BEST AT­TRAC­TION IN­DI­ANA JONES EPIC STUNT SPEC­TAC­U­LAR

WDW Magazine - - The Best Of WDW - BY KIMBERLY MASIMORE

The In­di­ana Jones Epic Stunt Spec­tac­u­lar! cap­tures the essence of what Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios is all about: a glimpse be­hind the scenes at movie magic. Lo­cated be­tween the 50’s Prime Time Café and Star Tours – The Ad­ven­tures Con­tinue, In­di­ana Jones Epic Stunt Spec­tac­u­lar! opened just a few months af­ter Dis­ney—mgm (now Hol­ly­wood) Stu­dios opened. It makes it some­what of a clas­sic to this park and a def­i­nite sta­ple.

De­signed to sim­u­late some of In­di­ana Jones epic movie ad­ven­tures, this 30-minute live ac­tion stage show will have you hold­ing your breath as Indy and his beloved Marion Raven­wood es­cape mul­ti­ple dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions. The show opens with In­di­ana Jones rap­pelling from the ceil­ing and es­cap­ing spears and booby traps in an at­tempt to se­cure the golden idol. Sud­denly a giant boul­der comes bar­rel­ing to­wards Indy and just mo­ments be­fore he is squashed into a pan­cake, a di­rec­tor yells, “cut”!

The di­rec­tor acts as the nar­ra­tor as he fills you in on how dif­fer­ent se­quences are filmed. Not only do you get a look at in­cred­i­ble stunts be­ing per­formed by some very ath­letic and ex­tremely tal­ented stunt ac­tors, you also get a sneak peak at how some of the stunts are ex­e­cuted. You’ll also learn how they cre­ate fight se­quences safely. This show is jam-packed with stunts, ex­plo­sives, and even hu­mor as you tran­si­tion be­tween two movie sets.

Ar­rive at the the­ater early and you just might get the chance to be a part of the ac­tion! Be­fore the ac­tual show be­gins, the cast­ing di­rec­tor se­lects a va­ri­ety of adults to ap­pear in the Cairo scene for the sec­ond half. This is the per­fect at­trac­tion for a wide range of peo­ple, es­pe­cially since there are no height re­stric­tions. If you are re­ally into movie magic or spe­cial ef­fects, it’s def­i­nitely in­ter­est­ing to see how they make things seem so re­al­is­tic.

If you have the op­por­tu­nity to see the In­di­ana Jones Epic Stunt Spec­tac­u­lar! at night, I highly rec­om­mend it. It’s a much dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence as the sun sets when the evening sky cre­ates a pow­er­ful back­drop for the Cairo scene. Also, if you’re look­ing to “plus” your ex­pe­ri­ence, stick around af­ter the show and say hi to some of the stunt per­form­ers. Our fa­vorite “Marion Raven­wood” is Jac­que­line and my daugh­ter looks for­ward to see­ing her each trip.

In­di­ana Jones Epic Stunt Spec­tac­u­lar For The Love of Walt Dis­ney

There are around five sched­uled per­for­mances through­out the day. You can even make reser­va­tions ahead of time us­ing Fast­pass+. Al­though, this is one of the at­trac­tions I don’t usu­ally make reser­va­tions for since the the­ater holds around 2,000 peo­ple. In­clement weather may cause the show to be can­celled or mod­i­fied since part of it takes place out in the open. Be sure to check the times guide in­cluded with your park map or on you’re My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence app for the sched­ule of shows.

Even if you’ve seen this show be­fore, go again. Even if you have seen it enough times to have it mem­o­rized (guilty!), still go again! In the age of tech­nol­ogy sur­round­ing us, it’s rare that you get to see such amaz­ingly tal­ented peo­ple per­form live. Go sim­ply to see the stunt ac­tors/ac­tresses ex­e­cute some pretty cool tech­niques.

Just go. And en­joy!

Photo courtesy of Tricia Keier­leber

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