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Author: Davide Mana
Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.
14 October 2019 at 00:41
I adore this subset of the pulp genre: the 1930s explorer stuff of which Indiana Jones is the most popular example. Really, really wish there was more stuff like this out there! The Disneyland ride is a lot of fun. In fact, the section where it belongs (Adventureland) is probably my favorite part of Disneyland simply because of its amazing ambiance. The ride queue for this ride winds back and forth through a riverboat company boathouse, complete with period-accurate scenery to put you in the right mindframe. The soundtrack playing overhead is a sort of “Voice of America” thing with old-timey music interspersed with news bulletins from the Congo, Amazon, etc. Right next door to this is the Indiana Jones ride, with a ride queue design to make you feel like you’re in a Burmese jungle with an archeological field station and base camp right outside an old temple. Absolutely an amazing feel. I hope this movie is good, though—for every Pirates of the Caribbean that Disney makes, there’s a Haunted House. But I remain optimistic.
Side note: We just took our daughter to see Dora and the Lost City of Gold. While it was set in a modern era, and was a campy comedy, it was also a lot better than it had any right to be, and featured exploration of a trapped temple in South America. It was like Tomb Raider for older kids. 😀
14 October 2019 at 08:50
I never was to Disneyland – the closest I got was in Paris, and the queue was so long I should have asked for citizenship to have time to get to the gates.
But I’ve seen tons of photos, and films and stuff.
And yes, I hope this one is a Pirates of the Carribean thing, and not a Haunted House. I put my faith in The Rock 🙂