Avatar still happening, Marvel confirmed for Disney Parks

The Walt Disney Company hosted its annual Shareholders meeting today in Kansas City, Mo. The important news today was that Avatar land is still happening and Disney plans on integrating Marvel into the parks. Not much else was revealed, except that the Avatar themed land will start construction sometime in 2013, with a planned opening for 2015. No one is sure what role Marvel will play in the theme parks, but preliminary design work has been completed.

The Walt Disney Co. has done preliminary work on introducing Marvel’s superhero characters to the happiest place on earth: Disney’s theme parks.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told shareholders attending an annual meeting that the company has had a number of discussions and done preliminary design work that it hopes will one day lead to Marvel characters appearing, as Disney’s other familiar faces do, in the theme parks.

“We haven’t announced anything yet,” Iger said Tuesday, in response to a question posed by a shareholder at the company’s annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo. “But we’re working on some concepts.”

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