When I was little I wrote to Disney magazine and asked if I could work for them. The response was a lovely letter and some really cute Disney character transfers, which helped me get over their subtle rejection. Many years after that I am still incredibly impressed by what Disney has achieved and the fact that the company keeps reflecting and building upon what Walt originally established.
From animated movies to TV series and documentaries, Disney has a way of making stories that entertain while asking questions, challenging perceptions and allowing viewers a great deal of escapism. I feel as though this is turning out like an advertisement but really I wanted this article to draw attention to some small Disney Plus programmes which focus on different aspects of the Disney organisation.
The little documentaries that I enjoy most are the ‘Disney Insider’ short programmes which are roughly 20 minutes long each. They give insights into the making of new Disney projects and behind the scenes at some of the most famous attractions at the theme parks. From finding out how animations are made to learning about some of the delicacies available at Disney Land, these shows have segments about all sorts of things.
Disney owns ABC television and produces books, toys and all sorts of audio output as well as theatre shows and cruises. So there is plenty for the Insider shows to cover and I look forward to what they choose to celebrate next. Within the Disney umbrella is Pixar too and they have a similar show called ‘Inside Pixar’ which allows us inside the amazing Pixar studios and provides us with extra details about their story making and creative processes.
History of Disney
As well as these little insights, there is also a documentary about how Walt started everything off and began to put together a team to design and visualise. ‘The Imagineering story’ tells us how his visions were translated into films, theme parks and a Disney culture. A group of elite artists, called Imagineers, have been coming up with ideas and concepts that have underpinned the Disney narrative ever since Walt got them started.
To add to this, a series of programmes about how some of the best known attractions came into existence is also available on the Disney Plus platform. ‘Behind the Attractions’ is great because it takes us on the journey from inception to opening day for features such as ‘It’s a Small World’ and ‘Star Tours.’ I especially loved learning about how the hotels developed over the years and the introduction of the monorail.
This set of programmes about how the magic of Disney continues to evolve is really interesting and satisfies my need to know details. I hope that you enjoyed this post and consider following my blog for more articles about entertainment, books and the environment.