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Disneyland – Iron Man Tech

 

Life size replicas as well as movie props.   It was worth the wait in line to go in and see all of the great armors.  My wife and I were already headed down for the weekend to kick-off my Spring Break.  It was the end of our annual passes for Disneyland, and we wanted to go one more time.  Then the news of Iron Man Tech coming to Disneyland to promote Iron Man 3, and I knew that it was fate.

They had the new Mark 42 on display, as well as the first 7 armors.  It was so cool to see them side by side in a comparison.   Here they are:

Mark I:

Mark II:

Mark III:

Mark IV:

Mark V:

Mark VI:

Mark VII:

All seven of these armors are displayed like the Hall of Armor in Tony’s work area.   Lights all around, and in the middle is displayed the Mark 42 armor:

The gold color of the other armors is a lot more subdued, taking on much more of a tan color.  There is also the addition of more silver in certain areas of the body.

In addition to the 8 armors around, there is an area where you can stand on a platform, and an artificial Iron Man armor is built over your body on the screen.  Then it runs tests on the screen with you presumably inside the suit you are looking at.    The line grew quickly, it took a while to be built up inside the suit, and it was not all that impressive.  So I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the props that were hanging behind the glass along the first part of the line.

The Mark I prop was outstanding.  To see all of the weld lines and the dents in the armor really shows how Tony would have pieced this together out in the desert.

The Mark 42 parts are really well detailed.  Looks like the end of the battle for these parts.

There are many, many more pictures to share.  Just click on any picture above to be taken to my Flickr site and peruse the rest of the pictures.  Lots more detail shots of the armors.

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Iron Man Hall of Armor at Disneyland

On May 13th, a new display is opening at Disneyland featuring Iron Man 3 props.   Iron Man 3

My wife and I drop down that way a few times a year, and I am feeling extremely luck that we will be down there for Spring Break just a few days after the exhibit opens.  I can’t wait to get an up close look at some of that stuff.  Should be a real treat.

At first I was excited to think there would be all kinds of toys for sale there, but we still have the problem of the small scale Iron Man figures having no elbows or knees.


Disney’s California Adventure, Cars Land

As a fan of Cars, I have been waiting for years and years for this land to be ready.  I remember back to when the parking lot was closed back there, so they could start creating the land.  Seeing the metal frames going up, and finally getting covered in the rock formations, before finally being so artfully painted to match the beauty of the Southwest.   Then came the building of the town of Radiator Springs.  Now it is all done, in every detail you would want to see, and it did not disappoint.  I could not stop smiling the entire time I was in that land.  Amazing.

You might think, “There are characters walking around in the rest of Disneyland, they cannot do it in Cars land.  Ah, but they can.  They bring out Lightning and Mater to sit in the driveway of the Cozy Cone Motel for photo shoots with the kids.  They actually drive down the street.   I also got a glimpse of DJ, who apparently comes out and brings the music for impromptu dance parties.

The colors and details are the best.  Disney outdid anything they have ever come up with before.   California Adventure underwent an estimated $1.1 billion makeover, and boy did it payoff.

The daytime is amazing, but it is at night when the buildings of Radiator Springs comes alive.   Neon everywhere, and it flashes and moves just like the movie.

There were no details left unfinished.   From making the town accurate, to making sure everything looked just as old as it needed to.

All of the rides in Cars Land are great.  The big draw is the Radiator Springs Racers.  Strap in and hold on while you get a ride through Cars land, and then a race lap to finish off your run.

The Fastpasses sold out by 9:30, and the line was 150 minutes long, but for the people who just had to wait in line all that time were treated to great signs and details, like Stanley’s original spring.  It looks just like it did in Time Travel Mater.

When you finally get up to the front, you get treated to a seat on one of the cars.  So cute and ready for fun.

If you get in the car, and you do not feel as giddy as I did, then you do not belong on the Racers.  It was SO exciting.

When you start your adventure, you get to go through some great areas with some of the best animatronics that Disney has ever created.

Let’s not forget about the other rides that are there too.  The Racers have taken the spotlight, but the other two rides are really fun as well.   Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree features a square dance in a wagon pulled by a baby Tractor.

Fear not if you are stuck in line here.  You will want to take some time to look around.  The fences around the line are lined with great mementos of Mater’s Tall Tales, from Mater The Greater all the way to badges from his flight into space.

And then there is Luigi’s Flying Tires:

There are some people who were complaining that they don’t work all that well.  My wife and I went on it, and we were able to really get going.  All you have to do is lean, and hold it.  The cushion of air makes for a fun atmosphere.  I felt like an air-hockey puck.  It was a lot of fun.

All in all, I could not think of a way to make Cars Land any better.   The lines are long, but that is to be expected when it just opened.   With time, I am sure the lines will get better.  Don’t forget the rest of California Adventure has been greatly improved as well.  The Little Mermaid has great animatronics as well as the best music, the main street has been redone and looks beautiful.   They even have a very fun (and loud) night club vibe going on at the Mad T Party.  Dance the night away with a mixed drink containing a glowing ice cube.

California Adventure changed from a place I wanted to go to ride a few rides, to a place I like to hang out.   I cannot wait to go back again later in they year.  🙂


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