Can you believe that on this day in 1989 the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park? Unfortunately, this thrilling stage show has not yet reopened to guests and we are all still waiting for it to return. So as we all patiently wait for the show to welcome back guests, let’s celebrate its history with 5 fun facts about the stunt spectacular you may not know!
The Show Features Amazing Thechnology
While multiple live shows are found throughout Walt Disney World Resort, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! has more moving parts and more advanced technology than any other live show! The weight of the set comes in at a whopping 100 tons for each scene! This show definitely displays Disney’s well know impeccable attention to detail.
It Was the First Indiana Jones Attraction
That’s right, this live show was the very first attraction with this theme at any Disney park! Of course, attractions with this theme were later added in Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo DisneySea.
It is an Ineractive Show
This show really offers the opportunity for guests to become part of the magic! Audience members (18 & up) are randomly selected to participate in one of the scenes. These volunteers get a little bit of training and also get dressed in costume before they take to the stage. I have actually been lucky enough to have had this opportunity a few times, and it is fun!
The Show uses a Combination of Talented Stunt Performers and a Computer-Based Control System
If you’ve seen this show, you know that it really looks as though multiple actors very narrowly escape death multiple times. This is not only due to the extremely talented stunt actors but also because of an advanced computer-based control system they work in conjunction with.
The Show Missed it’s Original Opening Date
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt spectacular was actually supposed to open on May 1, 1989, but the Imagineers who worked on the show, along with CEO Michael Eisner and George Lucas, did not feel that the how was ready. Instead, the show opened but as a “dress rehearsal” which really gave guests a behind-the-scenes look at the attraction before the grand opening. After all, MGM Studios was really a park that offered in-depth behind-the-scenes looks at how films and productions were made.
Hopefully this epic stunt show returns for guests soon!
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