Disney, known for decades for their fairy tales, princesses, and pixie dust, realized that if they wanted to maintain the interest of boys—both young and old—they would need to branch away from the likes of Snow White and Cinderella. In 2009, they did just that, and acquired the rights to Marvel and (almost) all of the superheroes that went with it. Since then, we haven’t seen too much of Marvel in the theme parks (but that’s soon changing in Disneyland with Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT!). But did you know that Disneyland isn’t the first Disney Park to bring a Marvel attraction to their Guests?
It was announced on November 22, 2016, that Hong Kong Disneyland would not just be adding a Marvel themed ride, but the iconic Tomorrowland would be transformed in the coming years into a Marvel Land! I actually happened to visit the park last summer and Tomorrowland was, indeed, fairly lackluster… this update will be perfect… even though I missed it. Not bitter or anything.
The Iron Man Experience (it’s Chinese name: 鐵甲奇俠飛行之旅) was the very first Marvel attraction added to the theme park, and it opened on January 11, 2017. It’s a 3D motion simulator that takes place at the Stark Expo. While you explore the Expo, aliens begin attacking Hong Kong and Iron Man swoops in to save the day!
But this is just the first in a whole new wave of additions coming to Hong Kong Disneyland.
It was just released yesterday that an Ant-Man attraction will be arriving in the park in 2018. It will be taking the place of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (similar to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at the Magic Kingdom). It will be a similar ride where you enter a pod with a laser blaster and point and shoot enemies to gain points. But we won’t be fighting Zurg anymore. Instead, we’ll be shrunk down to the size of an ant and fight alongside Ant-Man. Not much else has been announced yet about the Ant-Man attraction but the concept art that was released yesterday is enough to excite Marvel fans all over the world.
And that’s not the end of it! An Avengers themed attraction will be arriving in the park in 2023… a bit of a ways out, but just enough time for you to save up your pennies and book your flight to Hong Kong.
Amanda Woomer-Limpert is one of The Geekiverse’s newest writers, and loves her some Disney.
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