Best. Ride. Ever.
I experienced the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland for the first time in 1996. I was able to do it again in 1998. On both occasions, I rode it multiple times. Hands down, it is the best total ride experience that I have ever had. Splash Mountain and the Haunted Mansion still reign as my favorites, but the Indiana Jones Adventure is the most amazing. The queue is so long and so well themed that it actually takes you about 10 minutes of walking just to reach the ride vehicles. The queue actually changes as you progress into the Temple of Mara. You delve deeper and deeper into the ruins and the excavation. Artifacts and sprung traps line the walkways and walls. Eventually, you make it to the ride vehicles. The queue for Pirates in Orlando could almost be compared to Indy.
Explaining the ride is difficult. Music, sounds and danger! You hear the heroic film score and you squeal around corners. Blow darts whistle pass your head.
Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?
Snakes, why does it always have to be snakes…
I hate snakes, Jock! I hate ’em!
The Temple of the Forbidden Eye.
Looking at the concept art, you get a great feel for an absolutely perfect Blue Sky ride design. Looking clockwise from the left, you see: the Indy ride vehicles, the Disneyland train, the Jungle Cruise boat and the proposed runaway mine car attraction.
So, not only would we have the Indy ride, but you would have seen a glimpse of it from the train and the Jungle Cruise. Can you imagine the jokes from the Jungle Cruise Skipper. “Yeah, so if you don’t start laughing now…”; “My last crew ended up working somewhere in here…when they didn’t laugh at my jokes!”, “We’re not out of danger yet–this is headhunter territory. Remove your jewelry please. The natives have been complaining of indigestion.”; “See that guy, he’ll whip you into shape!”
And a really cool mine car roller coaster with loops!
This artwork and a lot more can be found in The Art of Disneyland. Full-color illustrations showing the genesis of attractions and rides at Disneyland. A must for any theme park enthusiast or collector.