Marvel Experience far exceeds fan-boy’s expectations

by TMX Team in News, Show Updates

Reposted from the AZ Central web site.

By Rick Leabo

As a child, I always wished for super powers. I wanted to be strong like the Hulk or be able to swing on webs like Spider-Man. Heck, to this day I still wish I could, but I have come to accept that it probably isn’t going to happen.

Now, with the Marvel Experience, I get to have a little taste of what it would be like.

Hero Ventures brings us the Marvel Experience, a state-of-the-art, mind-blowing new travelling theme park. This isn’t your average Disneyland theme park. This is a fully immersed action-adventure that is 100 percent hands on and fun for all ages. (The really little ones might be a little overwhelmed, but only in a few places.)

Aaron Finch of Eagar, Arizona, left, and his children,

As a 34-year-old man, who is admittedly a Marvel fan-boy, I had high expectations. I wanted to like it. I wanted to go in and be wowed by everything inside. I can tell you as an unbiased journalist, it did all of this, and more. As a 34-year-old Marvel fan-boy, I can tell you this exceeded — no, far exceeded — my expectations.

You start outside in the ticketing area listening to triumphant Marvel scores similar to the soundtracks from the movies. You get your “Super Power Band,” a sleek-looking black bracelet with your ID and information encoded into it. You use this throughout the experience.

After you get your Super Power Band, you go into the first of seven domes. There you get to watch a video that sets the stage for the entire 1 1/2-to-2-hour event. You are a new recruit for S.H.I.E.L.D., the secret government organization that protects everything red, white, and blue. You are to go into the training facility and learn from the Marvel superheroes how to become the best S.H.I.E.L.D. agent you can be.

Once you walk in to the training facility you see that this is no light event. There are games galore. Eye candy after eye candy. After checking out the large model of the “Adaptoid,” the cybernetic bad guys being controlled by the Red Skull and other baddies, the relic room full of props from recent Marvel movies — like one of Falcon’s wings, Loki’s staff, and Iron Man’s mask collection — you get to the games, which you activate by scanning your Super Power Band.

There is a Spider-Man wall climb, an Iron Man flight simulator, a Hulk smash simulator, Black Widow’s laser maze, and more. Each one gives you a score based on performance. There are also snacks and refreshments, of course. That alone seems worth the price of admission (a mere $27).

Read the entire review (plus video!) here.