I just found out that Innoventions at Disneyland is closing. This location, which was the first home to Carousel of Progress after the Worlds Fair, is currently home to Meet and Greets for several Marvel superhero characters, including Captain America and Thor. There’s also a cool display of Iron Man technology. Apparently, Innoventions at Disneyland in its current form will be closing permanently on March 31, 2015.
Since I won’t be at Disneyland this year until August for the D23 Expo, I am really glad I got to experience it last year. (I call Walt Disney World my home Disney Park, and they can’t have Marvel characters there yet.) But the big question for me is, “What are they going to put in there next?”
I don’t have much in the way of speculation. There is plenty of talk about the Innoventions building becoming part of a new Star Wars area, but I have a feeling Disney is reserving the lion’s share of Star Wars for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If I had to guess, I’d say Disney is going to keep Marvel characters in play at this location. They can’t use Marvel characters at Walt Disney World, and I don’t see why they wouldn’t want to continue to exploit such a great concept in at least one of their theme parks. I don’t think Tomorrowland is the ideal location for Marvel, but the theme of Tomorrowland is already diluted enough that it isn’t going to make much of a difference at this point.
Of course, maybe there is going to be some tie-in to the Tomorrowland movie being released in May. I don’t know enough about the film to even speculate about what Disney could do with that, but it’s certainly a possibility.