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.
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
@1lowereastside: The Iron Man experience is coming to Hong Kong Disneyland!!! pic.twitter.com/wA5art1Ofb— 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."Tweet
Hong Kong Disneyland is such an underrated park. I'm glad it's getting this.
Hong Kong Disneyland is a nice park. The layout is very much like the Anaheim version with the same castle.
Also, for a park without a Star Tours ride, using a tried and true (and very fun) concept for an Iron Man ride is a terrific idea. I have no problem with the decision. Plus the random elements of Star Tours II should allow for plenty of cool Marvel villains to be part of the show.
I've always thought a version of the Mission: Space ride system would be the best way to do an Iron Man ride. The individual little screens, with the Infinity-Viz technology would be so perfect. Each person has their own screen, really making each person feel like they're in their own Iron Man suit. The storyline would work because we know Stark now has many, many suits in his collection. Also, the screen from Mission: Space seems like it would most accurately replicate what Tony Stark sees from his mask. And no ride has ever captured a more realistic replication of the sensation of space flight than Mission: Space. The only change I would make with the system would be to have the Guests laying down and facing forward, as opposed to sitting and looking up at the screen like on Mission: Space.
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