Disney World and Disneyland have just debuted new Stars Wars: Galaxy Edge lands which are nearly identical and have the same rides, including Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance.
Not only that, but Disneyland recently received its own version of Mickey’s Philharmagic. And soon, Disneyland will also be getting its own version of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. That got us thinking, what else could — and should — Disneyland borrow from Disney World?
Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus is coming soon. Since it’s announcement, we’ve gotten to preview some of the food, (including foot-long candy bars and yummy-looking quantum pretzels!),merchandise, and more. Therefore, Marvel’s been on our minds A LOT. This got us wondering, what better way to bask in all this Marvel-y goodness than with a Marvel-themed hotel?!
Now, we already know that Disneyland Paris is creating a new hotel experience this summer. Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel in Paris “will celebrate 80 years of Marvel art and artists, with more than 300 curated works of art on display. Rooms will include one-of-a-kind themed suites featuring favorite Super Heroes like Spider-Man, and you can even meet these legends in a dedicated space.”
But, the type of Marvel hotel we’re wishing would come to Disney California Adventure would be a much more interactive, immersive experience than the one coming to Paris. It would be one where we could live and experience life like a real-life Marvel superhero!
Naturally, we got the idea from the Star Wars hotel being built at Disney World. Onboard the Halcyon a.k.a. the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, guests will enter “a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them.” That sounds like it’s got some good crossover potential to us!
Disney World’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
When the Halcyon opens in 2021, passengers will be completely immersed in their very own Stars saga! They’ll stay in “well-appointed cabins, experience onboard dining, make a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, and more.” Every “stateroom” will even come with its own view of outer space with other starcraft floating off in the distance!
There will be plenty of opportunities to run into some familiar Star Wars characters in The Atrium (we’re told Chewie and Rey will be around!) and you might even have to dodge Kylo Ren and his posse of Stormtroopers who are expected to be boarding the Halcyon as well!
We also know there will be a few hidden spaces “deep in the mechanics of the ship – perfect for uncovering secrets … or holding secret meetings,” — we’ll definitely be searching high and low for those!
And if you’re going to go up against the Dark Side, you best be prepared! While onboard, guests of all ages will be able to master the skill of wielding a lightsaber by facing off against a training remote. We’ve even been told guests will be invited to see the bridge and some might be called upon to help navigate the ship or operate its defense systems!
According to Disney, the choices you make on the Galactic Starcruiser will determine how your Star Wars story will progress — we’re just hoping we don’t crash the whole cruiser!
And after a long day of interacting with our favorite Star Wars friends, practicing sweet Jedi moves, and steering the ship, guests will be able to unwind in The Sublight Lounge (originally announced as The Silver C Lounge) — the Halcyon’s private lounge!
So yeah, all of THIS has got us thinking, why couldn’t Disney tweak this Star Wars hotel project to make it a little more Marvel-OUS in Disneyland?!
What Disneyland’s Marvel-themed Hotel Would Be Like
Just like the Star Wars hotel, a Marvel-themed hotel would look like we just stepped into one of our favorite Marvel movies! We’re talking a place where even billionaire Tony Stark would be happy to hang his hat, err, helmet!
Immersive Experiences We’d Love to See
In our wildest dreams, we’re picturing this imaginary place teeming with some of Marvel’s most-elite super crews! We’d love to have a special encounter with some of our favorite characters from Marvel films such as Black Panther, Thor, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant Man and The Wasp, and Iron Man — just for starts!
Plus, it would be thrilling to see some real-life bad guys too! Depending on which way the wind is blowing, Loki could be causing some trouble at the hotel and of course, there’s always Avengers Infinity War and Endgame’s Thanos — although he might be a little too scary to meet in person!
Along with special character meetings, we’d be looking forward to a few interactive activities as well! We’re talking about a state-of-the-art training facility where we can keep on polishing and refining our superhero skills!
Us grown-ups are going to need a Marvel lounge similar to The Sublight Lounge, too! That way, we can sit back and wine-and-dine-it-up with Black Widow or Star-Lord after we finish up our superhero training for the day!
How A Marvel-themed Hotel Would Fit In With Avengers Campus
Just like guests staying aboard the Halcyon will get to travel to the Black Spire Outpost, we’re totally proposing a Marvel-themed hotel as an extension for Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus! (Paradise Pier re-theme anyone???)
After all, the new Avengers Campus is a “recruitment facility” and each superhero you’ll encounter will offer up a different lesson! From slinging webs with Spider-Man to mastering the Mystic Arts with Doctor Strange, we’re envisioning Avengers Campus is going to be one crazy educational experience! 😉
And since all these Marvel characters are assembling in OUR world, they’re gonna need a place to REST after all this teaching! That’s where a Marvel-themed hotel could fit in with the plotline perfectly!
If we really want heroes to assemble in our world, a Marvel hotel would allow Disney to exponentially expand upon the narrative of Avengers Campus in so many new and interesting ways.
Why A Marvel-themed Hotel At Disneyland Resort Makes Sense
Disneyland has the potential to be a great location for a fully-immersive hotel experience such as this. If you think about it, guests traveling to Disney World typically book a longer stay to “do it all” but the Galactic Starcruiser isn’t really a hotel. Instead, it’s an all-inclusive, cruise-ship-like, lock-down experience. Once you’re on it, you’re on it for GOOD (minus your trip to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge)!
So in that sense, the Star Wars hotel doesn’t necessarily fit into the mold of a “traditional” Disney World vacation. So while guests who stay on the Halcyon will certainly get to enjoy 2 days and 2 nights traveling through space, they’ll also likely need to stay at another Disney World resort afterward to get to spend any time at the theme parks.
Since Disneyland is located in Anaheim, a major metropolitan city, we think a two-night hotel would have a lot of appeal for the millions of locals as well as guests who are flying in. And guests will clearly need to stay another couple of nights to explore Disneyland proper…so there’s the revenue side of things.
Where Would You Put It?
Alright, we’re way ahead of you. We know there isn’t much land to go around in Disneyland. In order for something to go in, a lot of times something has to come out. But if you’ve seen how relatively small in stature the Halycon is, there’s hope.
Remember, we’re not talking about some huge, luxury resort here. We’re talking a small, somewhat encapsulated experience, so basically, you just need enough space to throw some rooms together.
While we’d love for the Marvel hotel to be close to Avengers Campus (that way you could stay as immersed as possible!) there’s not a lot of room to go around. Avengers Campus is going in where A Bug’s Land used to be, and right around that area of the park, you’ve got Hollywood Land on one side and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout followed by Cars Land on the other. There is some Cast Member-only designated space and buildings behind this area though, which butts up against Harbor Boulevard, so maybe, just maybe we could squeeze one in there?
Ah maybe it’s all just a dream. But overall, we think a Marvel-themed hotel would be a lot of fun and that it would be a great way for Disney to introduce an all-new hotel experience to Anaheim. What do you think?
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