My family and my boyfriend’s family went to see what the Marvel Experience was about at Fair Park with tickets from our friends at The Marvel Experience. This virtual reality hyper tour was a fan favorite for the older kids ages 11 – 13 but went over the head of my younger one at 4 years of age. I would definitely recommend it for kids ages 8 and older because there were two activities my 4 year old could not participate in. I thought these temporary dome structures really set the stage for what the entire event would be like. When you arrive you are a recruit and you get your own name badge that you set up out front. This was the longest part because with a group of kids and adults everyone has to enter their information such as name, date of birth and email. This can take awhile but there are two stations to do this in the front of The Marvel Experience.
You can easily spend 2.5 hours here as you are secured into 5 separate sections when you make it into the domed structures. The first section gives you a briefing about what to expect on your mission as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Many of the things you’ll see are above your head on the domed ceilings. You are greeted by Director Fury and many of your favorite Marvel Characters in the first part where you are briefed about your mission.
The second part of your mission you are in training. You learn about the origins of your favorite Marvel characters, battle bad buys in simulated play, climb walls like Spiderman, learn agility by avoiding lasers, Fight like hulk and basically learn how to be a better S.H.I.E.L.D. We climbed walls like Spiderman, we avoided lasers in a maze like Black Widow, we pretended to be Hulk, we fought bad guys with Captain America and we held Director Fury with our secret mission. Basically we became pretty cool Super Heroes ourselves.
You can summon your favorite characters on a large screen with the Avengers Encounter as seen in the video below.
You can also climb walls at the Spider-Man climbing wall which my boyfriend’s daughter was able to do and you can see it here on my IG:
This training area is also your last chance for snacks and to go to the restroom. Staff will be on hand to guide you to the next set of areas. This part was confusing. There are not a lot of maps or signs to really guide you on how best to navigate the experience. I wish there was an app so you know what to expect. Maybe something they can think about for next time. I would say be prepared and study the brochure map they give you in the beginning.
The 3D Virtual Movie
So in this section everyone gets in a room and you are given Active 3D glasses. Above your heads another adventure is going on in space as you help beat the bad guys. Once you go from this room you enter another room which you are treated to another movie sitting down. In this movie your chairs move like as if you are flying in space in a battle. I sat with my 4 yr old in the front row since those seats don’t move and are for people that don’t meet the height requirements, are pregnant or can’t be in a moving seat. I thought that was great so my daughter wouldn’t miss the movie.
As you make your way to the last section, there is the gift shop. If you are a Marvel fan there are a lot of great souvenirs, t-shirts and more. They even have Dallas Cowboys special edition Marvel Tees.
It was a great family event and it’s something I haven’t seen anywhere else in Dallas-Fort Worth. Hope something like this comes back.