LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- More lights, more sounds and plenty of action await guests at the "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!" in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. Following the installation of all new state-of-the-art lighting, sound and other technical show enhancements, Indy and crew are wowing audiences with earth-shattering crashes, fiery explosions and other glimpses into the art of movie-making.
"Guests see completely rebuilt scenes -- we even have a new airplane," says show producer Joe Kivett. "But mostly, the show reflects the incredible technical advances that weren't around when the show opened in 1989."
Inspired by the blockbuster film "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the show recreates edge-of-your-seat scenes with stunt performers demonstrating techniques Hollywood uses to fool movie-goers into thinking a favorite celebrity has taken a punch, fall or bullet. The sequence of scenes lasts 32 minutes and is staged in a 2,000-seat amphitheater allowing guests a close-up view of the action. From the audience, a small group of volunteers are selected at the beginning of each show to participate as "extras."
Professional stunt performers are joined by the "extras" wearing costumes native to the Middle-Eastern setting. They act as bystanders while Indiana saves Marion, the heroine in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," from the machine-gun fire of German soldiers and an out-of-control truck that explodes on impact.
A few tense moments. One happy ending.
In addition to the revitalized show elements, Disney's FASTPASS has been added to the "Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!" Guests can choose to wait in line, or they can obtain a FASTPASS ticket -- at no charge -- with a designated return time when they can enter the theater with little to no wait.
Disney's Hollywood Studios immerses guests in the glamour of show business 365 days a year with thrilling attractions, incredible Broadway-style shows, world-class atmosphere entertainment and interactive film, television and radio production facilities. The theme park is part of the 25,000-acre Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.