Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.

Indiana Jones has always had a permanent place at the House of Magic, Disney Parks. From merchandising, to attractions and so much more.

The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular first opened in Orlando's Walt Disney World park in 1989. It's a 25 minute look at not only 3 key scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but also how stunt work is done. The arena can get through 2150 per hour,

The introduction scene is based on the Chacapoyan temple scene, with some new features added. Our stunt actor, dressed as Indy, smashes his way through the ceiling, braves false floors, spike traps, statues, flame pits and more, as "Indy" grabs the idol and flees, being chased by the boulder. After that's done, Indy talks to the crowd about stunt work and how much communication is needed and done with stunt performer and the controllers.

The next scene requires audience participation. "Indy" picks 8 volunteers from the crowd, one of which is an actual planted stuntman. The scene transitions to the Streets of Cairo scene, where Indy and Marion fight off costumed thugs, shoot the swordsman and ends with Indy shooting the truck filled with explosives, causing it to crash and explode.After this scene, the stunt co-ordinator comes out and talks to people about how much work goes into making stunts happen and how to make them look great on screen.

The final scene of the show is the scene based around the airfield fight and the fight around the flying wing. We see Indy fight the large mechanic, while Marion mans the machine gun and causes mayhem with it. The scene ends with the airfield in flames and everything exploding, even the Flying Wing.

Despite rumours of it's closure, it's still around and operating just fine. If you're ever in Hollywood Studios at the Orlando Disney World, go check it out. It's well worth the 25 minutes.