Josh D’Amaro Talks Indiana Jones Retheming of Dinosaur in the Animal Kingdom

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Josh D’Amaro Talks Indiana Jones Retheming of Dinosaur in the Animal Kingdom

A big rumor of Disney retheming Dinosaur to an Indiana Jones attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been circulating and Josh D’Amaro has addressed the possibility. He recently spoke to EW and suggested that an Indiana Jones attraction could fit with Animal Kingdom’s narrative ‘about exploration and adventure.’

Related – Dinosaur To Be Reimagined as Indiana Jones Ride in the Animal Kingdom

Following initial hints at a potential Indiana Jones-inspired replacement for the cherished Dinosaur ride at Disney World, Disney Experiences Chairman Josh D’Amaro reaffirms the Harrison Ford-led blockbuster series as the ideal source for the wildlife park’s upcoming expansion. This declaration came during an exclusive interview with EW at a press preview for Hong Kong Disneyland’s recently unveiled World of Frozen-themed land.

D’Amaro playfully teased, “I think I actually played some music, didn’t I?” He was alluding to his Destination D23 presentation in September, where he unveiled concept artwork featuring an Indiana Jones-inspired temple replacing the current Dinosaur thrill ride, accompanied by the iconic Indiana Jones score composed by John Williams.

He stressed that the concept art was not a final rendering but that it highlights “where our heads are” as his team continues “dreaming” plans for Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s next big move. “We’ve got so many stories to tell, we have so many things we want to make even better in the theme parks. My plan is to continue to share that with the guests. I know people are like, ‘My gosh, I can’t believe he’s saying this. Is he serious, is he not?’ The answer is, we are absolutely serious,” he said.

“We know what this business is capable of, we know what our fans expect of us, and we’re going all in. You’re going to see more and more of that. As we make our way through some of these ideas, some of them will become real, and we’ll say that’s specifically what we’re going to do, but I want our guests to be on the journey with us.”

Dinosaur opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998 and uses a very similar ride system as the Indiana Jones attraction in Disneyland. It seems like it would be easier to switch Dinosaur over to Indiana Jones rather than replace it with a completely new attraction.

Would you like to see Indiana Jones come to Disney’s Animal Kingdom?



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