Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that the studio is considering a Black Panther themed addition to the Disney Parks.
Since Black Panther was released on February 16th, it has made significant waves in Hollywood, breaking records by not only becoming the highest-rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes but also breaking box office records nearly every day since it was released. Also, it’s not a surprise that Disney is making themed for some of their other franchises like Toy Story or Star Wars, so a Black Panther themed park would be a really cool option.
As reported by THR, during an investor conference with Wall Street analysts at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in New York, Iger was asked if there were any talks that happened in regards of a Black Panther theme park addition. He answered with,”No. We haven’t had a chance to build a ride, though I’m sure there are people who are working on it.”
He also added on by mentioning the significance of Black Panther themed merchandise,”I pretty much guarantee that this coming Halloween and even Christmas, you know you’ll be seeing a lot of Black Panther merchandise.” So, the likelihood of capitalizing on the film’s success, as well as subsequent sequels on a grand scale, seem all the more likely.
Iger also touched on the fact that Disney is essentially competing with itself. With 11 billion dollar franchises, it’s no surprise that Disney is very picky and choosey with what franchises they pair with what theme park fits best for that franchise. But, considering the fact that Black Panther is about to join the Billion Dollar Disney Club, it’s only fair to assume that the fans will eventually be able to become one with the Wakandan culture. However, since the film did breach the $700 million dollar mark internationally, the only major hurdle is the overall plan for Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now, the Disney Theme Parks are already in the process of incorporating Marvel characters into their parks, so if Wakanda, hypothetically, could ear a landmark between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, it would most likely exist within the confines of an expansive Marvel-inspired theme park, and not as a singular domain. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced at the D23 Japan Expo that Disney parks around the world are going to start featuring major Marvel characters from the films. However, in terms of a standalone Marvel park, Disney is currently only in the process of creating two individual rides, including one for Spider-Man and one for The Avengers. Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! was the first of Disney’s theme park transition toward Marvel properties.