Marvel’s Ant-Man attraction has been named by Hong Kong Disneyland. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle! Attraction will debut at the theme park in 2019 as part of the park’s multi-year expansion.
Ant-Man is once again taking the cinema world by storm. Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to the 2015 blockbuster is now showing in cinemas worldwide and has grossed more than $160 million in its first weekend on release. In Asia, the movie opened nearly 50 percent higher than the original Ant-Man and hit the number one spot in numerous territories across the region.
The Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle! experience starts with an ordinary visit to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science and Technology Pavilion at Stark Expo at Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL). Then the everyday tour turns into a wild adventure as guests are called to help action heroes Ant-Man and the Wasp. They ride in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s state-of-the-art vehicle and take part in a heroic battle, fighting against Zola and an army of Hydra swarm-bots.
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, stars of the film, also appear in the new interactive attraction at HKDL. “I have been a Disneyland fan my whole life,” said Rudd. “To have an attraction as Ant Man at Hong Kong Disneyland is so exciting.”
Lilly was equally delighted. “It’s such an exciting moment for a female heroine to be in the title of a Marvel film. For the character to also have her own ride is an incredible honour.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle! follows in the footsteps of the Iron Man Experience, launched at the park last year.
Iron Man Experience has consistently held the top spot as most rated attraction at HKDL since its opening. More Marvel experiences will be launched in years through to 2023 as part of the multi-year expansion of HKDL that extends through 2023. The aim is to turn HKDL into the premier hub for Super Hero experiences in the region.
Expansion project brings new attractions
The theme park’s major expansion project started last October. In addition to the Marvel-themed area, HKDL will bring new Disney attractions and entertainments. The first new experience was ‘Moana: A Homecoming Celebration’ which debuted in Adventureland in May.
Construction on the park’s centrepiece, the castle, is also underway. The revamped castle will feature 13 Disney Princess stories and is set to feature a new daytime show and a night-time spectacular.
Taxpayers are funding $700m of the $1.4bn expansion; Disney is taking the rest of the bill. The Hong Kong government is the controlling shareholder in HKDL with a 53 percent stake with the remaining 47 percent owned by Disney.
HKDL saw its losses double in 2017, despite increases in attendance and revenues. The deficit was due to a hefty rise in costs associated with the launch of new attractions.