Calling all Indiana Jones fans! New merchandise is coming to Disney Parks and shopDisney.com! Learn more below.
Disney Cast Member Lyssa Hurvitz shares all the details below:
Hold onto your hats – new Indiana Jones-inspired merchandise is coming soon to Disney Parks and shopDisney!
If you’re headed out on an expedition, you might want to make sure you have the right wardrobe for any adventure. Get your own beige safari-style shirt and jacket inspired by everyone’s favorite archaeology professor. Complete the look with a fedora, and don’t forget to save room in your bag for any ancient remains you find during your travels!
Perhaps you’re looking for some museum-worthy artifacts to add to your home collection, without running into any snakes. If it’s fortune and glory that you seek, you can soon bring home your very own ancient artifact collectibles based on props from the movies including the Sankara Stone, the Fertility Idol, the Crystal Skull, and even the Holy Grail.
Creating these collectible versions of some of Indy’s greatest discoveries was an adventure in itself. “To make sure these items were as authentic as possible, we reviewed the film props from the Lucasfilm Archives to study size, reference details, capture 3D scans and more in order to recreate them into collectible items,” said Cody Hampton, Senior Manager, Brand Merchandising. “We also try to anticipate features that fans would expect from these replicas, so we added a light up feature to the Sankara Stone, as well as the Crystal Skull.”
Each collectible has unique packaging, including the backstory of the item from the Indiana Jones movies, as well as backstory on the real world artifact it was based on. “Bringing this collection to the fans has been a treat for us, and we are so excited for our guests to be able to add these discoveries to their own collections,” said Cody.
There’s even more for adventure-seekers and collectors to look forward to, because more discoveries are on the horizon. I’m thrilled to share a first look at two new items coming later this Fall – a Staff of Ra Headpiece collectible inspired by “Raiders Of The Lost Ark,” and an Indiana Jones doll and pin set inspired by “Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom.” Fans of the Indiana Jones movies will love obtaining these rare antiquities for their own collections. Happy adventuring!
RELATED ARTICLE: 8 Facts and Secrets About Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is a stunt show attraction that is performed daily at Disney’s Hollywood Studios close to Echo Lake. The show is a big hit for Indiana Jones fans young and old. Despite consistent rumors of its closings, we get to continue to enjoy the stunt show. Here are several great facts and secrets about the show that you will definitely want to read:
8 – That’s a large amphitheater.
The show is shown in an amphitheater where the different scenes and stunts are completed in an outside stunt area. The theater where the guests sit is actually quite large. It holds around 2,000 guests. The show is performed several times each day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so that is a lot of guests that are funneled through to enjoy the show each and every day at the park.
7 – Largest moving sets in history.
The sets that make up the stunt experience are quite impressive. The sets weight around 100 tons each, and they are moved around and put into place for each section of the show that is being performed. The giant rolling ball is 12 feet in diameter on its own. It weighs around 440 pounds, and that is only one piece of the set that is moved about. The sets are very detailed and meant to be replicas of scenes from famous Indiana Jones movies, so it is no wonder that they are so heavy! Also impressive, the attraction is one of the attractions on Walt Disney World property with the most special effects and mechanical parts. So there really is a lot that goes into these attractions.
6 – The show has remained mostly unchanged.
Since the show opened in 1989, the show hasn’t had any real refurbishments to the actual show itself. The show closed in 2000 to update the queue. During this refurbishment, the sets were also updated and refurbished to hide their age and look as good as new. The show itself has remained mostly unchanged with no changes to the show and the events within the show. That is a lot of years showing the same show, and the theater seems to remain filled day after day.
5 – Was supposed to be an opening day attraction.
When Disney-MGM Studios first opened (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios), the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular was supposed to be one of the opening day attractions for the park. When May 1, 1989, rolled around, George Lucas and Michael Eisner didn’t feel that the attraction was ready to be part of the opening day lineup. They decided that the show would let guests view the show in a dress rehearsal format rather than the actual show as planned. They did this until the show was ready to open in August of 1989. So it only opened a few months after the park opened, and a few months after it was initially planned.
4 – “Warning: Do Not Pull Rope”
If you look around outside of the show area, you will find a well. There is a sign on it that reads “Warning: Do Not Pull Rope.” Well, definitely go head and pull the rope. Once you do, you will hear the sounds of a man that is stuck in the bottom of a well. This is just another one of the neat tricks in plain sight for guests to enjoy.
3 – The golden idol is an exact replica.
Are there any Raiders of the Lost Ark fans out there? You will be excited to know that the golden idol that Indy is working so hard to steal in the very first scene of the stunt show is an exact replica of the idol that this scene is created from in Raiders of the Lost Ark. It is made to look just like the original in every detail, so fans would love to get their hands on this one!
2 – Important Disney folks were in attendance for the first official show.
Anytime a new attraction or experience opens within one of Disney’s parks, it is always a big deal. It isn’t uncommon for many important people in the company to show up for these types of openings. Well, for Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, this was definitely true. When the show finally opened in August of 1989, Michael Eisner and George Lucas were both in attendance for the very first debut show. They stayed after to take press and publicity photos after the show ended as well.
1 – The show doesn’t have a perfect record.
Sadly, accidents do happen when it comes to performing stunts. There was a stunt performer named Anislav Varbanov, who sustained a traumatic head injury while rehearsing an acrobatic tumble that is performed in the show. He was rushed to the hospital and then later pronounced dead. This occurred on August 17, 2009, and the poor stunt performer was 30 years old. This is another important reminder to us all that these stunts are dangerous and should only be performed by professionals. The severity of the dangers should not be taken lightly.
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