I told you on August 18 that the next big ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland would be a E-Ticket ride in Tomorrowland and today, Tom Staggs announced and confirmed that an Iron Man ride called "Iron Man Experience" will come to HKDL in 2016 as the first Marvel ride to open in a Disney theme park!
Iron Man Experience is supposed to have a cost of $100M and it will also include a photo pavilion with an Iron Man meet and greet as well as a shopping area. HKDL is doing very well since the opening of the three new additions and an exclusive Iron Man ride could greatly increase Hong Kong Disneyland’s momentum as “Iron Man 3” took in $121.2 million in China this year. “It’s important for us to have a story for our Hong Kong guests, a little bit of bragging rights that they have something that nobody else has,” said Bill Ernest, the president of Disney’s theme parks in Asia.
Iron Man Experience will be a simulator ride like Star Tours but with an even more advanced technology and you can see on the pictures above the simulator shuttle with an Iron Man design. The attraction will be located at HKDL Tomorrowland behind the Buzz Lightyear ride and on the left of Autopia, where Star Tours was once envisioned to be built, and not on the land available behind and on the left of Space Mountain where was previously envisioned a Marvel land. The reason why is that HKDL has decided to keep the space behind Space Mountain available for future additions - may be for upcoming Star Wars attractions?
Editing : Don't miss the part two of the article where i reveal where precisely will be located Iron Man Experience HERE.
Tom Staggs did the announcement at Hong Kong Disneyland in front of Iron Man wall of armors but gave just a few details about the ride itself, saying only that it will allow guests to take flight with the superhero as he fights alien invaders - see artwork above - across the streets and skyline of Hong Kong. In addition a kind-of Stark Expo with Tony Stark inventions will be on display, too, probably in the pre-show line.
Here is Tom Staggs official statement as posted on the Disney Parks blog:
"As I’ve often said, one of the greatest things about Disney is the treasure trove of characters and rich stories we have to draw upon for the immersive experiences we provide our guests around the world. With Marvel joining the Disney family in 2009, our character and story base grew even further, and the anticipation for how Marvel comes to life in our parks and resorts continues to energize our guests and Cast.
That’s why it was so exciting earlier today at Hong Kong Disneyland to announce that the very first Disney attraction based on a Marvel character experience will debut in Hong Kong Disneyland. And I’m excited to be able to share some of the initial details with you today about this Iron Man Experience.
Audiences around the world have been captivated by the amazing inventions and innovations of Tony Stark and we’re basing this experience within a piece of the Stark Expo. Located in Tomorrowland at Hong Kong Disneyland, the Expo will allow guests to see firsthand the progression of Tony’s Iron Man suits and many other Stark innovations.
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.
It’s obviously no secret that Marvel’s Iron Man movies are immensely popular, and we expect this experience will emulate the success of our most recent expansion – Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and Mystic Point – all of which have been huge hits with our guests.
We are extremely confident in and committed to the continued growth and success of Hong Kong Disneyland. I’m excited to see Iron Man become a part of that success when we welcome guests to the attraction in late 2016."
For sure we'll be at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 to enjoy Iron Man Experience, a ride that WDI promise to be full of thrills!
One more thing: when i did my HKDL update on August 18 i knew that the attraction would be an Iron Man ride but was asked at that time to don't reveal it. However, as i told you in the article comments i had introduced two hints in the article ( one for the Iron Man ride and one for another coming attraction that i still can't reveal ) and now i can tell you where was the hint about the Iron Man ride. If you look at the picture in the article HERE with all the Marvel super-heroes Iron Man is the very first one of them all on the top left, voluntarily placed there by me as a hidden hint!
Another one more thing! : Note that the ride attraction poster on the top of the article is here in full size - 70 X 103cm ! - and with enhanced colors and contrast. Probably the first time ever that you can get an attraction poster of a E-Ticket ride three years before its opening!
Pictures: copyright Disney Marvel, Hong Kong Disneyland