Indiana Jones | No. 5 | Top 10 Rides
Number 5 in our countdown of the top ten rides at Disneyland is Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Also known as the Indy ride. Or as we at Fresh Baked liked to call it, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Ride that don’t work too good.
Ride Value: 8
It’s difficult to categorize the Indy ride because it’s not a true dark ride, and it’s not a roller coaster. So which is it? Well, it’s a new breed I think. An adventure ride maybe? It’s what a dark ride wishes it could be really. But that’s what people expect from Indy, adventure. And it delivers quite a bit of that to be sure. It features some of the best ride effects in the park, and hits all the major notes you’d want from a ride based on the Indiana Jones franchise, including the boulder scene. The only problem I’d have with this one is that it’s kind of a violent ride. And I mean that in the way that it throws you around in the car. I get what they’re trying to do of course. Nobody wants to take a leisurely stroll through an Indy story. I certainly don’t want to sit in an omnimover like at the Haunted Mansion. But I don’t want to feel like I’ve been battered around either. It also gets a strike for being offline….a lot. No ride in the park goes offline more than Indiana Jones. For these reasons we’re giving it ONLY an 8.
The single best queue in the history of themed queues. There are simply none better. And everyone knows it. It makes me feel guilty for using the fast pass every single time. I definitely feel like I’m missing part of the experience in that sense. The truck, the flickering lights being powered by a generator that doesn’t quite work. The bamboo pole that you can pull that sends spikes down on guests. The well with the archaeologist in it! I could go on and on. And I will! There’s the pyramid like structure where you enter. I mean come on… and the trees, the wonderful trees. Even the hidden eeyore! I probably should have given this a 10, but it got a 9 because of the length of the wait, which is almost always north of 45 minutes.
Like many others on this list, it’s not Indy’s fault there is no history on this ride. Which is kind of comical considering Indy makes his trade on history. But that’s the case here. It’s the newest ride in the top ten, and no matter how long it stays open, it will always be younger than the rest. It does though have the unique status of being home to one of the single most unique pieces of history in the Dominguez Tree. But that’s about it. Check back with me in another 5 years and maybe it’ll be time to call it a historic ride.
Even though I have a vague definition of Charm as being the “Walt Factor”, I feel like Indiana Jones is the kind of ride Walt would have made. Full of detail and theming placed with the utmost care and respect. It’s as thorough a job as can be done, and Walt would have loved it! It’s not charming in the gooey way that Fantasyland is. Rather, it’s charm is more in the love you feel from Disney in every bamboo tree and moss covered stone.
Indy stands as being at least in the top 3 most popular rides in the entire park. It’s consistently crowded and full of energy. And when the ride does go down, which is often, you’ll see huge crowds of people simply wanting to know why, and when will it be back! It’s pretty comical actually. It creates so much fuss that you’ll often see 4 or 5 cast members there to field questions. Enormously long stand-by lines, fast passes that run out before the sun goes down, and perhaps the single most important reason why I hate going through Adventureland in the late afternoons. This is a popular ride.
Indiana Jones | No. 5 | Top 10 Rides Total Score : 42
At 42, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye sets the bar for consistent performance. Any ride that wants to beat it will have to do so in all measurements. But there’s also room for improvement. There must be because we’ve got four more to go? Are you doing your mental calculations on which four remain?
See Also: No. 6 | Peter Pan’s Flight