I’ve never been fond of the boneyard aspect of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A bunch of old movie vehicles rotting under the sun always depressed me. It’s one thing when they’re just random street cars from some forgotten Disney Channel movie. But it’s something else entirely when they’re iconic vehicles like the Indiana Jones tank from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The Indiana Jones tank is from the big battle between Indy and the Nazis in the middle of the desert. You no doubt remember it as the second best of the Indy movies. And no, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull is not the first.
I hated seeing this thing in the boneyard. All the paint flaking off, bits and pieces falling off the side, gaping holes from armadillo burrows, weeds sprouting up everywhere. This isn’t movie magic. This is the graveyard of childhood.
After a year or so, some bright young member of the Disney-MGM Studios staff discovered an entire stunt show at the park that happened to feature Indiana Jones. They put two and two together, and before long, the tank had moved from the Boneyard to the exit of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, where it posed in menacing firing formation, surrounded by oil drums.
If you’ve never seen it, it’s probably because you exited the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular on the right rather than the left. The tank is very close to the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost shop. The only downside is that aside from the new pose, the tank looked exactly the same as when it was in the Boneyard. Which is to say, rusted over and falling apart, with rubber treads decaying like a zombie muppet.
Today I’m happy to report that the entire Indiana Jones tank and its surrounding area have been completely refurbished.
No sign of rust anywhere. It has also gained several battle props, including a new machine gun nest.
It looks really great, and I am simply thrilled that they actually devoted the time to cleaning this up, as opposed to passing it off as a “real” movie prop.
Photo Attribution: Original tank image provided by Kevin Eddy via Flickr.