The Disney Parks are nothing if not ever-adapting. We have come a long way since the Disneyland Park first opened in 1955. These days, Disney is busy balancing the old with the new, since acquiring the worlds of Star Wars and Marvel.
Disney CEO, Bob Iger, had previously announced a giant expansion to Disneyland and Disney World with a Star Wars land called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming to life by the end of next year. This massive undertaking was met with joy from the worldwide devoted Star Wars fan base, and now Marvel fans will also get their moment of joy.
Today, it was announced that three Disney parks around the world, Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland, would each be getting brand new Marvel-Themed lands added! That’s right, it’s finally happening after years of speculation and hoping and guessing!
Speculations of a Marvel expansion to Disney parks started after the addition of Marvel superheroes (and villains) was introduced to character meet and greets at Disneyland, back in 2013. There came a small Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America exhibit along with meet and greets in the Tomorrowland “Innoventions” building, with some props and interactive attractions featuring the original Avengers.
Since then, there has been a steady increase in superhero attractions at the parks, given the immediate success of the Marvel presence in Tomorrowland.
This past summer, the Disneyland Resort took the next step with the creation of a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Disney’s California Adventure to massive success. The ride, entitled “Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout,” opened almost a year ago with many hints and allusions to the rest of the Marvel Universe, leading guests to wonder even more if and when a full-on Marvel land would be coming.
This past summer, California Adventure also tested the water with an influx of Marvel characters with their “Summer of Heroes” experience that featured more character meet and greets, Marvel-themed shows featuring the Avengers and more. This limited time experience did so well that Disneyland Paris announced that Summer of Heroes would be making it’s way there, this summer.
It seems that any MCU attraction is destined to be a hit with Disney parks, so now it’s time for Disney to go all in with it’s Marvel partnership! According to Disney Parks Blog, the new lands will, “invite guests to become part of a bigger universe filled with epic heroes and adventures.”