announced that news earlier this year, but it didn't reveal the specific closing date for California Adventure's kiddie land.Marvel is coming to Disney California Adventure in 2020, replacing the Pixar-themed A Bug's Land. Disney
But today, it did.
A Bug's Land — or, what's left of it — will have its last day on Sept. 4, to allow work to begin on the new "Super Hero"-themed land. The It's a Bug's Life theater show closed last spring, so only the Flik's Fun Fair collection of kiddie flat rides has remained open this summer. But not all of those rides are going away. The Flik's Flyers ride is getting a retheme and will move into Pixar Pier as Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind next year.
A Bug's Land lies in the shadow of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! which first established the Marvel theme in the area. The new land will continue that with new attractions based on the Avengers, at least according to Disney's teaser art for the new land.
Note also that Disney is trying its best not to use the brand name "Marvel" to promote or even describe the family of characters that will inhabit the new land. Thank the much-discussed Marvel/Universal Studios contract for that one, which continues to limit what Disney can and cannot do with Marvel characters and branding in its theme parks, even outside of the Orlando market where Universal holds the exclusive in-park attraction rights to most Marvel characters and the "Marvel" brand.
As for A Bug's Land, I won't miss it. Here's our discussion about the land, from when it opened in 2002. (The LA Times keeps breaking its links with each website redesign, so here's the latest link to my Times review of the land, FYI.) The early 2000s were a bad time for Disney's creative leaders getting approval to develop enduring attractions anywhere other than at Tokyo DisneySea, where Oriental Land Co. was paying the bill. In the decade following, Disney has spent billions to fix the stuff that it threw up around the turn of the century, including much of the rest of California Adventure, plus expansions at Walt Disney Studios Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland.
A Bug's Land will close one day after Pixar Fest concludes at the Disneyland Resort, which happens Sept. 3. So at least Disney is giving A Bug's Land its own wake.Tweet
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