Rumor: Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction at Epcot

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Rumor: Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction at Epcot

For a few weeks now, the rumor mill has been picking up regarding a possible Guardians of the Galaxy attraction to replace Ellen's Energy Adventure at Epcot. While many sources have been putting out the word that this is happening, it's important to remember that there are some serious legal consequences that Disney needs to contend with before that can actually come to fruition. After all - Universal still hold the rights to Marvel Properties in theme parks East of the Mississippi. That old contract signed before Marvel was part of Disney continues to loom over Walt Disney World, and while some aspects of it have indeed expired, others are said to last in perpetuity.

So just what is going on? Theme Park Insider wrote and excellent article explaining just what the hold up is.

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201608/5222/

Go check it out, and then let me know what your thoughts are.

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Interesting! I hadn't thought about how them appearing in an Avengers movie would possibly affect that contract.

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I think the perpetuity bit refers to their existing rides and mainstream characters but for the perpetuleness (is that even a word) to be maintained, Universal are obliged to maintain all attractions in working order to keep the licence.

It is meant to be in perpetuity east of the Missisippi (how many 's' and 'p' and in what order...? >_<)

There was an article about height balloons: http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/epcot/news/18jul2016-height-test-balloons-over-epcot-today-as-plans-for-epcots-future-world-take-shape.htm

I'd imagine this is going ahead - with or without the Guardians theming...

Both Guardians and Big Hero 6 are considered lower tier licences (Yes, Big Hero 6 is a Marvel title but a very little known one and characters have been paraded at both HS and Epcot with no issues.) Despite possibly being included in a now untitled Avengers movie, I don't think Disney have too much to worry about with regard to the agreement although I had heard they were trying to renegotiate to bring it back in-house.

Maybe I'm wrong...

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Sid Man wrote:
I think the perpetuity bit refers to their existing rides and mainstream characters but for the perpetuleness (is that even a word) to be maintained, Universal are obliged to maintain all attractions in working order to keep the licence.

It is meant to be in perpetuity east of the Missisippi (how many 's' and 'p' and in what order...? >_<)

There was an article about height balloons: http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/epcot/news/18jul2016-height-test-balloons-over-epcot-today-as-plans-for-epcots-future-world-take-shape.htm

I'd imagine this is going ahead - with or without the Guardians theming...

Both Guardians and Big Hero 6 are considered lower tier licences (Yes, Big Hero 6 is a Marvel title but a very little known one and characters have been paraded at both HS and Epcot with no issues.) Despite possibly being included in a now untitled Avengers movie, I don't think Disney have too much to worry about with regard to the agreement although I had heard they were trying to renegotiate to bring it back in-house.

Maybe I'm wrong...

I had no idea about Big Hero 6!!!!

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Big Hero 6 is a very little known Marvel title but if you watch the post-credit scene, Stan Lee turns up, maintaining his cameo run in every Marvel movie to date.

To be fair, they kept the team structure and the name, but everything else is a bit different which might be why they've been able to use these characters at WDW.

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