Disney Ignores Warning and Ruins Immersion, Guests Bemoan Current State

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, dressed in his iconic outfit with a fedora, holding a machete while crossing a rope bridge. A sign saying "Indiana Jones Adventure: Disneyland" hangs above.
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The current state of one of the most iconic Disney rides at the Southern California theme park has many fans frustrated, yet again, at the condition of the Disney Parks.

For many fans, going to a Disney Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not just in the physical and experiential sense but also in the financial one. Especially in 2024, the Disney Park experience is not cheap. Many studies have shown that fans will actively go into debt trying to afford a Disney vacation.

Moreover, in the specific case of Central Florida’s Walt Disney World, the cost of having a family vacation can even reach as high as $10,000.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort / Credit: Disney Parks

It’s unsurprising, then, given that this is the case, that fans are beginning to hold Disney to a higher standard and demand a certain quality of park experience from The Walt Disney Company.

This demand has been particularly notable in recent times when fans have noted the quality of new rides and attractions coming to Tokyo Disney Resort, specifically Tokyo DisneySea’s new lands based on Peter Pan, Frozen, and Rapunzel. 

Now, many rides are incredibly beloved at any Disney theme park. However, few have made as significant an impact on Disney history as the Indiana Jones Adventure ride.

The dark ride was inspired by the franchise of the same name and is located at both Disneyland Resort and Tokyo DisneySea. It debuted as “Temple of the Forbidden Eye” in Disneyland in March 1995 and as “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in Tokyo Disney Resort in September 2001.

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Indiana Jones Adventure, Disneyland Resort / Credit: Disney

During Destination D23 in Walt Disney World in September 2023, Disney also announced it was possible that an Indiana Jones ride could replace DINOSAUR in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure was a collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and George Lucas after the success of “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Disney World. Over 400 Imagineers worked on the attraction.

Given this extensive and thoughtful history, it’s a shame that much of what guests have to say about the ride today is largely negative, particularly noting its state of disrepair.

A fan recently took to Reddit to ask, What happened to all the fog in Indiana Jones ride in Disneyland. It helped so much with the atmosphere. Now you can see all the lights and stuff and it ruins the immersion.”

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Indiana Jones Adventure, Disneyland Resort / Credit: Disney

One fan explained, “The fog machines were not working or were turned off before the refurb last year, but they have been intermittently working since then. I go several times a month, and the fog has been there about 50% of the time.” 

Another fan responded to this comment, coining a humorous new name for the attraction: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Broken Effects.”

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Cars Land, Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Resort / Credit: Disney

Another fan also added their insight, sharing, “From what I’ve been told, it’s not your standard fog machines and they are having a problem with the system that produces it. It’s being worked on but who knows when it will be fully functional again.” 

It’s worth noting that mechanics once warned Disney that they would face many of their current issues. However, it appears that due to shortcuts the company took during former Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s time, the parks continue to suffer.

Read More: Mechanics Once Warned Disney Parks Would Face Their Present Day Problems

Previous reports have suggested that mechanics predicted many of Disney’s contemporary issues with ride breakdowns; however, their protests were overlooked at the time.

Stay tuned to Disney Dining for the latest Disney news! 

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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