Hong Kong Disneyland to open Marvel superhero area


The Marvel/Disney partnership is taking it to the next level and moving in together overseas. Hong Kong Disneyland will create an area of their park dedicated to Marvel superheroes. During his 2013-2014 budget speech, Hong Kong Financial Secretary John Tsang revealed the following:

In the coming few years, Hong Kong Disneyland will launch a new night-time parade and put in place a themed area featuring ‘Marvel heroes’, the first of its kind in the world.

Technically it won’t be the first. Universal Studios Florida/Islands of Adventure has Marvel Super Hero Island, which has been around since 1999; and there was also a short-lived superhero restaurant at Universal Studios Hollywood called Marvel Mania. Somewhere in a family photo album is a picture of my brother and me eating spaghetti with a guy in a Captain America costume. This has nothing to do with Universal Studios, mind you, my family’s just f**king bizarre.

Inside the Magic points out that when Disney was acquiring Marvel, Disney made an agreement with Universal that they could not feature any Marvel characters at the Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando. Given this news, it seems like Marvel characters at Disney parks outside of Florida are okay.

How do you feel about Marvel Comics Land at Disney?

[The Wall Street Journal & Inside the Magic via /Film]

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