INDIANA JONES IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER! Behind the scenes on a major refurbishment

After 21 years of dedicated and loyal service and five months’ closure for renovations, Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril will sport a fresh new look just in time for the summer season.

After 21 years of dedicated and loyal service and five months’ closure for renovations, Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril will sport a fresh new look just in time for the summer season. The makeover comes complete with improvements to the course as well as the ride’s reliability and safety. The major renovation is a testament to the great importance Disneyland Paris places on the safety and quality of its attractions.

The attraction’s first major renovation

In July 1993, two years before Space Mountain® From the Earth to the Moon, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril opened its doors to thrill-seeking parkgoers, who discovered a creepy Indian temple lost in the jungle.

An instant success, the attraction has remained a perennial guest favourite. But by 2014 it was time for a large-scale renovation. ‘We focused our efforts on three key aspects: maintaining the quality of the experience, modernizing the control system and replacing the loops,’ explains François Gamas, Senior Manager for Construction and Engineering, who headed up the project.

More than 100 people have been working since January to overhaul the attraction, cleaning it top to bottom, giving it a fresh coat of paint, touching up the sculptures and reinforcing the ride structure. The lighting was entirely refitted with more durable and eco-friendly LED lights, as were the flames that help set the ambiance in the waiting line. Even the horticultural teams lent a hand, reworking the green spaces surrounding the coaster to recreate the original landscape. The control system has been entirely replaced with state-of-the-art technology, and the looping tracks, a key component in the attraction, have been completely rebuilt. ‘That is the part of the track where the train exerts the most pressure and vibrates the most. We had to break it down, take it apart and put a new one in without touching the surrounding temple structure. That was a challenge!’ says Gamas.

One goal : improving the guest experience

As with all attraction refurbishments, improving the guest experience was a core focus of the Disneyland Paris engineers (the Walt Disney Imagineering team): ‘We took advantage of the overhaul to come up with a hundred new props, which will be placed throughout the attraction to tell the story even more clearly. Certain details that disappeared years ago will be back,’ Gamas adds. After five months of intense construction, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril reopened on May 29. The reno team was tasked with ensuring quality, reliability, comfort and safety while respecting the history of this legendary attraction, and we think they succeeded.