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Hong Kong scores first Marvel ride for a Disney theme park

October 9th, 2013 | by Sherry Barkas | Comments
A new Iron Man attraction is planned to open in Hong Kong Disneyland's Tomorrowland in 2016. ©Disney 2013

A new Iron Man attraction is planned to open in Hong Kong Disneyland’s Tomorrowland in 2016. ©Disney 2013

When Disney spent $4 billion in 2009 to buy Marvel Entertainment, theme park and comic book enthusiasts hoped at least one of the action heroes would be at the center of a new ride.

Indeed, those hopes are being realized with the Marvel Iron Man Experience, set to open at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016.

The “expo” looks pretty awesome.

Located in Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland, the expo will allow guests to see firsthand the progression of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suits and many other Stark innovations, according to the D23 website.

“Upon entering the ride vehicle, guests will be able to take flight with Iron Man on an epic adventure that not surprisingly pits Iron Man, and guests, against the forces of evil,” D23 states.

The adventure will take place in the streets and skies of Hong Kong, which will make an even more unique and special experience for Hong Kong Disneyland guests, Disney officials say.

See more artist renderings of the new attraction at https://d23.com/iron-man-experience-coming-to-hong-kong-disneyland-in-2016/

Hong Kong Disneyland, which opened in 2005, is a joint venture between the Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. and the Hong Kong government, which owns 52 percent of the park.

The park struggled some in the beginning, but Disney has since added an estimated $465 million in new attractions to the company’s smallest theme park, which has helped boost attendance. Those efforts seem to be paying off.

I only wish that new ride was also being built in Disneyland, especially with the park’s 60th anniversary approaching in 2015. My fingers and toes are crossed that it will make its way to the California in the not-too-distant future.

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