Hong Kong Disneyland will be the first Disney park to get a Marvel-themed land
A government official in Hong Kong revealed today that Hong Kong Disneyland will be getting a Marvel-themed land
as part of the park's ongoing expansion project.
The Marvel land will be the first for a Disney theme park, following Disney's acquisition of Marvel in 2009. No word yet on when the new land will open. Hong Kong Disneyland will open Mystic Point later this year, following last year's debut of Grizzly Gulch and the earlier opening of Toy Story Land. Hong Kong Disneyland drew 5.9 million visitors in 2011, lagging all other Disney theme parks save Paris' Walt Disney Studios Park, according to the annual TEA/AECOM theme park industry attendance report.
Universal continues to retain the Orlando-area theme park rights to Marvel, with its Marvel Super Hero Island at the Islands of Adventure theme park. But it's not uncommon for different chains to hold the rights to the same intellectual property inside and outside the United States. Universal holds international theme park rights to characters from Peanuts, Sesame Street and Dreamworks Animation's Madagascar, even though you'll find those characters at Cedar Fair and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment theme parks in the United States.
Let the attraction speculation continue!
Quick, hide this from Dom!!!
Thanks Robert…. Great News..
Criticisms of Disney expansion on this site have generally been directed to TDO concerning Walt Disney World, not the other Disney properties. ....Hong Kong Disneyland, a "joint venture", had been bleeding large amounts of red ink up until this year. Analyst's usually attributed the lack of attendance to the original park being too small. Now after two expansions, the park is in the black for the past fiscal year, and it appears Disney & their partners believe more expansion will continue to increase attendance. Hopefully they will soon adopt that same philosophy for Walt Disney World.
Too late Mike! ;)
Does Disney own the Marvel rights outside of Hong Kong? In other words, if they develop some kind of amazing Avengers ride, can it end up in Paris or Japan too and just not Disneyland or WDW? Because otherwise I don't see Disney doing anything too outside the box in terms of development if they can't import the ride to the states at some point. Then again, look at DisneySea and maybe I'm just talking out of my "you know what."
Disney can go with Marvel anywhere in its theme parks outside of Central Florida. So Marvel in Disneyland in Anaheim is legally kosher.
I have trouble buying a Marvel themed land since if it were to encompass all the characters it would just be a rip off of Marvel Superhero Island at IOA.
I can see them importing the new Marvel attractions to Disneyland first. They need Marvel to fix the awful New Tomorrowland. HKDL and DL are sister parks with the same layout.
Agreed with what was previously posted... Any hodgepodge of Marvel characters would just seem like a rip-off of Marvel Super Hero Island at IOA. It would be an awful shame for Universal to lose the rights to Marvel. We would lose Spider-Man and Hulk, which would just be unacceptable. Plus I love the theming of MSHI.
Buying Marvel in the first place was the worst business decision The Walt Disney company ever made. Sure, The Avengers was good, but now the deal's getting worse with new cartoon crossovers of Marvel and Disney characters.
What's the worry? Universal will not lose the rights to the Marvel characters. The Spiderman ride will remain running at IOA. The Hulk is merely a roller coaster. There is very little that Universal can do to maintain or expand Marvel Superhero Island at IOA. This land is literally at a dead end.
I think this is cool!!
Jorge Arnoldson says,
Please, please, please let Disney develop more ambitious attractions for Marvel than it did with what's now in the Toy Story Lands in Hong Kong and Paris.
Dom: It's the fact that Disney bought a powerful brand that their direct competition has the rights to. Disney's past buyouts (Muppets, Marvel, Lucasfilm) have merely dumbed down the franchises involved.
Jorge Arnoldson said,
Disneyland Hong Kong is now a real option to see the new generation of rides, i think this ride will be for all the family. I hope not a star tour kind of ride or without audioanimatronics.
Dom, my main point is that those two franchises are getting worse, especially the Muppets. With many of the original or good puppeteers deceased or retired, the Muppets have taken a downfall, especially when Frank Oz refused to work with Jason Segel's awful script. Next for that franchise will be a shoddy remake of "The Great Muppet Caper". Also, Disney has taken everything that Jim Henson made famous and flushed it down the toilet.
I enjoyed the recent Muppet movie. Was the script the best? No, but for what it was it was good. The sequel has really funny people on board (Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey) and will focus more on the Muppets this time so it should be better. The Phineas and Ferb Marvel crossover is just one thing, it's not the end of the world.
Robert (or anyone else for that matter),
The only thing upsetting about Universal loosing the rights to marvel would be spiderman, because the rest of the land like the hulk and stormforce, fearfall would be fairly easy to retheme. The logical answer would be dc, spiderman to batman would seem logical, but i think six flags owns the rights to batman. If this did happen would anything be an acceptable replacement to fans for spiderman, same ride and technology, just different themeing?
TH, Disney and More said something about that possibility last week.
I'm confident that Marvel will stay at Universal since they reinvested in the area even after the Disney acquisition. I just don't understand why anyone would want WDW to have the Marvel rights.
The success of Disneyland was that all of its original lands were based on timeless themes. Being a SoCal native with a lifelong tie o Disneyland I can say that this really doesn't belong in a magic kingdom park. I just don't feel it belongs. Don't get me wrong I welcome marvel in theme Parks and any other good franchises. I just think its not nearly up to the standards of class and imagination that make up Disneyland. I think its fine for the other Parks though.
Does anyone know the state of Tokyo Disneyland and Marvel? Universal Studios Japan has the Spiderman ride also, so I was never sure what that meant.
"Disney has taken everything that Jim Henson made famous and flushed it down the toilet."
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