Everything New Coming to Disney+ in June 2024

By Cecilia Sarantopoulos

What better way to welcome summer than by catching up on these new Disney+ titles? From animated adventures to thrilling live-action series, Disney+ has something for everyone under the sun.

Star Wars fans, rejoice! In Lucasfilm’s The Acolyte, a respected Jedi Master (Lee Jung-jae) is drawn into a dark investigation of a shocking crime spree, facing off against a formidable adversary from his past (Amandla Stenberg). As the mystery unfolds, they venture down a perilous path where sinister forces reveal that nothing is as it seems…

In a scene from Doctor Who, The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) are standing at the edge of the TARDIS, a police phone box. In the background are mountain peaks and a starry sky with a yellow hue. The TARDIS is on dry, rocky ground.

Whovians can look forward to more episodes of Doctor Who, where The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) travel across time and space, with adventures ranging from the Regency era in England to futuristic war-torn worlds. New episodes of the series air every Friday.

Under the sea, Disney Jr.’s Ariel is a delightful animated musical series inspired by The Little Mermaid. Follow 8-year-old mermaid princess Ariel and her friends on exciting underwater adventures throughout their Caribbean-inspired fairy-tale kingdom of Atlantica and beyond.

All titles coming to Disney+ in June are listed below:

Saturday, June 1
For the First Time in Forever: The Making of World of Frozen

Monday, June 3
World Eats Bread (Season 1, 3 Episodes)

Tuesday, June 4
Erased: WW2’s Heroes of Color (Season 1, 4 Episodes)
The Acolyte (Two Episode Premiere at 6:00 p.m. PT)

Wednesday, June 5
Disney Jr.’s Ariel: Mermaid Tales (Shorts) (Season 1, 10 Episodes)

Friday, June 7
Big City Greens the Movie: Spacecation
Doctor Who (Episode: Rogue)

Saturday, June 8
Protecting Paradise: The Story of Niue

Sunday, June 9
Celebrating Donald Duck’s 90th Anniversary: “Crazy Over Daisy,” “Out on a Limb,” “DIY Duck”

Tuesday, June 11
The Acolyte (Episode 3 at 6:00 p.m. PT)

Wednesday, June 12
Fiennes Return to the Wild (Season 1, 2 Episodes)
SuperKitties (Season 2, 4 Episodes)

Friday, June 14
Doctor Who (Episode: The Legend of Ruby Sunday)

Tuesday, June 18
Clotilda: The Return Home
The Acolyte (Episode 4 at 6:00 p.m. PT) 

Wednesday, June 19
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (Season 4, 11 Episodes)
Meet Spidey and His Amazing Friends (Shorts) (Season 3, 5 Episodes)
To Catch a Smuggler (Season 7, 8 Episodes)
Wicked Tuna (Season 13, 12 Episodes)

Friday, June 21
Doctor Who (Episode: Empire of Death)

Tuesday, June 25
The Acolyte (Episode 5 at 6:00 p.m. PT)

Wednesday, June 26
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal (Season 3, 7 Episodes)
Tiny House Nation (Season 1, 8 Episodes, Special Episode “Tiny Haunted Houses”)
Walhburgers (S1, 10 Episodes)

Friday, June 28
Disney Jr.’s Ariel (Season 1, 8 Episodes)

Saturday, June 29
Chibi Tiny Tales (Shorts) (Season 5, 8 Episodes)
Paranormal State (Season 6, 8 Episodes)
ZOMBIES: The Re-Animated Series (Season 1, 11 Episodes)

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Celebrating 30 Years of Disney on Broadway—a Global Theatrical Phenomenon

By Zach Johnson

Disney Theatrical Group’s origin story begins with a tale as old as time.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opened at the Palace Theatre in New York in 1994, setting the stage for future productions such as The Lion King, Aladdin, and Frozen. Today, Disney Theatrical Group is among the most successful commercial theater producers in the world, bringing its 10 Broadway titles have been seen by nearly 230 million theatregoers in 38 countries.

Although Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Beauty and the Beast (1991) was a triumph—it was the first animated feature film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards®—its success on the Broadway stage was anything but assured.

"Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast on Broadway

“It was really the Parks folks, Bob McTyre and [Disney Legend] Ron Logan, along with Michael Eisner [then-CEO of The Walt Disney Company], who brought Beauty to Broadway,” recalls Thomas Schumacher, Chief Creative Officer, Disney Theatrical Group. “They used some of the legal staff from Walt Disney Studios and brought in an outside management company. There wasn’t a Disney Theatrical Group then. There was no plan.”

As Disney on Broadway marks its 30th anniversary, cast members from around the world perform in their respective country’s language on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

Schumacher—along with a group including director Rob Roth, choreographer Matt West, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, lighting designer Natasha Katz, and book writer Linda Wolverton—were tapped to adapt the film for the Broadway stage. The first project for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions (as it was then known), Beauty and the Beast opened on April 18, 1994, later winning a Tony Award® and ultimately running for 5,461 performances.

Mere months after Beauty and the Beast launched on Broadway, Disney’s The Lion King premiered in movie theaters. “Myself, [then-President of Walt Disney Animation Studios] Peter Schneider, Michael Eisner, and [Disney Legend] Elton John were sitting together the day after the film premiered, and the question for Elton was: ‘What do you want to do next?'” Schumacher says. “Elton said, ‘I don’t think I want to do another movie right away, but didn’t you just open Beauty and the Beast onstage? I’d like to do something like that.’ We were developing Aida based on a book written by the great opera star Leontyne Price. I said, ‘It’s not really right for an animated movie. What about Aida a stage show?’ Everyone went, ‘Let’s to do that!’ We began to develop Aida on that day in June 1994, the very morning after The Lion King film premiered. Thus was actually born the enterprise of Disney Theatrical, using the impetus of our one-off productions of Beauty.”

Heather Headley and cast perform in Aida.

Time to Shine

As John and Disney Legend Time Rice were working on Aida, a stage adaptation of The Lion King was commissioned. Featuring songs such as “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” the show premiered at the New Amsterdam Theater on November 13, 1997. It then moved to the Minskoff Theatre on June 13, 2006, where it continues to entertain Broadway audiences eight times a week.

In fact, The Lion King— originally directed by Disney Legend and Tony Award winner, Julie Taymor—is the most successful Broadway show in history, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

“We were rolling out Beauty and the Beast around the world, and Aida took a backseat to The Lion King,” Schumacher says. “After those shows opened, we were off to the races. Beauty was in many ways the catalyst, because it inspired the whole idea to expand our scope.”

The cast of Mary Poppins performs on Broadway.

In the years that followed, Disney Theatrical Group would open several other shows on Broadway, including Tarzan, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, and Frozen—many of which spawned international and touring productions. Among the more successful productions was Aladdin, adapted from the 1992 animated feature film. Now in its 10th year on Broadway, Aladdin is playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street. Internationally, the musical is currently on tour in the UK and is playing at the Coliseum Theatre in Madrid and the Dentsu Shiki Theatre in Tokyo.

Michael James Scott (Genie) and Michael Maliakel (Aladdin) lead the Broadway company of Aladdin in a performance of ” Friend Like Me” in honor of its 10th anniversary.

Going Global

Within the past three decades, Disney Theatrical Group and its local partners have staged dozens of productions across six continents (excluding Antarctica). Today, 20 Disney musicals are playing in eight countries worldwide, each performed in their local languages.

“It’s a very complicated process. We’re not just translating the language; we’re making cultural adjustments,” Schumacher says. “For example, the Genie in Aladdin doesn’t resonate in the same way that Michael James Scott and James Monroe Iglehart before him performed the character. They’re channeling this Cab Calloway, Harlem Renaissance jazz, Fats Waller vibe, which was actually what [Disney Legends] Howard Ashman and Alan Menken wrote for the film. Well, that doesn’t mean anything in Japan. There, the actor plays it with a vernacular that is similar to a game show host, since that resonates in Japan.”

"Seize the Day" from Newsies on Broadway

No matter where a show is staged, it resonates in a way that is both current and timeless. “To so many people, inside and outside of the company, Disney is the story of people’s lives—the stories they grew up with,” Schumacher says. “In theater, we play it over and over. The audience often comes back and sees it differently, because of who they are now.”

That experience reminds Schumacher of his own 30-year journey with Disney Theatrical Group. “I started working on The Lion King in November 1990, and I meet so many people who have grown up with The Lion King. They were young Simba, and they were grown-up Simba, and now they’re Mufasa. They have gone through loss in their families, and they’ve gone through tragedy. When villainy has entered their lives, they’ve defeated it,” he explains. “The Lion King is such a metaphor because it’s a simple myth that it applies to everyone. It’s about family. It’s about community. It’s about loyalty. It’s about making mistakes and trying to set them right and do the right thing. These are values we all share.”

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Our 11 Favorite Music Docs and Concert Films on Disney+

By the D23 Team

At Thanksgiving in 2021, we were especially thankful for The Beatles: Get Back. Often referred to as the most influential band of all time, The Beatles are the best-selling music act in history… and Oscar®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson is the only person in 50 years to be given exclusive access to the legendary band’s private film archives! Jackson later used that footage as the foundation of his three-part docuseries, available exclusively on Disney+. Of course, The Beatles: Get Back isn’t the only music doc or concert film available for Disney+ subscribers. Below, in chronological order, we present 11 of our favorite titles:

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008)
Consider this your backstage pass to hang out with Miley Cyrus, star of Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana. Filmed during her sold-out, 69-city, standing-room-only tour, the documentary film features appearances by Disney Legend Kenny Ortega and the Jonas Brothers. As Hannah Montana, Cyrus performs hit songs such as “Nobody’s Perfect” and “Rock Star”—and as herself, she rocks out to “See You Again,” “Start All Over,” and more.

Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience

Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience (2009)
If you didn’t get your Jonas Brothers fix in Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, this should do it! Follow the trio on their Burnin’ Up tour, which includes special collaborations with Demi Lovato (“This Is Me”) and Taylor Swift (“Should’ve Said No”). This is a special look at what the Jonas Brothers’ lives are like both on- and off-stage.

Folklore: The Long Pond Sessions

Folklore: The Long Pond Sessions (2020)
Speaking of Swift, we’re still obsessing over this intimate concert performance of every song from her Grammy®-nominated album folklore. Accompanied by her co-producers, Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, Swift shares the creation and meaning behind each song.

Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles

Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles (2021)
Grammy® Award winner Billie Eilish performs every song from her sophomore album, Happier Than Ever, in sequential order from the stage of the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Featuring animated elements that take viewers on a dreamlike journey through Eilish’s hometown, the concert film also includes guest appearances by FINNEAS and other artists. (Because we can’t get enough of Eilish’s brilliance, we recommend following this up with The Making of Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles, released on Disney+ Day.)

The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back (2021)
How do you tell a new story about The Beatles? If you’re Jackson, you start by combing through over 60 hours of unseen footage and over 150 hours of unheard audio. The Beatles: Get Back is the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as they plan their first live show in over two years, capturing the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album. The three-part documentary features—for the first time in its entirety—their last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row, as well as other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be.

Olivia Rodrigo, in sunglasses and black coat with brown faux fur accents, sits in a director’s chair in a field. The back of the director’s chair is facing the camera and features the word “Sunset” in white text. Olivia has turned her body around in the chair so she is facing the audience. Behind her is a blue sky with fluffy white clouds.

Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u (2022)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star turned musical tour-de-force Olivia Rodrigo takes a literal trip down memory lane in this behind-the-scenes film. Traveling from Salt Lake City, where she began writing her triple-platinum debut album “SOUR” (Geffen Records), to Los Angeles, Rodrigo recounts the story of “SOUR” along with performing new live arrangements of her songs and sharing intimate interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Elton John, wearing a bejeweled robe designed to mimic a Dodgers uniform, has his back to the camera, arms wide while facing a massive crowd inside Dodgers Stadium.

Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium (2022)
Originally livestreamed on Disney+, this historic concert was one of the greatest send-offs of all time to global superstar Elton John. Paying tribute to his 1975 performance at Dodgers Stadium that cemented his global success, the three-hour concert event features guest artists such as Dua Lipa and Kiki Dee honoring John with duet performances, along with John himself performing beloved hits including “Bennie and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Crocodile Rock,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

Taylor Swift, wearing a sparkly iridescent body suit, looks out into the distance while playing a pink guitar. A pink and purple microphone and stand is directed at her face, although she appears to not currently be singing.

Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version) (2024)
Get out your friendship bracelets, Swifties, because the record-breaking phenomenon concert film Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour has debuted on Disney+ with a special (Taylor’s Version) cut! Capturing the epic tour that took the world by storm, Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version) not only showcases Taylor Swift’s career-spanning Eras Tour concert, but also features four additional main show songs not shown during the film’s theatrical run. Plus, stay through the credits to enjoy an acoustic collection of four unseen performances, including fan favorites “You Are in Love” and “Maroon.”

In a vintage black and white photo, Brian Wilson sits at a piano, immersed in song with his eyes closed as he plays. Standing beside him from left to right are the other members of The Beach Boys: Al Jardine, Mike Love, Carl Wilson, and Dennis Wilson, who are singing along.

The Beatles: Let It Be (2024)
The Beatles: Let It Be, now streaming on Disney+, represents the fully realized version of director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s original documentary. Shot in 1969, the film captures The Beatles as they wrote and rehearsed for what would become the Let It Be album. Despite its limited availability over the years, the film became famous for its iconic rooftop concert finale. Its significance has only grown following Peter Jackson’s 2021 docuseries, The Beatles: Get Back.

In a black and white photo, singer Bon Jovi stands onstage, raising a microphone on a stand above his head with his right hand. He is clad in a leather jacket, a partially unbuttoned shirt, and trousers. Three headlights behind him cast beams.

Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story (2024)
Hulu’s documentary series Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story delves into the band’s remarkable journey spanning over 40 years, from humble beginnings performing in gritty rock clubs in New Jersey to recreating platinum records and being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The four-part series, available on Disney+, also takes a close look into lead singer Bon Jovi’s vocal injury, which nearly led him to quit the band.

The Beatles are performing a song. From left to right, Paul McCartney is sitting on a chair away from the camera, playing a guitar, George Harrison is sitting opposite McCartney, playing a guitar, Ringo Starr is at the drums, and John Lennon is sitting on a chair away from the camera, playing a guitar. There’s a red ombre backdrop behind them.

The Beach Boys (2024)
Directed by Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny, this Disney+ Original film includes interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, David Marks, and Al Jardine, along with clips featuring Lindsey Buckingham, Don Was, and others. The Beach Boys is a tribute to the legendary band that transformed pop music, creating an iconic, harmonious sound that embodied the California dream.

What’s Coming to Disney Experiences in 2024 and Beyond

By Moss Cohen

“It’s something that will never be finished. Something that I can keep developing, keep plussing and adding to. It’s alive. It will be a live breathing thing that will need change.”

Walt Disney’s words about Disneyland have remained a guiding principle for the Disney Experiences segment since they were first uttered roughly 70 years ago. The summer of 2024 is just the latest example of Disney expanding its present and building towards a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.

Here’s a look at some of the latest Disney Experiences developments from all around the globe:

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

On June 28, guests at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida will return to the New Orleans of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ The Princess and the Frog to float along on a musical journey in Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

The all-new attraction picks up after the events of the 2009 film, where visitors experience an adventure through the bayou as Princess Tiana prepares to host a Mardi Gras celebration.

Princess Tiana Audio-Animatronic

Guests will encounter dozens of technologically advanced Audio-Animatronic figures during their ride, including beloved characters like Princess Tiana, Louis, and Mama Odie, along with new critters and characters. New arrangements of songs from the film — and a new original tune — will serenade guests as they make their way towards a 50-foot drop.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will also open later this year at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California.

Fantasy Springs

Fantasy Springs — the eighth themed port at Tokyo DisneySea Park — welcomes guests on June 6.

It brings to life new areas inspired by three of Disney Animation’s most beloved films — Rapunzel’s Forest from 2010’s Tangled, Peter Pan’s Never Land from 1953’s Peter Pan, and Frozen Kingdom from the 2013 blockbuster, Frozen.

Fantasy Springs finds itself nestled between Tokyo DisneySea’s Lost River Delta and the Arabian Coast areas and the new port will be an entryway for guests into the magical worlds of these films.

Each will include innovative attractions, stunning restaurants, and the Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel.

Setting Sail

Disney Cruise Line is looking to bring enjoyment to guests by sea and by land this year.

In June, Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, Disney Cruise Line’s newest tropical retreat opens on the island of Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

Concept art for Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point

The destination celebrates the rich culture and natural beauty of The Bahamas, with signature Disney entertainment, port adventures and nature trails, a water play area and beautiful beaches, including a dedicated beach for adults. The retreat will feature a plethora of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

As Disney Cruise Line looks to add three new ships to its fleet through 2025, its latest vessel, Disney Treasure, is also set to take its maiden voyage on December 21.

Reimagined Classics

One of the very last attractions that Walt Disney personally helped develop, the Country Bear Musical Jamboree, is undergoing a refresh that will open this summer.

While the Country Bear Musical Jamboree will include call backs, the bears will sing new, reinterpreted Disney tunes in different genres of country music – like bluegrass, pop-country, Americana, rockabilly and other styles.

On May 24, Disneyland Resort guests will once again be able to enjoy the dazzling special effects of Fantasmic! as the beloved show makes its epic return.

And on June 10, EPCOT at Walt Disney World will welcome guests to CommuniCore Hall and Plaza. The Hall and Plaza are flexible multi-use event spaces that bring exhibitions, entertainment and even more culinary delights to the center of EPCOT.

Concept art for CommuniCore Hall and Plaza at EPCOT

Fan-Favorite Festivals and Events

And of course, there are always the seasonal festivals and events that offer a unique spin on a Disney parks visit.

  • From August 9 to October 31, families can delight in the frightful fun of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
  • EPCOT guests can taste their way around the world at the International Food & Wine Festival, from August 29 to November 23.
  • And currently, fans can see the worlds of Pixar come alive at Pixar Fest at Disneyland. Running from April 26 through August 4, guests of all ages can celebrate with daytime parades, nighttime spectaculars, and encounters with their favorite Pixar characters.

Guests posing with Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, and Woody at Disneyland Resort

Beyond 2024

And that’s just this year.

Going forward, Disney fans can keep an eye out for updates on DisneylandForward, which includes a planned Avatar Experience at Disneyland.

There’s also fresh expansions coming to the Magic Kingdom, exploring the Tropical Americas at Animal Kingdom, more cruise ships with their own unique themes, an ongoing effort to reimagined Disneyland Paris, a newly rebuilt Space Mountain at Tokyo Disney Resort in 2027, and much more.

The Walt Disney Company announced last year that it is developing plans to accelerate and expand investment in its Parks, Experiences and Products segment to nearly double capital expenditures over the course of approximately 10 years to roughly $60 billion. So, with plenty happening across the globe now and through the next decade, Disney Experiences is as alive as Walt could’ve ever hoped it would be.

Exclusive on Apple Vision Pro, What If…? – An Immersive Story Trailer and Release Date Revealed

Marvel Studios and ILM Immersive today revealed that What If…? – An Immersive Story, the first-ever interactive Disney+ Original story, will be released on Thursday, May 30, exclusively on Apple Vision Pro as a free app for a limited time.

The groundbreaking mixed reality experience sees fans step into the leading role of an hour-long, narrative-driven journey where they will meet variants from across the Multiverse, harness the power of the Infinity Stones, and be faced with reality-defining choices.

Connected to the critically acclaimed Disney+ Original animated series What If…?, a trailer showing what fans can expect during their adventure was shared on the Marvel Entertainment YouTube channel.

"What If…? – An Immersive Story is the result of what can happen when you bring together the incredible talent at ILM Immersive, Marvel Studios, and Disney+ to push the boundaries of technology in the service of telling our stories in new and exciting ways," said executive producer Shereif M. Fattouh. "This project touches upon the cornerstone of the desire that our studios share to constantly experiment and innovate, and thanks to the capabilities of Apple Vision Pro, we get to place you directly inside a Universe that means so much to us all. I can't wait for fans to become the hero in this completely new way."

In the just-released trailer for What If…? – An Immersive Story, fans learn that The Watcher needs help facing dangerous variants from across the Multiverse and that they have been chosen to step in. Under the guidance of Wong, they will learn how to cast mystic spells, harness the power of the Infinity Stones, and join allies in epic battles. They will also come face-to-face with versions of fan-favorite characters like Thanos, Hela, the Collector, Red Guardian, and more as they take on the role of the hero.

What If…? reimagines events from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in unexpected ways. Utilizing the revolutionary spatial computing capabilities of Apple Vision Pro, What If…? – An Immersive Story will deliver a technologically advanced and engaging experience to fans that completely transforms the space around them.

As they step into breathtaking environments, they will cross between mixed and virtual reality as they enter new and iconic MCU locations. Fans will use their hands and eyes to interact with the world around them, becoming immersed with stunning visuals and spatial audio, and work to save the fate of reality as they live out their narrative journey. Together, these groundbreaking features and more will remind them that time, space, and reality are more than a linear path.

What If…? – An Immersive Story is directed by Dave Bushore at Marvel Studios and produced by Shereif M. Fattouh at ILM Immersive. The experience is written by David Dong and Phil McCarty (The Learning Curve), with music by Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning composer Laura Karpman (American Fiction, The Marvels).

What If…? – An Immersive Story is executive produced by Bushore, Fattouh, and Brad Winderbaum (What If…?, X-Men '97), with Bryan Andrews (What If…?, Primal) serving as consulting producer. Vicki Dobbs Beck, VP of immersive content at Lucasfilm and ILM Immersive, Mark S. Miller, VP of creative development and production at ILM Immersive, and Jamie Voris, EVP/Chief Technology Officer at The Walt Disney Studios, all serve as executive producers.

To learn more about the experience, visit Marvel.com/WhatIfImmersive and ILMImmersive.com/WhatIfImmersive.

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Surfing Through Memories: Mike Love and Al Jardine Reflect on Their Musical Odyssey with The Beach Boys

By Cecilia Sarantopoulos

Prepare to ride the nostalgia wave as The Beach Boys documentary hits Disney+ screens on May 24, inviting fans to embark on a fun, fun, fun journey through the legendary band’s legacy. From The Beach Boys’ trailblazing harmonies to their sun-kissed aesthetic that defined the California dream, this documentary is a celebration of the tunes—and the musicians—that have captivated generations.

The Beach Boys showcases rare footage featuring band members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardin, David Marks, and Bruce Johnston, as well as musical luminaries such as Lindsey Buckingham, Janelle Monáe, Ryan Tedder, and Don Was. Directed by Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny, with a script penned by Mark Monroe, this labor of love was produced by Kenney/ Marshall and White Horse Pictures.

The Beach Boys pose for a portrait against a yellow backdrop. From left to right are Al Jardine, Mike Love, Dennis Wilson, Brian Wilson, and Carl Wilson. They are all wearing short sleeve plaid shirts, pants and white loafers. Love and Carl Wilson are sitting on two red mopeds.

During a press conference for the Disney+ documentary, Marshall spoke candidly about his personal connection to The Beach Boys’ music, recalling how it shaped his youth in Newport Beach, California—not far from Hawthorne, California, the hometown of The Beach Boys. “I was totally into surfing and surf music. I still remember the first time I listened to ‘Surfin’,’” he reminisced. For Zimny, working on the documentary was “a dream come true,” a chance to blend his love for filmmaking with his admiration for the band.

As for timing, there are several reasons why it made perfect sense to release The Beach Boys now, the panelists said. As Marshall pointed out, “Summer’s just around the corner,” making it an ideal time to fully embrace our inner Beach Boy. The legendary band also recently marked its 60th anniversary, prompting reflection and celebration of their incredible journey. “It’s miraculous that after over 60 years since we started, we’re still singing,” Love said. Given the enduring popularity of the band’s music and the ongoing renewal of their fanbase across generations, this documentary presents an opportunity to engage both longtime fans and younger audiences. “We appeal to the 8-80 [age] group,” Jardine remarked.

Brian Wilson from the band The Beach Boys is leaning on a desk in a recording studio control room. He is wearing a red and white striped t-shirt and beige pants. He gazes straight ahead, surrounded by recording equipment in the background.

From the members’ humble family beginnings to their global tours, The Beach Boys is comprehensive, focusing on the band as a group but also on their individual relationships—“what made the band work,”as Marshall put it.

“I’m super happy with the way the documentary turned out; they did an amazing job,” said Brian Wilson. “It really brought me back to those days with the boys, the fun, and the music. And, of course, those incredible harmonies.”