Following the launch of their hugely-popular Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion in Disneyland Anaheim, the House of the Mouse is hardly resting on their laurels. Moving full steam ahead with the next thing on the agenda list, Disney is set to build an upcoming Marvel-themed attraction at the neighbouring California Adventure, after obtaining permits to do so.
As detailed in a new report, the City of Anaheim has officially approved of several construction projects in Disneyland’s companion park, California Adventure. In addition to a toilet overhaul, a retail outlet, an Ant-Man-inspired microbrewery, a character meet-and-greet area, and improvements to behind-the-scenes sectors are all expected to be in the pipeline.
One of the permits, in fact, allows for 2,071 square foot of merchandise space that comes with three attached canopies in tow. While the full scope of the work has yet to be unveiled, the permits value the entire project at US$14 million – a far cry from the US$1 billion pumped into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There has been no comment from Marvel regarding the types of attractions, although previous news hinted at an interactive ride that sees visitors joining forces with Spider-Man to fight the forces of evil. However, with Disney’s D23 Expo right around the corner (August 23 to 25), we should expect more information on the horizon.
On-site, A Bug’s Land, themed after the Pixar movie A Bug’s Life, is unfortunately being torn down to pave room for this new Marvel land. Construction works have been taking place since last September, with the Stark Industries logo on the wall serving as a dead giveaway to the nature of the initiative.
It’s only a logical move: the overwhelming success of Marvel titles is definitely viewed in greater consideration than A Bug’s Life. After all, the combined movie line-up has raked up a whopping US$21.3 billion at the global box office, and its influence continues to be strong.
Apart from California, Marvel expansions have also been planned for other countries. The Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris set to welcome the superhero wave in 2020, while Florida and Hong Kong will usher them in 2021 and 2023 respectively.
With both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the upcoming Marvel attracting sharing the limelight, the premises of Anaheim Disneyland area is bound to attract throngs of fans. Superhero fatigue? We say nay – not anytime soon, at least.