Disneyland tests New “virtual” experience with Indiana Jones Adventure ride

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This Indiana Jones-themed adventure, which opened in 1995, takes riders into an ancient, cursed temple in India. (Courtesy of Disney Resorts)

Keeping up with the times, Disneyland will begin testing the Indiana Jones Adventure virtual queue on Tuesday, May 11 as temporary support to help foot traffic pinch points in front of the park attraction.

Disneyland will test the virtual queue on Indiana Jones Adventure to try to reduce the length of the socially distanced standby line for the popular attraction.

California’s COVID-19 health and safety mandates require theme parks to eliminate all indoor waiting areas.

Indiana Jones Adventure – Adventureland – Disneyland Park – Disneyland Resort – 2/19/20. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

The result: Disneyland has had to come up with creative ways to route socially distanced lines throughout the park. This has been a challenge with the most popular rides like Indiana Jones Adventure, Rise of the Resistance, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion.

The temporary virtual queue will be similar to what’s been successfully used with the popular Rise of the Resistance attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Visitors will be able to access the Indy virtual setup through the Disneyland app — much like they do for Rise of the Resistance. Disneyland anticipates using a hybrid of virtual and standby lines for Indiana Jones Adventure.

So visitors will want to check the Disneyland app to see which lines is in use on Indiana Jones Adventure.

It also means you should check with the Indy app page throughout the day to see if the virtual queue is turned on so you can use the system like a de facto FastPass.

In order to access the Indiana Jones Adventure virtual queue, visitors will have to be inside Disneyland. Parkhopper visitors starting their day at Disney California Adventure won’t be able to get in the Indy virtual queue until they’ve hopped to Disneyland after 1 p.m. However, the Indy virtual queue also will not open at 7 a.m. before Disneyland opens like the Rise of the Resistance virtual queue does.

When the Indy app is turned on, visitors will be able to get a return group number via the Disneyland app — just like booking a boarding group for Rise of the Resistance.

Since this is a trial test, Disneyland could turn on and off the Indy app at any time. There will be no set times for turning on the virtual queue like there currently is for Rise of the Resistance.

Disneyland visitors can be in both the Indy and Rise virtual queues at the same time, but they can only use each virtual queue once per day.

Disneyland hasn’t yet announced plans to use the virtual system on other attractions — but Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion might be good candidates. As both of the New Orleans Square attractions have long socially distanced queues that have been known to weave their ways throughout the land at peak periods.