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Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril at Disneyland ParisLast updated by Nick on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:50
Submitted by Nick on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 10:53
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Jul 30, 1993
The first ever Disney roller coaster to feature an inversion, Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril was added to Disneyland Paris year after the park opened. It sees guests boarding a mine cart for a trip through a deserted temple. While the park was originally planning a more ambitious land devoted to Indiana Jones, these were scaled back in order to enable a new thrill ride to be installed quickly and cheaply.
The heavily-themed queue is designed to set the scene for the ride, and is set in the abandoned base camp of an expedition to the temple. After climbing a set of steps into the structure itself, guests climb into the ride vehicles. These can hold up to 6 riders, and are linked together into trains of two mine carts each.
After climbing to the top of the roller coaster’s lift hill, guests race through a series of dips and turns, before passing through a small vertical loop. The circuit is short, with the total ride time coming in at around 1 minute 20 seconds.
In April 2000, the ride’s trains were reversed and it became Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril – Backwards!. The coaster’s circuit was re-profiled to reduce the impact of unexpected twists and turns on guests, but ultimately it was restored to its original forwards configuration in November 2004.Review:
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril has received some harsh criticism over the years, particularly over its short length. During the period when it ran backwards, it became a ride to avoid – even with the re-profiled track, it could be a genuinely painfully experience.
These days, though, the coaster is worth riding, particularly for first-time visitors to Disneyland Paris. While some will feel a little short-changed by the limited ride time, the hills and turns that are on offer are good fun, and the inversion is more than just a gimmick. The impressive theming, too, adds to the experience, even if Indiana Jones himself is nowhere to be seen.
Be warned, though, that the limited capacity of Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril can lead to some long lines. It is worth considering using the FASTPASS system to skip these, although heading to the ride early or late can be a better option as it will enable you to view the detailed queue area as well as avoiding the significant wait times that can build up during the late morning and afternoon.Top Tip:
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril often opens later than the rest of Disneyland Paris. Check its planned opening time with a member of staff at the park’s entrance to avoid the disappointment of traipsing to the back of Adventureland to find the ride closed.
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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
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