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Marvel heroes land in Del Mar

DEL MAR — It may look as though aliens landed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, or that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is being reassembled there.

Those seven oversized white domes in the fairgrounds’ parking lot are actually home to The Marvel Experience, a 2-acre attraction that allows participants to join forces with Marvel heroes on a mission to save the planet.

Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate, or S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits will swing with Spider-Man, smash with Hulk and fly with Iron Man in next generation hyper-reality as they prepare to face the forces of Hydra.

The Marvel Experience, or TMX, uses interactive technology, including augmented reality, and multi-person gaming to take visitors through a 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic projection dome.

The attraction includes a state-of-the-art motion ride, a life-size Avengers’ Quinjet, collectibles, more than 20 Marvel characters and a hero-themed dining area.

Between 4,000 and 5,000 people were on hand for opening weekend Feb. 7 and 8.

TMX, produced by Los Angeles-based Hero Ventures, will be at the fairgrounds through Feb. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., except Feb. 17, 18 and 19, when the attraction opens at 2:30 p.m.

Monday through Thursday tickets are $29.50 for adults and $24.50 for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Admission is free for children younger than 4.

Tickets are $5 more Fridays and Saturdays. They can be purchased at the door, through Ticketmaster for an additional $5 and at

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