What would you do? Building a Marvel theme park at Disneyland Paris
The holding company which controls the Disneyland Paris resort has signed a deal with the French government that gives the resort more space and a 20-year window to build a third theme park.
The Telegraph in the U.K. quoted EuroDisney CEO Philippe Gas as saying that the third park could be "a superheroes park." Remember, Disney bought Marvel last year and has been looking for a place to launch the Marvel superheroes in its theme parks.
Before any new readers ask: Universal Orlando's deal with Marvel grandfathers Islands of Adventure's use of its current Marvel characters for a long, long time, possibly in perpetuity. And it blocks Disney from using the characters currently at IOA at Walt Disney World, too. That creates a bit of a promotional problem for Disney in maximizing its use of the Marvel characters in the United States. (I've argued that Universal should negotiate a buy-out for those theme park rights with Disney and use the cash to revamp that side of IOA.)
But in Europe? A Marvel theme park at Disneyland Paris could use all Marvel's characters in whatever creative ways Disney's Imagineers could envision, without contractual entanglement.
But why wait for them? Here's your chance to envision a Marvel Superheroes theme park. (And to dream up a good name, too. Please do not let it be "Marvel Kingdom.")
Let's hear your best plans and concepts, in the comments.
I'd honestly prefer them to add more, high quality, attractions to Walt Disney Studios Park before going off and making a new park.
How about "Disney's Impressions de Marvel" as a name ;)
From what I've heard, it sounds to me like the build-out at WDS remains the higher priority for DLP, with a Marvel theme park coming online only after the Studios park expansion is completed.
If the strategy, as you say, is to further expand WDS then it could be great for the resort.
I was actually going to post this discussion today! Oh well. In my opinion, Nick Markham gave a stunning representation of a hero based park in the 1st season of theme park apprentice. While not only focussing on marvel character, he utilized the incredibles, hercules, and acknowledged the every day heroes of society. I thought that was a great idea! While not having a complete marvel park, a large marvel land with rides based on the Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the X-Men would be great. Possibly devide them up into two lands.
I'd be incredibly careful with my use of Marvel in the parks.
@ Tim W: Thanks, I didn't know my idea was such a success! YEah if I were to put Marvel into a theme park, it would only work as maybe 1 land like in IOA. Sure there is more attractions possible than what is at Marvel Superhero Island, but enough to fill a park the size of Disneyland and then make sure the attractions are popular with as many people as possible? Then you have the problem of what happens when if for some reason in the future, MARVEL looses everyone's interest altogether.
See the main problem I have with a complete Marvel theme park is that the idea is much too specific. Heroes in general works as a much better theming.
I agree with Tim. Having a Marvel Specific park is too limiting. It doesn't fit with the Disney ideas... there isn't a Pixarland. There isn't a Live Action Disney Channel Land.
I think that's a terrible idea. Disney shouldn't even have Marvel. As someone else said, there isn't a PIXAR park, so why a Marvel park?
Do Europeans really know Marvel?
I think that's a terrible idea. DLP already has Walt Disney Studios, and as someone else said, there's no PIXAR park, so why a Marvel park? Disney and Marvel don't mix.
Its the Telegraph. The first asumption should always be that whatever they write is a lie. The second asumption should be that Disney just tosses out some very unserious thaughts about big new stuff they are never going to build to justify the new land development contract they got from the French government which is basically a huge subsidy.
First off, since it's in Europe, have all the actresses playing female heroes war thong bikini costumes. LOL. After that, it's all gravy.
It starts off with a table full of very valuable items and no one watching it.
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