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.