I will give it to Disney to always try something different when it comes to guest and character interactions. When you get the right mix of a willing audience and talented cast members, a truly magical experience may happen.
Today at the Disney Parks Blog, it was announced that guests aboard the Disney Wish could have a small adventure with Marvel characters via the Avengers: Quantum Encounter. It’s an interactive experience featuring Imagineering’s skills and characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, of course, you get to experience all this while you’re dining.
“The highlight of this special event is a hands-on demonstration of the latest and greatest Pym Tech, the Quantum Core, which uses cutting-edge (and highly unstable) technology to shrink and grow targets at the push of a button. A few “misfires” will result in hilarious Ant-Man-style hijinks, but the real trouble begins when an unexpected villain shows up with a fearsome army in tow, eager to get their hands on this powerful quantum technology.”
Ant-Man, the Wasp, Captain America, and Captain Marvel are said to make an appearance. I’m going to guess that the last two appear via the screens that line the walls. Cool idea, as I’m sure, there will be a cool battle sequence that happens across the screens. What really interests me, though, is just how interactive the Pym tech is.
Dinner and a show? Ah! Just what I need while I’m trying to eat my fill of oversized foods! It’s an interesting idea. How will diners be able to change the size of their food directly at the table, though? Disney magic!
OK, I will go out on a limb and say that the actual experience will differ greatly from what is shown in the promotional video. I’ve worked in this industry for a while, and I guess there will be no shrinking of food. The quantum core will be an interactive device for sure, but it will “remotely” resize objects, as the press release states.
During the dining experience, there will probably be set intervals when each table turns to resize something in a display case or on a stage. It’s a fun little distraction, probably.
If Disney wanted to go all out, here is how I’d do it:
Before the dining experience, guests have to pre-order their entire meal from start to finish. Then, key items are chosen that will arrive miniaturized. These would, of course, be prop food items. Rather than the core, you’d have a replica of Pym’s shrinking tech as the table’s centerpiece, something like a Star Trek teleporter in a case.
Guests would one by one put their item on in the centerpiece, and press a button. Then, using a quick-change system loaded under the table, the item would disappear and reappear full size in a flash of light, a puff of smoke, or projected effect. This would work best for smaller foods, like the cupcake from the video. But, of course, you wouldn’t get a massive cupcake; that would be a huge amount of waste.
What are your thoughts on a show featuring Marvel Cinematic Universe characters interacting with you as you dine aboard Disney’s Wish cruiseliner? Let us know in the comments.
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