An all-new Big Hero 6-themed attraction is coming to Disney Parks this summer, just in time to help Guests beat the sweltering heat.
In 2014, Walt Disney Animation released its first-ever animated film to feature characters from Marvel Comics, Big Hero 6. The studio created new software technology to use in the production of the film’s animated visual effects. Despite the trademark look of the characters in the film, Baymax and the gang are actually part of the Marvel Universe. The “healthcare companion” robot was first introduced in Sunfire and Big Hero Six, Issue 1, in July 1998, more than 16 years before the animated film hit the box office.
Disney describes the film as “an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends— adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes.”
But the Disney version of Baymax is vastly different from Marvel’s version, and that’s probably why the inflatable robot is so loved by Disney fans. Disney’s Baymax is more friendly, much softer, far more pleasant, and far less nightmare-inducing than Marvel’s 1998 version of the character.
Baymax is so well-loved by fans that Walt Disney Imagineering has created rides and attractions inspired by him, though none of those attractions has made it to a U. S. Disney Park yet. But Baymax has made a comfortable place for himself at Tokyo Disney Resort. Not only is the Japanese Disney Resort the home of The Happy Ride With Baymax,” but beginning on July 4, it will be the only Disney Parks Resort to feature Baymax’s Mission Cooldown, an interactive new attraction for Guests who love Baymax and want to beat the heat.
Baymax’s Mission Cooldown is a two-float cavalcade that will appear along the parade route at Tokyo Disneyland beginning on July 4. Through September 6, Baymax will venture out among Guests three times per day on a mission to “raise the energy level” of Guests who are feeling sluggish and exhausted from the summer heat. “Light and bright music” will accompany Baymax as he searches for areas of the park where the energy level has decreased, and then, Guests are in for a treat–a special cooldown, thanks to the personal healthcare companion, who will stop and spray mists of water to bring visitors some temporary relief from the heat.
The new Baymax attraction is just one of Tokyo Disney’s “cooling off” spots around the Resort. On the map below, the stars represent locations of spots where Guests can get a little relief from the heat and humidity of summertime in Japan.
Baymax’s Mission Cooldown sounds like the perfect way to beat the heat. The only question we have now is, “Why doesn’t the Walt Disney World Resort have anything like this?!”