On Day 2 of “D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event,” Disney’s parks and resort chairman, Robert Chapek, confirmed and revealed what many park-goers had been speculating: a Marvel land is coming to Disney California Adventure park.

“Soon the Guardians [of the Galaxy] will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive superhero universe at Disney California Adventure,” Chapek said to the packed D23 Expo crowds at the “Parks and Resorts” panel on July 15. Chapek, however, did not announce many details on the project, including where the new land would be built, nor did he offer a timeline.

Chapek included a few details, which got Disney and Marvel fans speculating where this new land would be built. Will it take over parts of the backstage area where only Cast Members currently have access? Will it take over parts of the Hollywood Land backlot, where “Monsters, Inc.: Mike & Sulley to the Rescue” call home? Or will it take over a section, if not all, of “A Bug’s Land”?

The location of the new “Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout” attraction (which replaced fan favorite “Tower of Terror”), in the southeast corner of California Adventure, is on the border of the park, adjacent to a backstage area currently used by Cast Members only. It is also adjacent to “A Bugs Land” and “Hollywood Land.” So, anything is possible.

Once Star Wars land opens in 2019 (which will be called “Galaxy’s Edge”), Disney will need a major attraction to draw visitors back to California Adventure, which will hopefully evenly distribute the crowds at both parks.

One of the attractions closest to “Guardians of the Galaxy” is a bumper car ride in “A Bug’s Land” called “Tuck and Roll’s Drive ’em Buggies.” And although the little kiddies love this ride, a Marvel attraction is sure to draw a lot more crowds than “Tuck and Roll” (sorry, my little Bugs friends).

More visitors will also be drawn to California Adventure in 2018 when it becomes the new home of the “Paint the Night” parade, which was originally launched in 2015 at Disneyland park to celebrate its 60th anniversary, but it has been on hiatus since 2016, when the classic “Main Street Electrical Parade” returned for a limited time (and is still going strong and as popular as ever).

Disney park fans predict that the new Marvel land will include a thrill ride and at least one indoor, family-friendly “dark ride,” along with the expected superhero-themed restaurants and stores.

There’s a good chance that “Marvel Land” will open in 2021, which will mark Disney California Adventure park’s 20th anniversary year! So… stay tuned for more info and updates.

—Eileen L.



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