Diehard Disney fans can no longer stream a popular series on Disney+, as it was mysteriously deleted from the streaming platform overnight.
Let’s see a show of hands: if you classify yourself as a Disney Adult and you’re not afraid to admit it, raise your hand. Raise your hands up high. Yes, we see you. And you. And yes, you, there in the back row in the Disney100 hoodie and your little dog dressed in a Mickey Mouse t-shirt and bandana. We see you.
We see all of you wonderful Disney fans who love all that the Kingdom of Fandom has to offer. You have your own unique way of embracing your love for Disney, too, whether that means repeat travel plans to Walt Disney World, attempting to set a Guinness World Record for most Dole Whips eaten by any human, ownership of hundreds of pairs of Mickey and Minnie ears–each one different from the next–or the impressive ability to recall every single word scripted in most classic Disney animated feature films that bare Walt’s fingerprints, like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book.
(That last one is really, really impressive, by the way.)
Disney fans often refer to themselves as Disney adults, diehard Disney fans, Disney superfans, or Disney addicts. But while their titles may be different, one thing remains undeniably the same: the love for all things Disney–the parks, the experiences, the merch, the clothes, the food, the films, and, of course, Disney+. When Disney’s first-ever streaming platform went live in November 2019, there were cheers and tears of celebration as Disney fans finally had their very own magical hub for Disney classic animated and live-action feature films, Disney’s animated cartoons and shorts, Disney’s live-action remakes, PIXAR, Marvel, and Star Wars films, lots of Walt-focused content, Disney channel shows–both old-school and new-school–Disney documentaries, and fan-favorite, fan-inspired docu-series.
Disney’s Behind the Attraction is a docu-series that debuted in 2021 and takes fans behind the scenes to learn the story behind their favorite Disney Parks rides and attractions, from the history that led to their construction, to how they were made and more. It’s available to stream right now–and it’s just one of the many exciting docuseries offerings for superfans on Disney+.
One of the most popular docuseries on Disney+, however, disappeared from the Disney+ streaming platform overnight–and there’s no explanation for its removal.
Prop Culture was removed from Disney+ overnight. pic.twitter.com/znUykE0cP1— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) May 27, 2023
Disney’s Prop Culture debuted in May 2020 and was an exciting and engaging eight-part series that took an in-depth look at some of the most iconic props used in Disney films over the years. Per Disney Fandom, Prop Culture “takes a unique look at eight beloved films–Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit–through the props and costumes (now modern ‘artifacts’) that made them unique.”
Hosted by film historian and collector Dan Lanigan, the series allowed fans in on interviews with those who crafted the props, as well as the actors that used them in Disney films, and the individual collectors who own the props today–unless the props are being kept under a watchful eye at the Disney Archives, like Mary Poppins’s magical carpet bag from Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964), as well as the carousel horses ridden by Burt (Dick Van Dyke) and Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews).
During The Walt Disney Company’s quarterly earnings call in early May, CEO Bob Iger said that Disney+ would have dozens of deletions from the platform. The move is the first step of many that Disney is taking in an effort to finally make the most magical streaming platform on earth profitable. At the time of this publication, the platform is in its fifth year, but it has yet to turn a profit. A lengthy list of show and series titles slated to be removed from Disney+ was recently shared, but Prop Culture was not named on the list.