Super heroes are on a roll lately, slowly working their way into seemingly every form of entertainment one can think of. First came the comic books. Then the cartoons and live-action series. Finally, the movie industry had to bow to them as well. Now, it looks like the next stage in this super-powered take-over of the world is theme parks. As a matter of fact, there are currently three such theme-park projects going on right now.
The first location is Australia’s Warner Brothers Movie World, which is building a ride called Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D. Apparently, park-goers will wait in line inside the Hall of Justice, listening to a bit of prologue while they await their turn. They then board some battle vehicles and launch into a 3D interactive environment composed of animatronics, 3D projections and special effect, all placed within full-scale sets (one of them being Gotham City).
Riders will fight beside the heroes of the Justice League world, using their battle vehicles’ lasers to zap alien spores or something. The ride lasts for five minutes and afterwards people get the chance to see their scores and either hide their face in humiliation or gloat over their fellow riders.
Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D is scheduled to be up-and-running in September of this year.
The next project on the list is of a significantly larger scale. Disney is working with IMG (Ilyas & Mustafa Galdari) to build the Marvel Adventure super hero-themed portion of their larger, indoor family entertainment park. Marvel Adventure is said to feature Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers and others in rides that bare titles such as Flying With Spidey, Fantasticar and X-Men: Danger Room. The entertainment park is set to cover 1.2 million square feet, of which Marvel Adventure will take up nearly a third.
Marvel Adventure is currently scheduled to open near the end of 2013.
The final super hero experience comes from none other than Disney. They wish to add a full-scale Marvel park to their famous flagship park-cluster in Anaheim. This one is expected to feature the grandeur that one normally expects from Disney projects, with adventure rides incorporating Marvel characters and all sorts of Marvel-like atmosphere to spend the day in.
Unfortunately, this bigger-and-badder park is still in its inception. There are many details to be worked out, including some economic woes with Disney’s California Adventure, the need for more parking and the expansion of Disney’s hotel space.
I have to say, I’m kinda torn on this one. What do the Nerdreaders think? Are these parks a huge pile of awesome, or has comic book culture sold its soul to the devil?
Thanks to slashfilm for the heads-up.