Airdate: Behind the Attraction

Next best thing to being there? DIsney+ series goes behind the scenes of its own theme parks.

This one probably constitutes branded entertainment….

Disney+ will screen Behind the Attraction, a peek at how Disney theme park attractions operate.

Executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, this is a 10 part series narrated by Paget Brewster. Maybe the next best thing to going in person? Of course it is unlikely to be a critical look around questions of labour, safety, profit and more…

“Getting to work with Disney and Seven Bucks has not only been the honour of my career, it was also a loy of fun, which I hope people will feel when they watch the show!” adds Brian Volk-Weiss, executive producer and director.

Disney attractions around the world have long been enchanting visitors in magical ways for generations. To celebrate the July 30 release of the Disney feature film “Jungle Cruise,” inspired by the Disney Parks attraction which debuted in 1955 with the opening of Disneyland® park, Disney+ will premiere all episodes of its newest original series “Behind the Attraction” on Friday, 16 July.

The 10-part series, narrated by Paget Brewster, gives viewers an exclusive peek ‘behind the curtain’ of the most beloved attractions and destinations at Disney Parks and Resorts around the world, from Jungle Cruise to “it’s a small world” to the Haunted Mansion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Hear the unique story behind each Castle at the Parks and learn how Disney Imagineers designed and built them and discover the intricacies of the transportation systems at each park, and how the iconic Disneyland® Hotel came to be.

“Behind the Attraction” delves into Disney Parks’ rich, amazing history using archival and never-before-seen footage and photographs to unveil how the attractions came to be and how they’ve been refined over the years as new ideas surface and technology evolves.

Including rare interviews with Walt Disney, each episode also features exclusive interviews with Disney Legends and dozens of past and present Imagineers, including Bob Weis, Jeanette Lomboy, Kim Irvine, Scott Trowbridge, Tom Fitzgerald, Scot Drake, Carmen Smith, Joe Rohde, and others who divulge insider secrets of the parks and how iconic Disney attractions were brought to life. Revealed for the first time are the wild stories of how the Haunted Mansion was filled with 999 happy haunts, how the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (while defying gravity in the process) and why Space Mountain took so long to launch.

All 10 episodes are available to stream on Friday, July 16 on Disney+:

“Jungle Cruise”
“Haunted Mansion”
“Star Tours”
“The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror”
“The Castles”
“Disneyland Hotel”
“Space Mountain”
“it’s a small world”
“Trains, Trams, and Monorails”
“Hall of Presidents”

“Behind the Attraction” is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, and Kevin Hill from Seven Bucks Productions and Brian Volk-Weiss, Robin Henry, and Cisco Henson from The Nacelle Company. Brian Volk-Weiss directs the series.

Friday, 16 July on Disney+.

4 Responses

  1. The series on Imagineers was really good. Hopefully, this is just that but more focused on specific rides. Hence why no Pirates of the Caribean episode, as that was heavily featured in that previous series.

  2. Bit of a Disney tragic, Disneyland 19 times, WDW 17, Disneyland Paris 1, Tokyo Disneyland 1, Disneyland Hong Kong 1, Disney Cruise 1….., I calculated once I had spent in excess of 100 days in Disney parks. Also always have to go into a Disney store when travelling, looking forward to this after having done behind the scene tours in Disneyland a number of times. Disney magic is infectious.

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