New Disney+ series 'Behind the Attraction' will go behind-the-curtain at some of Disney's most famous attractions

Jun 07, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Monday June 7, 2021 3:15pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney+ will launch a new 10-part series on July 16 2021 taking a behind-the-scenes look at some of Disney's most famous attractions and destinations around the world.

Using archival and never-before-seen footage, we'll hear from key figures at Walt Disney Imagineering including Bob Weis, Jeanette Lomboy, Kim Irvine, Scott Trowbridge, Tom Fitzgerald, Scot Drake, Carmen Smith, and Joe Rohde.

Some of the locations and attractions uncovered will be Jungle Cruise, "it's a small world," Haunted Mansion, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland Hotel and the castles.

Disney+ "Behind the Attraction," from executive producers Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Brian Volk-Weiss will debut all 10 episodes on July 16 2021.

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doctornickJan 21, 2022

while I liked the Imagineering Story more (wish that was a longer series with more episodes), I think Behind the Attraction is fun too and has more potential as an ongoing series - there’s easily enough for a third season too. My unscientific eval is that Behind the Attraction is more accessible for casual fans or non fans of the parks and probably better for the broader base of D+ subscribers

tancJan 21, 2022

they should just end it. I hate how it's not nearly as well made as the imagineering story. I guess Splash would be awesome to see, but will never happen. I find it a fascinating ride due to having to essentially build something from the middle and out. A video about all the Country Pavilions in Epcot would be really cool. Everest too

MisterPenguinJan 21, 2022

Triceratops Spin!

doctornickJan 21, 2022

I haven't seen this mentioned, but there are plans for a second season of Behind the Attraction. Anyone want to take a guess on what would be featured? Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain seem like givens. Some thoughts... Spaceship Earth Tiki Birds Indiana Jones Adventure; maybe talking about Dinosaur as well A broad one on Fireworks. Or Parades. Or nighttime entertainment (e.g. Fantasmic, World of Color, Illuminations, etc) Flight of Passage or Pandora in general RSR or Cars Land in general Buzz Lightyear and/or Toy Story Mania

Kirby86Sep 17, 2021

Oh man that is not a good look for Disney or the production company.

DCBakerSep 17, 2021

Thread -

doctornickAug 29, 2021

I do wish the episodes were a little less Disneyland focused. There’s a bunch of times they could generalize commentary to all or multiple Disney parks but specifically say Disneyland this or that

Sir_CliffAug 28, 2021

After having struggled a little with the tone of the first 5, I watched the castles one last night and actually quite enjoyed it. Seemed like they had toned down the initial jokiness and I am also happy to see them move on from major attractions to topics like the castles, Disneyland Hotel, etc. Getting a little more into fan service, I guess! If I were advising someone to watch this series, I would probably suggest they don't start with the first episode on The Jungle Cruise as I did. Maybe I've just become numb, but I think that's the one where the attempted humour of the narration grates the most if it's not your thing.

Kirby86Aug 27, 2021

Just finished the it's a Small World episode (it really is just a Worlds Fair episode) overall I'm liking these episodes more than the first 5. Also it's good to see Carasoul of Progress get acknowledged by Disney in this series.

brb1006Aug 26, 2021

Have to admit, I got surprisingly emotional when the female cast member at Disneyland Paris sung the French version of It's A Small World. That lady has a beautiful voice.

Animaniac93-98Aug 26, 2021

I've now watched all 5 of the new episodes, and I'd say, on average, they're better than the first 5. More interesting and less marketing. Shockingly, not once in the Small World episode do they ever mention the addition of characters in the late 2000s. In the Disneyland Hotel episode, they talk about the importance of Aulani's story not being about characters (can someone send that clip to Chapek?!).

brb1006Aug 26, 2021

New episodes have arrived today!

DCBakerAug 20, 2021

Kirby86Aug 11, 2021

The first 5 episodes were well made and I didn't regret watching them. My one complaint is Paget Brewster as the Narrator, her Jokes fell flat and the fake interrupting the Imagineers got old real quick. When she was just saying who was who on whatever attraction she was an okay Narrator.