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Marvel-themed areas at Disney parks
Disney California Adventure
StatusUnder construction
Opening date2020
ReplacedA Bug's Land
Hong Kong Disneyland
StatusUnder construction
Opening date2019
ReplacedBuzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Walt Disney Studios Park
StatusUnder construction
Opening date2020[1][2]
ReplacedRock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Armageddon - Les Effets Spéciaux
General Statistics
ThemeMarvel Superheroes

The Walt Disney Company plans to add Marvel Comics–themed areas to several of its theme parks: Disney California Adventure in 2020, Hong Kong Disneyland in 2019, and Walt Disney Studios Park in 2020. While not in a Marvel-themed land, a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster will be added to Epcot in 2021.[3][1][2] The Marvel-themed areas or "land" will be developed simultaneously at the three parks and inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They will be developed by Walt Disney Imagineering, in collaboration with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment.[4]

These three parks all hosted a Marvel-themed seasonal event in the past[5][6][7], which confirmed the demand for the integration of the superheroes in the parks.

Based on three different continents, the Marvel-themed areas will be defined as the "Super Hero campus" of their specific region, that will form guests to become heroes.[8] Each area will feature mostly different sets of attractions and entertainment, while being strongly interconnected with each other by sharing a common narrative.[9]

Disney California Adventure[edit]

The version at Disney California Adventure will be taking up the space previously occupied by A Bug's Land and will be anchored by the nearby Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! attraction. A Bug's Land closed on September 5, 2018 to make way for the new area. At the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney announced the Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers as part of the new immersive Superhero area at the park. Disney has said phase one of this superhero themed area will open in 2020. Due to a 1994 contract with Universal Parks & Resorts, Disney cannot use the "Marvel" name in the area name or attractions.[10][11] Thus an official name for the area has yet to be announced. The new Spider-man themed ride will use the former Bug's Life theater[12].

Current Attractions and Entertainment (as part of Hollywood Land)[edit]

Current Shop[edit]

Future Attractions and entertainment[edit]

Hong Kong Disneyland[edit]

The version at Hong Kong Disneyland was announced in 2016, as part of the park's expansion plan[16]. It will take over part of Tomorrowland and will be themed as the Stark Expo based in Hong Kong, where guests are asked to join the Super Heroes in their battles.[17] This version will be entering phase 2 in 2019, which will be including an attraction where guests team up with Ant-Man and The Wasp[disambiguation needed] in the Science and Technology Pavilion of Stark Expo[18]. This new attraction will join the Iron Man Experience, which opened in 2017 and will be taking up the area where the former Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction used to be. On top of this, there will be new attractions and other forms of entertainment added to the land up until the year 2023, when a brand new Avengers themed ride will open.[19][20]

Current Attractions and Entertainment (as part of Tomorrowland)[edit]

Current Shop (as part of Tomorrowland)[edit]

  • Expo Shop

Future attractions and entertainment[edit]

Future Shop[edit]

  • Pavillion Gifts

Walt Disney Studios Park[edit]

The version at Walt Disney Studios Park will be taking over the Backlot area of the park, repurposing it with the Marvel theme[22]. It will include a re-theme of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith[23][24]. On December 10 2018, it was announced that Walt Disney Studios Park would feature a Marvel area similar to the one coming to Disney California Adventure, receiving the same Spider-Man ride (taking over the Armageddon spot, closing on April 1st 2019) and Doctor Strange interactive show.[25]

Current Entertainment (as part of Backlot)[edit]

Future attractions and entertainment[edit]

Future Restaurant[edit]

Epcot[edit]

There is only one confirmed roller coaster themed around Marvel at Epcot: the Guardians of the Galaxy themed roller coaster that replaced Ellen's Energy Adventure. This attraction will open in 2021 during the 50th of Walt Disney World.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Glover, Erin (March 20, 2018). "Avengers and Other Super Heroes to Assemble in New Themed Areas at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Fickley-Baker, Jennifer. "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney Studios Park to Receive Marvel Transformation". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Marvel-Themed Land Officially Announced for Disney California Adventure, Will Include Black Panther". /Film. March 20, 2018.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (March 20, 2018). "Marvel-Themed Lands Coming to Three Disney Parks". Variety. Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
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  6. ^ "Marvel Super Heroes Come to Disneyland Paris in Summer 2018". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  7. ^ "Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Continues Growing as Marvel's Asia Epicenter this Summer". Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
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  10. ^ Martin, Hugo (April 6, 2018). "Disney's California Adventure expansion will feature Marvel superheroes. Just don't call it 'Marvel Land'". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ "Marvel Agreement between MCA Inc. and Marvel Entertainment Group". sec.gov. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Archived from the original on March 23, 2016.
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  16. ^ "Hong Kong Disneyland Announces Plan for Multi-Year Expansion With New Attractions and Entertainment". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  17. ^ "Iron Man Experience, Disney Parks' First Marvel-Themed Ride, Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  18. ^ "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2019". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  19. ^ "Hong Kong Disneyland – Ant-Man and the Wasp Attraction Info & Artwork". February 15, 2018.
  20. ^ "Hong Kong Disneyland to Close Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters on 8/31". August 7, 2017.
  21. ^ Smith, Thomas. "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2019".
  22. ^ "Disney Announces Transformative Multi-Year Expansion for Disneyland Paris – Disneyland Paris News". Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  23. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer (February 11, 2018). "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney Studios Park to Receive Marvel Transformation". Disney Parks Blog.
  24. ^ Marden, Duane. "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster  (Walt Disney Studios Park (Marne la Vallée, Île-de-France, France))". Roller Coaster DataBase.
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  26. ^ Glover, Erin (March 20, 2018). "Avengers and Other Super Heroes to Assemble in New Themed Areas at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  27. ^ Fickley-Baker, Jennifer. "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney Studios Park to Receive Marvel Transformation". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  28. ^ "Global Avengers Initiative to Assemble Earth's Mightiest Heroes at Disney Parks Around the World". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 2018-12-10.