What are the Six Infinity Stones of the Disney Parks Universe?

As we slog through the long, hot summer days, bustling to and fro — one farmer is sitting out on a pasture, finally resting, watching the sunrise on a “grateful universe.” Which got me thinking… Thanos did it. All six infinity stones are his, and — to his knowledge — will be for the rest of eternity.

People often joke, make the comparison (or meme) or write about what pieces of pop culture might also represent Infinity Stones here in 2018. Yes, I’m sure you’ve all seen Disney references as they continue to pack their stacked gauntlet with Fox, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel and more.

What about Disney Parks, though? That’s something that hasn’t been done yet. Has it? Could any Disney Park (or World) ever gather all six stones? What kind of galactic power might that park posses then? Well… without further ado, here’s what rides and attractions I believe represent the six infinity stones in 2018.

Tron Lightcycle Power Run
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Space StoneTRON Lightcycle Power Run

Allows the user to exist in any location; move any object anywhere throughout reality; warp or rearrange space; teleport themselves and others; increase their speed; and alter the distance between objects contrary to the laws of physics. At full potential, the Space Gem grants the user omnipresence.

Why: Let’s start with the first of the stones presented to us in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the Space Stone. As you read in the description above, Space Stone is all about enabling users to warp into speed and universes previously unknown.

Of all the stones in this list, the Space Stone may have been the clearest pick for me. Blue (in the films), speed-oriented, space-oriented and operating against the laws of physics — certainly sounds like Shanghai Disneyland’s stunning new coaster, doesn’t it? When else will you get to ride in a bike-style roller coaster? And when else will you find a more stunning coaster that lights up the night (much like the way we’ve seen the Space stone do in the films)?

Who’s in possession: Shanghai Disneyland (current), Magic Kingdom (future).

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
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Mind StoneStar Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Allows the user to enhance their mental and psionic abilities and access the thoughts and dreams of other beings. At full potential, when backed by the Power Gem, the Mind Gem can access all minds in existence simultaneously. The Mind Gem is also the manifestation of the universal subconscious.

Why: Not a ride — an attraction (a land, really) — takes form as the Mind Stone in this list. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the only ride or attraction in this list that isn’t complete… yet. Which shouldn’t be much of a problem, considering that Marvel fans had to wait over a decade to see all six of the Infinity Stones materialize on the silver screen.

So, Mind Stone — I think about total control over life. That has to be what Galaxy’s Edge enables its parks — Disney will have the option to control the guest experience like they never have before. Fully interactive lands. Deeply integrated guest experiences. A completely immersive place of being. Disney is taking control of its guests’ minds.

Not only that, Galaxy’s Edge is meant to forever change “the way you think about a theme park.” If that doesn’t sound like the Mind Stone, I don’t know what is. Consider Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the stone that alters all minds across existence.

Who’s in possession: No one (currently), Disneyland (future), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (future).

Flight of Passage
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Reality StoneFlight of Passage

Allows the user to fulfill their wishes, even if the wish is in direct contradiction with scientific laws, and do things that would normally be impossible; and create any type of alternate reality the user wishes. At full potential, when backed by the other Gems, the Reality Gem allows the user to alter reality on a universal scale.

Why: When you read the description of this stone, did you read it in legendary Disney Imagineer Joe Rhode’s voice? I did. If you didn’t — read it again. It sounds like the language he used verbatim to describe the guest experience at Pandora… right?

All of you dreams come true in Pandora. You get to travel to a distant planet, light years away. You get to fly on the back of a banshee… almost anything is possible in this part of the park. It’s a universe-altering area of the Disney parks and (for now) the only truly immerse land that Disney has created.

What other ride gives you as life-like a feel of flying like Flight of Passage. Soarin’ comes close — but this one is on steroids.

Who’s in possession: Disney’s Animal Kingdom (current), Hong Kong Disneyland (future, rumor), Disneyland Paris (future, rumor).

Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!
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Power Stone Guardians of Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

Allows the user to access and manipulate all forms of energy; enhance their physical strength and durability; enhance any superhuman ability; and boost the effects of the other five Gems. At full potential, the Power Gem grants the user omnipotence.

Why: How could I make a list like this and NOT include a ride that has some type of Marvel tie-in? And what ride is more popular than just about any other out in the Disneyland Resort in California?

The thing about the Power Stone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that it just belongs to the Guardians after their first movie. From the opening scene of the movie to the final climax, that purple stone has become iconic and critically important to who the Guardians came to be. So, it seems right that their themed ride represents the Power Stone. It also works.

Previously a one-dimensional and lacking ride, the Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure was in need of a super-human boost. People were not happy about the reskin of this classic, no matter how badly it was needed. However, thanks to the super-human abilities of this Power Stone ride, it boosted the effects of Tower of Terrors existing structure and made it a phenomenon.

Now, something to consider here… If the Guardians of the Galaxy ride at EPCOT is anywhere near as successful as BREAKOUT! — we could have a stone-stealing situation on our hands. A ride built to specifically accommodate the Guardians on the old site of the Universe of Energy seems like a clear front-runner for the new holder of the Power Stone. Only time will tell.

Who’s in possession: Disney California Adventure (current), EPCOT (future, Guardians of the Galaxy-themed ride).

Radiator Springs Racers
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Time StoneRadiator Springs Racers

Allows the user to see into the past and the future; stop, slow down, speed up or reverse the flow of time; travel through time; change the past and the future; age and de-age beings; and trap people or entire universes in unending loops of time. At full potential, the Time Gem grants the user omniscience and total control over the past, present, and future.

Why: Stop, go – forward, backward, speed up, all around, travel in different times, loops of time — sounds like a ride that stops and goes better than any other and “takes you to a different place in time” — and to me, that’s Radiator Springs Racers.

Part of the thing that makes Radiator Springs Racers an Infinity Stone for me is the scarcity of this ride. The ultra-rarity and uniqueness of one of Disney’s most popular and exceptionally-themed ride ever make it a “must stone.” Currently, it seems like Disney California Adventure will be the only one to ever control this stone too… Now that’s power.

It’s interesting to think that Disney may never recreate another Radiator Springs Racers — and that makes it special. Sure, it’s not taking you that far back in time, but it still takes you to a different era. And a ride with this many beautiful different set pieces has worked its magic with time for me.

Who’s in possession: Disney California Adventure (current), no one (future).

Mystic Manor
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Soul Stone Mystic Manor

Allows the user to steal, control, manipulate, and alter living and dead souls. The Soul Gem is also the gateway to an idyllic pocket universe. At full potential, the Soul Gem grants the user control over all life in the universe.

Why: The Soul Stone has to be a Haunted Mansion variant, right? What other ride in Disney Parks better encapsulates life, death and resurrection than The Haunted Mansion? It’s all about raising spirits from the dead, and giving the “visitors” to the mansion a look to the other side. I also am in love with that idea that the Haunted Mansion variants create an idyllic pocket universe… this gateway to another “undead” dimension.

Now, the only problem with Haunted Mansion is that it isn’t exactly… scarce. An Infinity Stone can’t be something that exists at just about every Disney park! So, my solution? Mystic Manor becomes our Soul Stone. Sure, there aren’t as many (any) ghouls or ghosts at the Hong Kong variation, but this riding is a masterpiece. For those of you that haven’t seen it (or don’t plan on traveling to Hong Kong), take a look at the ride video sometime.

The trackless journey around Mystic Manor is a sight to behold. One of the best rides Disney has ever created… and may never create just this well again. The scarcity combined with the close ties to the Soul Stone make this ride a no-brainer for me, again.

Who’s in possession: Hong Kong Disneyland (current), no one (future).

Who’s the biggest threat to the Disney-verse?

Before I even began this list, I thought Disney World would pose the biggest threat. And it does. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida currently only possesses one of the six stones, but before the end of 2020, their knuckles of the gauntlet will be full with four — needing only a refresh to The Haunted Mansion and a Radiator Springs Racing variant.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending who you ask) Disney World isn’t knocking on the door of either of the two remaining stones. Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion is a widely-acclaimed classic, that regularly gets slight upgrades. We don’t think this ride will be getting wiped clean for trackless cars, new tech and a reskin any time soon. As for Radiator Springs traveling coast-to-coast, this seems highly unlikely for the foreseeable future — as Hollywood Studios just received a massive Pixar expansion park in Toy Story Land. With the unlikelihood that Radiator Springs Racers makes it to Orlando, it takes us to our next biggest threat… The Disneyland Resort in California.

Currently, owners of two of the six infinity stones, they don’t sound all that threatening, but they’re about to gather their third stone with Galaxy’s Edge and they are the sole possessors of the rarest stone in the universe — Radiator Springs Racers. So if anyone can… is it Disneyland California?

Let’s see what it would take to fill their gauntlet. First, their Haunted Mansion would need a refresh and per the description of the Soul Stone above, it would require a full, trackless reimagining of the ride — unlikely, but not impossible. Since The Haunted Mansion isn’t an opening day Disneyland attraction, I wouldn’t consider this ride “untouchable,” no matter how beloved it is.

Next, Disneyland needs a TRON coaster. This one’s tough. There’s no park (or set of parks) that’s tighter on space that Disneyland in California and TRON’s roller coaster takes up a ton of real estate. However, not impossible. Every year that passes by is another year where the life expectancy of the Tomorrowland Speedway shortens in both Orlando and Anaheim. Magic Kingdom has the luxury of more space for their TRON coaster, but Anaheim’s Tomorrowland would need a land swap — maybe in Tomorrowland Speedway’s spot?

This is where it gets interesting, though. One of the leading rumors for a new ride in the soon-to-be-built Marvel-land in Disney’s California Adventure is a Captain America-themed coaster in the style of TRON’s coaster layout. Would the production be enough for this to be a stone “steal?” Will it actually happen? Could it be outright better than TRON? Looking forward to what might happen here.

Last, Disneyland needs Flight of Passage, it’s the biggest stretch — and I don’t feel great about this one. Pandoras don’t just “pop-up” overnight (as we saw with the construction time in Orlando) — and it’s part of the reason Flight of Passage is our Reality Stone, it must be rare. So, what is Disneyland’s option here? Perhaps we’ll see a stunning similar ride in the new Marvel land similar to Flight of Passage… another opportunity for a “stolen” stone. But still, Flight of Passage is special. Is there anywhere it could go in California Adventure?

Hear me out. What if Grizzly River Run and Soarin’ Over America got re-skinned to Pandora? This is a longshot. A very long shot. It won’t be done. But it could. Similar ride mechanisms, believable settings. Room to re-theme. It’s not impossible.

For now, Dis-nerds. We can rest thankful. Thanos hasn’t taken over a park… yet.

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