Disney confirms Iron Man ride for Hong Kong in 2016
Published: October 7, 2013 at 10:20 PM
As we've covered before, Disney's contractually prohibited from using any of its Marvel characters inside the parks at the Walt Disney World Resort, since Marvel sold those rights to Universal Orlando long before Disney bought the comic book publisher. With little room for expansion at California's Disneyland, attention's turned instead to the Hong Kong and Paris Disney resorts, which need fresh attractions to boost attendance at their under-developed parks.
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Andy Sinclair-Harris, a Disney Imagineer assigned to Hong Kong Disneyland who frequently posts to Twitter, announced the news that it's Hong Kong that will be getting an Iron Man-themed ride.
The Iron Man Experience will be a thrilling new E-Ticket attraction in Tomorrowland. It's going to be amazing!— Andy Sinclair-Harris (@1lowereastside) October 8, 2013
The Iron Man Experience will open in Hong Kong in late 2016, according to Disney Parks chairman Tom Staggs, who as Andy's Twitter photo shows, was at the park in Hong Kong for today's announcement.
Update: Tom Staggs posted a bit more detail about Iron Man on the Disney Parks blog.
"Upon entering the ride vehicle our guests will be able to take flight with Iron Man on an epic adventure that not surprisingly pits Iron Man, and our guests, against the forces of evil. This adventure will take place in the streets and skies of Hong Kong, which will make an even more unique and special experience for our Hong Kong Disneyland guests. In addition, guests will be able to meet and take photos with Iron Man."