Last April we let you know about the possibility of the Stark Expo moving into Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Then this June, Disney confirmed they were working on Avengers theme park rides. Now, the Stark Expo idea appears to have evolved into a full thrill ride, a big budget Disneyland E-ticket, and construction will begin in just a few months.
Disney fansite MiceAge reports that Tomorrowland’s Innoventions building will close in February to prepare for its demolition to make room for a major Iron Man E-Ticket. They say that Disney CEO Bob Iger is putting a lot of pressure to get Marvel into the theme parks, and an Iron Man thrill ride just a few steps away from Space Mountain does seem to be a good start.
Those on the East Coast hoping for something similar, may have to wait an eternity. Universal currently has exclusive theme park rights for the Marvel characters East of the Mississippi, so the awesome Spider-Man 3D ride and Hulk coaster will likely remain in Islands of Adventure until the conditions of their deal changes.
For everyone else, the next year will be really cool for Marvel fans wanting to see rides based on the comics. As the Innoventions building is demolished in February, and the ride itself revealed at D23 in August, we’ll probably start seeing construction begin by the middle of the summer into the fall. And that means I’ll be taking many trips to the park to get lots of pictures of the construction of the first Iron Man ride.