“Behind The Attraction” is the latest documentary series to take a deep dive into the wonders of Disney’s theme parks around the world. If you ever wanted to know more about Disney theme parks, this is the show for you.

This series takes a closer look at some of the most iconic attractions from the Disney theme parks around the world, including “The Haunted Mansion”, “Jungle Cruise”, “It’s A Small World”, along with many more.

The series consists of 10 episodes, with the first 5 episodes being available on Disney+ on Wednesday 21st July, and each episode is around 45 minutes long. Unlike the fantastic “Imagineering Story” documentary series, “Behind The Attraction” is a little more fun and whimsical.

While there are some jokes along the way, there is still lots of fascinating stories about the construction of these famous attractions and little nuggets of information. I’m not sure you’d want to binge through the entire series in one or two sittings, as there is lots of information to take in.

While 45 minutes talking about one single attraction might sound like a lot, some of these attractions have a rich and detailed history, going back to the 1950s, when Disneyland first opened. And for some of these episodes, they also take a look at rides that are similar or based upon, such as how the Tron coaster is similar to Space Mountain or the creation of Galaxy’s Edge in the Star Tours episode. These extra bits of information really help stretch those episodes out, but more importantly, give a little bit of bonus information on other attractions.

Some of my favourite episodes from “Behind The Attraction” are the more obscure ones. I really enjoyed the episode about the Castles, because it also covered the international parks in Shanghai, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. As someone who has visited these theme parks, I always enjoy learning more about attractions in those parks, because often, most of the focus is on Disneyland or Walt Disney World. While the majority of this series is, it’s nice to have a little bit of those international theme parks included in the series.

Another two episodes I really enjoyed were about the Disneyland Hotel and about Disney’s use of transportation, such as trams, trains and monorails. These topics don’t get covered as much when compared to the more well-known attractions. I’ve always been interested in the history of Disney’s theme parks. On every vacation, I usually take a book about Disney history with me. This series reminded me of many of those books, with lots of little bite-sized nuggets of information that makes this show easy to consume.

“Behind The Attraction” is a light-hearted look at some of the best attractions at the theme parks, and I really enjoyed this series. I’m sure many Disney theme park fans are going to love it too, its a lot lighter in tone than “The Imagineering Story”, but the presentation style is much more fun. It will appeal to a younger audience, while also keeping adults entertained and informed.

Rating – 4 out of 5

The first five episodes of “Behind The Attraction” are coming to Disney+ on Wednesday 21st July.

Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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  1. BangBang!, July 21, 2021

    I was really looking forward to this but I’ve personally found it unwatchable. The narration is awful and what’s with the irritating background music that doesn’t let up throughout the entire programme? It totally distracts from what people are saying. Very disappointing for me.

  2. Nic August 29, 2021

    I just watched the first episode on the jungle cruise. I have been to Disneyland over 50 times and am a fan of the history of this wonderful place. I thought most of the episode was great but it really could do with vastly less narration (and some of it is downright disrespectful, which is a real problem given viewers will be disney fans). For series 2, they really need to lose a lot of the narration, make what is there more serious and respectful, and linger a bit more on some of the great interviews. I was born in 1967 so my attention span is more than 1 minute - so it’s ok, I can take it.