Indiana Jones Adventure (and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye) (Queue)

Heh, that makes it sound like Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden IQ.

It’s not–this is a post about the line for Indiana Jones. Why just the line? Because the ride broke down. Sad.

Indiana Jones Adventure is a very innovative attraction. It was really the first to involve a truly interactive queue. Which was good because when this ride opened, the lines were looooooong.

And it’s still pretty popular.

Enter at your own peril


Indiana Jones not only has a stand-by (regular) line, it has a Fastpass AND a single rider line. There are many ways to enjoy Indiana Jones!

The outdoor part of the queue is a series of shaded switchbacks. Indiana Jones is right next to the Jungle Cruise, so you really have that Adventureland feel.

It was a slow day


Next you go into the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, where your adventure really begins. Notice anything interesting?

Hint: It’s the coded writing


If you guessed coded writing, you’re correct! Good job!

When Indiana Jones first opened, the cast member at the front used to hand you a decoder card so you could actually read the code during your very long wait inside the temple.

That was pretty much all kinds of cool.

It’s all over the place, really


The queue takes you around many bends and curves, keeping things interesting if you have a friend who likes to hide. Which I do.



There are a number of things to do, like swing this pole around and see what happens.

Go Ingrid and Rachel!


It was also a warning for troublesome guests

Don’t goof off at Disneyland, okay?


Seriously, that’s gotta hurt.

Unfortunately, some of the effects no longer work. For example, there are signs telling you to avoid stepping on the diamond-shaped bricks

Like these


But now when you do, nothing happens. Humph.

You can also disobey the sign and pull the rope

Like Rachel did


And see what happens!

After that you move into a kind of movie room and get to watch a short film that is both urgent and informative, and kind of a little silly because the dude, Sallah, is TOTALLY freaking out and seems to be completely oblivious to the fact that his entire purpose of life is to be the safety video showing you how to use your seatbelts.

It’s a movie of a movie–very meta


It is interesting on the loop though.

Then you go some more until you think you’re going to load, but YOU’RE NOT because you still have to go up and down some stairs.

However, eventually you do make it to the loading gate.

The bamboo poles give it such a rustic look


You catch a glimpse of your ride vehicle–an oversized Jeep.

With seatbelts, of course


And then Ingrid, Rachel, and I were literally next in line to board a Jeep. And I mean this literally, we were right up against the gate, when…the ride broke.

Dude, bummer.

After they tried rebooting the whole system and then the cast members talked amongst themselves in lowered voices, the ride of officially declared defunct and we were asked to leave.

We were offered a Fastpass to return, however.



And unfortunately I had to go home soon after, so I didn’t get to enjoy it that day.

Rachel and Ingrid were very, very sad.


8 responses to “Indiana Jones Adventure (and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye) (Queue)

  1. Amber May 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Too bad they stamped Indiana Jones on your FP. We’ve gotten those tickets a couple of times. We were allowed to use them on any attraction (except as it says Star Tours).

  2. Naomi Johnson(Kat's friend) May 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I love Indiana Jones(it’s me and my bff’s fave ride-we once went 10 times in one trip!) but the usually long lines make it a fast pass ride for me. It also seems to break down often which is too bad because it is really cool and fun(I love the different entrances, which is your favorite?)!

    • Shelby May 12, 2012 at 1:25 am

      The three entrances have been broken for a while now, so I can’t really say what my favorite it. I’m looking forward to a refurb on this one–it needs it.

  3. MackenziLee May 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Oh boy I want that cute girl’s pink hair!

  4. Alyssa Mayer Anaya May 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Since my son was born we’ve been to Disneyland five times, and we’ve only been able to ride Indiana Jones twice, although we have attempted to ride it several times. It seems that just our presence in line causes the ride to brake down. Was this back in March? It may have been our fault that the ride broke down. In which case, I am very sorry. Look at those sad faces.

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