bad guy is when his kneejerk anti-Semitism poisons relations with Israel and causes them to side with the Soviets.
The Atoner: Roy Cohn. After the attempted assassination of Disney followed by Rockwell's rant against Jews, Cohn goes back to his synagogue and apologizes to his rabbi for being a bad Jew. He then gets Nelson Rockefeller, a pro-civil rights liberal Republican, to run in the primaries against Rockwell, who until then was the only strong nominee. This is despite having been very supportive, and in most cases the architect, of Disney's anti-civil rights actions. To top it all off, he gets Rockefeller to put a Hebrew phrase in his speech announcing his candidacy, just to spite Rockwell. He then finishes the job by setting in motion an awesome Batman Gambit that takes down Rockwell.
The Bad Guy Wins: Stennis ends up beating Rockefeller in the election. Made worse by the fact that he most likely only won due to voter fraud.
Batman Gambit: Roy Cohn's takedown of Rockwell's campaign, shutting him out of the GOP nomination, and destroying his reputation by being in the right position to take a punch to the face from an enraged Rockwell in front of multiple cameras and journalists by using James Dodd as the decoy to lure Rockwell out. Bonus points for its intricacy and the time spent setting it up and putting Rockwell in the right place at the right time.
Bedmate Reveal: After a night of overindulgence, Orson Welles wakes up to find Vampira in his bed.
Been There, Shaped History: Beano. He's the only fictional recurring character, but is pal with Wally Hedrick, Allen Ginsberg and Jerry Brown. He also meets John Lennon, Paul Mc Cartney, Lucky Luciano and introduces The Beach Boys to marihuana(!)
Black and Gray Morality: When Rockwell becomes a serious contender for president, Roy Cohn becomes a major figure in trying to prevent the further collapse of race relations in the US. Another example is the struggle between the black revolutionary movements and the government.
Crapsaccharine World: In the first entry, it doesn't look bad at all... until you read the attribution of the last quote.
Now veering right into Crapsack World territory with the aftermath of the assassination attempt on President Disney.
Although things doesn't seem to be all that much worse to our timeline outside the USA. It is just that the main narrative focuses on the USA, where, as the rest of this page indicates, [things very much are worse than our timeline.
Crowning Moment of Awesome: Barry Goldwater showing himself to be a man of honor and integrity at the 1960 GOP Convention, also a CMOA for Roy Cohn.
Unfortunately it may be undermined by Rockwell leaving the Republican Party and siding with Stennis.
Culture Police: The Mickey Mouse Club and its eager children and parents use patriotism and accusations of Un-American activity to browbeat (or just beat down) 1950s counterculture. This drives Elvis, the Beatniks, and various Hollywood filmmakers (Orson Welles among them) to Europe, particularly London, France, and Berlin.
Mind that in real life, Elvis, swaying hips aside, was a fierce McCarthyist who once planned to become a spy inside the Communist Party.
Drowning My Sorrows: After Little Rock, Walt hits the bottle hard. Eventually his health collapses from it, and Roy Cohn effectively runs the White House.
James Dodd does this as well.
Dystopia: Walt Disney turns America — for anyone who isn't white, Christian, and middle class — into the beginnings of a dystopia in the 1950s. From veiled references to the future, the 1960s will be even worse.
Embarrassing Middle Name: George Lincoln Rockwell, trying to get elected as a Republican in a southern state. He openly confronts the fact in his campaign and is able to shame his opponents for sinking to the level of such attacks, winning the election.
Enemy Mine: Roy Cohn and Jimmie Dodd despise each other, but end up working together to bring down Rockwell.
Even Evil Has Standards: When Senator George Lincoln Rockwell makes anti-semitic remarks to Roy Cohn at a White House dinner, Cohn snaps and breaks the Senator's nose with a punch. As Cohn is Jewish, it could be Evil Doesn't Like Being Insulted, but it is a humanizing moment. This is even more clear in the aftermath of this dinner, where Cohn goes to great lengths to stop Rockwell. It's clear that even he, a Magnificent Bastard, is horrified by the idea of a Neo-Nazi like Rockwell getting the presidency.
Subverted with Stennis' opposition to Rockwell's plan to deport all blacks to Africa. He states his opposition to the plan, but has no objection to the actual idea of the plan. He simply thinks it's impractical. He supports walling the black communities into ghettos, which is barely better. Subverted even further when he supports a more modified version of his deportation plan.
Face-Heel Turn: John F. Kennedy goes from being a staunch supporter of civil rights to the running mate of Senator John Stennis, a major supporter of segregation. It's a sign of the dystopic nature of this timeline that Stennis isn't even the worst option out of the potential candidates.
Irony: The U.S. government starts using LSD as a drug to try and change the behaviour of left-wing subversives.
La Résistance: There are both non-violent and violent movements who resist Disney's government. On the non-violent side there is the Student Civil Liberties Union (with a young Jerry Brown as one of its members). The violent resistance is comprised of black revolutionary organizations, a secular leftist group led by Eldridge Cleaver and a Muslim group led by Malcolm X.
Ludicrous Gibs: Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine is annihilated by a white mob. According to Bill Clinton's testimony, it was so bad that you couldn't even tell what race he was by the time it was over.
The Mafia: The government smuggles Lucky Luciano back into the USA in order use the Mob to undermine activists.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted. Leaving aside Walt Disney, everyone from Malcolm X to Anita Bryant to Alan Ginsberg to The Beatles (known here as "The Quarrymen", and with a slightly different lineup) shows up. Pretty much every entry is from the POV of a historical celebrity, or from someone else viewing a celebrity.
Statichaos has joked that he's considered working in Hunter S. Thompson, but "mimicking his writing style would involve hurting my brain."
The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Thanks to a combination of destroying the nonviolent protest wing of the Civil Rights Movement and several very public deaths, the American general public becomes familiar with the definition of the word jihad decades earlier than they would have.
Smug Snake: Rockwell. While's he's scary in being a nutjob with too much power for comfort, he's not very smart or savvy. In fact, when he's having his violent tantrums, he looks more unpleasent and pathetic than threatening.
Titled After the Song: The title is the first line of the song from the (in)famous Disney ride It's a Small World After All.
Throw It In: Statichaos has a tendency to work in any historical figure he comes across. The rise of George Rockwell, by his own admission, came about after he read a biography of the man.
Unfortunate Implications: In-universe example - Realizing the connotations of gangs of ideologically motivated youths marching around with armbands, the Disney Corporation ditches the armbands in favor of coonskin caps as the "new badge of honor."
Unreliable Narrator: Everyone in the story is telling either what happened from their own experience or recording other people's sayings and opinions. Even James Dodd, the Only Sane Man of the piece and narrator of what was really happening in the White House is still skewed in his opinion by his deep abiding father-son relationship with Walt Disney and blinded to some of the man's faults.
Some narrators are outright lying. Dodd and Cohn's narratives outright contradict each other at some points, due to Cohn's attempts to shrug off blame or achieve glory for his deeds and Dodd... telling the truth, mostly.
Villainous Breakdown: Cohn takes down Rockwell by manipulating him into having one in front of the cameras.
A World Half Full: Possibly. It's a pretty crapsacky dystopia now and from what we know it will only get worse during The Sixties. But it's implied that things do get better eventually, at least to an extent.
There is also the fact that, so far at least, most of the world outside the USA haven't gotten all that much worse than they would be. In fact, several parts seems to be better off. For example, the European culture scene, especially in Berlin, Paris and London profit from the emigration of influential US-American artists like Orson Welles and Elvis Presley.
Also, the last update of Part 1 implies that, in the present day, some things are even better then they are now. From what little we know, we have gone much further in space exploration then in in our timeline, having real infrestructure being built in space. We also are advanced enough in technology to have an international bullet train system.
Disney saves the American rail network. That is all.
Since the Quarrymen may never leave England, John Lennon never meets Mark David Chapman. Quotes indicate he lives to at least 1994.
While he never becomes the figure he is in our timeline, Martin Luther King Jr is still alive (and doing work for civil rights) in 1977.
The USSR is also thawing little by little because Kruschev is more intent on reform now that the US is less able to pose a threat to them.
Hell, it might be argued that the rest of the world in general is better than in Real Life: The Hungarian Revolution was succesful, Cuba didn't go communist (though at the cost of direct American intervention and Batista's regime being continued), there was no Suez Crisis nor Vietnam War. As for whether Cuba not going communist and sticking with Batista is a good thing...
Word of God: Statichaos has, at the request of other posters, announced where various celebrities who don't factor into the story are in this timeline. James Dean, for example, is stuck as the JD heavy in two-bit pictures, Natalie Wood is an ingenue for Disney, and Sal Mineo is in jail on sexual deviancy charges.