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Indiana Jones - Temple of the Crystal Skull

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Motion Base Ride
Minimum height to ride: 46 inches

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Follow in the footsteps of Dr. Indiana Jones in a harrowing, life-or-death quest for the legendary Fountain of Youth. But beware the Fountain is purported to be guarded by a vengeful, supernatural spirit known as the Crystal Skull!


This ride was great. The theme, the effects, the queue theme, the fact that it was an actual roller coaster. As a roller coaster fan, I did wish that it went faster or had more excitement. However, it was still great and on par with Disney's coaster speeds. I would compare it, theme wise, to the Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Orlando, minus the fast parts or backwards parts (I would say minus the fun, but that seems harsh).
I agree...better than the original, albeit excellent original.
I love this version of Indiana Jones - it's so much grander and larger than the Disney version, and just more,wonderful. We rode it over and over and would have happily continued to if time allowed.
Queue line is gorgeous yet again. Long lines are the norm here so either fastpass, or single rider (inquire and they will shoot you through the fastpass line for singles here). Comparing to the almost identical California version here are the specific differences to look out for! (skip to end if you don't care for "spoilers". This version basically plays the same music background track as California during the beginning, and the very end of the ride, but the main ride segment was void of background music, which felt odd to me being so used to the soundtrack. But no matter, the ride itself was the same, but with no door changing effect in the beginning..only one door, but a nice decorated little sanctum in there to look at while you entered the middle door. There's a cool tornado effect and a different looking laser for an eye instead of fire in the main room. During the part of the ride where (in California's the ride stalls in the dark) there's a scene with a really cool vapor fire ball(!) swirling into your car. I much prefer this versus a stop in the dark in California. The sword room is a blow dart room here, with similar air gust effects, and most noticeably for me was the ball drop scene I believe had the front end of the room telescoping towards you, versus in California the back of the room telescopes behind you, but basically it appears like the ball is coming towards you, instead of the car feeling like it's moving backwards. ...I can't verify this yet, but I will ask around.

All in all, the ride is one of the best. Enjoy the differences and similarities!

Wouldn't say Crystal Skull is better than Disneyland's version, but it still hold a solid 9 in my opinion. The queue line brings us inside the Aztec temple where the alter and the sacrificed leaves the traces of its history, and it is amazing to walk through such a spacious and elaborate room while the anticipation grows higher any minute. The ride itself though, seemed a little shorter than the Disneyland version. For this reason I have watched both version's ride through on YouTube side to side and found the DisneySea version had only been shed off about 5 seconds, so it isn't really much of a difference. But as a lover and an annual pass holder for Disneyland I feel the Crystal Skull can only be the lesser replacement of Forbidden Eye, and I personally prefer fire-spitting statue than tornado effect. Although the rest can be almost identical, it is still worth a ride while you've already been on the its original form.
way better then the anaheim version, this means Crystal Skull has a better queue, ride and overall experience.
A perfect ride -- very well themed and in a beautiful setting, fast loading, and wonderfully exciting. It doesn't matter if your Japanese isn't so hot -- it's still a lot of fun.

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