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With Star Wars expansion open, Disney gets permits to launch Marvel land

Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Business News

LOS ANGELES -- If you thought the Walt Disney Co. would stop and catch its breath after opening its hugely popular Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion last month, think again.

The Disneyland Resort has moved full steam ahead on building next year's planned expansion, a land at California Adventure Park themed for the superheroes of Marvel comics and movies.

The city of Anaheim has approved a handful of building permits for projects such as a bathroom overhaul, a retail outlet, a microbrewery, a character meet-and-greet area, plus improvements to behind-the-scenes buildings.

The construction permits assess the value of the work so far at more than $14 million.

One of the permits, approved Wednesday, allows for a 2,071-square-foot merchandise outlet, with three attached canopies. In comparison, the average home in the Western U.S. is 1,800 square feet, according to census data.

Disney fans have been following the construction through online searches of permits recorded at Anaheim City Hall.

 

Disney representatives declined to comment on the permits or what type of attractions will be included in the new land but previous press releases hint that one attraction may be an interactive ride that lets visitors help Spider-Man fight the forces of evil.

More details about the land are expected to be released at the Disney celebration known as D23, which is scheduled for August 23 to 25, at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Marvel attractions are also planned to open at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2023, at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2020 at the Epcot park in Florida in 2021.

In Anaheim, the construction and planned opening of a new land less than a year after the launch of the $1-billion Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion is unusual in the theme park industry, experts say.

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