The Disney Company acquired Marvel in 2009, meaning that Disney now owns popular characters like Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America. While you can still see Marvel-based rides in Universal Studios Orlando, Disney mouse-in-chief Bob Iger announced that the characters would be making their way to the Disney World theme parks as well.

In the shareholder’s meeting this March, Iger announced that the Marvel characters would be incorporated into the parks in “some way”. How this will be accomplished hasn’t been detailed, but anything from rides to shows to strolling characters are a possibility. There are plenty of Marvel characters and story lines to choose from, so the source material is rich with potential.

While you may have to wait to find out exactly what form your Marvel adventures will take, you can get your super-hero fix soon. Disney just announced an Avengers themed monorail, debuting this week. The monorail, pictured below, is similar in theme to the “Tronorail” of a few years ago, and features Thor, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and the rest of the Avengers gang. Look for the monorail on the Magic Kingdom Express loop, starting today.


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