Disney has just announced that a new original “pop history” docuseries focused on Disney Parks attractions will be debuting Friday, July 16th on Disney+. Behind the Attraction is a 10-episode, hourlong series produced by Seven Bucks Production (co-founded by part-time Jungle Cruise skipper Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) in partnership with Brian Volk-Weiss, the creator behind the hit Netflix pop-culture docuseries “The Toys That Made Us.”
While visiting Walt Disney World this week I was able to steam on over to the Carolwood Pacific Railway Room inside the Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Located on the ground floor just off of the lobby, the room is dedicated to Walt Disney’s first railroad which was located in the backyard of his home on Carolwood Drive
While most Disneyland and other Disney Parks attractions are inspired by movies, some of Disneyland’s most beloved original attractions have provided the creative foundation for movies. Now, the Hollywood Reporter is breaking news that Disney is working on a concept to bring the universe of Disney Parks attractions to life in a whole new way for an episodic streaming show for Disney+.
All of the coaches that made up the Disneyland Stage Lines were constructed at the Studio and have the distinction of being the first Disneyland attraction completed. At the park, the coaches were one of ultimately three ways guests could explore the Painted Desert and the Indian Country of the Old West.
Before he could show off Disneyland to his guests Walt Disney loved to entertain them on the Carolwood Pacific Railroad in his backyard. When Walt and his wife Lillian were looking to buy some land to build a house, some space for a railroad was one of Walt’s top priorities.
Disney artist Bruce Bushman drew these Casey Jr. Circus Train concept art pieces in 1954. At the time, Bushman - who was a longtime studio employee specializing in art direction - was tasked with developing attraction concepts based off of Disney’s film catalogue.
These photos show Walt Disney and Disney Legend John Hench reviewing early layout designs for Disneyland.
Where to start? Why not at the spot where the very idea of Disneyland first sprang into Walt Disney’s mind - the Griffith Park merry-go-round.