On the coattails of completing Star Wars Land, the Walt Disney Company has announced that they are moving ahead with the planned Marvel Land—an expansion in the California Adventure Park. Anaheim city has granted building permits to the amusement park for a number of projects, including a bathroom overhaul, a retail outlet, a microbrewery, an area for character meet-and-greet, and behind the scenes improvements. According to the permits, the projects will cost USD$14 million.
Rumours abound as to what the attractions will be in Marvel Land but Disney has made no major announcements. D23, Disney’s annual celebration which will be held August 23 to 25, is the most likely place for such announcements. Marvel won’t be exclusive to the Anaheim park; expansions are planned for Hong Kong Disneyland in 2023, Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2020, and at the Epcot park in Florida in 2021.
Marvel Land will be taking up residence in the former A Bug’s Land, which featured characters from the 1998 Pixar Movie A Bug’s Life. The Tower of Terror had already been made over into Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: Breakout, which will be the anchor for the attraction. Crews started demolishing A Bug’s Land in September, setting up a temporary wall with the Stark Industries logo on it.
With Star Wars Land already open, and with the incredible popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game have brought in over USD$2 billion respectively), the new additions to the park will be a major draw. Expansions typically happen every two to three years, but given Marvel’s current popularity, Disney looks to capitalize as quickly as possible. Park goers are already excited, but you’ll have to settle for watching the scaffolding go up around a new metal structure for now.