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Iron Man Soars Into Hong Kong Disneyland With Disney’s First Marvel Ride

January 11 will be opening day for Disney’s first theme park ride based on a Marvel property, Iron Man Experience – Presented by AIA, at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Eminent innovator and pioneer Tony Stark is staging the spectacular Stark Expo in Tomorrowland to take guests on an adventure, starting with closely examining innovations old and new from Stark Industries. There are opportunities to meet Iron Man in person during the adventure, and to try on the Iron Man armor virtually. The grand finale is boarding a special Expo-edition Iron Wing flight vehicle and flying alongside Iron Man in the Hong Kong sky for a panoramic view of the innovatively-powered Hong Kong Stark Tower, but a battle against the evil forces of Hydra awaits in the immersive multi-sensory motion experience.

More than 70 Disney Imagineers from the city of Hong Kong contributed their talent working hand in hand with the international Walt Disney Imagineering team and the Marvel team to create this world’s first Iron Man-themed area.

The grand opening ceremony of the much-awaited Iron Man Experience at the theme park on January 10 was officiated by the Honorable C.Y. Leung, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

“We are always pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation so that our guests can step into the magical worlds of their favorite stories and meet their most beloved characters,” said Chapek.  “We’re thrilled to be adding the high-tech, action-packed universe of Marvel to Hong Kong Disneyland, and we’ll continue building on it as we move into the resort’s next phase of expansion.”

 Stark Industries’ creations set the scene for high-flying adventure

Following the previous showcase in New York in 2010, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) has selected Tomorrowland in Hong Kong Disneyland to host the new Stark Expo to show off the latest high-tech creations of Stark Industries.

The innovations are extensively displayed in four exhibition halls: the Hall of Legacy, the Hall of Protection, the Hall of Energy and the Hall of Mobility. Iron Man’s artificial intelligence computer system J.A.R.V.I.S. and Wendy Wong, vice president of Stark Industries Asia, are guides taking guests through the impressive range of exhibits, from Captain America’s prototype shield to Iron Man Mark III suit, the first miniaturized Arc Reactor, the unbreakable Stark Everglass, the MyJARVIS intelligent home system, StarkVision Glasses and a collection of Iron Wings designed for different functions.

Guests then board Tony Stark’s latest innovation — the Expo Edition Iron Wing Mark VIII, to embark on the once-in-a-lifetime Iron Man Experience.

Battling against the evil forces of Hydra alongside Iron Man

The park has spent more than three years to design and create Iron Man Experience — complete with flight simulators, 3-D projection, surround sound and other special effects that immerse guests in the Marvel story of a battle with the evil forces of Hydra.

For the first time, the park has integrated strong Hong Kong elements into a park attraction by using Hong Kong and its skyline for the fly-through ride. After putting on a pair of StarkVision glasses and taking off on Stark Industries’ special 45-passenger Expo Edition Iron Wing, guests will make their way to the Hong Kong Stark Tower powered by the Arc Reactor and speed alongside Iron Man through streets that resemble those in West Kowloon and downtown, flying over iconic Hong Kong landmarks like the Tsing Ma Bridge, Victoria Harbour and the city’s pristine mountain ranges.

Encouraging feedback from the travel trade sector and guests

Iron Man Experience has received encouraging feedback from the travel trade and guests since soft opening in mid-December. Among the 270 travel trade partners who attended the preview, 95% believed their clients would enjoy the ride, 91% felt their guests would visit Hong Kong Disneyland specifically for the new attraction, while 88% expected their guests would visit the park more frequently as a result. More than 200 guests who attended the sneak peek were interviewed, and almost all (98%) said they had an enjoyable experience, while 97% remarked the experience exceeded or met their expectations. They said the immersive ride-through offered a great sense of reality and thrills, while the Heroic Encounter with Iron Man brought close interaction and an elevated sense of authenticity.

Super Hero takes Hong Kong by storm

The launch of Iron Man Experience will fire up Hong Kong as the Super Hero takes over the entire city on all communication channels.  On the street level, an Iron Man billboard will dominate one of the busiest traffic areas – the Cross Harbour Tunnel.  Also in three key locations in Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories, pedestrians are able to encounter Iron Man on the busy streets of the city with the use of AR technology. On the digital level, with the Hong Kong Disneyland interactive site and location based banners, users will have a chance to find Iron Man himself in all 18 districts of Hong Kong starting from mid-January. Furthermore, this excitement extends to TV with the airing of the commercial voiced over by the Chairman Emeritus, Marvel Entertainment, LLC and Co-Creator of Iron Man, Stan Lee himself.  This unprecedented level of outreach for Iron Man Experience will create extraordinary anticipation for this first-of-its-kind experience.

 Hong Kong youths encouraged to serve the community like a Super Hero

In February, Hong Kong Disneyland will launch the “We Did It Award” program for all 520 local secondary schools. Under the program, the resort will donate more than 20,000 admission tickets to award students with outstanding volunteer service. The program aims to encourage secondary school students to act like a Super Hero in serving people in need and making a positive impact in the community. It’s part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

More Iron Man-themed experiences to be discovered in Tomorrowland

Iron Man Experience is complemented by a range of Iron Man-themed fun. The brand-new Expo Shop lets guests choose from a range of 70-plus Hong Kong Disneyland-exclusive Iron Man merchandise items and more than 250 Marvel-themed memorabilia items. Among them are collectibles and toys, glowing key chains, souvenirs and accessories. Some of the exclusive apparel features Hong Kong’s postcard-perfect scenery and Stark Expo themes, as well as a special Iron Man Experience Pin available for a limited time nly starting January 11 — a must-have collectible!

In the Expo Shop, Iron Man fans get to try on Iron Man’s armor suit in the interactive experience Become Iron Man at The Stark Expo – Presented by Fuji Xerox. Through interactive motion-sensing technology, guests can experience the flying and shooting functions of the armor and feel what it is like to be a Super Hero as they fight the forces of evil on streets resembling downtown Hong Kong. Guests can also take home a memento package featuring a digital photo collage of their Become Iron Man adventure as well as a digital download of an approximately 35-second video of their transformation.

The park and hotel restaurants have prepared more than 25 Iron Man-themed food and beverage choices for guests to refuel after a trip on Iron Man Experience. Among the delectable choices are an Iron Man Waffle, Iron Man stein, Iron Man desserts at Chef Mickey and Iron Man beverages served at the resort hotels.

At the Iron Man Tech Showcase presented by Stark Industries, guests will find prototypes of various Iron Man armor suits. Here, Iron Man appears in his special Expo-edition Iron Man suit to interact with guests. To complement the launching of Iron Man Experience, park admission tickets will feature Iron Man theme artwork starting from January 11.

Iron Man-themed hotel room décor

From now to June 30, guests staying in the park’s two themed hotels can add on the “Iron Man” Room Decoration package for an additional HK$600. Their accommodation experience will be made even more unforgettable with an Iron Man-themed bed runner, slippers, door and mirror stickers,  macaroons,  as well as one 6R photo print and digital download of the photo. From now on, guests staying at the resort’s two hotels will receive a Priority Admission Pass* of Iron Man Experience to shorten the wait for their turn on the Marvel-themed ride.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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