A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Reveals how vision and determination led to Walt Disney's success. Creativity is celebrated, as is the enduring magic of Disney. Examples of perseverance, teamwork, and plenty of opportunities to apply STEAM thinking. Changing technology is embraced and applied.
Positive Role Models
Walt Disney is discussed as a forward-thinking visionary, but also a perfectionist who could be difficult to please. Intelligent, creative, and accomplished Imagineers are featured, as well as more contemporary role models like George Lucas and Dwayne Johnson. Early Imagineers were usually White and male, but the series does include interviews with a diverse group of today's employees.
Violence & Scariness
Objects crashing and/or being demolished, yelling and screaming. Scary experiences, scenes of terror, and paranormal activity are discussed.
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Products & Purchases
The Disney franchise is one of the largest and most successful in history, and Walt Disney Company logos are prominently visible throughout. International corporations and production companies are featured in some episodes, with one entire episode focused on the Star Wars franchise and the history behind the partnership with Lucasfilm.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Behind the Attraction is a documentary-style series highlighting how the best Disney rides and attractions were designed and how they've evolved over time. The importance of curiosity, pushing boundaries, being creative, and overcoming obstacles is highlighted as the key to Disney's success. As expected, the Disney logo is evident throughout.
Is It Any Good?
This informative docuseries is sprinkled with humor as it reveals what goes into making each of the featured Disney theme park rides and theme parks so popular through time. Anecdote-filled interviews draw viewers in and Disney fans rejoice as we finally get a peek beyond the magic of Disney Parks and discover what's actually Behind the Attraction -- the history, vision, determination, and collaborative work that played a big role in creating each beloved attraction. The series also offers insight into who Walt Disney was as a visionary and how the company continues to appeal to newer generations while still maintaining his original vision.
STEAM isn't specifically mentioned but it's evident that Disney Imagineers rely on science, technology, engineering, art, and math to make the magic come alive. Viewers will enjoy learning more about their favorite attractions, and the series' playful tone makes it fun and compelling to watch for Disney fans of all ages. The lightheartedness and humor used to explain the conception and history behind each attraction will likely make it easier for kids to watch, as parents may be drawn in by Disney nostalgia.
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