Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

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Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! entrance.jpg
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Area Echo Lake
Status Operating
Opening date August 25, 1989
General statistics
Attraction type Stunt show
Designer Walt Disney Creative Entertainment
Theme Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Capacity 2150 riders per hour
Duration 25 minutes
FastPass+ available
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! is a live amusement show at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Based on the popular and successful Indiana Jones film franchise, it includes various stunts and live reenacted scenes from the series's first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is executive produced by George Lucas and directed by Jerry Rees, with stunt coordination by Glenn Randall. As part of the show, selected audience members 18 and older are invited to participate as extras in certain scenes.

As of 2018, it is the oldest attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The show[edit]

The finale scene from the show.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! is based on many of the popular stunt scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The show uses various pyrotechnic devices which are incorporated into several of the stunts.

The action starts with Indy braving dangers in a recreation of the Peruvian temple scene from the beginning of the movie. Dangerous spikes, false floors and ancient booby traps test the archaeologist's skills before he attempts to make a getaway with the golden idol. The stunt show then moves on to the busy and audience-participant filled streets of Cairo. Indy and Marion watch street acrobats before events take a turn for the worse and a massive fight scene breaks out. The Cairo street scene concludes with Indy shooting at a Jeep loaded with explosives, producing a fiery conclusion. The final scene of the stunt show recreates the action-packed sequence in which Indy and Marion try to stop the Nazis from flying the Ark to Berlin. The reenactment is complete with a scaled-down version of a German Luftwaffe aircraft with symbols imitating the swastika (actual swastikas were used in the show up until the 2000s). Indy fights a large German mechanic while Marion operates the aircraft's machine gun, blowing away enemies in sight. Indy and Marion are able to make a narrow escape as the airfield is engulfed in flames.

Along with the former Superstar Television and Monster Sound Show, The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! is a show that relies on audience participation as part of the show's entertainment. Volunteers are chosen from the crowd to perform in the Cairo street scene though they safely stay away from the real stunt work. Along with the audience, one real stunt actor plant is chosen from the audience to do real work, a fact that has become common knowledge after the many years that the attraction has been open (the plant is usually a man in a loud Hawaiian shirt).


Indiana Jones stunt double performing at the show

The show opened on August 25, 1989, as the first Indiana Jones attraction at a Disney park, and was put on a six-month hiatus in 2000 for refurbishing.

In 2004, the Nazi swastikas on German trucks, aircraft, and actor uniforms were removed and replaced by a stylized Greek Cross.[1]

This is the first theme park attraction to use a computer-based show control system in conjunction with a custom made programmable logic controller system to trigger, control and sequence complex live events in real time, controlled by the actors in many cases. All other effects are triggered by a cast member at the booth. The original control system was based on the Amiga computer with software by Richmond Sound Design Ltd. The show is consistently upgrading its electronics and computer elements to keep it up to date. This began a trend in live stunt shows with both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios opening many more similar attractions over the next eight years.


On August 17, 2009, 30-year-old stunt performer Anislav Varbanov died from a head injury after rehearsing a gymnastic tumble for the show.[2]


The Indiana Jones show has two merchandise stores which sell Indiana Jones merchandise and apparel.[3]


  1. ^ Jay P. Telotte. The Mouse Machine: Disney and Technology, p. 201. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Willoughby Mariano (August 18, 2009). "Disney performer dies during rehearsal". Orlando Sentinel. 
  3. ^ Information on Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular!

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