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January 11

January 11, 2017 – The Iron Man Experience Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“One of the world’s greatest super heroes is among us.”

On January 11, 2017, the Marvel-themed attraction Iron Man Experience opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. The first Marvel-themed attraction to open in a Disney park, the experience gave guests the opportunity to explore the inventions of Tony Stark, along with a chance to meet Iron Man himself and play in the interactive game Become Iron Man. The area is split into four sections: Stark Expo, Take Flight with Iron Man Above Hong Kong, Heroic Encounter with Iron Man, and Become Iron Man at The Stark Expo. Guests are also able to shop for special Iron Man themed merchandise, as well as eat and drink Iron Man themed food and beverages, such as an Iron Man Waffle.


March 31

March 31, 2012 – The Avengers-Themed Monorail Debuts in Walt Disney World

“…our partners at Marvel Studios are bringing Marvel’s The Avengers to Walt Disney World Resort this spring!”

On March 31, 2012, the day after the official announcement on the Walt Disney Parks Blog, the newly designed Avengers-themed monorail, affectionately known as the “Avengerail,” debuted in Walt Disney World. Featuring characters played by actors Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor), the monorail promoted the film, which was scheduled to be released on May 4, 2012.

February 22

February 22, 2015 – Big Hero 6 Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature


“We would really like to thank the Academy for honoring our film…this has been an amazing year for animated films, and we are privileged to be in your company.” – Don Hall, Co-Director for Big Hero 6

On February 22, 2015, the 87th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Walt Disney Animation Studios walked away with the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for the movie Big Hero 6, giving the studio its second Academy Award in this category after the previous year’s win for Frozen. The film was the winner against such films as The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

February 12

February 12, 2016 – Disney CEO Bob Iger is Named to the Toy Industry Hall of Fame


“Mr. Iger has done an impressive job of building on Disney’s rich history and growing their storytelling portfolio, creating new experiences and unforgettable memories for generations of kids to come.” – Toy Industry Association President and CEO Steve Pasierb

On February 12, 2016, the Toy Industry Association inducted the newest member of the Toy Industry Fall of Fame: CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger. Iger was added thanks to his contributions to the toy industry, as well as the “impact his work has had on the lives of children worldwide.” Iger was also recognized for growing the Disney portfolio with the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, and creating new creative platforms for each of them. He was inducted in a special presentation at the 16th annual Toy of the Year Awards ceremony at the 113th North American International Toy Fair, which also celebrated the Toy Industry Association’s centennial.

December 31

December 31, 2009 – Marvel Stockholders Approve Disney Acquisition Deal


“We’re thrilled to welcome to the Disney family the talented team at Marvel.” – President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger

On December 31, 2009, a special meeting was held for the stockholders of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., where the planned merger with The Walt Disney Company was front and center for approval. With the approval of the shareholders, Marvel became a Disney-owned subsidiary, with Marvel shareholders receiving $30 a share along with a 0.7452 Disney share for each Marvel stock owned. The merger was completed the same day following the approval.

July 19

July 19, 2011 – The Soundtrack for Captain America: The First Avenger is Released


“Who’s strong and brave, here to save the American way?”

On July 19, 2011, the soundtrack for the Marvel film Captain America: The First Avenger was released through Buena Vista Records and Marvel Music. The soundtrack features the score by Alan Silvestri, as well as the song “Star Spangled Man” by David Zippel and Alan Menken. The soundtrack was well-received by critics and fans alike, with “Captain America” being used in other Marvel films as the official Captain America theme within the film score.

January 3

January 3, 2014 – Marvel Comics is Granted Exclusive Rights to Star Wars Comics


“In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe.” – Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide

On January 3, 2014, Marvel Comics, in partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd., was granted exclusive rights to publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels. The agreement ends the partnership with Dark Horse Comics, who had been publishing Star Wars titles since 1991; Marvel had previously owned the license to the comics from 1977 to 1987, with Star Wars #1 selling over 1 million copies in 1977. This acquisition brought Star Wars completely under the Disney banner, as Disney had acquired Marvel in 2009.