The famed and missed Indiana Jones pinball machine has returned to Adventureland after a multi-year absence, coinciding with the release of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” this weekend.
Indiana Jones and the Return of Pinball
This pinball machine has been missing for quite awhile, once part of the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost shop before that space became extra seating for the nearby Bengal Barbecue.
For amusement only. One credit — one play, one credit — four quarters.
Merchandise related to Dr. Jones and friends is now at the Adventureland Bazaar, but the pinball machine is back, resting in a corner of the indoor seating area for Bengal.
Elaborate artwork is everywhere, depicting famous images and characters from the franchise.
Indy, his father, Short Round, Marion, Willie, and Sallah all appear.
Rules and instruction for the game are also included in the corner.
Indiana Jones in the Spotlight Across Disney Parks
So much has been happening across the universe of Disney to promote this film’s release.
The Den of Destiny opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, featuring iconic movie props, specialty cocktails we had a chance to review, CIA profiles, and an appearance of the Anubis head from the former Great Movie Ride. Tons of new merchandise related to the franchise has also been popping up all over Walt Disney World.
‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, and officially had its wide release on June 30. Check out our review of the movie here.
The MPAA rates this new film as PG-13. According to their classification, the rating is due to “sequences of violence and action, language and smoking.” While this classification itself doesn’t add much to what can be expected in the fifth and final film, it is an interesting reminder that the second film of the franchise, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” was a main catalyst (alongside “Gremlins”) that led the MPAA to create a PG-13 classification in the first place.
“Dial of Destiny” takes place in 1969, amid the peak of the space race. Dr. Jones encounters his old enemy (the Nazis) again, through Voller — a villain inspired by real-life Nazi Wernher von Braun, who became a NASA engineer.
The teaser trailer and artwork for the film debuted in December. A second teaser for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” premiered during Super Bowl LVII.
Harrison Ford, now 80 years old, stated this will be the last “Indiana Jones” movie he takes part in.
It’s full of adventure, full of laughs, full of real emotion. And it’s complex and it’s sneaky. The shooting of it was tough and long and arduous. But I’m very happy with the film that we have.
It’s rumored that an Indiana Jones TV series could be in development for Disney+. It remains unclear if the story of this series would be a prequel to the films, set somewhere inside the franchise narrative, or follow a totally new character. If this series is developed, it would not be the first TV show about Indiana Jones. In 1992-1993, “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” aired on ABC. Harrison Ford made a cameo appearance in one episode.
Are you seeing “Dial of Destiny” this weekend? Have you already seen it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.