The Imagineering Story: Season 1 (2019)

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The Imagineering Story

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Air date: Nov 12, 2019

Walt Disney selects a team to bring his Disneyland vision into life. The 'Imagineers' begin to learn how to move people from their everyday life into their wildest imaginations.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2019

Walt Disney's brother Roy works hard to create a Florida Disneyland in keeping with Walt's vision. The first international Disneyland is opened in Japan.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2019

Frank Wells and Michale Eisner bring the trade back to life, inspiring a new generation of unprecedented expansion.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2019

Disney has had its fair share of ups and downs. This episode explores successful ventures, such as the Disney Cruise Line, failed ventures, and projects that never got off the ground.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2019

Disney is a place of continued innovation. This episode explores the ongoing developments in staff, attractions, and adding extra characters to the traditional lineup.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2019

The engineers prepare for the debut of a new hotel in China. Later, they construct creative worlds that offer complete audience immersion.

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Critic Reviews for The Imagineering Story Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

The Imagineering Story is enjoyably educational, especially for people who love to take toys apart to see how they work.

Nov 13, 2019 | Full Review…

If you thrill to names like Mary Blair, Xavier Antencio, Yale Gracey and Rolly Crump, and go all wobbly over concept art, dark-ride models and pristine color footage of theme parks under construction, this is a series for you, as it is for me.

Nov 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Mild Disney docuseries reveals the reality behind the magic.

Jun 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

'The Imagineering Story' gives off that touch of magic that marks the house, marveling at its details. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An audiovisual and historical document about how disney built their collective imaginary and turn it in a several theme parks. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 20, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

In many respects, the documentary drinks too much of the Disney Kool-Aid, self-mythologizing whenever it gets the chance. Yet, beneath the bias remains an interesting look at the detailed work that goes into the Disney Park.

Jan 12, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps the biggest problem that The Imagineering Story has in its first two episodes is, in and of itself, a compliment: it's too short.

Nov 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Learning about the ingenuity and hard work of the Imagineers still makes the show a worthwhile ride, even if you sometimes question the motives behind its construction.

Nov 12, 2019 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

For Disney world lovers, and even some cynics, is a feast of fascinating trivia and literal world building [Full review in Spanish]

Nov 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Imagineering Story is more candid than expected. It's the first-hand accounts and archival footage that make all the difference, as the story of how these theme parks were created is often told here by those who lived it.

Nov 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

More cynical viewers mindful of Disney's (the man and company's) shortcomings and capitalistic pursuits will naysay, but the series leaves viewers with the warm-and-fuzzies.

Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I had two feelings pulling at me when I was watching the first episodes of The Imagineering Story: "Wow, this is fascinating!" and "Wow, is this boring!" How can I have these two feelings simultaneously?

Nov 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Imagineering Story: Season 1

  • Oct 11, 2020
    This docuseries on Disney+ was very good. The crew did a spectacular job in bringing the history of Walt Disney and the Disney theme parks to life. It was well documented and very interesting to learn how the animatronics work and what all the important people at Disney did to make Disney a popular theme park not only in America but around the world. If you have Disney+, you should definitely watch this docuseries. It's a must see.
  • Aug 28, 2020
    One of the best shows of the year! Such an incredible docu-series that really hit home for me as a massive Disney fan! Massive props to Leslie Iwerks and the entire TIS team. I could go on, but you really just need to watch it.
  • Jul 29, 2020
    This series is definitely a fun ride to every engineer, artist or even other person who just like Disney parks. It is very detailed with pertinent stories since the beginning until the present moment (not until the end. because there will never be an end when there is still imagination left). I liked the score, it was really Disney toned.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    Fanatico de los partes. Muchas partes emotivas. Algunas pocas aburridas. Resultado final muy atractivo.
  • May 28, 2020
    Since I first read Baudrillard's critique of the Disneyland project (putting it briefly he thinks that Disneyland serves as a mean to convince people that their fake postmodern lives are real by showing them something even more fake) I deemed it as indefensible. And yet, lo and behold, such a defence has been undertaken, and in a form of a documentary TV series, no less. And what a defence it is! Disney, it seems, conquers all, and not only from the economical standpoint, but philosophical also. This series uncovers deep techeoretical fundaments of Disneyland conceived by Walt Disney himself and shows perfectly how and why they are working even now, so many years later. Watching it enriched my reflection on that subject and brought to my mind the idea that Baudrillard was, perhaps, not entirely right.
  • May 03, 2020
    If you love Disney, or love to know how they created the parks and attractions, this is a must see.
  • May 02, 2020
    Good series interesting to see the history of Disney.
  • Apr 28, 2020
    If you like Disneyland, Disney World or Walt Disney in general, this is a must watch. The detail in the parks and the Walt Disney Imagineering team is a story that I never knew I wanted to hear. I loved every moment of it!
  • Apr 14, 2020
    Amazing! Nostalgic. And a thrill to watch
  • Apr 06, 2020
    This is essential viewing for those who are fans of the Disney Parks or interested in Disney history. Obviously a little biased with it being made by Disney. I wanted a bit more drama but nonetheless the insight is second to none.

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