UPDATE: We have a teaser video, and it is giving me chills! Check the post for the video! Disney has given us a better description of the upcoming docuseries called “The Imagineering Story” which tells the history and story of Disney’s Imagineering department. Also, spoiler alert: Joe Rohde has a role! Read on to get full details.
“The Imagineering Story” is a six-episode docuseries giving viewers a chance to see what all goes into Imagineering at Disney. We will see exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage from Disney’s parks around the world! It is sure to be a hit with Disney fanatics who appreciate all that goes into creating a magical experience for guests. It will be available when Disney+ launches on November 12.
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) October 17, 2019
Angela Basset, who is famous for her role in The Black Panther, will narrate the series. Plus, Leslie Iwerks (granddaughter of Ub Iwerks, who co-created Mickey Mouse) will direct and produce all six episodes. As if that wasn’t enough, Joe Rohde also tweeted he will have a scene in “The Imagineering Story.” Joe is, of course, is a veteran executive at Walt Disney Imagineering who helps design and build Disney theme parks.
I have a scene in this! Plus I think I saw an archival image of me when I was really really young…goofy https://t.co/2wxYugyWtr
— Joe Rohde (@Joe_Rohde) October 16, 2019
Here is the full description of “The Imagineering Story”:
Behind the magic of every Disney theme park lay mud, sweat, and fears. Creating happiness is hard work. For nearly seventy years, a unique blend of artists and engineers have cultivated an impossible notion from the mind of one man, Walt Disney, into a global phenomenon that touches the hearts of millions. These designers are called – Imagineers.
Given unprecedented access, Academy-Award nominated filmmaker, Leslie Iwerks, leads the viewer on a journey behind the curtains of Walt Disney Imagineering, the little-known design and development center of The Walt Disney Company, to discover what it takes to create, design and build twelve Disney theme parks around the world.
The story of Walt Disney has been told. The story of animation has been told. But the story of Imagineering lies deep within the essence of Disney, starting with its founder, Walt himself. This six-hour series chronicles its history – an organization best described as equal parts artist studio, design center, think tank and innovation laboratory. This is where an eclectic group of creative people bring ideas to life. They’re responsible for making make-believe believable inside the Happiest Places on Earth.
People are connected to the Imagineers through their work, and yet, they remain a mystery. Three narrative threads intertwine through the decades -the spirit of the designers, the skill of the craft, and the drama of the theme park business. The viewer goes behind the scenes to witness the creation of Disneyland and every subsequent theme park, from Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to the parks in Tokyo, Paris, and Shanghai. The viewer sees the trials and tribulations as well as the joys and successes, behind the making of classic attractions – from Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion to new favorites like Cars Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
From the words of the designers themselves and through never-before-seen archival footage, the viewer discovers who made these places and why. Guests sense that these places and these attractions grow from the heart of someone. This isn’t a corporate product put out there. Imagineers pour their hearts out there for guests to walk through and experience. These projects do change the world. They are places of acceptance, reassurance, and optimism during troubling times. Conceptually, Imagineering appears a similar place as it did under Walt. Very few companies have that creative DNA of continuity. The process has changed, the people have changed, but the fundamentals of who they are remains.
Today’s Imagineers stand on the shoulders of those who came before. The keys to their future success lie in the culmination of nearly seventy years of lessons learned – tribal knowledge passed down through the generations. Once a spark of inspiration in Walt Disney’s mind, now the sun never sets on a Disney Park somewhere in the world.
Who will be tuning in to watch this? Do you have your Disney+ subscription ready to go? It will surely keep us all busy for months to come!