Indiana Jones Adventure gets new magic as summer comes to an end at Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on August 19, 2013 at 5:05 am with 37 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • DisWedWay

    Still see the ugly gas station down lights over the Big Thunder entrance sign are still there. Hope the originals are rebuilt and replaced before it’s opening. They could use these over at Grizzly Rapids with the ones they already have there as its theme doesn’t go back as far as Big Thunder. Change isn’t always better.

  • lighttragic

    California Screamin and the cue is in awful shape the music barely works.

    • SpectroMan

      Barely? I didn’t hear it on ANY cars recently.

  • Tinkbelle

    I hate the changes to Indiana Jones. I really do.

  • The Lost Boy

    In this over regulated State, what happened over 58 years doesn’t matter. The Park had a major OSHA fall protection violation at Space Mountain. Fines and penalties for future violations are both cumulative and progressive. Aesthetics aren’t going to mean much if Disneyland can’t operate. OSHA’s hammer is the fact that they could investigate the whole Park with a fine tooth comb which would probably shut large portions of the Park down. The Park has at least one employment opportunity right now for a safety expert.

    Disneyland doesn’t have the luxury of second guessing OSHA. The Park has to operate in compliance with regulations, provide a good show in a safe working environment using cast members who to often than not don’t show much employer loyalty, AND still make enough money to keep the lights on and give investors like me a return. If Walt Disney knew then about the regulatory atmosphere in California today, Disneyland would have been built in Las Vegas.

    These days anyone hiring a roofer for work at home better use a licensed one who uses fall protection and has workers compensation insurance because homeowners are liable for the injuries of unlawful contractors’ employees.

    The wife and I enjoyed the improvements to Indiana Jones. We worked in three turns once before and twice during the Annual Pass event and managed to see all three options.

  • pineapplewhipaddict

    I am very upset about BTMRR. But they gotta do what they gotta do I guess.

    Still haven’t seen the new effects on Indy in-person, but yeah – I like everything but the voice. But I’ll still wait to fully pass judgement until I see it for myself.

    Disney Infinity is awesome and if you’re a Disney fan you’re crazy not to get the game.

  • poohmeg

    Loved the video from the Omnibus – so do all of the vehicles on Main Street run all day in Disneyland? At WDW they usually only run earlier in the morning, because it is too crowded later in the day. We love getting there first thing in the morning so we can ride them!

  • sixalex

    “The only constant is change.” ~ Heraclitus 5th Century BCE

    As an ex-construction worker who worked in a very safe environment and still suffered a nasty fall, I am all for the safety railings. History is not destiny and Disneyland’s admirable track record is no guarantee of future fortune.

    As a Disneyland fan, I am all for integrating the railings in the most subtle way possible. This takes thought, design and time. With OSHA involved, you do not have the luxury of time. Their responsibility is to enforce the letter of the law, not ensure a good show.

    Integration with sightlines and forced perspective mean an increased safety construction budget, which takes away from things like new t-shirt and merchandise designs. Also, this will affect ticket and AP prices. We get to pay for this, but then we are paying for ALL of it anyway, right?

    Please note: I am not saying I LIKE any of this. There is a perspective that we, as fans, sometimes do not consider. Our love for the parks can often overwhelms our logic.

    The out of town guests we bring to the parks likely will not even notice the safety railings. They are just not here enough. I venture to say that many, a majority perhaps, of the folks on MiceChat are AP’s at some level and “live” in the parks. We see these details and wince. Others are so happy to actually be at Disneyland they focus only on the magic. Sometimes I am jealous of them.

    As to Starbucks, I’m all for it to a degree. The same way I am all for Coca~Cola being in the park. The same way I wish I could get a Dole Whip on Paradise Pier. The same way that I am glad they have a quality beer available at DCA and not just some watery lite.

    Starbucks has its detractors, but I am not one of them. They offer a quality product for a specific price point, the same as Disney. I would much rather spend $3 plus on a Chai or Refresher in the afternoon than on a Coke. (Sorry Coca~Cola, we have had many good times together, but we must go our separate ways. I will always remember you with fondness.)

    I tasted the coffee at Market House. Once. I held on to the cup until it cooled. When it no longer warmed my hands on that cool night, I pitched it, still nearly full, into an appropriate container. Welcome Starbucks!

    The best news about Indiana Jones is that they calmed the ride down a bit. The aforementioned accident left me with a need to be cautious about roller coasters and such. The shrinking of the bobsleds on Matterhorn now keep my 6’5″ frame away as does the miniature cars of Space Mountain. Indy is one of the few “thrill” rides I can easily fit on and enjoy. The voice is new? I’m not sure I remember the old voice. I will be seeing the effects next week and, from the various videos online, likely will enjoy them even more in person.

    Sad about the delays on Big Thunder, but I fear they are shrinking the cars there as well. I may never again be a regular on that worthy ride if this is true.

    Thanks to the MiceChat staff and Andy for the weekly updates. I agree with the comments about the inclusion of the videos. Great stuff and, yes please, keep ‘em comin’!

  • Larry Parker

    Am I the only one to notice the plain and modern display cases being installed in the Main Street Starbucks? Unless these are missing their facades, which they don’t appear to be, it looks like the Main Street Starbucks’ interior is going to a Main Street eyesore.(as was the the case in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World)How depressing..

  • mrsjack

    Thanks for the great photos and videos. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get to Disneyland and I really appreciate being able to visit via these posts.

  • Kiba

    There’s almost a customer service tone to Mara’s new voice that threw me but the effects looked pretty cool…

    Almost picked up the Halloween shirt with the hitchhikers and hatbox but I really need it in extra small. Anyone know if it’s made in that size?

  • sixalex

    Update on Indy: Overall I was unimpressed. It is NOT noticeably smoother to this rider. The new effects are cool, but you whip through the room so fast that you hardly get a chance to see them. When I went on Tuesday the 27th there was a LOT of the interior effects that were either not working or malfunctioning. The lights that display the bugs on the wall were sporadic and the bugs did not move. The same was true in the tunnel with the rats. The tunnel with the darts was a strong breeze rather than puffs of air which was true of the bugs as well. The soundtrack dropped out and Indy’s voice didn’t consistently match.

    It has been a long time since I went on the ride and perhaps I am not remembering the attraction very well, but other riders were pretty critical of the state of affairs as we were leaving.

    Otherwise it was a beautiful hot day with light attendance. Big Thunder Mountain, Matterhorn, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain were all closed (though I’m not certain if Space Mountain was closed all day) so Fantasyland was the place to be if you didn’t want to ride POTC, Winnie the Pooh or Splash Mountain.

    A LOT of guests grumbling about paying full price for a half open park.

    As an AP, I still had a lot of fun, but if this was my once a year trip or even once a decade, I would’ve been severely disappointed.