Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 01: A Backwards Encounter

On this day in 2000, Disneyland Paris debuted two attractions - Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril: Backwards! and The Tarzan Encounter.
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril (French for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), a roller coaster attraction, had first opened in July 1993. Based on the Indiana Jones films, guests are taken on an adventure riding in a mining train through a lost temple. Seeking a new attraction to market for their 2000 season and wanting to bring more interest back to the attraction, Imagineers refitted Indiana so guests experienced the ride ... in reverse! Since guests traveling backwards are unable to "prepare" for drops and sharp curves, the change brought a new dynamic to the popular attraction on this day. (In November 2004, the coaster was returned to the original forward direction.)
The Tarzan Encounter at The Chaparral Theater in Frontierland also debuted on this day. A live stage show, it featured the music (of Phil Collins) from the 1999 Disney animated feature. The 25-minute presentation featured jaw-dropping acrobatics in a realistic jungle setting. Tarzan had a successful run until 2009 when the show was removed for an upcoming new production.

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