How Disney+’s Behind The Attraction Picked Which Rides To Showcase–Including One Bizarre Choice

The newest arrival to the Disney+ streaming service, Behind the Attraction, looks at the complicated and long history of creating Disney’s most iconic rides and experiences at its theme parks around the world. From creator Brian Volk-Weiss (The Toys That Made Us), the series strikes a familiarly snarky tone as it tackles some of the most beloved rides Disney has ever come up with. Still, there are some episodes that may have you scratching your head–and there’s a reason for that.

While the first batch of episodes from Season 1 of Behind the Attraction dig into the past of rides like Jungle Cruise, the Haunted Mansion, and Star Tours, there are some curious choices made along the way, including the Disneyland hotel and–perhaps most puzzling of all–an episode titled “Trains, Trams, and Monorails,” which is all about the history of transportation around Disney’s parks.

Speaking to GameSpot, Volk-Weiss admitted that particular episode was his personal passion project on the series. “There were three pots,” he explained. “The first pot was there’s got to be attractions that are like, ‘Why wouldn’t that be in Season 1? How could they do this without a Space Mountain episode?’ Then there was another group that was things that you may not [have expected]. I think a lot of people wouldn’t have done Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Season 1… And then the third one, which was only one episode, is what a British guy called my joker [card]. And that is basically me saying, ‘Please let me make this episode. Please let me make this episode.’ And that was ‘Trains, Trams and Monorails.'”

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Author: Chris E. Hayner