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The Story of the Unbuilt Indiana Jones Expansion at Disneyland

Learn about "Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition"

Beyond Indiana Jones and Star Wars, the Disney Parks often occupy a significant piece of my mind.

When all three converge, well, life is pretty good.

Indy Land?

Last night, Fastpass Facts posted a short history of Lucasfilm’s collaboration with Disney.

I’ve posted similar pieces on MakingStarWars.net, but this time we have a full synopsis of how George Lucas and Steven Spielberg almost brought an immersive world of Indiana Jones to Adventureland in Disneyland:

Apparently, you can blame Splash Mountain for the demise of that dream.

“It’s time to be moving along…” Indeed.

Eye on the Prize

However, back in July 2017, the Fastpass Facts folks posted a piece about Disneyland’s “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.”

We didn’t get “Indy Land,” but this ride is just one of the park updates directly attributable to the collaboration discussed above.

I’ve posted this before, but it warrants another look:

The Full Story

Meanwhile, if you are interested in the ENTIRE history of Lucasfilm and Steven Spielberg’s collaborations with Disney — with a little bit of Galaxy’s Edge discussion thrown in — be sure to check out a three-episode set from Disney gurus Len Testa and Jim Hill.

“We’re doing a three-part series on how George Lucas and Steven Spielberg brought Star Wars and Indiana Jones into the parks,” said Testa recently. “It starts with George and Steven on a beach in Hawaii, a long time ago….”

I love listening to these guys, and I hope you do, too.


My family heads back to Walt Disney World in July. I am hoping to do a piece on Indian Jones in the Disney Parks similar to this one I did on Star Wars in the parks.

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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop become the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. His byline has appeared in The Hartford Courant, BU Bridge, The New England Hockey Journal, HockeyEastOnline.com, GoNU.com and the New England Press Association Bulletin, as well as various TD Garden, Boston Bruins, Boston University, and Northeastern University athletic publications. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.

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