New information regarding Star Wars and Marvel attractions and hotel set to debut in some Disney Parks have emerged. Despite a less extravagant and more toned-down D23 Expo in Japan compared to what we got last year in the States, the event still brought out a slew of news which might be less on the movie side of things but still interesting nonetheless.
As Disney expands its brand with the ongoing process of buying the film and TV division of 21st Century Fox, they are also making sure that their in-house brands are also flourishing. While both Star Wars and Marvel are doing great with their blockbusters, the House of Mouse is branching into other channels where fan clamor for these IPs are met, such as making them prominent features of their theme parks. We've known for a while that some of these things are in the works within the company, but now we get to learn a bit more about them.
Speaking at the D23 Japan Expo, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek expressed his excitement of things to come in in their theme parks as they continue "creating even more ways to experience Disney magic at our parks and resorts around the world.” That includes Disneyland Paris opening its doors to a slew of Marvel superheroes such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Black Widow for the first time as the park celebrates Marvel Summer of Super Heroes. As reported by Disney Parks' official website, beginning June 10, the aforementioned characters will be roaming around the grounds for meet-and-greets, as well as participating in various shows.
On top of the meet and greet that will start rolling out in the summer, fans will eventually be able to immerse themselves in the world of Marvel as Disneyland Paris is set to reimagine one of its resort hotels into Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel which "will showcase the dynamic, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider-Man among others." For a sneak peek of what visitors in the City of Lights can expect once the feature finally welcomes patrons starting in 2020, the House of Mouse revealed what one of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel resort rooms would look like. Check it out below:
Meanwhile, other Disney Parks will be seeing some major updates on the Marvel side of things. The one in Hong Kong, where the Iron Man Experience has quickly become the most popular attraction will get a second Marvel attraction. This new one features Ant-Man and the Wasp fighting Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm bots. The Guardians of the Galaxy, on the other hand, will be the faces of a new ride at Future World in Epcot. Not much is known regarding its mechanism but it's expected to be "one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters" that seems to be specifically geared towards family. Check out its concept art below:
As for Star Wars, we finally got confirmation courtesy of a report from Orlando Informer that the themed hotel that will connect directly to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, a brand new park that is scheduled to break ground sometime next year. Set within the Hollywood Studios property proper, "guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire.” And to make the experience more interactive, each hotel room window will give visitors a view of space, "sealing the illusion that you’re on a starcruiser departing Earth and making its way to Batuu, the ancient trading-port planet that Galaxy’s Edge is located on." Galaxy's Edge will also be the place to buy plush Toydarian Toys.
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