Disney Park to Reopen Monumentally Popular Attraction Ahead of Schedule

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In January, the popular Disney Park attraction Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye closed for an extended refurbishment expected to be completed sometime in late spring, but new reports the ride will reopen as early as tomorrow!

Since the iconic thrill ride, which allows adventure-seeking Guests to trek inside the goddess Mara’s foreboding temple, opened its doors in 1995, Disneyland Park’s largest attraction has enhanced Adventureland in more ways than one. Featuring treacherous booby traps, intricately carved temple decor and realistic frescos, and high-adventure effects like collapsing bridges, huge snakes, and the iconic rolling boulder, the ride is a delight for fans of the Lucasfilm franchise.

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 As a result, the closure disappointed many Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort who could not enjoy the E-ticket ride’s journey through the foreboding Chamber of Destiny to “brave unimaginable perils.” Initially, rumors circulated suggesting Disney Parks would reopen the attraction in late springtime, closer to the June 30 release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destinythe fifth installment directed by James Mangold.

Of course, Lucasfilm legend Harrison Ford will reprise his lead role as Dr. Jones alongside Phoebe-Waller Bridge, Antonio Banderas, and John Rhys-Davies. Moreover, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Oliver Richters, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen will make up the supporting cast of high-profile stars.

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However, fans also speculate that co-star Phoebe-Waller Bridge may take over the archaeological explorer role for future films or the developing Disney+ adventure series and wondered if the ride itself might undergo these changes as well in line with Disney’s new “inclusivity” standards. Although the longer refurbishment time once supported this theory, with Indiana Jones Adventure reopening ahead of this schedule, just two months after closing, the extensive adjustments necessary to fit the female lead in seem unlikely.

Scott Gustin shared the news on Twitter yesterday, announcing that Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye reopens on Friday, March 17:

Plus, according to the theme park journalist, “the attraction will reopen the way we know and love with a few visual enhancements.”

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Even if Walt Disney Imagineering does not take the opportunity for social modernization while completing technical improvements to the often malfunctioning attraction, Guests can still enjoy all the original effects they loved prior to its long hiatus. Moreover, some even wonder if Disney has repaired perpetually broken gags, like a rope in the queue, the large snake animatronic, and others.


About Spencer Johnette

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the Walt Disney Family Museum halls and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @gothelsflower.