In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks or hiding in a warm bubble of Netflix-only denial, Disney+ is heeeerreeee!
After a rocky first day, we were finally able to fully dig in and shared with you our top shows we’ve queued up to binge-watch as well as new programming coming through mid-December. But more than the movies, cartoons, and tv shows what we REALLY were pumped to watch was content focused on the Disney Parks.
Sorry old Mickey cartoons, The Mandalorian, and Moana, we love you like whoa, but we’re here for the really meaty stuff this time! Give us more info on the PARKS! Disney+ is the first time many viewers will have a chance to experience so much restored footage and behind the scenes content pertaining to the theme parks and we were PUMPED to check it all out!
So if you’re a die-hard Disney Parks nut like we (obviously!) are, then be sure find a comfy spot, some snacks, and carve out some time to check out this amazing (often never before seen!) content!
The Imagineering Story
We were SO excited to see this but after one episode we were in full “Tom Cruise jumping on the couch” mode! There is SO MUCH never before seen footage here! Our brains were exploding before we even made it through the first episode!
That famed basketball court in the Matterhorn in Disneyland? Oh yea, they casually show the ride’s designer, Bob Gurr, shooting hoops at it.
Never before seen construction and opening day footage of Disneyland? Yup, it’s full of that! Imagineers whipping around an empty Jungle Cruise river in a car plotting out the scenes? Yea, all that is all there too. Even Michael Eisner, who hasn’t done many interviews in years, is there.
The show is beautifully done, featuring amazing restored footage. Oddly, we think our favorite part is the opening titles — SO PRETTY — and they change with each episode! If you’re a fan of the Disney Parks, this is going to be your JAM. Watch it then show your friends, your kids, your cat — anyone who has ever experienced a Disney Park with a taste for the historical side of things will surely adore this series! WE’RE NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING!
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
If you’ve ever set foot in a Disney Park, you’ve likely been influenced heavily by the music of Richard and Robert Sherman.
This duo played a hand in the creation of some of the most memorable music in Disney history including “it’s a small world”, “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room“, and “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”. That’s not even mentioning all the songs from Mary Poppins, the theme song for Winnie the Pooh and SO MUCH MORE. The brothers shaped much of the musical styling of the world of Disney.
The Boys was released in 2009, directed and produced by the Sherman Brothers’ sons and executive produced by Ben Stiller (yes, Zoolander Ben Stiller!). The film was critically praised and features a slew of celebrity guests speaking about “The Boys,” as Walt affectionately referred to them, and their influential work. Shockingly, for years this documentary has been REALLY hard to find!
Thanks to Disney+ that won’t be the case any longer! Unfortunately, it won’t be available until May 22, 2020, but we promise it’s worth the wait. Whip out your tissues and watch the beautiful tale of these influential brothers’ lives.
Disneyland Around the Seasons
Whether you grew up watching “Uncle Walt” on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color huddled around your old tube tv as a child or you’ve only seen the World of Color show in Disney California Adventure (and had no idea it was based on a real thing in Disney history!) — everyone can appreciate this show.
Disneyland Around the Seasons was a fantastic excuse to restore the old footage of Walt on his color television show. Each week, Walt would show off Disneyland and a behind the scenes look at what was being created for the park and beyond. This was how the world got its first taste of Pirates of the Caribbean, “it’s a small world” and many more classic attractions. This is also the same show he first introduced the idea of Walt Disney World and Epcot.
Disneyland Around the Seasons is a fantastic edit of many of those episodes (TBH, the originals are pretty dull to try and watch start to finish today!). The episodes feature restored looks at now extinct rides of Tomorrowland, the opening of “it’s a small world” and so so much more. Whether you have a taste for nostalgia or are curious for a peek at the Disneyland that used to be, this is a fun and fascinating watch.
Pop this on when you have some time to kill and watch yourself (hey, even our small kids got into this!) get swept up in the glory days of Walt’s Park.
One Day in Disney
On December 3rd, one of the earliest heavily promoted original content to come to Disney+ will finally be released! One Day at Disney is a little confusing to understand in that it will have 3 forms to keep straight — a big coffee table book, a 52 part Disney+ short-form series, AND a feature-length documentary. Disney is getting all the mileage out of this idea that they can!
The feature will take a look at 10 influential Disney employees including a Disneyland Railroad Engineer, a Marvel executive, Imagineers, a Pixar sculptor, and even Robin Roberts of Good Morning America. Following this, 52 short episodes ranging from 4-7 minutes will be released, each highlighting a unique person’s job within the Walt Disney Company.
The released art for the show features scuba diver’s cleaning the teeth of hippos on the Jungle Cruise, Imagineers working with droids for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a Veterinarian examining animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and much more. We can’t wait to step behind the curtain and see a little bit more of how so many unique individuals contribute to the success of the Walt Disney Company.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
Yes, the Disney Parks fan can enjoy these wedding stuffed specials without the desire or need to get married! Surprisingly, there are a few options for content related to those planning a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding on Disney+.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Special is a full-length look at the options of planning a wedding with Disney. It shows viewers the wide range of fashion and products available as well as the countless locations Disney Weddings can take place. From around the Walt Disney World Resort, to Disneyland and even Disney Cruise Line, if you can dream it, Disney can wrap a wedding around it (with a BIG pricetag to boot!).
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings is a multi-part series of 43-minute episodes following couples along their journey to plan the Disney wedding of their dreams. And if you want to be extra festive and jolly about it, there’s even a separate 42-minute special called Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic.
Who would have thought Disney weddings would get so much Disney+ love?!
Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
If you’re still in a Christmas-y mood after all that wedding magic, why not watch this 42-minute special on how the Disney Parks deck their halls for the holidays?
Viewers of Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic get a look at how Disney works year-round to plan for the holiday season, a look into the holiday warehouses full of all the decor, and even a look at the rapid transition from Halloween to Christmas in Magic Kingdom!
One of our favorite sections focuses on the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay in Disneyland.
Each year a huge team of pastry chefs and construction workers go to work to create a stunning Gingerbread display on top of the already crazy cool Nightmare Before Christmas themed overlay!
A similar special was released on ABC a few years ago revolving around Disney decorating for Halloween. We’re hoping that gets added to the mix as well! Either way, this is a fun look at how the magic happens for guests in Disney’s parks.
We are HERE for all the unique Disney+ programming and can’t wait to see what they add to it with time. While we loooove love all the original films, tv shows, and more, there’s something about the content tied to Walt and his parks that that really excites us. Any we missed you’d love to see added?
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