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BEHIND THE ATTRACTION: Season One is an entertaining, upbeat and well produced documentary series. The episodes have a Romantic worldview overall, where dreams come to fruition and where the parks are expanded based on Walt Disney’s dreams for his amusement parks. However, the episodes have some strong moral elements promoting the importance of taking care of other people and making the amusement parks a positive, fun experience for families. The episodes also contain some positive Pro-American, patriotic content. That said, there are a few scary images, brief occult references and light foul lan-guage in Season One of Disney’s BEHIND THE ATTRACTION. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children.
OVERVIEW REVIEW: BEHIND THE ATTRACTION: Season One takes viewers into the making of the iconic attractions at Disneyland and fellow Disney Parks around the globe. The 10 episodes focus in on the iconic following attractions: Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, Star Tours, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Space Mountain, The Castles, Disneyland Hotel, It’s a Small World, Planes, Trams and Monorail, and the Hall of Presi-dents.
In each episode, Narrator Paget Brewster tells viewers of the initial ideas of each attraction, and how over time they came to be dearly loved by park goers far and wide. To help move the story along, BEHIND THE ATTRACTION features talking head interviews with re-nown engineers, whom Disney calls Imagineers. The Imagineers have a unique take on why the attractions are engineered a certain way. They also discuss the high level of creativ-ity in the attractions, a quality for which the Walt Disney Company is famous.
The episodes do a great job of weaving back the inception of each attraction back to the company’s founder, Walt Disney, who opened the first Disney Park, Disneyland, in Ana-heim California on July 17, 1955. The Imagineers detail why they love what they do and give some kudos to other creative artists at Disney, who paved the way for innovative tech-nology, even decades before they started working with Disney.
For instance, some viewers may not know that George Lucas, creator of STAR WARS, attended Disneyland on the second day it opened! Years later, his STAR WARS movies would have a ride debut in the 1980s. Likewise, Dwayne Johnson recalls many a time rid-ing on the Jungle Cruise, and years later he starred in the major motion picture based on the attraction.
As a MOVIEGUIDE® related flashback, Dr. Ted Baehr was featured when he was a child in the opening of one of the opening attractions as one of the children who were chosen to take the first ride for press purposes because his famous actor father, stage name Robert Allen, was starring in road show of the very successful play AUNTIE MAME. Bob played the same part that he played for the full run of the play on Broadway, Mr. Babcock. Ted also was a featured actor in the original Mickey Mouse Club product commercials.
For Disney aficionados, BEHIND THE ATTRACTION has plenty of heart. In fact, BE-HIND THE ATTRACTION showcases the value of perseverance when circumstances don’t always go as planned. Truthfully, each episode is told with a beginning, middle and end, so viewers don’t have to watch all ten in one sitting.
BEHIND THE ATTRACTION is excellent documentary filmmaking. The episodes are easy to follow and coupled with archive footage that helps splice together the timeline for each attraction well. Also, the script for the narrator is rather funny and keeps the feel of the series upbeat and entertaining.
BEHIND THE ATTRACTION: Season One has a Romantic worldview where dreams come to fruition in the life of Disneyland. The series often discusses how the expansions of the amusement park attractions are all based on Founder on Walt Disney’s dreams, who actually credit his success to his faith in God and prayers in his autobiography. Strong moral elements promote the importance of taking care of others and giving amusement parks a fun, uplifting experience for families. The rides also contain some Pro-American, patriotic elements when refencing the Hall of Presidents and the founding of the United States, although there have been some politically correct alterations. There are, however, some occult references associated with two scary, haunted attractions and one mention of the Eastern belief of Feng-Shui. BEHIND THE ATTRACTION also contains some scary images about two attractions, The Hollywood Tower of Terror and The Haunted Mansion, along with brief mention of alcohol usage and a few light profanities. So, MOV-IEGUIDE® advises caution for children.