Initially slated for debut this year, Disney's first Marvel-themed ride slid off the summer debut schedule. But guests staying at one of Hong Kong Disneyland's on-site hotels will be allowed on the ride starting Dec. 23, according to a statement from the park. The ride will open officially to the public about three weeks later.
Iron Man Experience is a Star Tours-type motion base theater attraction. Flying in an "Iron Wing," guests will follow Iron Man in flight around Hong Kong after their trip to the Stark Expo is interrupted by Hydra attempting to steal the world's largest arc reactor. Here's a preview, along with some hype from Stan Lee. (Or, "Stanley," as Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek likes to call him.)
Even though the ride won't open to the public until next month, Hong Kong Disneyland visitors can get a first look at the park's Stark Expo in its Expo Shop merchandise location, which is now open.
Iron Man Experience is Disney's first theme park ride based on its Marvel franchise, to be followed next May by Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout, the retheming of the Tower of Terror ride at Disney California Adventure. In addition, Disney has a Marvel-themed meet-and-greet pavilion, including an Animation Academy-style interaction, at Shanghai Disneyland.
Disney has the rights to use all Marvel properties at its theme parks in Anaheim, Paris, and China, but is restricted in its use of Marvel characters at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disney, where it can't use the name "Marvel" at all. That's due to a 1990s agreement between Marvel and Universal Studios, which came years before Disney bought the comic book company.
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