Anyone who has seen the incredible Black Panther (and going by the film's success, that's a lot of people) no doubt walks out of the film wishing that they could visit the fictional African realm of Wakanda. Though there are no firm plans in place for Disney to create such a place at one of its parks, Disney CEO Bob Iger hints that a Black Panther attraction might be a possibility in the future.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the subject came up in the midst of Iger talking with Wall Street analysts earlier today. Calling the film "an important moment in culture," Iger was asked about the possibility of a ride based on the film. His response was, "No. We haven't had a chance to build a ride. Though I'm sure there are people who are working on it."
He went on to celebrate the film's success, saying that he can "pretty much guarantee that this coming Halloween and even Christmas, you know you'll be seeing a lot of Black Panther merchandise." This statement comes as no real surprise, as adults and children alike are flocking to the new film.
His tease about a possible ride certainly leaves us curious: Of course they haven't had a chance to build one yet — the film just came out and is still going strong — but the mere possibility of a Black Panther-based attraction has us excited. T'Challa and the Dora Milaje have already been spotted at Disney's California Adventure Park, and Variety notes that Iger also made sure to mention that the current wait to "meet and take pictures" with T'Challa at Disneyland is an hour long.
The character is already proving to be a successful addition to the roster of characters roaming Disney Parks, so it's not much of a stretch to imagine that Imagineers are already working on a larger-scale attraction. What might that attraction be? A ride would be great (the Korea chase scene comes to mind), but that may not do the film justice — a film such as this demands something grander.
Should we see a full-on park addition where you can visit Wakanda? The film's popularity would seem to prove that people would be most interested in that. Disney is creating a huge Star Wars world, so the company is certainly up for giant ventures. For the time being though, we'll have to make do with T'Challa roaming the parks, and then returning to on-screen action in Avengers: Infinity War.
What would you like to see?