New Imagineering Series to Debut on Disney Plus

June 7, 2021, 4:38 PM · Loved The Imagineering Story on Disney Plus? Been waiting for Disney's streaming service to deliver more behind-the-scenes looks at the making of Disney Parks attractions? Your patience is about to be rewarded.

Disney announced today the debut of a new Disney Plus series, "Behind The Attraction," on July 16. The series will run for 10 episodes and - unusually for Disney Plus - all 10 will drop on at once. The 10 episodes will be:

That last one should be fun, shouldn't it?

Dwayne Johnson, who stars in Disney's upcoming Jungle Cruise movie, is an executive producer on the series, which debuts two weeks before that movie hits theaters and Disney Plus Premier Access on July 30. The series is directed by Brian Volk-Weiss, who did Netflix's The Toys That Made Us. Paget Brewster narrates.

Interviewees on the show will include Disney Imagineers Bob Weis, Jeanette Lomboy, Kim Irvine, Scott Trowbridge, Tom Fitzgerald, Scot Drake, Carmen Smith, and Joe Rohde.

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Replies (18)

June 7, 2021 at 4:45 PM

Welp, I guess I'm gonna have to sign back up to Disney+ for another month!

June 7, 2021 at 4:49 PM

FWIW, I had fun going back and finding the links for this post. Some really fun interviews and panels there, if you want to dive in.

June 7, 2021 at 5:46 PM

All of the park focused content on Disney+ has been great. Can’t wait for this one. Even better that all episodes are out on day 1. I sense a major binge watch, coming up!

June 7, 2021 at 7:30 PM

It’s kinda funny how I’m sure you can find on par quality attraction history videos on YouTube. There’s at least one “behind the scenes” YouTube video on every Disney park attraction. Some of them are literally top notch quality, similar to a big budget documentary.

June 7, 2021 at 8:19 PM

Disney is quietly laying the groundwork for a series of interconnected shows based on history-themed attractions.


I heard during the credits for the Hall of Presidents episode they are going to tease the spin-off “ The Book of William Henry Harrison”…

June 7, 2021 at 10:06 PM

"History says he died shortly after his inauguration. But that's just what they wanted you to believe. No rainy day can stop the most deadly assassin in history. Once you reach the top, the only way to go higher is to go under... cover.

"The Book of William Henry Harrison. Coming this summer to Disney Plus."

June 8, 2021 at 5:20 AM

I was hanging for a new season, and this I doubt will disappoint.
As much as I hate the music that I know is going to have to play in the Small World episode, I am really looking forward to it.

I do hope the focus doesn't shift to a glorified ad for Disney, while season one was clearly painting a positive light on everything, Dwayne Johnson producing gives me pause for concern. I sincerely hope my concerns are unfounded.

I will find out when I watch it :D

June 8, 2021 at 6:10 AM

Lmao Robert…

Have your agent call my people, we’ve got ourselves a story to pitch!
(Makes “Diamond Hands” gestures towards sky…)

June 8, 2021 at 9:36 AM

@emanymton, this isn’t a second season of The Imagineering Story. This is a separate series. Talking of TIS though, I actually thought that they were pretty candid when talking about things that didn’t work in the parks.

June 8, 2021 at 10:09 AM

I wonder how much content in this series will actually be "new". I recall that the Disney Channel and Travel Channel used to run behind the scenes series on the theme parks that provided a lot of secrets and backstage views of all of the attractions listed here (aside from GotG:MB of course).

Honestly, this appears to be a rehash of those shows with perhaps some new interviews and updated HD footage. I'd much rather see this same treatment done on the newer attractions built since they stopped producing the original series in the mid-aughts (like FoP, Mission: Space, 7DMT, ROTR, and Mystic Manor).

June 8, 2021 at 10:54 AM

Awesome, this is just what I wanted from the first series! Hopefully this is the start of more as love to see further details on other rides from around the world and showing the great magic Disney pulls off. Another reason to stick to the streaming service.

June 8, 2021 at 4:46 PM

I'll sadly finish this all in one night, most likely 2 nights haha

June 8, 2021 at 5:48 PM

I really enjoyed The Imagineering Story. I thought it really illustrated the needed balance between creativity and business to make something like Disney parks work. The repeated pattern, where EVERY time business decisions were made to pull back on spending to upcoming projects, resulting in Imagineers having their hands tied or forced to whittle down their creativity, just resulted in Disney having to fork over major dollars down the road to fix lack-luster guest response to their penny pinching. Then, after they pump out the huge cash needed to fully unleash the wonder of Disney Imagineering, people love what they get and rush to it. You would think Disney would learn to just pony up the money up front, rather than take the cost-cutting road, and wait until they have to spend even more money to fix, rebrand, and promote their response to hiding their cheapness from the first time around.

**cough**cough**Avenger's Campus**cough**cough**

June 8, 2021 at 6:15 PM

I just want more park content. I find myself upping my Disney+ subscription based mostly on new content such as The Mandalorian and Hamilton. Watching the classic movies is fine, but I am disappointed overall in lack of new parks content. I did enjoy the program focused on DAK and The Living Seas animal care teams. To this day, I think about Popcorn, the chicken and hope she is well. What is the average life expectancy of a chicken anyway?
I doubt we will ever get this, but I'd love to see them produce programs based on the operations side of the parks. I'd love for the world to get a chance to see shows revealing the day in the life of the front of house staff. Bus drivers, ticket sellers, street sweepers, ride ops, F&B hosts, Merchandise warehouse team, First Aid, Maintenance staff, on and on and on.

June 8, 2021 at 6:23 PM

@Rob McCullough: The DAK stuff is fantastic.

June 9, 2021 at 11:05 AM

@TH Creative - We just need more of it.

June 9, 2021 at 11:21 AM

@Rob McCullough + TH Creative, agreed. Both The Imagineering Story and The Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom were fantastic. There’s still a lot of mileage in both of those, so I hope that we’ll be seeing more. There’s also (at least) a couple more seasons of Behind the Attraction that could easily be made.

June 9, 2021 at 11:39 PM

Heck, I would be happy with some more of the short “One Day at Disney” episodes!

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