Become a Part of the Action at the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

One of our favorite things about Disney's Hollywood Studios is getting the chance to learn about the magic behind the movies at attractions such as Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular!

[I'm also particularly fond of the exclamation points used in each show's title, just so guests know how exciting! the show are going to be.]

While Lights, Motors, Action gives guests a behind-the-scenes peek at how car stunts are created for the movies, the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular! shows us how action sequences are filmed with actors. And if you're one of the lucky ones, you might actually get picked to be an extra in the action scenes.

Before the show begins, the "casting director" appears on stage to select extras from the audience members who will appear in sequences in the show. Audience members who are 18 years and older can be picked. The tip here is to be very excited about being cast and you might get picked.

Audience member extras in Stunt SpectacularAudience member extras in Stunt Spectacular

The show begins with the famous Indiana Jones theme music and the stunt double for Indiana Jones appears in a replica of the Peruvian temple from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark film.

If you've seen the film you know Indy is challenged by false floors, spikes, and other dangers before being nearly crushed by a giant rolling boulder all because he stole the golden idol from the temple.

Once the audience is assured that Indy is OK and wasn't crushed by the boulder, the real action begins.

The extras are paraded on stage in their costumes and the set is changed to the Cairo outdoor market from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The audience is introduced at this point to the stunt double for Marion.

After some scene set up the acrobats begin their performance just before a major fight scene breaks out, complete with swordplay and stunt falls of the roof. The scene ends with an explosion and fire.

The street fight sceneThe street fight scene

Before the last scene, the cast demonstrates how to stage a fight scene, complete with one of the 'extras' (who is really one of the show's stuntmen). It's a rather amusing section of the show and the audience always gets a kick out of it.

The last scene of the Stunt Spectacular! recreates the scene of Indy and Marion attempting to stop the Nazis from flying out of Egypt. Indy comes face-to-face with a stunt man playing the German mechanic and Marion takes charge of the aircraft's machine gun.

This scene features a scaled-down version of the aircraft from the movie and is a culmination of all the stunts showcased throughout the show. The nearly 40-minute show ends with a massive explosion as the airport goes up in flames.

The final explosive sceneThe final explosive scene

The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular! is an outdoor show so inclement weather will play a role in whether or not the show is performed. Be sure to check the Times Guide when you visit.

Have you ever been picked to be an extra in the show? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Guy A Spagnoli wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 15:09:

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Yes, I have been an extra in the show yrs. ago it was Fantabulous. That event prompted me to follow my Dream. I've been extras and stand-ins, in Public Enemies, Dilemma and Contagion. On 12/14/13 I graduated from Columbia College in Chicago will a major as director in cinematography. Now to start a new Adventure.
Thank you DISNEY-----GUY

Scott wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 15:15:

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I was an extra. Got the death scene too. My son still talks about it. If you want to do it, don't be shy, don't just raise your hand. They want enthusiastic participants.

It was a blast, and the flames are way way hotter than you think.

David Chinery wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 15:58:

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I have been to Disney World numerous times. My wife has actually been chosen to be an extra at "Indiana Jones" twice!! Last visit I took my grandson and his mom and dad to Disney. It was the first visit for my son in law and my grandson. I found a seat right up front. We yelled and screamed and made a ruckus. Guess what?? My son in law got picked!!! It was a great time and well worth all the money I spent to take them all to Disney! MY most favorite vacation destination!

john whitehead wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 16:38:

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i was pick a few times it was great standing down on the stage looking up and seeing all those people looking back. ever time i go their i try to get back on the stage it a bummer when i do not get on well someone else will have that great time thank you

Deanna wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 18:14:

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We will be down there the week of my sons 12th birthday and I know he would just LOVE to be picked for an extra in a show!! What a great birthday present that would be :-)

lydia wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 18:43:

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My twin and I were picked to be in the back lot tour show! I got the water dumped on me and she got to sweep the deck! It was thrilling!!

Mary Ann McCollough wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 22:02:

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I was chosen to be a villager in the street scene. Don't know if I or my family enjoyed it more. Loved it! Enjoy the photos nowadays

Sarah Marois wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 23:09:

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My fiance and I would both LOVE to be an extra!

walter wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 23:28:

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Was the best day in the park for me ,when I was selected and went on the stage,my Oscar Night
I will try on my next visit to return on stage again, its so amazing

walter wrote on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 23:29:

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My Oscar Night was 10 years

Scott wrote on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 02:12:

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I got to participate in the Indiana Jones SS. It was great, my son says I did a good death scene :). If you want to get in, don't be shy, be as enthusiastic as you can. And the flames, they are way hot when you're on stage.

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