Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries Suits Up at Disneyland

Marking the first introduction of a Marvel franchise inside a Disney park, Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries breathes new life into a sleepy corner of the Disneyland.  Promoting the upcoming release of Iron Man 3 on May 3rd, guests can get up close and personal to one of the main stars of the films – the suits!

It’s no secret that Disneyland’s Innoventions is in need of an overhaul, and other than being a (literally) cool place to hide-out on a hot summer day, the venue falls short in offering any type of substantial entertainment for guests coming from near & far to visit the park.  For months, rumors have swirled about possible changes coming to Innoventions, one of them being an Iron Man themed roller coaster.  While fans on both sides of the house have expressed strong feelings about the two worlds coming together, the crowds flocking to this relatively small experience shows there’s an opportunity for much, much more.

Crowds line up for the Iron Man Experience

 

Entering on the second floor, you walk through several pre-existing exhibits, finally ending at the Iron Man experience.  Admittedly, we skipped through all of them and headed straight for the goods.  I was surprised at how small the area was, but still felt the experience was worth the 20 minute wait to get inside.

One of the exhibits we zoomed past on our way to see Iron Man (this may look familiar to those that have visited Epcot)

Tony Stark's Hall of Armour

 

There are two experiences within the exhibit.  First is the Hall of Armour, featuring the suits from all of the films – Iron Man, Iron Man 2, the Avengers, and finally, Iron Man 3 at center stage.

Mark I - the suit Tony Stark builds while held captive in Afghanistan

A closer look at the detail of the Mark I

Mark II

Battle-damaged Mark III

Mark IV

Mark V

Mark VI

Mark VII

The second experience is the “Suit Up” simulation, allowing guests to virtually put on the latest suit in Stark Technologies, the Mark 42.  The simulator captures your image, suits you up, and lets you virtually test it out.  The experience is similar to the scenes of Tony Stark testing out his suit’s capabilities in the first film.

While in line for the simulation, there are more suit props on display.

A mini-Iron Man in the making trying out her very own suit

 

As you exit the experience, you’re directed through a hallway that cuts behind the Hall of Armour, featuring posters and stills from Iron Man 3.

 

A nice touch of detail - carrying the theme through to the backside of the Hall of Armour

As we made our way out of Innoventions, we were handed FREE Iron Man 3 posters!

Overall, both my husband (the Marvel fan) and I (the Disney fan) really enjoyed the entire experience.  Albeit small, it was great to have something new to experience inside Innoventions.  I really think this was a nice way for Disney to test the waters, and truthfully, while we were skeptical before, I’d feel safe in saying that we’d both be more open to more Marvel in the parks.

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About Chrysty Summers

Growing up in southern California, Disneyland has always been a staple for my family. Today, my husband and I spend most of our free time at the parks, where you can usually find us soaking up the atmosphere of Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. We also love traveling to Walt Disney World as often as we can, especially during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Fall! Find me on Twitter @PenelopePeach for live updates from around the parks.