Disney Parks has officially revealed plans to develop an entire Marvel-themed experience at Disney California Adventure. It has been eight years since Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment – including Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios – for $4 billion. Although they’ve helped shepherd the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the multimedia franchise that it is today, expanding beyond movies and comics into new video game franchises and several TV shows, people have been wondering when the Mouse House would open their first Marvel-themed park attraction.
It took a long time, but the first Marvel-themed attraction, the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, opened earlier this summer at Disney California Adventure, which took over for the recently shuttered Tower of Terror ride. In just two months, the drop tower ride, which has attendees help break out the Guardians team from the Collector’s vault, has become the park’s highest-rated attraction by far, evidenced by the two-plus hour lines that park guests are frequently faced with.
The Guardians of the Galaxy-themed ride officially opened for business this past May, and people immediately began asking about future Marvel-themed attractions. It took Disney only three years after acquiring Lucasfilm to announce a Star Wars-themed land for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World (which was recently confirmed to open in 2019 and be named Galaxy’s Edge), so fans are wondering what’s taking so long for them to do the same for Marvel. It turns out, it won’t be that long, for Disney Parks revealed during their D23 Expo panel today that Spider-Man and the Avengers will join the Guardians of the Galaxy for an “immersive Super Hero universe.”
During Mission: Breakout‘s grand opening, Marvel’s Digital Media Group vice president Ryan Penagos teased future Marvel-themed attractions by posting a video online showing off an Avengers hatch, which is located off to the side of the ride. Aside from the hatch tease, nothing had been officially announced, though there have always been rumors of Disney Parks wanting to build a Marvel-themed land in the area currently occupied by A Bug’s Land, adjacent to Mission: Breakout. Although that hasn’t been confirmed, it looks like the Mouse House has heard fans loud and clear and plan on bringing more of Marvel’s superheroes into their theme parks – at least beginning with California Adventure.
Unfortunately, we might not find out any information on their new Marvel-themed attractions until the next D23 Expo in 2019, though it’s also possible that convention attendees may get some sort of tease at San Diego Comic-Con next week. The only details we do know are that Disney Parks plans on creating new stories akin to Mission: Breakout! that will “create a place where [park guests] can team up with [their] favorite Super Heroes like never before.” Hopefully, we got more information on this new one-of-a-kind experience sooner rather than later.