Disney isn’t stopping with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, as they’re moving full steam ahead on their currently unnamed Marvel land. The company just unveiled its massive, $1 billion Star Wars-themed expansion at Disneyland, which has been attracting massive crowds and will continue to do so for some time. One would think they might just let that ride for a bit. Instead, they’re doubling down and have obtained permits to begin work on bringing more of their Marvel heroes to Disneyland’s companion park, California Adventure.
According to a new report, The City of Anaheim has officially granted Disneyland various building permits for projects inside the park. This includes a bathroom overhaul, a retail outlet, a microbrewery (which is expected to be Ant-Man themed), a character meet-and-greet area, as well as improvements to behind-the-scenes areas. One of the permits specifically covers for a merchandise outlet that will cover more than 2,000 square feet, complete with three attached canopies.
While this may not cover the full scope of the cost or work involved in bringing Marvel to California Adventure, the permits value all of this work at around $14 million. That’s a drop in the bucket compared to what they just dropped on a galaxy far, far away, but this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Disney has yet to officially comment on what attractions, specifically, will be coming to the theme park. However, it was previously revealed that one of the attractions will possibly let visitors fight crime alongside Spider-Man. It will also all fit in nicely with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout, which took the place of the Tower of Terror in 2017
In order to make room for this new Marvel land, A Bug’s land, which was themed after the Pixar movie A Bug’s Life, is being torn down. The area was closed in September. Construction has been taking place behind a wall at the park that has a “Stark Industries” logo on it, clearly indicating this will be bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe to park goers. It’s a move that makes a great deal of sense. Ever since its launch with Iron Man in 2008, the MCU has become arguably the biggest thing in all of pop culture, with the 22 movies bringing in a combined $21.3 billion at the global box office. Unquestionably, there’s more value in Marvel heroes than A Bug’s Life.
Disney is also expected to unveil Marvel-themed expansions at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2020, Epcot in Florida in 2021, and at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2023. A global sensation requires global expansion. It isn’t yet clear precisely when Marvel land will open. However, it’s expected we’ll be learning a lot more at this year’s D23 Expo, which takes place August 23 through 25. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news was previously reported by The Los Angeles Times.