Go Further Beyond The Veil With Disney’s ‘Behind the Attraction’

Since Disneyland Park opened its gates for the first time 66 years ago today, Disney Parks attractions have won the hearts of generations of guests around the world. Whether it’s Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, for example, every attraction you love has a story. There are things you may know about it and some of it you don’t.

Narrated by Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds, Grandfathered), Behind the Attraction is an all-new original 10-part docuseries that will tell the untold stories behind some of your favorite attractions. If you love learning about the magic, you won’t want to miss this one.

Summer is here in the northern hemisphere and after an unprecedented year, all Disney Parks have reopened in some way. One of the ways Behind the Attraction shines is the dialogue interaction between the narrator and the Imagineers and other special guests. There is a specific sense of humor here but it’s nice to see some of our favorite magic makers in a more informal and casual setting.

“When the show was greenlit, I thought I had like a masters degree on the way to a Ph.D. in DISNEY. I have been obsessed with Disney since I was like five or six. Like, I’ve read a million books about it. I learned very quickly that I may have had a fifth or sixth-grade education in Disney,” said Executive Producer and Director Brian Volk-Weiss during a virtual press junket for the show last month, when panelists were asked about fun nuggets they might have picked up. As someone who has a similar sentiment can confirm.

There’s a lot of information here but it’s presented in a fun and engaging way that’s not intimidating. Think Bill Nye the Science Guy energy but Disney. There are no end-credit scenes but stay through the end anyway. For those of you who are big Space Mountain fans, pay close attention to the end credit score. That’s all we’ll say for now. Although there are a total of 10 episodes for the first season, we will only have access to the first five this upcoming Wednesday. The second half of the show will air later this year. Here’s what will be available:

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Haunted Mansion (One of Mark Lavine’s favorite attractions)
  • Star Tours
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Space Mountain (One of Dave Durham’s favorite attractions is Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain)

There are so many great attractions you can probably imagine how hard it was for them to cut the list short. Here’s a list of the Disney Imagineers you’ll get to hear from: Jeanette Lomboy, Mark LaVine, Vanessa Hunt, Dave Durham, Tracy Eck, Tom Fitzgerald, Asa Kalama, Luc Mayrand, Chris Beatty, Scot Drake, Kim Irvine, Joe Rohde, Carmen Smith, Lanny Smoot, Scott Trowbridge, and Bob Weis.

In addition to the Imagineers, the show will also feature a select group of Cast Members and archival footage from Disney Legends such as Harriet Burns, Marc Davis, Roy E. Disney, Bill Evans, Admiral Joe Fowler, Harper Goff, Bob Gurr, John Hench, Dick Nunis, General Joe Potter, Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman, Marty Sklar, Orlando Ferrante, Wing T. Chao, and Walt Disney himself.

As a Disney Parks Guest, I know everyone’s different when it comes to planning their day at the parks. Regardless of what kind of Guest/fan you are, don’t forget to add this one to your watchlist. Especially if you miss the attractions, are prepping for a trip, or both. It’ll give you a new perspective the next time you can visit. The show will take you on an adventure to all of the parks and what it really takes to make these ideas become a reality. It can sometimes come down to a last-minute decision, the right investor, or even a project-changing event like the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Behind the Attraction is executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Brian Volk-Weiss and will be available to stream starting Wednesday, July 21st. Is it on your watchlist? What’s your favorite Disney memory? Let us know in the comments below!

Here are some other Disney+ shows to watch to get you hyped in the meantime: The Imagineering Story and Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic.