Calling all Indiana Jones fans! If you love the “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” movie, then the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is the show for you. If you’ve never seen the popular adventure films but love thrills and amazing stunts, this is a show for you too. Executive produced by George Lucas, the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular features familiar scenes and props from the beloved movie. So, trek over to the Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and get ready for a 30-minute show filled with fun and excitement. Bring the entire family as this show is great for guests of all ages. Here are eight really cool reasons why I make this show part of every trip to Walt Disney World:
1. Special effects
Hold onto your seat because this show is filled with some incredible special effects. From explosions and fires to rolling boulders, flying (fake) bullets, and daring fight scenes, the excitement is nonstop throughout the show.
2. Amazing stunts
Watch as the actors perform amazing leaps from tall buildings, make daring escapes, and do impressive acrobatics. From the ruins of an ancient tomb to a crowded Cairo marketplace, Indiana and Marion keep the audience entertained with amazing action-packed scenes.
3. Movie-making Secrets
Getting a glimpse of movie-making magic is one of my favorite things about this attraction. After each scene, the “director” explains how each stunt is done safely. You can also see how each scene comes together and is taken apart.
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4. Audience participation
If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a movie, here’s your chance! A casting director will ask the audience for volunteers before the show starts. Sit down front and be very enthusiastic, and you may get chosen to be a costumed extra in one of the scenes!
Even though the theater can hold approximately 2,000 guests, it often is filled to capacity. Luckily, FastPass+ is available to ensure you get a good seat. An alternative is to get to the theater about 20 to 30 minutes early. Guests sitting down front will be able to feel the heat from some of the stunts involving fire.
6. Take a break
Take advantage of a great place to get out of the sun, rest your feet, and watch a thrilling show. The open-air theater is covered, making it an ideal spot to relax and maybe even enjoy a snack.
Opening in 1989 as an original attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is the oldest attraction in the park right now. It remains an awesome show due to continuous computer and electronic upgrades and refurbishments. A programmable controller system is used to trigger and control many of the effects, while others are activated by cast members. These upgrades keep the show performing at the highest level for thousands of guests daily.
8. Themed Merchandise
Fans of the show and of Indiana Jones movies in general will love the special merchandise available. Check out the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost and Indiana Jones Truck for apparel, toy rubber snakes, and other souvenirs-a perfect way to act out your own movie scenes at home! “Why did it have to be snakes?”