Disney Parks’ first Marvel-themed ride, Iron Man Experience made its grand debut on January 11 at Hong Kong Disneyland. The experience calls on all boys and girls and men and women, both young and young-at-heart, to team up with families and friends and unleash the Super Hero within in a high-flying adventure alongside Iron Man.
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 armour 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 be prepared for a battle against the evil forces of Hydra in the immersive multi-sensory motion experience.
This first Iron Man ride-through attraction and immersive interactive experience will truly make Hong Kong proud, as more than 70 Imagineers from the city contributed their innovative talent working hand in hand with the international 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 today was officiated by the honourable 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 favourite 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 will 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, and fly 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.
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 only starting January 11 — a must-have collectible!
In the Expo Shop, Iron Man fans get to try on Iron Man’s armour suit in the interactive experience Become Iron Man at The Stark Expo. Through interactive motion-sensing technology, guests can experience the flying and shooting functions of the armour 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 armour 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.
To round off the ultimate Super Hero experience, guests who book their room online from today through June 16, 2017 will be able to save up to 35% and enjoy free room upgrade with priority admission to Iron Man Experience with an exclusive Pass*.
*Priority Admission Pass will be given according to the number of guests in each room with a maximum of four passes per room, subject to availability.
Stark Expo Portal Exclusively in Southeast Asia
To help guests plan their visit and step into the technological wonderland of Stark Industries, Hong Kong Disneyland has launched Stark Expo Portal exclusively in Southeast Asia, an immersive interactive platform offering a virtual tour of Stark Expo, latest Iron Man Experience updates and special offers so guests can plan their itinerary, all within a touch of a button. Guests can also try out the “Create Your Heads-up Display” interactive game to become a Super Hero and share their portrait on social media. The Stark Expo Portal will be live for public from mid-January, 2017 onwards.
Book your ticket now and enjoy a special Iron Man-themed meal set!
Guests who book their tickets from tomorrow to July 14, 2017 will also get to enjoy a special “Play and Dine” ticket offer, where they will not only get a one-day admission ticket but also enjoy a special complimentary Iron Man meal set (the complementary meal option is not limited to Iron Man Meal set) at the signature and Deluxe Restaurants in the park, starting from HK$589 per person.
Magic in the Air package
The resort also worked with Cathay Pacific Airways to offer Singaporean guests “Magic in the Air” package from now until March 31, which includes air tickets and two-night stay at Disney themed hotel, park tickets, dining and more privileges. 2-Day tickets under special rate are also available from designated travel agents on January 11 until July 14, enabling guests to enjoy twice as much fun.