With two Star Wars-themed lands opening in 2019, The Walt Disney Company has already made good on their acquisition of Lucasfilm — and now, the characters and stories from Marvel Entertainment are beginning to catch up.
It’s been revealed that a new signature attraction themed to the “Guardians of the Galaxy” will be built at Epcot as part of its approaching overhaul. The ride, which takes the place of Ellen’s Energy Adventure when it closes in August, will likely serve as the park’s first non-simulation thrill ride and Walt Disney World’s first permanent Marvel experience.
There are no official details yet about whether or not it will be a roller coaster, but there is already a pinch of faux nostalgia associated with it: As the story goes, Peter Quill once visited Epcot as a kid, and his childhood trip has somehow inspired the gang to return back.
It’s no surprise that Disney chose to bring the rebellious heroes to the East Coast, as Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! has become the highest-rated attraction at Disneyland since opening two months ago. The vigorous drop ride, which replaced The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, sees guests saving the Guardians from a museum-like collection whose contents span the universe to a rotating soundtrack of energizing oldies.
For the Anaheim parks, that energetic attraction was just the beginning. Though Walt Disney Parks & Resorts chairman Bob Chapek only teased details at D23 Expo 2017, a full Marvel-themed land is all but guaranteed for Disney California Adventure park.
Its two attractions — one themed to Spider-Man and the other to The Avengers — would expand upon the park’s recent increase of Marvel’s presence with its Summer of Heroes promotion, themed entertainment and new character meet-and-greets.
Within the next few years, Disney parks in Florida and California are set to be packed with new Marvel rides and attractions, making it only a matter of time before even more classic characters take their place at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.