Disney Is Closing One Of Its Biggest Rides

By Renee Hansen | Updated


Like all Indiana Jones fans, Disney is also gearing up for the release of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. ComicBook.com has reported that Disneyland will temporarily close down its Indiana Jones Adventure ride for some much-needed refurbishment but never fear, the ride is scheduled to be open ahead of the June 2023 release of the new installment of Indiana Jones. 


Located in Anaheim, California, Disneyland posted the announcement on its website. The ride closes down beginning January 9 until sometime in the spring. 

Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Indiana Jones in the series’ fifth film. This will be the first film in the series not directed by Steven Spielberg or written by George Lucus, but the pair serve as executive producers for the project. This is also the first film that won’t see Paramount involved, as Disney purchased Lucas Films in 2012. 

The refurbishment of Indian Jones Adventure is well timed as Disney actively promotes the new film. MiceChat, a site featuring all the Disney-related news, confirms that the ride will receive significant updates and enhancements that tie to Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. 

Disney will upgrade the ride to fit in with the newest chapter of Indiana Jones. The aged ride system will be overhauled, providing a much-enhanced experience for the theme park guests. 

The current ride scenario at Disney takes the adventurers into the crumbling Temple of the Forbidden Eye, which wouldn’t be complete without intricate booby traps. There they learn of a powerful deity, Mara, who promises grand great treasures and vengeance to those who pier into her all-seeing eyes. 

Next, Disney takes the adventurers to the Chamber of Destiny, ripe with dangers like molten lava, mummies, giant insects, spear-throwing wraiths, collapsing bridges, a rolling bolder, and snakes…why’d it have to be snakes?

The ride currently takes 12 guests per vehicle on a fast-paced thrill ride. There is no information released by Disney to indicate precisely what changes will be made to the ride. 

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will see the return of Ford as Indiana and John Rys-Davies as Sallah, the last remaining character of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  They will be joined by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Olivier Richters, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Directed by James Mangold, known for Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine, and Logan, who co-wrote the script with Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. Mangold was set to direct the Boba Fett movie for Disney, but that was put on hold, allowing him to work on Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. 

This film will be set in 1969 as Indy lives a quiet life away from the exciting adventures of his past. But there wouldn’t be a Disney movie if he stayed in this state of relaxation. Ford has announced that this will be Indy’s last ride, and the film’s release will take place just weeks before his 81st birthday. 

It will be exciting to learn what changes are made by Disney to the  Indiana Jones Adventure in anticipation of the upcoming movie release on June 30, 2023.