The Imagineering Story

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mild Disney docuseries reveals the reality behind the magic.

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Positive Messages

Reveals some processes employed by Disney Imagineers to create cutting-edge attractions for the public. Creativity and mechanical skills are celebrated, as is enduring magic of Disney. Perseverance, teamwork, STEAM-related themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Walt Disney is introduced as a forward thinker, but also as a perfectionist who was demanding and difficult. Imagineers are clearly intelligent, creative, accomplished. Early Imagineers were usually White and male.

Violence

No violence, but some brief stories about people rushing attractions, and Disney motorcars are shown bumping into each other. 

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Language

"Hell" is sometimes audible. 

Consumerism

Walt Disney Company logos and the Imagineering logo are prominently visible (for obvious reasons). Disney franchise is one of the largest and most successful in history. International corporations and production companies are featured in some episodes. Some passing references to products like Coca-Cola.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Imagineering Story is a documentary series about the creative teams that conceptualize, design, and build Disney theme parks and their best attractions. It highlights the importance of pushing boundaries and being creative, and the role of STEAM principles in this process (although it's not specifically discussed). Words like "hell" are sometimes used, and there are conversations about some of the challenges associated with the Imagineering Company's work over the years. As expected, the Disney logo is evident throughout.

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What's the story?

THE IMAGINEERING STORY is a documentary series that offers an inside look at how the Walt Disney Company continues to push the boundaries of human ingenuity and imagination. Narrated by Angela Bassett, it shows how teams of artists, engineers, machinists, and other creatives, known as "Imagineers," worked together to create Disneyland, Walt Disney's first theme park. It also shows how the Imagineering Company has gone on to build more theme parks around the world, and highlights the endless work that goes into creating new, fun attractions for each one. Archival footage of Walt Disney, and interviews with former and current Imagineers, help tell some interesting behind-the-scenes stories about the successes and mishaps they experienced while creating some of the most magical experiences in the world. 

Is it any good?

This informative docuseries shows how the Walt Disney Company continues its tradition of combining storytelling and innovative technology to create fun, one-of-a-kind experiences for kids of all ages. While The Imagineering Story does not specifically talk about STEAM, it reveals how the Imagineers rely on science, technology, engineering, art, and math to continue the Disney tradition of creative thinking, building, and problem-solving. It also offers some insight into who Walt Disney was, his mission, and how the company continues to appeal to new generations without departing from his original vision. Overall, it's a series that reveals some of the realities behind the fantasy without losing sight of the magic. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Disney attractions, like theme parks and rides, so unique? How does The Imagineering Story explain their appeal without giving away trade secrets? Do these attractions seem less magical to you, now that you know more about how they work? 

  • How do the Imagineers specifically apply STEAM principles to make Walt Disney's visions come true? What are some of the other guiding principles that the company adheres to?

  • What are some of the challenges Imagineers face as they develop new ideas and bring projects to life?  

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