Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 film produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The first film in the Indiana Jones film series, it was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, and John Rhys-Daves.
In 1936, archaeology professor and explorer Indiana Jones learned the Nazis were collecting pieces of the Staff of Ra. They were searching for the Ark of the Covenant, which would give their armies invincibility. With the help of allies, like his friend Sallah and his old flame Marion, he was on a quest to find the Ark before they did and keep it out of their hands, fighting many dangerous foes along the way.
- Harrison Ford - Indiana Jones
- Karen Allen - Marion Ravenwood
- Paul Freeman - René Belloq
- Ronald Lacey - Major Tolt
- John Rhys-Daves - Sallah
- Denholm Elliot - Marcus Brody
Years later, Indy and friend, pilot, and Society of Explorers and Adventurers member Jock Lindsey were looking around Central Florida for the Fountain of Youth. Jock came across Disney Springs and decided to settle there, eventually opening a bar for all of his adventurer friends.
During the Indiana Jones: Summer of Hidden Mysteries event, objects affiliated with Jones' collection could be found scattered around the Jungle Cruise during this time. This included a life preserver from the CORONADO, the headdress of Mola Ram from an adventure in 1935, the umbrella of Henry Jones Sr., the crate of the Ark of the Covenant, and a carving for the Crystal Skull found in the possession of Trader Sam. The CORONADO's life-preserver remains while the other references have since been removed from the attraction.
In the attraction’s backstory, Indy believed that disgraced S.E.A. member Garrett Reed was after the idol in Peru, seen in the opening scene of the film. Luckily, he managed to beat him to it, though it ended up in Beloq’s hands.
Indy gifted Trader Sam one of his whips, on display at the Enchanted Tiki Bar. He told him that if he needed help running the bar, then he should ask Marion. A bottle of Himalayan seltzer from Marion is also on display and a letter from Marcus Brody asking Sam about Jones' location. Several allusions to Raiders of the Lost Arc's sequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom are also in the bar such as the, "Voodoo" dolls of Mola Ramm and a letter from Short Round.
In Disneyland's Frontierland, the train passes by a dog-house belonging to a dog named Indiana. This is a reference to the childhood pet dog of Dr. Jones who he later renamed himself after.
A scene from the film was replicated in the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, depicting Indy and Sallah carrying the Ark of the Covenant.
Scenes from the film are reenacted by stunt performers at the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Hollywood Studios, as well.