They say that if adventure has a name, it would be Indiana Jones
and anyone who has ever gone on the Indiana Jones attraction at
Disneyland would likely agree. It's an amazingly unique ride and
a must-go-on for any Indiana Jones fan. But, did you know
The Enhanced Motion Vehicle (EMV) ride system was developed specifically
and originally for this attraction, contributing to the high overall
cost of $100,000,000 for the attraction
the most expensive
attraction to date (at the time of it's construction.) By comparison,
that's SIX times the total cost to construct the entire Disneyland
park in 1955!)
The three and a half minute journey covers 2500 feet of track, travels
at 13MPH and provides enough random events to account for over 160,000
overall experience combinations
The queue area is a quarter mile long, the longest queue area in
Disney history, and is covered with 'Maraglyphics', the ancient
writing on the walls of the attraction. Maraglyphics were designed
by Chuck Ballew and originally Disneyland cast members stood outside
the entrance to the temple queue area passing out decoder cards
so that the writings could be translated while guests stood in line.
Although they no longer pass out these decoder cards, they can still
be picked up at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost, situated just
across from the Indiana Jones attraction.
An original concept for the ride was that of more of a roller coaster
mine cart ride, similar to the thrilling chase scene in the second
Indiana Jones installment, Temple of Doom.
In the queue area park guests can see actual movie props from the
Indiana Jones movies. Several can be found in the office area. The
most significant one, though, is the large truck near the entrance.
It was the actual truck used in Raiders of the Lost Ark (the one
Indy falls off of and is then dragged underneath!)