Disneyland says goodbye to A Bug’s Land and hello to a new, immersive Super Hero-themed land in Disney California Adventure Park centered around Marvel’s superheroes. Shortly after the recent opening of the $1-billion Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney announced plans for a $14 million Marvel-themed campus set to open in 2020.
Getting excitement underway prior to 2020 is the Summer of Heroes interactive show, Avengers Training Initiative (pictured above) at Disney California Adventure Park’s Hollywood Land.
Amping up anticipation outside the new section of the park are construction barriers heralding a forthcoming project from Stark Industries, a nod to Tony Stark’s (aka Iron Man fictional company.
What visitors can expect to see upon completion? Clues can be found in permits Disney filed with the city of Anaheim. They point to a microbrewery, a 2,071 square-foot merchandise outlet, refurbishment of existing bathrooms and updates to behind-the-scenes buildings. Additionally, an area is being devoted to meet-and-greets with the superheroes. A press release teased the possibility of an interactive Spider-Man ride that would allow guests to work alongside the hero to fight evil.
Not much information is being shared until D23, a Disney fan expo on August 23-25th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Already being buzzed about are possible new experiences to accompany the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout attraction that replaced the iconic Tower of Terror ride in 2017.
There haven’t been any potential names announced for the Avengers attraction yet, as the licensing deal made before Disney purchased Marvel didn’t allow certain theme parks to use the Marvel name in the park or its marketing. Disney still has the licensing to the name Avengers and many think the new park will include the name of the blockbuster film and comic franchise featuring fan favorites like Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Spider-Man and more.
Marvel attractions are also planned to open at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2020, Epcot in Disney World in Florida in 2021 and Hong Kong Disneyland in 2023.
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