When the Disney+ show “Behind the Attraction” debuted, it offered a different angle and attitude on the Imagineering story and its people. “These Imagineers are fun and funny. They are really like us!” says the show’s executive producer Brian Volk-Weiss.
He returns, along with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s production company, for another season of “Behind The Attraction,” telling the stories of the people and the attractions at Disney Parks around the globe in an appropriately entertaining way and tone that Volk-Weiss says is a signature to their show.
As for what attractions the episodes will take a peek behind, the team decided to continue down their “dream list” they made before even making the show and choose the ones that didn’t get included in the first season. Season 2 includes Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, and more.
“Every frame in the episodes was shot on-location and with care from Disney themselves. We’re super grateful that they gave us access to capture photography in places and times that wouldn’t be open to just anyone,” added Volk-Weiss as he recounted having filmed on Main Street U.S.A. at 2 AM for one of the episodes.
This season also adds a behind-the-scenes look at the various Disney Parks foods and beverages, “which are attractions and probably is as popular as the attractions themselves,” added Volk-Weiss. Expect to learn about why churros taste ‘different’ when you buy them at a Disney park, as well as the test kitchen that exists to create the next viral themed food sensation that you’ll only be able to try at one of the theme parks.
Knowing the access and trust Volk-Weiss and the team had, they decided to ask for one more favor for this season- pulling back the curtain on the nighttime spectaculars! With a particular focus on the fireworks shows and parades, viewers will get a first-hand look at what infrastructures and peoples are needed to send people off after a full day of magic.
Yet even with all the access to film behind the magic, it’s a curious thing when the company that paid to create the show for their streaming service decides to tell people how the magic is made. Volk-Weiss agreed, but shared how much the show couldn’t exist without Disney’s help as well.
“Trust goes both ways. In this case, we did have access to Disney’s theme parks and got to shoot whatever we wanted for the most part. Once they saw the edits, there were things that they didn’t want to include, but 95% of what we intended ended up in this season, and that only works when there’s trust,” Volk-Weiss said.