Disneyland Ride Repeatedly Endangering Guests Ahead of Long-Awaited Refurbishment

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Two screenshots of different Guests trapped on Indiana Jones with the lights on.

We’ve reported dozens of Indiana Jones Adventure evacuations, breakdowns, and other technical issues in the last few years. This Disneyland Resort ride, inspired by the daring Harrison Ford films, is a fan favorite despite its declining condition.

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In late 2022, Disneyland Resort finally listened to Indy fans. In December, the Southern California Disney Park announced a lengthy refurbishment of Indiana Jones Adventure starting on January 9, 2023. The attraction will reopen sometime in the Spring of 2023. Though the extent of the work being done on the ride is unknown, a giant snake animatronic has already been spotted on its way to Disneyland Park!

Indiana Jones Adventure sign Disneyland
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

As Indiana Jones Adventure prepares to close, it continues facing extensive issues. Two groups got stuck on the ride in the last few days and shared their experiences on TikTok.

@themotheroverload arrived early at Disneyland Resort just to experience Indiana Jones Adventure before it closed. Unfortunately, it broke down both times the Guest tried to ride:

@themotheroverload

POV: Disneyland’s Indiana Jones ride with lights ON! #disneylandcalifornia #disneylandmagickey #indianajones #disneylandsecrets #disneyland2023 #disneyland #disneyridebreakdown

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On one occasion, Guests were stuck for over an hour. Disney Cast Members instructed them to stand in a single file line until every Guest exited the ride vehicles and they could walk out. The Guest said it was “cool” to see Indiana Jones Adventure with the lights off but was disappointed not to finish the ride.

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@matt_7269 also got stuck on Indiana Jones Adventure for half an hour. Eventually, they were also evacuated: 

@matt_7269

We got stuck on a roller coaster at Disneyland #fypシ #fyp #foryoupage #disneylandcalifornia #disneylandtiktok #rollercoasterindianajonesrridersstuckddisneyworldfforyoupagex#xyzbcabrbreakdowno#longline

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Thankfully, it appears that no one was injured during these evacuations. However, there is always an inherent risk in bringing Guests onto mechanical ride tracks and into typically off-limits areas.

Indiana Jones Adventure is operating normally at the time of this article’s publication.

More on Indiana Jones Adventure

Indiana Jones Adventure
Credit: Disney

Indiana Jones Adventure is a thrill ride at Disneyland Park recommended for kids, tweens, teens, and adults with a 46-inch height requirement. From Disney:

Embark on a fast-paced thrill ride in search of Indiana Jones—enter this cursed temple at your own risk!

An Ancient Legend

Follow Indy’s footsteps into the crumbling Temple of the Forbidden Eye past intricate booby traps. Inspect carvings and frescos that tell the story of Mara, a powerful deity who promises great treasures—and vengeance to those foolish enough to gaze into its all-seeing eyes.

indiana jones adventure
Credit: ITM

Brave Unimaginable Perils

Board a rugged troop transport and enter the Chamber of Destiny. Confront inconceivable dangers, like precarious precipices over molten lava, screaming mummies, swarms of giant insects, spear-throwing wraiths, collapsing bridges, slithering snakes—and a massive rolling boulder.  

If you find yourself in jeopardy, only one man is brave enough—or crazy enough—to save you… Dr. Jones!

Have you been trapped on Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park? 

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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