With "Captain America: The Winter Solider" opening in April, Disneyland joins the festivities with "Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage," an interactive experience giving park guests the opportunity to meet and take a photo with the first Avenger. The attraction, which opens March 7 inside Tomorrowland's Innoventions at Disneyland Park, is the latest Marvel themed interactive experiences, following in the footsteps of "Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries" and "Thor: Treasures of Asgard." CBR News recently participated in a special preview of the new experiences, reveling in the presence of props from the films and getting a little face time with Cap himself.
The Innoventions pavilion, nested between the Autopia and Space Mountain, has featured modular experiences and exhibits since it debuted as part of the New Tomorrowland in 1998. It has been to home Segway demonstrations, an opportunity to chat with Stitch from "Lilo and Stitch" and, since 2005, has housed a show starring the Honda ASIMO robot. From the beginning, Innoventions was intended to constantly introduce new features and give guests a hands-on experience. It's also proved to be the best place for Marvel exploit its presence as a Disney brand, opening both the "Iron Man Tech" and "Asgard" exhibits in 2013.
"Iron Man Tech" offers the opportunity to suit up in a virtual Iron Man suit while "Asgard" boasts face time with the god of thunder himself. Once visitors have crossed the Bifrost, of course. As expected, "The Living Legend" experience continues the trend, with a one-on-one meeting with Captain America.
As with the Thor experience, Cap can be found in a private alcove seemingly put together by S.H.I.E.L.D. Before you meet him, a wall mural/timeline recounts Steve Rogers' journey from the 98 lb. test subject to becoming encased in arctic ice to the Avengers' triumph in the Battle of New York. Additionally, it teases an element or two from the upcoming film.
Right before you turn the corner to meet the First Avenger, his initial costume from his first raid stands ready for a photo opportunity all its own.
Captain America himself is quite like his screen persona: forthright, gentlemanly and 100% U.S.A.. As he chats with guests, the star-spangled Avenger is willing to take photos and even teach visitors how to strike a proper salute or action pose.
Following the visit, a gallery of prototype shields offers one last close up look at the World War II hero's gear.
Debuting at last August's D23 convention in Anaheim, the Captain America Experience's move to the Innoventions interactive experience area is one that makes sense. "Innoventions has had a lot of different, exciting things happen, Jennifer Magill, director of the experience, said. "It just seemed like a natural fit."
Magill pointed to the success of the "Thor" and "Iron Man" exhibits as a sign that the Marvel heroes have a place in the Magic Kingdom. As the Marvel characters continue to grow their presence within Disneyland, one has to wonder how long it will be before guests might meet Rocket Raccoon, the Hulk or apply for S.H.I.E.L.D. training. "It would be great," Magill said of possible Guardians of the Galaxy or Hulk-themed exhibits. "We'll have to wait and see."
Meanwhile, Disneyland visitors can enjoy the unique opportunity to meet Captain America from March 7.