The sun is high in the noon sky, casting rays of powerful heat onto the civilians below. As you make your way through the hoards of mortals gathered by a galactic structure, a broad shadow looms, covering the land in darkness. Wary – but determined – you amble forward, stepping across the threshold. And instantly, you’re transported into another time. You’ve crossed the “cosmic bridge” into Asgard.
One of the highlights of our #DisneyVacayCA at Disneyland, California was the ability to get up close and personal with some of our favourite Superheroes at Innoventions. Located in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park, Innoventions is a 5,000-square-foot home of the future, where you can learn how the advancements of today—and the technology of tomorrow—seamlessly interconnects within the home, the surrounding community and the whole world.
It also happens to be the home of Thor, the Mighty Avenger!
“Ready yourself for a thunderous encounter as you come face-to-face with the crown prince of Asgard.”
Hint – he’s hot. No really, I know he’s Thor and all – and never once did he break character, so it’s all good for the kids – but really, kudos to Disneyland for this casting decision. Someone up there decided that a young Brad Pitt-lookalike made perfect sense for the role, and set out to find him. Well, he’s there folks. From 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day.
“Begin your journey by first entering a fascinating display where you can learn about the rich culture and history of Thor’s home planet. Examine the walls where you’ll find formal portraits of Thor and Loki, in addition to other treasures and artifacts—including the fabled book of Yggdrasil.”
Yes, there’s the anticipation. In fact, no one does anticipation better than Disney – from the many “artifacts” of Asgard on display (recognizable props from the Thor movies, such as weapons used by the Warriors Three and Heimdall) to the possessions of the dark elves, we’re given a glimpse into Thor’s world. And then, upon entering the Bifröst, the voice of Odin himself can be heard, welcoming us at the gateway to Asgard. Finally, Odin’s throne room opens – revealing Thor standing in splendour.
So… how do you handle a hot superhero?
Tip #1: Bait the hot superhero into a sidelong glance. You know, the type where he looks at you from the corner of his eye. Confirm his hotness, and then move over to a more central location to get a better photograph.
Tip #2: Creatively blur out your husband (accidentally on purpose?) and focus on the hot superhero. Note that your 6-year old is touching his mighty hammer, Mjolnir – which Thor is also touching – which means that in a way, Thor is actually touching you. Be secure in this knowledge and accept it as truth.
Tip #3: Yell over at the hot superhero to encourage more contact with the kid, which again, through parental osmosis, means more contact with you. Remember that your husband is still in the photo frame and oblige by including him in the picture. Note that Thor continues to carry his 350-pound mighty hammer with sexy ease and grace.
Tip #4: Pretend to fumble with your camera’s settings while zooming in on the hot superhero’s face. Scowl as your husband shows off his stealth photobombing prowess by inserting himself into the picture at the last moment.
Tip #5: Be a good sport and zoom out, encompassing both your husband and child in the photo. Acknowledge that even though the hot superhero is otherworldly in his attractiveness, focus on the two boys that have your heart.
And that, friends, is how to handle a hot superhero. Meet Thor at Innoventions daily from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, located in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park. Innoventions is wheelchair and ECV accessible and appropriate for all ages. Special thanks to Disney Parks Canada who arranged this visit as part of our #DisneyVacayCA experience.