The Star Tours-like
flying theater simulator ride starts with a walk through a display of various Stark Industries products, including Captain America's shield and early Iron Man suits. Then it's time to board for a flight across Hong Kong on one of Stark Industries' latest projects, an "Iron Wing."
Of course, it all goes terribly wrong. Hydra attacks, and you'll need to team up with Iron Man to save the day.
With its flight and fight across a cityscape, Iron Man Experience feels a bit like a less active version of Universal's Transformers ride. (I say "less active" since you're in a theater rather than a moving ride vehicle.) And the final scene is straight out of Return of the Jedi. But the ride film does start and finish in Tomorrowland's Stark Expo, avoiding the problem in Star Tours: The Adventurers Continue where you end up on a completely different planet than where you started, breaking any sense of being in a specific place as you exit the ride. One wonders if Disney will replace the ride film when it retops the park's castle, though. Otherwise, that's gonna look awkward.
But Iron Man Experience offers a lively ride that gives fans the opportunity to flight alongside one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most popular heroes, so it delivers what many Disney fans have been wanting for some time.
Iron Man Experience opens officially on January 11.
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