A few months ago I wrote about some of my favorite teen things to do at both Disneyland and California Adventure, but now I have another new favorite spot in Tomorrowland: Super Hero HQ. If you are a fan of Marvel or even playing video games for free, you’ll probably agree with me.
Super Hero HQ is on the top floor of the building that used to house Innoventions. The first floor has been taken over by Star Wars Launch Bay. Super Hero HQ has its own entrance, although each time I have visited, the middle staircase connecting Launch Bay and Super Hero HQ was open so you could travel easily between two floors. This is good to know in case you also want to visit Star Wars Launch Bay and there’s a line. I have yet to see a line going to Super Hero HQ’s entrance, so that’s another reason to visit when ride lines get long midday. Both Superhero HQ and Launch Bay opened during the Season of the Force.
The most exciting change at Disneyland's Superhero HQ is adding The V.A.U.L.T., where you can meet Spider-Man. Be sure to strike your best Spider-Man pose for your picture! While you wait to meet Spider-Man you can look for Captain America’s suit and Ant-Man’s suit.
Good news—Thor has returned! You can meet him in Asgard. While you wait to enter the Bifrost Chamber before you meet Thor, be sure to check out the actual costumes and props from Thor: the Dark World.
I am an Avengers fan, so one of my favorite parts of Super Hero HQ is seeing all of the Iron Man suits lined up in the hall of Armor. You can suit up and virtually try on Iron Man’s Mark 42 suit and watch your movements in the suit on a monitor.
Play Video Games in the Marvel Game Center
So here is where parents need to be patient with their kids. You can play the latest generation of Xbox games. If you happen to love video games and Star Wars, there are some more games downstairs in Launch Bay. My parents give me plenty of time to play because these are free games and my parents are supportive when we can find free things to do at Disneyland!
There is a lot of Marvel merchandise for sale. Besides T-shirts and action figures they also sell some limited-edition artwork. If you have a smart phone, you can make a Marvel customized cell phone case. Pick some Marvel art to be 3D printed onto a smart phone case at the D-Tech On Demand kiosk. It’s pretty awesome. You can’t miss the giant illustrated sphere.
Disneyland's Super Hero HQ is a great place to visit when the park gets crowded. While Super Hero HQ does appeal to boys, I often see a lot of female Marvel fans in there as well. Younger kids will like meeting Spider-Man and suiting up as Iron man. Older kids and teens seem to congregate over in the gaming areas. Visitors of any age can agree that this lesser-known part of Disneyland makes a great escape from the sun and crowds. Super Hero HQ opens at 10 a.m. each day. You can check the park's entertainment schedule to see meet-and-greet times for each hero.
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