The Imagineering Story

Last Updated on: May 11th, 2024

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“The Imagineering Story” is a documentary series that premiered on Disney+ in November 2019. It is a six-episode documentary that offers an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the history and evolution of Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative division responsible for designing and building Disney theme parks and attractions around the world.

The series is directed by Leslie Iwerks, a filmmaker and granddaughter of Ub Iwerks, one of Walt Disney’s original animators and co-creators of Mickey Mouse. Through archival footage, interviews, and never-before-seen materials, “The Imagineering Story” provides a comprehensive and immersive journey into the world of Imagineering, dating back to its inception in the 1950s.

Each episode focuses on different milestones and eras, covering topics such as the creation of Disneyland in 1955, the expansion of Walt Disney World in Florida, the challenges faced during the construction of EPCOT, the collaboration with Pixar for innovative attractions, and the global expansion of Disney theme parks in places like Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

The series highlights the vision, passion, and dedication of the Imagineers—engineers, designers, architects, artists, and more—who have been instrumental in bringing Walt Disney’s dreams to life. It delves into their creative processes, the breakthrough technologies they have used, and the storytelling techniques employed to create immersive and magical experiences for park guests.

“The Imagineering Story” not only celebrates the successes and triumphs of Imagineering but also explores the setbacks, challenges, and lessons learned along the way. It offers a candid and insightful look at the artistry and innovation behind some of the world’s most beloved theme parks and attractions.


Additional Details:

  • Official Page
  • Year of Debut: 2019
  • Type of Series: Documentary
  • TV Channel/Platform: Disney+
  • Awards: Nominated for Primetime Emmy
  • IMDB Link

Cast:

  • Narrator: Angela Bassett

Crew:

  • Director: Leslie Iwerks
  • Producer: Michael E. Tang

Show Trailer:


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