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6502.8 #19 DL Qual #8 3-3-13 8:43AM
Good morning! This day in Disney history, March 3rd, 1995. The Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple of the Forbidden Eye attraction officially opens in Disneyland's Adventureland. (Official attraction poster shown below). In attendance for the attraction's debut is filmmaker George Lucas, Michael Eisner (who ironically was the president of Paramount Pictures that green-lighted Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1980), & actors Dan Ayckroyd & Carrie Fisher. Several early concepts were considered including a walk-through adventure & a high-speed mine car adventure within a temple. To avoid a long queue, Imagineers considered using Jungle Cruise launches to shuttle guests to the loading area. The team tested key show elements in a Burbank warehouse on a full-sized elevated track that resembled a freeway. This enabled the team to test set pieces, lighting, effects, transport clearances and motion profiles. Groundbreaking for the Temple of the Forbidden Eye occurred in August 1993. More than 400 Imagineers worked on its design & construction. Tony Baxter led a core project team of nearly 100 Imagineers. To create space for the 0.5-mile queue area & the 50,000-square-foot show building, an area of the former "Eeyore" parking lot was demolished, & the Monorail & Jungle Cruise attractions were rerouted. Happy birthday Indy! Have you been on this attraction? What's your favorite part?
I got to ride this a week before the official opening at an overnight event (didn't know about soft openings or previews then so we thought we were pretty special). I was one of the first in line that night and we were escorted down Main St to the queue. My group rode the ride and loved it. As we were coming back to the loading area someone wasn't paying attention and my Jeep bumped the Jeep that had just finished loading (no joke). Smoke came out of the front of the Jeep I was in. They moved the Jeep out of the way, pulled the one I was in to the loading area and we got out. The ride was down for a bit after that. I remember people were so upset! Quite a memory to have. I can also remember waiting for hours during the summer for that ride and the line started on Main St. At least there was entertainment in the queue once you got into the temple. - LilSterner   5749.2 #23 3-3-13 11:44AM Like(8)  Reply
Lucky YOU! Ha! Wow! You'll never forget that one! You broke Indy! Lol - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 12:20PM
Nope. I can still see the smoke coming out of the hood and I can vaguely remember thinking "we're going to hit that Jeep" ๐Ÿ˜‚ - LilSterner  5749.2 #23 3-3-13 4:45PM
What a great adventure!!! Lucky you!!!!! - Boundin  778.3 #253 3-3-13 11:56PM
Hello , this is one of my favorite rides and yes it does have on of the longest queue lines ever for a Disney attraction. Indy is the only modern attraction that had a line snake all the was to main street other than the original star tours 1.0 this was before fasspasses existed and the wait time would be close to 6-10 hrs.This is a great ride but understand that with a lot of show elements this ride does go down a bit,remember it has a ton of stuff going on but they do a great job restarting it so please understand fellow mwr's. The vehicles are state of the art and a first for disney and the amusement park at the time it came out and the vehicle type is also used in dinosaur at wdw. The rolling ball has an incredible secrect ,but im not ruining it by saying what it is you can find this info on your own and hidden in the line is eyeore sign that everyone knows about and a time life magazine after the safety video room in the caged office and its highlighted with a magnifying glass is a vintage mickey mouse - pikarich   5906.1 #22 3-3-13 9:01AM Like(4)  Reply
What? - vincentchase1  672.9 #311 3-3-13 10:58AM
I want to know what you know. DM me if you want - Villescas8  607.0 #346 3-3-13 1:20PM
You can look up how they do the ball scene on YouTube if you want to know how it works. It's quite ingenious! Crazy how much your mind can play tricks on you. :) - BellesLibrary  418.5 #551 3-3-13 10:24PM
Thanks for the post! Remember the decoder cards they used to pass out? Think I still have one in a scrapbook somewhere. .. - missariel33   2115.6 #76 3-3-13 1:20PM Like(2)  Reply
Everybody interested in Indiana Jones that's local or just passing through should check out the discovery science center off the 5 freeway..they have a super fun Indiana Jones exhibit with props, costumes, history, it's super fun for all ages - LittlebigredApril   240.2 #1517 3-3-13 11:05AM Like(1)  Reply
Nice to know! Thanks for the info. - MeridaFan  4244.1 #36 3-3-13 11:10AM
Thank you So much for adding that! I'd love to take my littles there! - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 12:21PM
One of my favorite attractions. Thanks for the history lesson! - LaPearleNoir   2354.6 #70 3-3-13 11:08AM Like(1)  Reply
Happy birthday to one of my favorite attractions. I remember when it was being built and being absolutely terrified before my first ride๐Ÿ˜‚. - Linzee   1350.8 #138 3-3-13 11:09AM Like(1)  Reply
Happy birthday to one of my favorite rides, and thank you Duchess_SMK for always posting these great history tidbits, we love 'em. - ribidib   1187.7 #155 3-3-13 12:42PM Like(1)  Reply
I love this ride! I miss the que line thou. Wired right? But I miss breaking the pole and the spikes coming down! The rope too. - PrincessDaisy_FU2Rcm   350.3 #696 3-3-13 12:49PM Like(1)  Reply
Such an awesome attraction, the bridge is my fave part! I didn't know most of these facts, I shared them with my son too who LOVES Indy! Thanks for making both of us smile with this post Duchess! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š - MinnieMousewife   916.3 #206 3-3-13 1:05PM Like(1)  Reply
My favorite! My home! Love it! Thank you! - IDVandalSkipperCM   2580.0 #58 3-3-13 1:40PM Like(1)  Reply
i rode this in its first year. the queue went out the adventure land entrance, into the frontier land entrance and ended near the golden horseshoe. worker held, what looked like hockey sticks, held upside down to measure the height of children - Murryd   300.8 #946 3-3-13 1:51PM Like(1)  Reply
Thanks, Duchess! I love your very interesting and informative posts. - debbiev   1370.9 #135 3-3-13 10:14PM Like(1)  Reply
Duchess... As always, great information! I love all you posts!!! Thank you for all the research and hard work!!!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ - Boundin   778.3 #253 3-4-13 12:00AM Like(1)  Reply
Wish they still had those cards so I could read the hidden messages on the wall! - pinkmonkeys   543.4 #397 3-3-13 8:44AM Like  Reply
MW has it on the app, but yes, I wish I had kept mine! - HasAnyoneSeenMyGlassSlipper  690.8 #298 3-3-13 8:47AM
I never have reception on that ride - pinkmonkeys  543.4 #397 3-3-13 11:50AM
I believe it's in the resources tab? Can anyone else confirm? - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 1:18PM
We still have ours. Glad we hung on to it! - goofygal  11658.9 #7 3-3-13 1:24PM
It is in the resource tab. I believe you do not need reception to use that part of the app. - HasAnyoneSeenMyGlassSlipper  690.8 #298 3-3-13 7:16PM
awesomest attraction ever! :0) - OhanaPhoto   6402.1 #21 3-3-13 8:50AM Like  Reply
๐Ÿ˜Š - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 11:48AM
I always look forward to and so much enjoy your "This day in Disney history". Thank you very much for this great contribution to MW! - DisneyGrandma   881.3 #212 3-3-13 8:54AM Like  Reply
Awe! You are so sweet! I just love sharing what I read. So glad you enjoy these! Thanks for telling me! - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 11:49AM
Such a great attraction and awesome queue! My favorite part is when you just enter the large area, before the bridge, and all there is to see and take in. Thanks! - misschurro...   7278.1 #14 3-3-13 8:57AM Like  Reply
They really did an amazing job on the queue! It's so entertaining! - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 12:52PM
This is one of the coolest attractions in the park. I heard about the incredibly long lines when it was first opened, but I didn't get to go on for 3 years after its opening. So cool that Lucas showed up! I love the FIRE!! What can I say... Thank you SMK! I love learning all these things about the park and Disney History! You're awesome! - MickeyFan   1205.7 #153 3-3-13 9:11AM Like  Reply
there you are ,added to the list - pikarich  5906.1 #22 3-3-13 9:15AM
I meant to say added to the mypark/pikarich list to do al dl - pikarich  5906.1 #22 3-3-13 9:50AM
Sounds fun! - MickeyFan  1205.7 #153 3-3-13 9:53AM
I personally like the dart part! But yes! The fire is very cool! Thanks MyPark! - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 12:53PM
We went the first year it opened. I was so excited. The line was VERY long. I remember a group of people tried to cut in front of us as we rounded a corner. I told a CM who removed the group from line. Funny the things you remember. - RadiatorSprings4Ever   1901.3 #96 3-3-13 9:44AM Like  Reply
Ha! Don't mess with radiatorSprings4Ever! ๐Ÿ‘ฎ I love it! Good for you! - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 12:55PM
We actually waited in line for 6 hours to ride it!! ๐Ÿ˜ That was CRAZY!! ๐Ÿ˜„ - CAdreamer   98.8 #3671 3-3-13 9:52AM Like  Reply
Oh wow! I think I would have needed a potty break! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ You are quite the soldier! - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 1:04PM
I remember going when it first dad and I went on it while my mom sat with my daughter since she wasn't tall enough! Her first time was so memorable! She clutched me the whole time, eyes and mouth open in fear....but as soon as we got off she wanted to go again! Luckily, with my dad we never waited in line. He had a GAC (or as he called it, his "VIP Pass"!). - Gia   802.0 #238 3-3-13 9:53AM Like  Reply
I just love hearing the first time on attraction stories! Thank you for sharing that with us! I can't wait till my littlest can go on the "big kid" ones! - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 10:37PM
I was almost 13 when it opened and I remember waiting 3 hours (it broke down while we were in line and that added another 30 minutes) to ride it. I thought it was cool but I was like "Did we really waste a whole morning waiting for that?" LOL. I remember the line started in front of the Golden Horseshoe! - LaneSparrow316   847.0 #222 3-3-13 9:56AM Like  Reply
Holy COW! That's dedication! Can't say I'd wait in a line that long! Lol - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 11:35AM
I have only been once! That was last summer. Don't remember enough to have a favorite part. Thanks for the great info! - MeridaFan   4244.1 #36 3-3-13 9:59AM Like  Reply
๐Ÿ˜ณ Once?! Why? We need to change this! Lol next weekend perhaps?! - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 10:37PM
How cool I remember when that first open - brguest85   237.6 #1548 3-3-13 10:09AM Like  Reply
^clever user name! :) - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 10:38PM
When the Indy attraction opened at Disney they offered ppl who owned business establishment a special night to experience the ride. They closed DL early that day and those who had the special invitation got to enjoy the park with less ppl and experience the ride before it was open to the public. It was an awesome night๐Ÿ˜Š - soleillit   4.4 #22104 3-3-13 10:10AM Like  Reply
How neat is that?! I take it you were one of them? - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 11:34AM
I just saw this now and I could've told guests this while I was in the Indy store this afternoon! Love the attraction and the storytelling behind it (its wayyyy better than WDW's Dinosaur too) - BaseballMickey   7892.3 #11 3-3-13 10:24PM Like  Reply
Awwwwwwwww! What a bummer! Oh well, there's always next year buddy. :) I agree! What?! You don't like the dinosaur? ๐Ÿ˜„ - Duchess_SMK  6502.8 #19 3-3-13 10:34PM
The story in Dinosaur gets lost, but with Indy, it feels like you're in the film - BaseballMickey  7892.3 #11 3-3-13 10:39PM