It’s been a while since Disney acquired Marvel, and if you’ve been wondering what sort of superhero goodness the company may bring, consider for a moment a Marvel theme park brought to life by the amazing Disney Imagineers. That’s precisely what Euro Disney is considering as they ink a brand-new 20-year agreement with the French government, the owners of the undeveloped land surrounding the park in Paris.
This recent deal would allow Euro Disney not only more time to develop to develop the land in Marne-la-Vallée, just outside of Paris, by extending the deadline from 2017 to 2030, it would offer the resort a way out of the economic downturn that has impinged on attendance in recent quarters. President of Euro Disney Philippe Gas, and the operator of Disneyland Paris, has gone on record to say that the idea for a ‘superheroes park’ is a long-term vision that could come as late as 2020, but if work on the Disney Studios park is completed, it could be even sooner.
You may recall that the original agreement with the French Government required that Disney would only be allowed to purchase additional plots of land once previous plots had been fully developed. As one of France’s first public-private development partnerships, the expanded agreement brings Euro Disney’s available land up to 2,230 hectares, plenty of room for a Spider-Man ride that hurtles park visitors from web to web in a life-size recreation of NYC. A fan-boy can dream, right?
Here in America, Marvel fans may be wondering why not Orlando? Or perhaps Anaheim? Walt Disney World in Florida is off-limits, due to a licensing agreement in place between Marvel and Universal, the conditions of which remain intact post-merger. As for Disneyland in Southern California, there doesn’t exist sufficient open land surrounding the park for such an expansion to be realistic. If you simply cannot wait until 2020, you may want to keep an eye on the $1 billion Marvel theme park being built in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The ‘Disney and More’ blog has posted a number of renderings and concept art for the planned Dubai theme park, including the one you see above. Additional illustrations available at the site include a map of the $1-billion park — it’s divided into four “lands,” with Crater Lake at the center — and renditions of the entrance, the City of Super-Heroes and Oasis of Magic. Visit Disney and More to see all 14 images. All in all, it looks like an amazing experience.
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