Disneyland Paris’ Indiana Jones Attraction to be Rebuilt in Stone

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Published on October 05, 2013 at 2:00 am with 9 Comments

It looks like the styrofoam and concrete construction methods used to balance the budget at Disneyland Paris may have caused some problems twenty years later. Disney and more blogger Alain Littaye brings us the story. ~~Rick

Indiana Jones Temple of Peril to be Rebuilt in Stone in 2014
by Alain Littaye
Disney and more blog

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This week we have some amazing news about Disneyland Paris’ Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril attraction. Joe Schott, “DLP Directeur General Adjoint” revealed in a meeting with fans that Indiana Jones Temple of Peril will be destroyed and rebuilt entirely in REAL STONE, and the looping track will also be rebuilt!

Construction should start next year and take five months. I don’t think they will rebuild the coaster structure itself. As you can see from the great aerial picture from my DLP book, the temple itself has been built around and inside the coaster structure. They probably can rebuild the temple without touching the coaster structure. The only thing that remains to be confirmed is if they are really going to rebuild the WHOLE temple or only a part of it. I think it’s fair to say that if they have decided to rebuild the whole temple, it’s not for the pleasure of spending money – there is probably a good reason behind it.

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I tried to learn a bit more about how the temple was built 20 years ago in 1993. Although there is a steel framework and concrete substructure to support the whole thing, apparently a big part of the temple is, in fact, made of styrofoam blocks covered by sculpted cement. This construction method was probably used due to the small budget that was available at the time. Needless to say, it should be no surprise that a styrofoam and concrete structure needs to be rebuilt twenty years later. Have they decided that the existing structure is no longer safe and the only way to resolve the problem is to rebuild it? Maybe they shouldn’t have named it “The Temple of Peril”!

If they are going to rebuild the temple, perhaps they will take this opportunity to improve the ride in other ways. There are quite a few ideas that were envisioned during the design phase at WDI that were not realized in the final version. Some of them included great additional set decorations, especially this one showing the train entering the head of a giant Asian statue…

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or this one showing a never built arch…

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…not to mention this idea of the train entering a gorilla mouth.

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And if they redo the loop – this one:

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…maybe it’s the right time to resurrect this concept of a loop with the track going under and over a giant gorilla statue…

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What about this idea of the ride vehicle going through the mouth of a stone eagle?

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One of the easiest elements to add would be this audio-animatronic tiger – coming right from the “jungle cruise”. It surely wouldn’t be that expensive and a great addition. For weather reasons, it might be difficult to maintain this AA tiger outdoors. They might think that due to the speed of the train during the ride, guests won’t have the time to see and enjoy the tiger. I have the solution: Put it at the very end when the train slows down before the arrival at the station. What they should do is build a 30′ tunnel in which they could put the tiger on the right in a small niche (like on the artwork below). It would be a great finale for the ride, and at low cost since the Jungle Cruise Audio-Animatronic has very limited movements and is probably not very expensive. At the beginning of the tunnel they could put the giant Asian statue head, the one you can see on the first rendering above.

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…as well as those audio-animatronic baby tigers which were envisioned to be part of the pre-show decor.

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DLP probably won’t bring back any of these exciting ideas for budget reasons – the same reasons from twenty years ago – but what they could easily do is to add the same fire and water effects that they did at Tokyo Disney Sea’s Raging Spirits Temple, which is basically an improved Temple of Peril.

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Joe Schott also revealed that after the rebuild of the Temple of Peril it will be Big Thunder Mountain’s turn to be redone.! No kidding. For this Frontierland favorite, the plan is not to rebuild BTM but only to increase the ride capacity. We’ll talk about how they might accomplish this in another update.

You might think that all these announcements from DLP were done in reaction to the fan petition sent recently to Bob Iger. In fact, I have been told that these projects are part of a long term strategy scheduled since 2009. That said, maybe the announcements were made in response to the petition. Although the announcement of a new ride would have been preferable, the fact that one of the park’s favorite coasters will receive an upgrade in the near future is great news. We’ll let you know when work starts on the Temple of Peril.

Okay, that’s it for today’s DLP update. We’ll be back when there is news to report.

The Collectors Edition of our Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality book has been sold out for several months. But we have some GREAT news for you. A new Open Edition of the book is now in pre-order for just about half the price of the previous edition. If you don’t mind waiting a few months for the book to be delivered, you can order one for a song in the MiceChat Store.

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Pictures: copyright Disney, Daniel Rous, Altitude

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  1. Wish they would use this time to redo some track layout and add some dark ride elements.
    This ride has great potential just a lazy and cheap execution. Shame.
    The ride really looks cool from the outside too.

  2. “Maybe they shouldn’t have named it ‘The Temple of Peril’!”

    LOL! Thanks for the belly laugh!

  3. Very cool information, and what an opportunity to add elements to the ride. The unfortunate reality about modern construction techniques is most buildings these days are covered in the same styrofoam/stucco finish. It always cracks, which allows water to get in, and is destroyed from the inside out. The bearing structure either rusts or rots out because of the moisture. Birds love to nest in any holes that develop. It’s a mess.

  4. I renamed this ride “Temple de sucks!” It hurt and was not fun. :)

  5. Very interesting story, thank you for sharing. Seems odd to hear that Disney is rebuilding major components of E Ticket attractions after only 20 years. I thought EuroDisney got a massive budget to do it right from the start and Michael Eisner has grumbled about it everyday since. Thus we are now inundated with cheap Disney projects world-wide because of how this investment is still not really paying off. Why did they go with this building approach when the budget was supposedly in place?

    • This attraction was opened in 1994, 2 years after opening and when Euro Disney was near bankruptcy and possible closure. It was built on an almost ‘temporary’ basis due to obvious budget constraints and because when the finances permitted, it would of been ‘finished’ and added to with an Indiana Jones Adventure style dark ride connected to it. However, because of those obvious financial issues, it was never completed.

      • Thanks you for your insights. This makes a lot more sense now.

  6. Although it looks ok (not great by any means) the ride itself is awful. I road it when they did the thing backwards and it was bad. Putting an considerable amount of money in a lame ride is terrible and knowing the weather is bad almost year round I wonder why they didn’t put the Indy ride from DL in that place. I guess decisions are made in a bubble and not in the real Paris weather.

  7. Every time I rode through the loop of that coaster, I felt like my brains were going to come out through my nose. That loop is way too tight.