When the news of the Disneyland expansion surfaced, Disneyland fans everywhere immediately began to do their research. What could this mean? Would we finally get the expansion that we’ve been waiting years for? Many people speculated a Marvel or Star Wars land. Doesn’t sound too bad, huh?
Walt Disney said it himself: “Disney will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
And he’s right. Disney never could be complete, but should we jump to a Star Wars or Marvel land now? No. In my humble opinion, I don’t think a Marvel or Star Wars land is the best choice. First of all, the back-bone is Disney is it’s fantasy films. From classic Disney to Pixar, everyone is a sucker for the princesses and princes, the villains, the quirky sidekicks and the magical creatures. Yet even with all of that in mind, there is only one “land” dedicated to our favorites: Fantasyland.
Where’s the Hercules ride? The Mulan ride? How about Tangled? Emperors New Groove? Hunchback of Notre Dame? Aladdin? Pocahontas? Are they planning on making an Inside Out ride in the future? Or maybe even The Incredibles?
There are so many Disney films that don’t even have a mention in the park. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a pin or something, but for the most part: many of the Disney films so many of us love and cherish go unrecognized. I understand making a ride or a whole land dedicated to all the unacknowledged Disney films would be pricy and complicated, but it wouldn’t hurt to have some mention of it in the park.
Marvel and Star Wars are both a franchise Disney recently bought, however, it wasn’t created with the image of Disney. I don’t think of Disney when I see the avengers doing stunts or when I see Luke Skywalker go to battle, as much as I do love to see that.
I have no problem with either of them. In fact, there already is a mention of Marvel and Star Wars in the park already. You can see Thor and Jedis walking around. Yet here I am, living 20 minutes away from Disneyland, not getting the opportunity to immerse myself in the films I live for because they don’t take the time to incorporate them into the park.
Walt was right. Disney will always be expanding and I’m so excited to experience the expansion Disney will offer, now and in the years to come.
I would love to see some Marvel and Star Wars at Disney. Not gonna lie, I was excited to see Thor walking around. And Star Tours is a must-go-to ride. I just don’t see why that’s what they should be focusing on right now. It’s something to keep in mind for the future, but we shouldn’t sit here and focus on blockbuster superheroes when so many of our cartoon favorites get no recognition for all the joy they bring us. Maybe we can see a Marvel land in the future, but for now? Let’s focus on the classics before they are forgotten.