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    Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    I've done two "Mythbuster" style reports at Disneyland so far.
    1. There is a "goat trick" on Thunder Mountain that increases the g-force you feel on the ride. Status: Confirmed!
    2. You can injure yourself on Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, or the Matterhorn by lifting your arms above your head. Status: Busted!

    The next myth I want to tackle is going to need some outside help.

    Did Disney Imaginers slow down or tame "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye" attraction shortly after it was open?

    I know what you are thinking. "Of course they did. EVERYONE knows that."

    Well, let me be skeptical for a bit here.

    1. All reports I can find that say it has slowed down are based on personal experience and can't be taken as fact. I've read hundreds, if not thousands, of posts across the internet that say they've toned down the bumps and speed of the ride, but none from a credible source. Personal experience on the ride can be effected by a number of things, not the least of which is the fact that once you've been on it a few times, your body will automatically respond to the bumps and curves in a way to minimize the impact on your body. (it's called intrinsic memory and it's used a lot in ATV or motocross racing, if you are familiar with a track, it will jostle you less).
    2. There are a number of things that can change the way a person experiences the ride from natural variations in the ride's mechanics to seat placement, to attitude of the rider.
    3. lack of evidence. Granted, I haven't researched it exhaustively, but I can't find any official Disney word that they changed the ride. Usually OSHA has reports if somethings changed, or Disney makes an announcement or something like that, but I can't find anything that is official.
    4. The wrongful Death lawsuit that is often pointed at as evidence (or reason) for a tamed-down ride, when researched, I can find nothing about Disney needing to do anything to the ride

    Here is where I need some help.

    If anyone has any official Disney word that they changed the ride, let me know (If you can't post it directly then you can PM me. I'm looking for fact, not hearsay or CM speak. Just because a guide told you doesn't mean it's true)

    If anyone is more familiar with the wrongful death case than I am and has evidence that the court ordered the ride to change, or that Disney officially changed the ride, if they could let me know.



    You see, I just got back from a trip to Disney World and rode Indiana Jones' sister ride: Dinosaur. I rode that thing a hundred times when I lived in Florida, but hadn't ridden it in four years before this latest trip. I remember it being much tamer than Indiana Jones, but when I rode it it was crazy! I was jerked around like a rag doll. I swear up and down that they changed it to make it more jerky. I rode it a few more times and thought I may have been mistaken. I asked a few CMs (and a couple of managers for the attraction) and was told there hasn't been any changes like that.
    Then I started researching the intrinsic memory issues and started to wonder about old Indy.
    I am with the people who rode it the summer it opened and use to swear it was rougher, though now I'm not sure... Any help or discussion would be appreciated.

    NOTE: I am not talking about ride effects that are not working now. I am only talking about the physical movement of the ride vehicles.
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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Always felt as rough to me every time ive been on it from last year to the first year it opened.

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wren View Post
    Always felt as rough to me every time ive been on it from last year to the first year it opened.
    How often do you go?
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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Try to go about once a year if i can.

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Quote Originally Posted by thejoshualee View Post
    I've done two "Mythbuster" style reports at Disneyland so far.
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    2. You can injure yourself on Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, or the Matterhorn by lifting your arms above your head. Status: Busted!
    Hmmmm...wasn't there JUST a thread on here by someone who hit their hand on an overhead pass because they lifted their arms up on Thunder
    Mountain???

    Just saying...if we are going to be skeptical, let's be skeptical all the way around.

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    I feel that Indy has not changed since opening. I ride it about once a month.
    Permanecer sentado por favor...

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Lover 68 View Post
    Hmmmm...wasn't there JUST a thread on here by someone who hit their hand on an overhead pass because they lifted their arms up on Thunder
    Mountain???

    Just saying...if we are going to be skeptical, let's be skeptical all the way around.
    They admitted they were lying.

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Lover 68 View Post
    Hmmmm...wasn't there JUST a thread on here by someone who hit their hand on an overhead pass because they lifted their arms up on Thunder
    Mountain???

    Just saying...if we are going to be skeptical, let's be skeptical all the way around.
    Such poster later admitted making the story up while drunk. It's in the litter box now...

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    Such poster later admitted making the story up while drunk. It's in the litter box now...
    Why is everyone looking at me...it wasn't me this time...

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fo'c's'le swab View Post
    Why is everyone looking at me...it wasn't me this time...
    You gotta down that grog with a little restraint sometimes, Swab.

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Indy has been toned down. The first few years were awesome and it was really like going off-roading. I'm not sure how it is now but it was definitely tamer around '99-00 (wow, a long time ago). Tamer as in the movements were not as quick and sudden. A little jerkier than Star Tours but nothing like the original ride.

    I don't think Disney would admit something was changed because that would be implying something was wrong.

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    Such poster later admitted making the story up while drunk. It's in the litter box now...
    Glad to hear that on a couple of levels... It's always a fear of mine (I'm tall) that if I don't duck while I ride the coasters I could become headless! Irrational??? Yep, but hearing the drunk guy's made up rumour tapped right into my irrational fear.

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    Unlike these other malcontented reprobates, I offer PROOF that the Indy ride has indeed 'slowed down'. Just as you round the corner (after Mara's statue room) I snapped this pic:

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    That ride seems bumpier everytime I ride it. I even fly out of my seat everytime for a few seconds. It's always fun though.

    The last time I was there though, it completely stopped for a few seconds and I was thinking "aw man, and here they come to escort us off" but the engine reved and started going again, WAY faster than it was. Has that happened to anyone else?

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    Re: Mythbusters: Disneyland. "Tamed Temple"?

    The most obvious change is the jerking motion as the jeep crosses the bridge.

    When the ride first opened the jerking motion was much stronger at that point, the riders would experience a strong whiplash type motion as the jeep would slow and then suddenly lurch forward. The ride still has a very toned down version of the effect in place.
    The reason that portion of the ride stands out to me is because it was my favorite part of the ride. I would always sit in the back corners of the jeep to get the full effect of the motion.

    I can see the reasoning for toning down that part of the ride as I'm sure there were people who complained that their necks hurt because of it.

    The ride itself may not have been slowed but the motion base HAS been toned down.

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