Guests tour suits of Marvel's Iron Man armor in the Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries exhibit at Disneyland.
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And Heimlich’s Chew-Chew Train is chewing its way out to pasture.

Carlye Wisel
March 20, 2018

In the next couple years, Disneyland guests will be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon, ride a roller coaster alongside “The Incredibles,” and just announced Tuesday, join forces with the world’s greatest superheroes.

Disney California Adventure is officially opening a Marvel-themed land highlighting the characters and stories of the thrilling blockbuster film franchise in 2020. Disney Parks had previously confirmed two forthcoming Marvel attractions — one themed to the Avengers and another to Spider-Man — at D23 Expo 2017, but there had been no timeline on a full Marvel land at the Anaheim park until now.

With Disney Parks’ carefully worded announcement promising a land that will “begin recruiting guests” in two years with “even more new experiences to follow,” it appears that while the superhero-themed land expansion at Disney California Adventure will open in 2020, but will likely not be fully completed until beyond then. Still, with two new rides on the way, Disneyland Resort’s ever-popular Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! will serve as the flagship ride of the comic book-inspired expanse.

We had a Spidey sense something was up — It’s Tough To Be A Bug!, an interactive 3D attraction which had recently been used as a film preview center, quietly shuttered yesterday, and it is now confirmed that A Bug’s Land and its four kid-friendly attractions are also toast. The immersive theme park land paying homage to the characters from Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life” will officially close towards the end of summer, after Pixar Pier debuts. (Fans who loved the oversized nature of the land can find a similar aesthetic — done to a larger extreme — when Toy Story Land opens at Walt Disney World this summer.)

The exciting news is only part of a larger-scale rollout of the famed cinematic characters across Disney's parks worldwide. Walt Disney World will debut a Guardians of the Galaxy indoor roller coaster in 2021, Hong Kong Disneyland is adding a second comic book-inspired attraction, and Disneyland Paris is currently building a Marvel-themed land of their own with reimagined attractions, including an Avengers roller coaster.

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