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Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular: Past, Present and Future – October 6, 2013


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #338 for the week of October 6, 2013.

Join me this week as we step on, and backstage at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We’ll discuss the show’s history, details, and fun facts, and where else you can find wonderful details, tributes and props from Raiders of the Lost Ark and other Indy films elsewhere in the park. We’ll then do some armchair Imagineering and look at the future of this attraction, character and franchise in Walt Disney World, and speculate at what could be, may be, and what we’d like to see. I’ll then ask you to weigh in and share your thoughts as well.

Stay tuned as I’ll have some updates at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

Stay tuned as I’ll have some updates and announcements and more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week!

– Lou Mongello

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12 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #338 – Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular: Past, Present and Future – October 6, 2013”

  1. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    I got picked to be an extra in the show a year ago last September! I didn’t get to do the death scene but it was still a highlight of my life and a bucket list item crossed off.

  2. Joshua S. says:

    I am all for Indiana Jones being represented in some form in the parks and definitely prefer for it to be an attraction, though I think the stunt show is past its prime. There was a time when there was still some mystery to making movies, so attractions like the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and the Backlot Tour filled a role, but now these types of attractions are dated and and more of a novelty than anything.

    I am also against bringing the Temple of the Forbidden Eye to Florida, lest the homogenization of the parks continue to increase. As for what the new experience should be, I can’t say, though I wouldn’t be opposed to a dark ride or mine train roller coaster. Assuming budget weren’t an issue, a ride featuring the technology used at Universal’s Amazing Spider-man seems like it could be a really good marriage.

    As for Indy’s viability 30 years after his debut, I think it’s a non-issue. I see only two scenarios: 1.) Indiana Jones is still a draw for older crowds and an E ticket attraction would be a great way to introduce him to younger generations or 2.) people aren’t interested in the source material, but it doesn’t matter because the attraction itself is so top notch people ride it anyway. After all, some of Disney’s most popular attractions are based on obscure reference materials or are not based on an existing franchise (Splash, Big Thunder & Space Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean).

    That said, I’m certainly not opposed to the stunt show’s continuing existence, I just don’t think it’s the best representation for such an iconic character and franchise.

  3. Fred A. says:

    I would think, that I, like many of us who follow the WDWRadio podcasts were that generation that got hooked on Star Wars in 1977 and then became fans in 1981 with Raiders of the Last Ark. The parks have definitely become more nostalgic for me as I now pass along these characters to my kids. With how many things change so rapidly in the world, I find it comforting to know that there is a place I can go that can connect me with memories from my childhood and bridge it to today. With that being said, I love innovation and seeing the parks evolve with new attractions but stay firmly connected to the past.

    I would imagine there is an interesting challenge for imagineers when it comes to venues like this. It has staying power, been in place for many years, and has a considerably large fan base. For comparison on how you handle changes like this, I think you look to Snow White. She was an iconic figure for a generation older than I, part of revolutionary production, and is one of the primary princesses of Disney. Snow White’s dark ride, I am sure at the time it was put in place, was quite an attraction (and was still loved by many up until it’s closing).

    We will know in a short while if the Fantasyland expansion with the Seven Dwarves Mine ride will engage and attract the same following that enjoyed the dark Snow White ride. I realize it wasn’t an upgrade but something different. So as Disney plans on expanding into a new area near Echo Lake or wherever, this formula being tested in Fantasyland will hopefully succeed and be applied to the Star Wars/Indiana Jones (aka Lucasfilm) productions.

    My bets are on Disney and they will do it better than we can imagine.

    They will “choose wisely”.

  4. Ed says:

    As host of the IndyCast, it’s great to see some Indy love on the show – and will definitely mention this on Episode 175 of the show!

  5. Lisa S. (elbug10) says:

    I’ve never seen any of the Indy Jones movies. Am I a bad Disney fan? Do I have to turn in my card? I don’t know why. I’ve seen the stage show a few times at DHS. I saw Romancing the Stone, which I think is in the same vein and liked it. It’s always been one of those movies “I’ll get around to” seeing.

  6. I would love to see an unique Indy adventure in each Disney park. Disneyland can have the forbidden eye. Maybe put an Indy and the tomb of the lost pharaoh at WDW. Indy and the Mayan curse in Disneyland Tokyo…etc… Give visitors a reason to go to each park and have a unique Indy experience at each location!

  7. Craig Hargrove says:

    Would love to see some sort of a mine train coaster built, but hope the Stunt show remains.

  8. Mark Mowery says:

    I would love to see Indy running around Adventureland. I would prefer an attraction but I did enjoy what Disneyland did back in 2008 with the Summer Of Hidden Mysteries. It was like the old west show they used to do in Frontierland. But Walt Disney World REALLY needs an Indiana Jones Adventure ride. I still like the Stunt Show and it’s the correct fit for an attraction in the Studios, but I do skip it on some trips. However, I never skip The Indy Adventure at Disneyland and usually ride it many times during my visit.

  9. Denise Junice says:

    Born 1988, & my brother & I played out all of the above as well =D

    I do agree to ignore the movie of Crystal Skull (especially the horrible VFX), but I don’t mind the continuation of the story. I LOVE the story of him & Miriam getting back together & the relationship with the son he never knew about. That scene where he says, “There were a few [other women], but they all had the same problem. … They weren’t you, honey.” Squee! I really think that’s the only part that kept the movie afloat.

    Also, “You see, there is nothing you can possess, that I cannot take away.” –Rameses in The Ten Commandments, but, why?

  10. Cristabel says:

    Another great show and I LOVE Indiana Jones.

    If I were to make another attraction based on Indiana Jones then I would go with Ryan’s walk-through idea of a house but combine that with the technology they have for Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.

  11. Isaac says:

    Obviously Raiders is first on my list. I love love love The Last Crusade! I mean it has Sean Connery in it for crying out loud. Call me crazy but I would actually put Kingdom of the Crystal Skull before Temple of Doom. I saw Temple of Doom when I was 9 and it just freaked me out. I’m not saying I don’t like it but I think the 4th is slightly better just because Marion returns. “WE NAMED THE DOG INDIANA”

  12. Chuck Zitta says:

    More Indy is good Indy. With Star Wars and Toy Story taking over HWS, it may be time for Indiana Jones to seek another location for Adventure?

    Animal Kingdom would be a perfect fit in my opinion. This park screams adventure. If the stunt show survives at HWS, I still think more could be added and would do very well. I think there’s a big enough fan base out there to support any type of Indiana Jones attraction Disney imagineers can come up with.

    I would really like to see a classic dark ride where the attraction vehicle would simulate a water ride, airplane ride and automotive ride. Variety in adventure is key here, just like the movie series. The rider would travel the world to exotic places, seeking some type rare artifact, using all types of transportation. Their adventure would be unique to the attraction and not reflect stories from the movies, making it a must see for visitors. All types of weather and climates would be simulated as well.

    Thanks again for another adventurous show, Lou and Ryan!!!