Disney attractions around the world have magically enchanted visitors for generations. To celebrate the release of the Disney feature film on July 30th Jungle CruiseInspired by the Disney Parks attraction that debuted in 1955 with the opening of Disneyland® park, Disney+ will premiere all episodes of its latest original series Behind the attraction on Friday, July 16. The 10-episode series, narrated by Paget Brewster, gives viewers an exclusive ‘behind the curtain’ look at 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 house to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Hear the unique story behind each castle in the parks and learn how Disney Imagineers designed and built them and discover the intricacies of the transportation systems in each park and how the iconic Disneyland® Hotel came to be.
Behind the attraction delves into the rich, amazing history of Disney Parks using archival footage and never-before-seen footage and photos to reveal how the attractions came to be and how they’ve been refined over the years as new ideas emerge and technology develops.
“Getting started with Disney AND Seven Bucks has not only been the honor of my career, it has also been a LOT of fun, which I hope people will feel when they watch the show!” adds Brian Volk-Weiss, executive producer and director.
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 Reveal 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 hoe haunted house was filled with 999 happy ghosts, how the, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (while defying gravity in the process) and why it took so long to launch Space Mountain.
All 10 episodes of Behind the attraction are available to stream on Friday, July 16 on Disney+.
Jungle Cruise – Behind the attraction
Join a skipper for the story behind Jungle Cruise and try to spot the back of the water! When
Walt decided to create the original immersive attraction, he commissioned Imagineers to build a river in the Southern California desert AND the mechanical animals to populate it. Head designer
Harper Goff and horticulturist Bill Evans worked hard to build everything in time for the grand opening of Disneyland® Park in 1955. Guests have been sailing the water ever since. Dwayne Johnson also appears in this episode where he discusses his childhood memories of the attraction and his favorite joke of the skippers.
Welcome, foolish mortals, to the haunted house – enter if you dare! When Walt Disney developed the attraction, he didn’t specify whether it should be funny or scary. It ended up being a perfect mix of both. Haunted Mansion proved so popular that it inspired several later iterations, including the hair-raising Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris and the weird and wonderful Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Speed of Light to Endor! Long ago… Disney created Star Tours, a thrilling simulator attraction that takes guests to a galaxy far, far away. It inspired Imagineers to build a whole new land – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. There, guests can use the Force to explore the remote outpost of Batuu and the cutting-edge attractions Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Discover the ups (and downs!) of creating this gravity-defying attraction set in the eerie world of Rod Serling’s famous “Twilight Zone” television series. Then hold on tight as Imagineers reimagine the Disney California Adventure version as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Find out what it took to build the attraction – and what it took to ride it!
Castles are at the heart of Disney parks around the world. The original at Disneyland® Resort in California quickly became a symbol of The Walt Disney Company, similar to Mickey Mouse. Hear the unique story behind each and learn how Imagineers designed and built them.
Disneyland Resort without a hotel – what?! It almost happened. Check in to see how Walt built it. Considered an extension of the park, funding for the hotel proved difficult to come by, so Walt struck a deal with producer Jack Wrather. Jack would own the hotel, but Walt’s name would be on it. Together they made it an immersive experience and set the stage for all future Disney hotels. After Jack’s death, The Walt Disney Company bought the Disneyland Hotel. Today, Disney operates dozens of hotels around the world.
You’re about to hear the story of Space Mountain in T-minus 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…launch! Walt’s vision for an attraction that simulates space travel was a design challenge Imagineer John Hench tackled and created a signature structure that can now be found in Disney parks around the world. Imagineers continue the tradition by creating another thrilling indoor attraction, the historic TRON Lightcycle Power Run at the Shanghai Disney Resort.
it’s a small world
It all started at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair! If it weren’t for a chance encounter between an Academy Award-winning actress and Walt Disney, this beloved attraction might never have happened. With its signature unforgettable song, its gutter boat ride design and Audio-Animatronics figures, it was a huge success. Versions have been designed and built in Disney parks around the world, proving that it really is a small world after all!
Trains, trams and monorails
Everyone on board! Everything moves in Disney Parks, especially the guests – by land, water and air! Walt loved all kinds of transportation—trains, trams, monorails, and boats. They’re all fun, but Walt also believed the monorail could help cities end traffic. Walt Disney World Resort’s extensive transportation network is proof of that. Every Disney Park built since then has continued this tradition, creating transportation systems to get guests to their destinations efficiently.
Hall of Presidents
This unprecedented presidential attraction in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom brings our Commanders-in-Chief to life. Walt created the world’s first human Audio-Animatronics® figure based on his childhood hero, Abraham Lincoln. Honest Abe helped launch this revolutionary technology that lives in Disney Parks today. Who knows what the future holds for this enchanting Disney technology?
Behind the attraction is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Kevin Hill of Seven Bucks Productions and Brian Volk-Weiss, Robin Henry and Cisco Henson of The Nacelle Company. Brian Volk-Weiss directs the series.
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