On opening weekend of The Marvel Experience, my family and I had a chance to join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and become S.H.I.E.L.D. agents! Because I am a huge fan of Marvel and The Avengers, I could not wait to explore the universe of comics in a whole new way.
When we arrived, we created our S.H.I.E.L.D. badges before being ushered into a command post to get our instructions for the day. After watching a message from some very important Super Heroes, you enter the training facility. This was my favorite part of the day – they have a climbing wall, a laser maze, and several clever interactive video games like flying with Iron Man and punching with The Hulk. One of my favorite training activities was a virtual shooting gallery where you can compete against your family. (I will admit, it was probably my favorite because I beat my hubby…while holding a wiggly 11-month-old in my arms!)
You can spend as much time as you like in the training dome exploring all the interactive elements and checking out the details. There are some great photo ops in here too, especially if you have a young Super Hero fan. When you’re done training, you go through a replica of the Avenger’s Quinjet into a dome where you see a 3D battle across the entire dome above you. The experience ends with a 4D Motion Ride (similar to Star Tours in Disney World) and, of course, a stop in the gift shop. The entire staff is wearing S.H.I.E.L.D. shirts and addresses each person as an agent, which really adds to the atmosphere.
Overall, it was a really unique and fun way to spend the afternoon. We went on a Friday during the school day, so we never waited in lines or felt rushed at all. We spent about three hours total at the experience, but we took our time and really checked out all the details. If you have elementary or middle school kids who enjoy the comics or movies, they will be totally immersed in the world full of Super Heroes and Super Villains and come out feeling like a real S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
The Marvel Experience
Fair Park in Dallas
January 15 – February 1
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Marvel Experience www.themarvelexperiencetour.com.
Here are a few things I wish I would have knows before we arrived:
- They have snacks available to purchase before you enter the experience and in the main training dome.
- Parking is $10 – they do take credit cards.
- Strollers aren’t allowed in the domes – you can either leave them outside (unmonitored) or leave them in your car.
- They don’t have changing tables, so I would definitely change your little one in the car before you head inside.
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