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Designing a Marvel theme park

Disneyland: Let's hear your latest ideas to spend Disney's money in Anaheim, Paris, and Hong Kong.

From Robert Niles
Posted November 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM
In the mood to get creative? Now that Thor's another huge hit for Disney, how shall we spend the company's money? ;^) Let's see everyone's latest ideas for Marvel-themed Disney attractions.

You can submit stand-alone attractions, Marvel lands, or, if you're really ambitious, an entire Marvel park.

Here are the rules, though: You can't suggest anything Disney can't build. That means no proposals for Walt Disney World or Tokyo Disney. Proposals also have to go onto existing Disney property, so no expanding the existing property boundaries in Anaheim, Paris, or Hong Kong (though you can feel free to get as creative as you wish in cramming stuff within them). If your idea wouldn't fit in existing free space, you've got to declare where it would go and what it would replace.

Okay... go!


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Oscar Marquez
Posted November 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM
Well, I'm a Marvel fan since Disney bought Marvel in 2009.

I was thinking about a Marvel Land at Disney's Third Gate Park.

* A 4D Immerse Tunnel attraction named Hulk 360-3D, where you can ride the tram, put your 3D Glasses and watch Hulk battle the Abominable.

* The Avengers: Battle for Earth, A 4D Motion Simulator similar to The Amazing Adventure of Spider-Man.

* Flying with Spidey, A Motion Simulator ride similar to Star Tours.

* Iron Man Experience, A Flying Motion Simulator ride similar to Soarin', not a clone of an Upcoming Hong Kong Disneyland attraction of the same name.

From TH Creative
Posted November 12, 2013 at 6:47 PM
Steal the 'Back To The Future' ride system on an attraction themed for the Silver Surfer. Stand up simulator/film. start in a small space (room). Ceiling retracts, platform rises and you're off racing across earth into space around satellites and the moon returning to small space.

From David L.
Posted November 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM
Question: Assuming that Disney can use Marvel related things outside of theme parks in Florida (See Avengerail on the Magic Kingdom loop), does Disney Quest count as a theme park? Downtown Disney?

A few ideas:
-Shield mission ride where guests become shield agents in a black (open top) van (motion base vehicle or coaster car) through some epic Shield adventure where something terribly goes wrong (iron man needs help or maybe characters from the TV show require saving)
-Helicopter Ride (motion simulator) through some big alien invasion
-Iron Man Shooter
-Asgard Walkthrough or an attraction on some Asgardian vehicle like seen in Thor: The Dark World.

Locations:
-WDS-behind the backlot tour to complete the loop (helping the currently awkward design
-New HK park or in expanded Tomorrowland
-Replacement for Bugs land or parts of Tomorrowland in Disneyland (california)

Additional Idea:
-Stark Expo show where something goes wrong and iron man and heroes come in to save you, BUT the seating area can "fall apart" aka shift or tilt when a support breaks or when a villain enacts some malicious force. Tony and gang of course save the day and hulk or someone to resets the seating area

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted November 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Flying coaster or suspended coaster for Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man?

From Jack Hammond
Posted November 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM
The Land:
A Shield base themed area. With a center building designed as Shield headquarters that will host a food area, meet and greets, and interactive areas. Surrounding the center building will be the attractions.
Attractions:
-Iron man Flying Coaster. It would be indoor and outdoor. The story is you are testing out new Iron Man suits. With the use of screens you simulate flying with Iron man. (for example, flying parallel to the screens with images of iron man flying beneath you)
-Hulk intense dark ride- similar idea to spidey, only instead of screens, you use next generation animatronics. A giant Hulk animatronic will be used to a similar effect as the Yeti, or the monster in Journey to the Center of the Earth
-Avengers 3d ride- very similar to transformers, but with the Avengers. Each Avenger will do something different to your ride vehicle.
-For the kiddies- a Captain America interactive show
Restaurant:
- A shawarma diner.

From Andy Milito
Posted November 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM
I think an Iron Man lay-down coaster that travels through the "streets" of a city-based Marvel land would be pretty sweet.

From Robert Niles
Posted November 13, 2013 at 4:43 PM
But where would these go? Specifics?

From Jay R.
Posted November 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM
I think the area near Monsters Inc / Muppet theater in DCA could be used for a few Marvel attractions

From Jack Hammond
Posted November 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Personally, replace A Bugs Land.

From AJ Hummel
Posted November 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Since I've been to Disneyland California and Disneyland Paris, I'll do my ideas for each of those.

General: I don't think a single Marvel attraction is enough given the vast amount of substance in the brand, but I also think building a full park themed to Marvel would be a misstep as those not interested in superheroes would be likely to pass it up. Therefore, both of these proposals are for new areas. Also, since the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the big Marvel franchise at the moment, the attractions are primarily based on that.

California: Marvel land could go into either park without too much hassle, though it would be better suited for Disney California Adventure Park.

DCA: Hollywood Land would be rethemed as New York City. The Animation building would remain, but Marvel elements would be incorporated in addition to classic Disney animation. All other attractions with the exception of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror would be removed. New attractions include an indoor flying coaster themed to Iron Man (replacing MuppetVision and the Millionaire building), a S.H.I.E.L.D. themed dark ride (replacing Monsters, Inc.), a walkthrough of the nine realms inside the Mad Arcade building, some type of Captain America attraction in the Disney Jr. space, and an Avergers stage show in the Hyperion Theater. The main restaurant of the area would be a Shawarma restaurant in the area occupied by Award Wieners and its seating area. The shops would remain but receive a touch-up. This would be an alternative to the Monsters, Inc. area.

Disneyland: New York City would replace Toontown and the surrounding backstage areas. It would feature the same attractions as the DCA proposal (minus the existing attractions), but in a different orientation. Nothing from Toontown would remain.

Paris: While a Marvel area would probably fit in Disneyland Park, it would be better used to revive Walt Disney Studios Park. The Studio Tram Tour would be removed and the entire area used for a Marvel Universe. Unlike the California version, there would be several sub-areas (Los Angeles, New York, S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, Asgard, etc.), and each would feature attractions themed to the appropriate characters. Also, this proposal would not be restricted to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Spider-Man and X-Men attractions would likely be present in addition to Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk.

From Jay R.
Posted November 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM
Hey AJ, good ideas.

On your note about having an entire park devoted to Marvel....

I think the "Heroes & Villains & Adventures" style concept would work best. I think someone has mentioned it here before, but basically it was an idea for a new Disney park.

It would include lands based on Marvel, Star Wars, Disney villains, etc.

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