From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Chuck Guth
On July 21st Disney+ released a brand-new series titled “Behind the Attraction”. Perhaps overshadowed by the Wanda and Loki fanfare, this is a show for every Disney lover. Scheduled to run 10 episodes in the first season five initial episodes were released. It is reported that the remaining five will be released later this year.
The series is produced by Dwayne Johnson (Yes, The Rock!) directed by Brian Volk-Weis, and narrated by Pagett Brewster. Overall, it is designed to spotlight a popular Disney attraction~ tell its history, lore, and trivia. The story itself is told through interviews with Imagineers, Cast Members and of course fans. Episode 1 through 5 are the stories of The Jungle Cruise, The Haunted Mansion, Star Tours, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Space Mountain. Upcoming stories will include It’s a Small World, The Castles and even the Disneyland Hotel.
My take on this series is that I found it quite enjoyable. Each episode is easily watched in one sitting. We did the first three episodes one night and then watched the remaining two the next night. Within the first five I am sure every Disney fan will find their own personal favorite attraction. Pagett Brewster is an interesting narrator. She approaches the role with a touch of humor that may be annoying to some. However, she keeps the story flowing and interesting. If you are a Disney fanatic, you may already know some of the trivia that is presented but I guarantee you will find something you may not have known. I am a total fan of “The Haunted Mansion” and loved the backstory of whether the attraction should be silly or scary. The teaming of two imagineers (Marc Davis and Claude Coats) and their competing views is what makes this attraction what it is today in all its forms.
I don’t want to spoil any of the episodes with my tidbits, yet I encourage you to specifically see the role Joe Rhode played in the “Tower of Terror” in some of its incarnations. You may be surprised. Let us know your thoughts on this new show.