With just how big in the box office Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has been getting on its opening weekend alone (plus first-week openings where it has premiered worldwide), it was only a matter of time before Marvel’s parent company Disney decided to start capitalizing on the superhero character’s rising star.
The best way to start in that vein was to have T’Challa, Black Panther and King of Wakanda, to start appearing with his fellow Marvel Comics characters (in their MCU iterations) at Disney California Adventure, part of Anaheim’s Disneyland Resorts. Disney announced Monday that he’s ready to meet and greet.
For a limited time only, guests at DCA might be able to catch a glimpse of the Black Panther on his daily visits to the Hollywood Backlot theme area, where other Marvel characters and one dedicated attraction are located. T’Challa will be escorted at all times by his all-female bodyguard.
At certain times of the day, Black Panther and his Dora Milaje will arrive at Disney California’s Hollywood Backlot in an Avengers jeep, whereupon he and his royal guard will give guests the courtesy of having their pictures taken. Do try to be respectful to the King and his minders.
DCA is thus far, the only theme park in Disneyland Resorts and Disney World where one can meet and greet some MCU heroes, or take the first stateside Marvel-themed ride in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! The only other Marvel attraction is the Iron Man Experience in Hong Kong Disneyland.
With its opening weekend extended to three days due to Presidents Day, the latest MCU movie starring Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther has already reached upwards of $201 million. A four-day projection would have the movie possibly hitting $235M, to become the third-largest four-day opening of all time.