With the Iron Man exhibit being a sort of test if it will hold up with guests for an actual Iron Man-themed ride, wouldn't it be more exciting if they went with an Avengers theme? Here's what I mean: Avengers was easily one of the most hyped and anticipated films of 2012 and a sequel is not that far off. Iron Man is a trilogy (and a pretty awesome one at that), but it does have a place with this ride that I have in mind.
The Carousel Theater is re-themed to the Stark Expo, where all of the latest technologies of Stark Industries are being showcased. Guests receive Fastpass where the Autopia's currently stands.
---The queue will showcase TVs that provide the backstories throughout. As guests walk up the ramp on the first level, they are greeted by the Avengers "A" logo where the current Innoventions sign stands. The entire facility is now enclosed, rather than have the entry and exits outside.
---The first room is the Welcome Center, which is a basic welcome to the Stark Expo.
---The second room comes with a quick backstory on the expo and the Stark family, most notably Tony Stark. Stark is also the host of the preshow rooms via voice.
---The third room showcases the Iron Man suits, while giving backstory of the Iron Man story.
---The fourth queue room showcases the history and backstory of the Avengers (Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow). Here, the story of the first film is explained.
---The fifth (and largest) queue room is a showroom features a mega-special effect and serves as the sort of "Library room" from Tower of Terror. Tony Stark enters as Iron Man (similar to his entrance in Iron Man 2) through technology similar to Disaster! at USO to present the industry's newest innovations, most notably the ride vehicles. The presentation is interrupted, however, as Nick Fury sends a transmission that the Tesseract was stolen from Asgard and ended up (where else?) on Earth. To make things worse, some rogue Chitauri have reawakened after being reactivated by a new unknown threat, with them still being on Earth from the New York attack. Fury does not know who or what it is either, but tells Stark to get the expo guests out of the area. Stark knows how much of a threat this is, but plays it smoothly and reveals that the showroom was a cover-up for S.H.I.E.L.D. (through a "revealing" mega-effect similar to Poseidon's Fury in IOA).
---Guests are then asked to evacuate through the lower levels, with Stark's prototype transports to get them a safe distance from the located Tesseract. They are led into a smaller room where Jarvis gives the safety spiel.
---Guests finally board into small pods that fit four people, but are on a constantly moving station track (like Sky School). The vehicles are actually a recall to Captain America where Howard Stark attempted to make flying cars. The upper part of the vehicle is covered to create the illusion of hovering.
The ride is basically an action-adventure ride similar to TF 3D at Universal. Non-stop action is at every turn, with the riders and Avengers winning out. The blue lines are the screens, and the purple boxes are the elevators in which the riders are transported from level to level.
Shop: Stark Suppliers Co. across from Autopia entrance
Photos: Ride Layout (1st and 2nd Floors), Ride Vehicle