Self-delusion is my superpower.
Since childhood, I’ve had dreams of swooping beautifully among skyscrapers, dressed like Peter Parker in skin-tight red and blue spandex.
The fantasy comes real this morning as I flap limbs on a giant video screen, magically shooting webs out of my wrists at perishable arachnid robots at the newly opened Avengers campus at Disneyland Paris.
My spider sense must be tingling. Instead, the lactic acid burns unbearably in my upper arms and the sweat smothers my browbones. With great power comes great exhaustion.
Part video game and part interactive dark ride, Spider-Man web adventure is the centerpiece of a Marvel-themed expansion for Walt Disney Studios Park, which exists outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.
The high-tech attraction mimics the fiercely competitive gameplay of the 4D Toy Story Mania shooting game in Florida and California by using specially designed technology that empowers riders to sling webs with three increasingly precise precisions. Scans for hand movements and gestures. Frenzy show scenes.
Our four-strong team is captained by six-and-a-half-year-old Fred (half that age is frighteningly important), whose chosen armor is a reversible Sequin Spider-Man T-shirt.
We racked up a respectable 803,100 points, just shy of 10th place on the daily scoreboard, by focusing on the gold spider-bots (worth 6,000 points each) and yellow levers and buttons, which are wall-mounted. Including an array activate on-screen effects. Laser to cut through the wings of a hijacked Quinjet.
A full-scale replica of the Avenger’s turbine fan-powered aircraft sits atop a cantilever landing platform adjacent to the lands other major attraction – Avengers Assemble: Flight Force high-speed roller-coaster.
With a 120cm height requirement, this spectacular reinvention of the rock ‘n’ roller coaster Avec Aerosmith – which closed in September 2019 – maintains a zero to 57 mph launch acceleration in less than three seconds, and a track layout with two angled inversions and a corkscrew
The bilingual preshow features the first Avenger audio-animatronic figure in a Disney park – a realistic Iron Man with 33 fluid movements – and footage of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.
Their scripted conversation outlines a daring mission to pull deadly Kree warheads away from planet Earth using transponder-equipped hypersonic vehicles. Avengers: Quantum Encounter in the Worlds of Marvel’s signature restaurant with a turbo-charged narrative dovetail aboard the newly launched Disney Wish cruise ship.
The projected scenes of two heroes neutralizing missiles wrap around the rollercoaster as it caresses darkly. Mimicking the design flourishes of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in Florida, the addition of a twinkling starry firmament to envelop the ride will deepen the galactic immersion.
Exclusive to the Paris campus, Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence FRIDAY (Female Replacement Intelligent Digital Assistant Youth) is visually presented as a pulsating LED light show on the curved façade of the roller-coaster show building.
In a soothing Irish tone, FRIDAY welcomes recruits to land and warns of safety hazards.
Excited by my gung-ho web-slinging, I recharge at the PYM kitchen, named after physicist Doctor Hank Pym, who developed the Ant-Man program and pioneered the science of expanding and shrinking matter. raised.
Supersized engineering informs the impeccably themed buffet-style eatery, which requires table booking via the Disneyland Paris mobile app.
Entering through the Quantum Core tunnel, I find slices of mini cheese burgers and a monstrous pretzel topped with sliced meat and salad with miniature fruit jelly served in glass beakers. Salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar sit on the table in cork-stopped test tubes, kept by servers in lab coats.
Nearby, a Stark Factory quick service restaurant offers Thor the signature caramel and milk chocolate dessert (The Thunder Cake!) Intimate friends.
Turn right to eat pasta and pizza near the lovingly created desk of SHIELD co-founder Peggy Carter.
A charming gateway portal close to the entrance to the land draws queues arranged for a photo opportunity with Ant-Man, the Wasp and (sometimes) Groot. It mimics the ‘heroic encounter’ character and welcomes the rest of the resort.
The mobile app allows guests to book a timed appointment with Spider-Man, Iron Man or Captain Marvel at the frosted glass-fronted training center (sadly, walk-ups are not allowed).
The chosen protagonists joke face-to-face with a recruit and adopt iconic poses before 27 cameras hidden in the walls of the antechamber, creating the first dynamic “freeze frame” video sequence at a Disney park, downloadable via PhotoPass. available to do.
Bookmark the designated opportunities organic and immersive storytelling to interact with Marvel icons. The protagonists materialize throughout the day without fanfare and playfully advertise with awkward guests.
Doctor Strange gleams in his red cloak of levitation, while sun-haired Thor and adopted brother Loki fill pockets of delirium, the former seeking recruit eager to glean his mighty hammer, Mjolnir.
A sleek Avengers deployment vehicle designed by Tony Stark that echoes Quinjet’s futuristic aesthetic, quickly deploying heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow around campus, prompting curious, social media-savvy There are opportunities for selfies with recruits.
The polished four-wheeler is exclusive to Paris and is permanently powered by vibranium mined in Wakanda, Black Panther’s landlocked homeland.
Okoye, chief of Wakanda’s armed forces, and two members of Black Panther’s all-female bodyguards, Dora Milaje, exude Xhosa-language hoops from beneath the quinjet and the bombastic tribal beats of composer Ludwig Göransson’s orchestral film score.
The trio led a vigorous 12-minute session to train the next generation to wield javelin with the intention of snoring. The same performance space in front of the Stark Factory hosts lovebirds Star-Lord and Gamora for a humorous dance performance—with Redbone’s rock anthems Come and Get Your Love and ABC’s The Jackson 5.
With so much activity and character interaction at ground level, Disney’s creative magicians, known as Imagineers, look to rooftops as split-level stages for breathlessly choreographed stunt shows.
The Taskmaster and masked henchmen attempt to steal a canister of Vibranium and face fierce resistance from Black Widow and Black Panther, complete with bilingual dialogue and well-timed pyrotechnics. Spider-Man also shows off his gymnastic excellence throughout the day.
Excitingly, the Avengers campus is an ever-evolving playground. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe of movies, television series, and tie-in comics expands, new heroes will patrol the ground.
Several hours can be comfortably spent savoring the attractions, shows and dining options on the campus. For an overnight stay, Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel is a superpowered four-star oasis located at Thor’s hammer throw from the parks.
Three life-size Iron Man suits in the grand lobby tease one of the largest publicly viewable collections of Marvel art in the world, including backlit comic panels, storyboards, original sketches, and 50 pieces exclusive to Paris.
Hotel guests can pre-book a heroic encounter with a member of the Marvel fold in the Surface Super Hero Station (Black Widow launched a charming offensive during my post-breakfast visit). Eight themed selfie spots include Peter Parker’s upside-down bedroom that creates the illusion of hanging from the ceiling.
As I lean under a wooden bunk bed and desk lined with teen ephemera, adopting a web-slinging pose I’ve been practicing since childhood, I’m reminded that in the Marvel Multiverse, anything is possible. .
Even an athletically challenging, human-child incarnation of the late forty-something Spider-Man.
Self-deception is bliss.
A standalone entrance ticket costs around €84 for an adult and €82 for children under 12. A two-day hopper ticket, which allows entry to both parks, costs €154/€152. Hotel and ticket packages are also available. Irish travel agents including Abbey Travel, Cassidy Travel, Breakaway.E and Shandon Travel offer packages. Disneylandparis.com