When it comes to Disney+ streaming service, Disney is clearly is trying to reach everybody with its programming. Here you’ll find nostalgic movies, preschool programming and number 1 hit shows. This is fine for the causal Disney fan and similar entertainment can be found elsewhere. But for diehard fans, those who love all things Disney including the theme parks, Disney+ offers some things that you can’t find anywhere else. They offer a number of behind-the-scenes docuseries like Prop Culture (which really needs a season 2!), Inside Pixar, the fantastic The Imagineering Story and One Day at Disney. Released this week, Behind the Attraction gets added to the list.
While not the most inventive title, Behind the Attraction does what is says it will do – tell the stories behind the making of various attractions at Disney theme parks. Even the most jaded person will find something fascinating with each of these tales. For instance, episode one of the series focuses on the Jungle Cruise attraction and while they do talk about the various versions of the ride found in various theme parks, the main story is about the building of the original at Disneyland. Up until then, this type of attraction had not been created before. It’s not like Walt Disney just went and purchased a kit someplace. There was no blueprint. He worked with landscapers, architects, movie studio props people, animators and more to make this dream a beloved attraction for many years to come.
Like the Jungle Cruise ride itself, Behind the Attraction comes with a tongue-in-cheek narration by Paget Brewster. This is a fun docuseries that doesn’t take itself too seriously and yet is chock full of good information to chew on. It’s thoroughly entertaining, has a quick pace in story-telling and yet it never feels rushed. Dwayne Johnson along with Dany Garcia and Brian Volk-Weiss serve as Executive Producers for the ten-episode series and numerous Disney personalities including former and current Imagineers and employees, share their points of view about each project.
The upcoming episodes of the show include:
- Jungle Cruise: In addition to what is mentioned above, you will learn the secret of the backside of water!
- Haunted Mansion: Foolish mortals will love hearing the tales of the original scare house and the other versions that came after it including Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Star Tours: Before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge there was the simulator attraction Star Tours which in turn inspired Imagineers to build a whole new land.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Not only does this episode explain how the original Florida attraction operates it also goes on to explain how the California version of the ride became Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!
- Space Mountain: Believe it or not, Space Mountain was originally Walt’s idea and now the ride can be found all over the world. And then later, that same attraction was the inspiration for the TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disney Resort.
- The Castles: Hear the story behind each unique Disney theme park castle.
- Disneyland Hotel: Once upon a time, there was only one Disney-themed hotel on the property. Now there are dozens worldwide. This episode explains how they all got started and the various changes that have been made over the years.
- It’s a Small World: Sure, the song drives you crazy, but this ride is still one of the most popular in the parks.
- Trains, Trams, and Monorails: Walt loved locomotion of all kinds — trains, trams, monorails, and boats. They’re all fun, but Walt also believed the monorail could help cities end traffic. Every Disney Park built since has continued this tradition.
- Hall of Presidents: Walt created the world’s first human Audio-Animatronics figure based on his childhood hero, Abraham Lincoln. Years later, the presidential attraction in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom brought all of our former and current commander in chief to life.
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