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Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood StudiosSubmitted by Brian Krosnick on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 15:41
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Aug 25, 1989
Guests visiting this 25 minute stunt show can expect to see how some of the best scenes from the iconic film series were created, including behind the scenes snippets and audience interaction.
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I love Indiana Jones. I love the films, the music, the stories, everything. I grew up seeing this show every time I visited Hollywood Studios. As the years have gone by, however, it has gotten less enjoyable. It's comes down to the fact that the show has not been updated or altered in any form through the years. It follows the typical WDW formula of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" In addition to the outdated and been-there, done-that feeling the show gives off, the theater takes up a large amount of real estate in a park that is, (if rumors are true) on the cusp of a major expansion. Perhaps if a clone of the incredible Indiana Jones Adventure ride took up shop in the same space, the need for something new while also respecting what was could please the resort's audiences.
Mention the name "Indiana Jones" and what comes to mind? The whip-wielding, punch-throwing, globe trotting archaelologist played by actor Harrison Ford in now 4 big screen adventures. Everyone has their own opinions on each film, but many will attest to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" being one of the biggest and best action-adventure films of all time. And I have to agree with that. I believe that's why at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Walt Disney World, it became the basis of the live-action stunt show Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Here in this show, using numerous actors and stunt men, famous scenes from "Raiders" are acted out live. You can feel the heat from the fireballs that erupt, you can sense the danger as Indy snakes his way through booby trap after booby trap, and you can relive the famous scene of him being chased by the huge round boulder from the beginning scenes of "Raiders". And of course, Indy is ok. From there out, the director of the show goes on to talk about how the films are made and how some of the stuntwork is accomplished. You'll even have a chance to volunteer to be among those taking place in the famous marketplace fight scene between Indy and the Nazi henchmen.
From there on out, you get to watch several other stunt sequences played out including the highlight scene from "Raiders" where Indy has a fist-fight with a Nazi thug while trying to get away from the spinning rotors of a plane and save Marion at the same time.
It's an enjoyable 35 minute show with plenty of pyrotechnics for everyone to "ooh and ahh" over.
However......as much as I do say it's an enjoyable show (and it is), it's not without its faults. For example, the show really never changes. The entire show is predicated ONLY on stunt examples from "Raiders of the Lost Ark", even though there are 3 other films in the series they can incorporate, but don't. Because they don't incorporate any of the other films, it makes repeated viewings of the show somewhat stale and old.
Indiana Jones is a great movie series, and the Epic Stunt Spectacular has been a huge piece of the MGM/Hollywood Studios park for years. However, with the growing attention to the new Star Wars films, Indiana Jones' days at the park might be limited.
The show features a few different stunt scenes that are enjoyable, but the major benefit from this attraction for Disney comes in the crowd control. The seating venue is huge, so the attraction can fit several guests in the stands rather than have them waiting in lines. Sitting is exactly what this attraction is great for. If you are looking for a slight break from walking while catching a few stunts, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular will do just that for you!