Paris' Rock 'n' Roller Coaster to become an Avengers ride
The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Walt Disney Studios Paris will be rethemed to Iron Man and the Avengers
, Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek announced Monday at the D23 Expo in Japan.
The expansion of Marvel characters at Disneyland Paris' second gate was one of several details about upcoming Disney attractions around the world revealed at the biennial fan expo.
Chapek also announced that the second Marvel ride at Hong Kong Disneyland after the Iron Man Experiece — known to be a retheme of the Buzz Lightyear shooter ride — would be themed to Ant-Man. Visitors on the ride will join Ant-Man and The Wasp "to fight Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm bots."
Concept art courtesy Disney
As for the U.S. parks, Chapek confirmed that the official opening date for Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure will be June 23. Disneyland's Pixar Fest begins April 13, but the new Incredibles float for Paint the Night and the Incredicoaster in Pixar Pier will not debut until June.
Still no official opening date for Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, other than "summer." But Chapek did say that Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway would open at the park in 2019. Also, he revealed that the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster, planned for Epcot's Future World, would use a unique ride system and be one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world.
As for Star Wars, Chapek confirmed that the planned Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World would be "seamlessly connected: to the Galaxy's Edge land in Hollywood Studios: "From the moment guests arrive, their journey through space will begin as everyone boards a starship and departs together for a multi-day Star Wars adventure."
But still no opening date for that hotel, or any of the other experiences talked about Monday.
How Imaginative. When will Disney stop retheming things?!
What about the upcoming Marvel Land in Cali though? Still no confirmation yet!?
I guess Paris’ Tower is safe from Guardians conversion. The fan community is relieved.
No word on the DCA Marvel land. I expect that word at the 2019 D23 in Anaheim, at the earliest.
Zzzzz....wake me up when Disney builds something new.
I'm guessing the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster retheme will be somewhat telling of what can be expected in the Avengers coaster for DCA. Sounds like the first step of a full Marvel Land there as well, and that's something that will only help the park.
Robert, good point. They'll probably wait to announce after Galaxy's Edge is open. AJ, I think you're on to something there! Maybe combine the old MuppetVision and Millionaire buildings for a DCA version of this ride? Or for a Spiderman ride like with the "swinging web" ride patent shown?
Zzzzz...wake me up when cranks like Daniel write something intelligent.
So nothing about the new theater at MK.
I don't think they will announce a Marvel Land soon. WDC has announced that Hong Kong would get the first Marvel themed area and given that Hong Kong would only complete this Marvel expansion in 2023...
I don't understand this fascination with all things war, fighting and violence. I really question what these themes have to do with Disney.
Dutchduck, don’t forget the Haunted Mansion where you essentially watch a man hang himself, or Pirates where they invade a town, auction of women, originally chased and trapped a naked lady and blew each other up after drinking. Or there was Frontierland which might as well have been called Davy Crockett land celebrating the violent West’s complete with shooting arcade. Of course Fantasyland wasn’t always PG with Snow Whites Scary Adventures being scary as hell. Speaking of Hell, there’s Mr. Toads Wild Ride. Sooooo Disney parks have always used violence as an element of excitement
I find it very interesting that Disney announced that they will be opening Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway in the same year as Galaxy's Edge. That seems like a missed opportunity. Even if they plan to open the attraction earlier in the year (with Galaxy's Edge opening later in the summer), no one that plans vacations around new attraction openings will care, and instead make all planning contingent upon Galaxy's Edge predicted opening.
As long as Disneyland Paris is still running the terrible Tram Tour no amount of retheming is going to save that park.
By the time they open Marvel Land, we'll all be sick and tired of Marvel.
I don’t think its fair to blame Disney for all the Marvel movies. The MCU started before Disney bought Marvel, and Disney hasn’t made too many changes to Marvel’s operations. They’ve certainly made changes when it comes to merchandise and theme parks, but the films and comics haven’t been significantly influenced by Disney. Disney bought Marvel to so they could profit from the success Marvel was already achieving without Disney’s influence.
Russell, I can see some advantages to opening Runaway Railway the same year as SW Land. It will take a bit of pressure off of SW Land, since it will be in the same park, especially if Railway is a Tier One attraction when choosing FP+ (which is very likely). While SW will be the major draw, a new ride starring Mickey and Minnie will also be a must see.
I highly doubt Runaway Railway is Tier I. That would mean there would be FIVE Tier I attractions in this park (Falcon ride, First order ride, Rock 'n Roller Coaster, TSMM, and this), which would be highly unusual. I wouldn't be surprised to see one of the current Tier I attractions be pushed off the list when Galaxy's Edge opens, but I doubt Runaway Railway replaces them. Plus, you seem to think this attraction is not an "E Ticket", which is essentially a pre-requisite for an attraction to be deemed Tier I (though many would consider 7DMT a D ticket based on its size).
I love this quote, which prefaced Peter Benchley's THE ISLAND:
The MCU continues to generate BILLIONS OF DOLLARS in revenue and income for the WDCo.
Russell, tiers are based much more on popularity than on whether or not something is an E Ticket. Why is TOT a tier 2 attraction when it's clearly an E Ticket? TSMM is not an E Ticket, nor is Na'vi River or FEA. All three are Tier One.
I'm merely providing my opinion based on the way the attraction is being marketed. Disney typically knows when they have a less than stellar offering, and buries it. Look at the Mission: Space upgrade. They took the attraction down promising an entirely new experience, but delivered a Gina Torres overdub of the identical script previously done by Gary Sinise. The gave it a huge marketing push when the attraction went down, but when it came back up, it was like nothing happened.
Epcot needs some more work after the new rides open, but we spent three full days at AK on our last trip, and still didn't do everything. And no, we didn't wait long for the Pandora rides; we used fast passes for both and rode Na'vi just before closing time, when the waits were negligeable.
Galaxy's Edge is going to be overwhelmed even if Disney were to open dozens of new attractions at the same time. MMRR will just be a "filler" attraction for those waiting to get into Galaxy's Edge, and that's how guests are going to view it, not the landmark attraction (being the first to use Mickey and this 2 and a half D nonsense) Disney is marketing it as. For all we know MMRR could be the greatest attraction ever designed, but because it's opening within months of SW, it will be overshadowed, and those that ride it will be doing so wishing they were on the Star Wars rides. The only reason guests will be getting FP+ reservations for MMRR will NOT be to avoid 120 minutes lines, it will be because all of the Galaxy's Edge FPs are gone.
They're not gussying up, they're adding capacity to the resort. And they're adding a hell of a lot. But I'm glad you're a mind reader and know how everyone else thinks. How do you pull that off, Kreskin? Now can you tell me next week's lotto numbers? How about speaking for yourself and not try to speak for thousands of WDW guests?
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