Ever since Disney purchased Marvel back in 2009, theme park fans have wondered how Disney could incorporate popular characters like Iron Man, the X-Men and Spider-Man into its world class parks. Though Marvel characters at Walt Disney World are currently non-starters due to the licensing agreement with Universal Orlando Resort and the existence of Marvel Super Hero Island at Super Hero Island, eyes have been on Disneyland Resort as a potential home for Marvel Land inside the US.
Though we’ve heard drips and drops about a potential Marvel-dedicated land at Disneyland Resort over the years, it looks like the pieces are finally falling into place and Marvel Land could actually be on its way from dream to reality (and potentially sooner than you think!). Let’s examine some recent evidence:
1. Disneyland’s $1 billion expansion
Though changes at Walt Disney World have been making headlines regularly in recent months (especially as Disney’s Hollywood studios prepares for its total reboot), Disneyland is also on the cusp of another big expansion, and this one is all thanks to a tax deal with the city of Anaheim.
Earlier this week, the Anaheim City Council approved a 30-year entertainment tax exemption that requires Disney to begin construction on an unspecified expansion project worth $1 Billion by the end of 2017, with a construction window of seven years (Making 2024 the official deadline for any projects created under the terms of this deal). In exchange, the city of Anaheim will extend its admissions tax ban at Disneyland for another 30 years, with more renewals possible in the future.
Though we’re certain that part of this billion dollar expansion will go to the creation of Star Wars Land at Disneyland (which has been rumored to be taking over part of Tomorrowland and perhaps Mickey’s Toontown as well) its unlikely that this project alone will cost a billion dollars, meaning that another project will be coming to Disneyland Resort as well to fulfill Disney's billion-dollar pledge. Enter: Marvel Land at Disney California Adventure.
Interestingly, rumors of a Marvel project for Disney California Adventure have been around since 2013, when it was alleged that Disney was scrapping the idea for a Monsters Inc roller coaster for an indoor Marvel-themed roller coaster that would provide an experience similar to the Rock n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This rumor has stuck around over the past few years, but even though whispers of this plan have been remarkably consistent since 2013, no announcement was ever made, causing fans to doubt the validity of this rumor and assume that the project either never existed, was stuck in a permanent holding pattern or had been cancelled. However, now that we know for a fact that $1 Billion is being pumped into Disneyland Resort, it seems that the time is finally right for work to get started on this long-gestating project, and Marvel Land (and its rumored indoor roller coaster ride) can finally come to Disney California Adventure.