June 9, 2021
The Disney+ streaming service July 21 will premiere “Behind the Attraction,” a 10-part original series that gives viewers a peek behind the curtain of some of the most popular attractions at Disney Parks and Resorts around the world.
The series is timed to coincide with the release of Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie based on the classic ride that debuted with the opening of Disneyland in 1955. As such, a look at the Jungle Cruise ride is among the first batch of “Behind the Attraction” episodes.
Other episodes bowing July 21 include “Haunted Mansion,” “Star Tours,” “The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” and “Space Mountain.”
Five additional episodes — “The Castles,” “Disneyland Hotel,” “it’s a small world,” “Trains, Trams, and Monorails” and “Hall of Presidents” — will bow later this year.
“Behind the Attraction” explores the history of the Disney parks with 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.
Topics of discussion include the unique story behind how each Disney park castle was designed and built; details about the creation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge; the intricacies of the transportation systems at each park; how the Disneyland Hotel came to be; 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!; and why Space Mountain took so long to launch.
All 10 episodes of the series, which is narrated by Paget Brewster, will be available at once, rather than week-to-week as with most Disney+ shows.
“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. Volk-Weiss (“The Toys That Made Us”) directs the series.
The Jungle Cruise movie, starring Johnson, bows July 30 in theaters and as a $29.99 Disney+ Premier Access add-on.
Updated 7/13/21 to reflect newly announced premiere date and splitting of the season into two halves.