There's a Reason You Won't See Marvel Superheroes at Disney World
Just one week ago, Disney sent fans into a tizzy when it announced it would be opening a slate of brand new superhero-themed attractions at its parks across the globe, except of course Walt Disney World in Orlando, one of its most popular sites.
“At Disneyland Resort, the new themed land will be anchored by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure park, which has become the highest-rated attraction at Disneyland Resort since its 2017 opening,” Disneyland said in a press release about its over-the-top new land. “The Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Superhero universe. This expanded presence will begin recruiting guests in 2020, furthering the evolution of Disney California Adventure park.”
Moreover, the company announced that Hong Kong Disneyland will add a second comic book-inspired attraction, and Disneyland Paris will soon open its doors to a Marvel-themed land of their own that includes an Avengers roller coaster.
Sadly, Florida will be left out of the mix thanks to a 20-year-old binding agreement with Comcast spelling out that Marvel can never step foot in the sunshine state as a Disney product.
According to financial analysis company The Motley Fool, “Nearly two decades ago, Comcast signed territorial rights covering most of Marvel's best-known characters for the use in theme parks in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River ahead of the opening of Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure.” That means that Spiderman, all the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and even the Hulk are banned from Disney World. The only characters Disney World appears to be free to use are those found in the "Guardians of the Galaxy." No word yet on what they may or may not be able to do with the characters from "The Black Panther."
For now, The Motley Fool explained, Disney’s hands are tied. The entertainment giant could always decide to barter away some other properties in exchange for full use if its superheros. But, if you’re looking to experience one of the Marvel-themed lands any time soon you'll want to head to Anaheim, Paris, or Hong Kong.