If you’ve watched the “Imagineering Story” documentary on Disney+ and want to learn a little more about the company, the History Channel has announced a new documentary series, “How Disney Built America”, which explores Walt Disney’s history and how the iconic Disney brand, fueled by the creation of beloved characters, cherished family films, thrilling theme parks, technological innovations, and more, continues to shape generations as a cultural and worldwide phenomenon.

The new nonfiction series is a nostalgia-filled ride that paints a vivid picture of the world of Walt Disney and the history-making empire he built. Each hour-long episode focuses on a different example of game-changing brilliance in Disney’s history, including inventing the world’s most recognizable characters, creating the animated features industry, revolutionizing the concept of merchandising, and using groundbreaking engineering to construct Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and beyond.

Viewers will hear from Imagineer Bob Gurr, a direct hire from Walt who developed over 100 designs for Disney attractions, to gain surprising insights into the unique innovations and struggles involved in realizing the dreams of a visionary.

The series utilizes rarely-seen archival material, original dramatic recreations, and key interviews from Don Wildman, Margaret Kerrison, Douglas Brinkley, Mindy Johnson, and others to expand on how the brand is forever woven into the fabric of American life.

The first episode of “How Disney Built America” is called “The Birth of Mickey,” and it will air Sunday, 28th April 2024, on History Channel.

This is the latest instalment in the “Stories That Built America” franchise. Many of the previous shows in the series, which examine the toys, machines, food, men, and mega-brands that built America, are also available to stream now on Hulu and Hulu On Disney+ due to a licensing deal between the companies.   However, it might be a while until this documentary is available on Hulu and Hulu On Disney+.   Also, while A+E is co-owned by Disney, this series won’t be released on Disney+ internationally. 

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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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