Paul Rudd Visits Ant-Man and The Wasp Attraction; Opening This Weekend at Hong Kong Disneyland

The highly anticipated Marvel-themed attraction Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! is set to open at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) this Sunday, March 31.

Actor Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, poses in front of the new Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland. In this high-tech, high-energy ride, guests can go all-in fighting alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp as they are shrunk down to the size of an ant! Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! is set to open to the public on March 31. (Disney)

Today, more than 1,000 guests, including government officials, fans, media and Marvel celebrities, including Ant-Man actor Paul Rudd (pictured above), gathered for a sneak peek of the new attraction.

In this high-tech, high-energy ride, guests can fight alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp as they are shrunk down to the size of an ant! Featuring a new Marvel story with the first Hong Kong-specific Marvel character, Leslie Lam, guests will join the battle against the evil artificial intelligence Arnim Zola and his army of Swarmbots.

Ant-Man and the Wasp Nano Battle!

It is the first attraction ever to feature Ant-Man and The Wasp, and is also the first-ever Marvel attraction in a Disney Park to feature a female Super Hero as a title character.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! is the second Marvel-themed attraction at HKDL, continuing the park’s growth as an ultimate hub for Marvel Super Hero action in the region.

HKDL and Walt Disney Imagineering worked closely with Marvel Studios in the production of this new attraction. Director Peyton Reed and his production team lent their full support, while the stars of the film, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, joined the action by reprising their roles. As a result, guests will be immersed in a truly authentic Marvel experience.

During the battle, guests will receive comments from both Ant-Man and The Wasp. They may also catch some humorous local references by the two heroes. Be sure to keep a sharp eye out for hidden Marvel details — otherwise known as Easter eggs — during the ride.

Ride Vehicles on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle attraction ©Disney

There are 150 targets, shown in many different shapes and sizes, that provide guests different levels of gaming challenge. The D/AGR’s onboard computer keeps track of guests’ hits and accuracy, and the scores are accumulated and shown on the vehicle displays. Scores are awarded based on the number of target hits and the size of those targets. The smaller the target, the more it is worth. Extra points can be earned for finding secret combos and special sequences. Using their EMP Blasters, guests should try to shoot and disable as many Swarmbots as possible to help Ant-Man and The Wasp defeat Zola. They can also compete with their family and friends to see who can earn the highest score!

Hong Kong Disneyland’s Ant-Man and the Wasp Weapons Room

To make the attraction even more immersive, the Secure Storage Vault for Alien & Weapon Technology inside the S.H.I.E.L.D. pavilion showcases 14 types of artifacts and research items from Marvel movies, TV shows and comics. Some of these are unique and exclusively exhibited at HKDL.

The ride features an original score by Christophe Beck, the composer for the Ant-Man movies, along with special visuals and sound effects that take the experience to the next level of immersion.

Here’s a sneak preview of the attraction:

Officiating at today’s Launch Ceremony were Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Eliza Lee, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, the Hong Kong SAR Government; Stephanie Young, managing director of HKDL; and Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering.

In addition to Rudd, other Marvel representatives on hand included Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios; Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment; Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man and its sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp; Stephen Broussard, producer of Ant-Man and The Wasp; and renowned Hong Kong actress Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) who plays Leslie Lam, the Chief Engineer of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science & Technology Pavilion, a new Marvel character created for this attraction.

Do you have plans to visit Hong Kong Disneyland to see this new attraction? Are you a HUGE Marvel fan? Let us know in the comments below!

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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