Disneyland Acquires More Land, Fuels Wild Marvel and Star Wars Speculation
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Like a parent cleaning out the toy chest before Christmas, Disneyland is making room around its park for, well, something.
While we don’t yet know how an influx of acreage around the Happiest Place on Earth will be used, the speculation has begun in earnest with some considering the spare land will be utilized to “Star Wars” or Marvel ends.
Now before you take out your Hulk hands for a day at the park know that this is pure conjecture at this point.
The Los Angeles Times’ Hugo Martin reports, however, on promising acquisitions taking place at the moment.
Martin writes, “The Walt Disney Co. has purchased three parcels of land near its Anaheim resort, sparking speculation that the property would free up land for a future park expansion involving Disney's Star Wars or Marvel's superhero characters.”
According to the report, Disney acquired three lots surrounding the park. The 14.7 acres is worth a reported $60 million.
Last month, TravelPulse’s Patrick Clarke reported on an overall expansion plan set in motion thanks to a deal with Anaheim to ban ticket taxes over a 30-year period.
Part of that deal meant a wealth of improvements to the park. Clarke writes, “The new deal requires Disney to begin construction on new rides, themed areas and other additions by the end of 2017 and complete the expansion within seven years.”
Now we have a few more specifics on what that could possibly mean in the realm of pop culture attractions.
Martin spoke with Todd Regan who is the founder of the Disney blog site MiceChat.com. Regan was quick to speculate on the land purchases: “It's really a no-brainer that Star Wars will take over at Disneyland and Marvel will probably go into Disney California Adventure.”
We already had some fun with ideas for new Star Wars attractions we would love to see hit Disney parks in some fashion.
SlashFilm.com’s Peter Sciretta offers a couple of maps that illustrate where the new land sits in relation to Disneyland.
Sciretta arrives at the same place that Regan does, namely that the land will be utilized for extra warehouse space.
This, as both reports intimate, will allow Disneyland officials to build on the park grounds as they reside currently.
So what we have here is news that Disney has more land to utilize and little more than that. Still, it offers us the opportunity daydream about a park that may one day infuse its experience with more of what we absolutely adore at the moment: Marvel and Star Wars.
Now the hard part begins, which it waiting until we get something far more concrete to fuel our enthusiasm.
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