Disneyland has begun construction for the new Marvel themed land they are officially calling the “Avengers Campus”. The land is being built on the area that was formerly Bug's Land inside Disney California Adventure Park
The new land will roll out in two phases and once completed will reconnect Cars Land and Hollywood Studios. Phase One of this new themed land will open July 18th 2020 at Disneyland! The Avengers opening date was announced by newly installed Disney CEO Bob Chapek at the Annual Disney Shareholders Meeting.
Update: Due to the closure at Disneyland and the halt of construction due to the impact of COVID-19- Avengers Campus is now announced as ‘coming soon' and will likely not meet that prior opening announcement date. Stay tuned as we'll update with any new information we hear.
Keep reading our guide for everything you need to know about this heroic addition to California Adventure!
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Spider-Man will soon swing into action above Avengers Campus opening this summer at Disney California Adventure Park! Details – http://di.sn/6003152Yl
Posted by Disneyland on Thursday, January 30, 2020
As always, Disney's dedication to immersion will be impressive with the addition of this new land. As seen in the video above, guests will be able to get a glimpse of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man himself swinging above the rooftops of Avengers Campus. The name C.A.M.P.U.S. stands for Centralized Assembly Mobilized to Prepare, Unite, and Safeguard.
Here's the official Disney description of the new land playing off the now classic Avengers initiative speech from Nick Fury.
There was an idea. To bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if they could become something more. It was called the Avengers Initiative.
That original idea has now evolved into a brand-new global Avengers Initiative. One that brings us—the next generation of remarkable people—together. To find our power and become something more. To see if we can work alongside the Avengers so we may all become stronger together.
The Stark Expo in Hong Kong was to be a first step: A world exposition whose theme of ‘A Better Tomorrow Today,’ was meant to inspire and motivate through technological innovation. However, shortly after it opened, the Expo was attacked by the forces of Hydra. When even more powerful forces threatened the entire planet, the Avengers realized that the Earth needs more heroes.
So today, to better defend the planet, the Avengers are setting up new Headquarters and technology sharing exchanges around the globe to empower and inspire all potential recruits willing to step up and become heroes.
In California and Paris, Tony Stark is retrofitting two of his father’s Stark Industries sites into new hubs for training and innovation. Through partnerships with S.H.I.E.L.D., Pym Technologies, Masters of the Mystic Arts and the new Worldwide Engineering Brigade, The Avengers and their allies will forge new global campuses to champion the next generation of heroes. Who’s ready to answer the call?
Avengers Campus Imagineers are making large strides to include easter eggs from the comics to the movies to the upcoming Disney+ series. The new land titled “Avengers Campus” is set to open July 18th 2020. Keep our guide bookmarked as this is the place where we will post updates, announcements, and information as soon as we receive them from Disney.
Avengers Campus Attractions Coming to Disneyland
Avengers Campus will be home to three attractions: WEB SLINGERS- A Spider-Man Adventure, a new Avengers themed rollercoaster, and the existing Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission- BREAKOUT! attraction which will become part of the new land.
WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure
The first attraction to open in Phase One of Avengers Campus is the new Spider-Man themed attraction. Part of what will inspire the attraction and the story of the land will be the creation of a new organization: the Worldwide Engineering Brigade.
The Worldwide Engineering Brigade (AKA- “WEB”) will house the new Spider-Man Experience which is the first Disney ride to feature this favorite superhero. During the “open house at WEB” the inventors of this invention called the “Web Slinger” which allows you to sling webs just like Spider-Man. This attraction will give guests an experience of what it's like to have actual superheros just like Spider-Man. The focus of the ride is to help Spider-Man collect Spider-Bots with the Web Slinger.
According to Disney, “The young inventors of WEB have opened the address up for an open house, where many of their new creations are on display for guests—including Spider-Bots, affable robotic sidekicks that have been designed to build anything a Super Hero might need. But something goes haywire and the Spider-Bots run amok, replicating at an alarming rate. The open house abruptly turns into a mission, and Spider-Man needs your help! Guests will don 3D glasses and get to test drive Peter Parker’s latest invention, the WEB Slinger vehicle, and discover never-before-realized powers.”
Disney has also confirmed that Tom Holland, the actor who plays Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, will voice Spider-Man in the new attraction.
The technology behind this new attraction is a revolutionary step towards immersive 3-D style rides according to Imagineers,
“We always start with wish fulfillment when we’re creating an attraction. What is that thing that you’ve always wanted to do? What is that power that you’ve always wanted to have?” Brent Strong says. Like some attractions, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure uses 3D glasses as well as a hybrid of physical sets, practical effects, and virtual set extensions. But what you won’t see, Strong points out, is a blaster for guests to hold onto. “Believe it or not, with nothing in your hands, you get to reach out and you will sling webs on this ride,” he details. WDI tapped into innovative technology adapted specifically for this attraction for a brand-new interface that uses a gesture recognition system that has been built into every slinger vehicle. “Sixty times a second we are able to determine where a guest’s head is, their shoulders, their elbows, and even their wrists,” Strong explains. “We’re able to track the motion of your body so that when you reach out and sling a web, since we know where your eyes are and we know where your hands are, we can render a web—a virtual web coming right out of the palm of your hand—right out of your virtual web shooters and into a virtual world.”
This attraction will be similar to the idea behind Toy Story Midway Mania with guests shooting webs at screens as they undergo their Spider-Man training.
Avengers Headquarters Attraction
This building will be the official Avengers Headquarters and guests will be able to see the iconic heroes on top the roof from time to time! (Similar to how we see the roaming immersive characters in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge)
This building will open in Phase Two of Avengers Campus at a later/unannounced date after the first phase opening in 2020. This will be the setting of the entrance to the brand new e-ticket attraction where guests can step on board a Quinjet and fly alongside the Avengers in an adventure to Wakanda and beyond. Guests will team up alongside Avengers in a battle to save the world against one of the most powerful villains they have ever faced… Thanos, perhaps? Imagineers are currently hard at work bringing this ride system to life that will put guests in “the middle of the action.”
The ride vehicle appears to be similar to the one used for the Flight of Passage ride at Pandora- World of Avatar in Walt Disney World. Which is said to be one of the BEST rides that Disney has ever done. Guests will “become a part of a bigger universe, you just don't know it yet!”
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission- BREAKOUT!
The Guardians of the Galaxy re-theming of Tower of Terror was all part of the plan to blend that area of Hollywood Land into this new Marvel themed land. You can definitely expect this popular attraction to stay and keep it's Guardians of the Galaxy theme.
If you look closely at the concept art at the top of this post, you can see the attraction in the background giving you an idea of how the former bugs land will connect to Hollywood Land to create this Marvel themed land.
Avengers Campus Dining
Pym Test Kitchen
The main eatery announced is the Pym Test Kitchen! Just like Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink anything, Pym Technologies will be growing and shrinking food at this restaurant.
The Pym Test Kitchen dining location will have a ceiling “quantum tunnel” which below you can watch a conveyer belt of pretzels go from regular-size to ginormous. How big is ginormous? According to Disney, these pretzels weight nearly 360 grams!
Check out a preview of some of the food we can expect to see:
If the awesome themed food we've seen in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is any indication, this is going to be a great place to eat!
Pym Tasting Lab
Located right by Pym Test kitchen, guests can find the Pym Tasting Lab which represents Scott Lang aka Ant-Man’s pet project and has a focus on adult beverages. Craft beers on tap range from a blood orange hefeweizen to an amber lager, and they’re poured via an ingenious reverse draft system where the glass fills from the bottom up. The Pym Tasting Lab will feature four different beer cocktails and snacks such as sweet and savory popped grains, mini pretzels, and salted honey-roasted peanuts.
Also featured is the infamous Shawarma Palace (which the Avengers dined at after the Battle of New York)- this cart based eatery decked out in Avengers memorabilia will serve a fragrant chicken shawarma and garlic sauce, as well as an Impossible plant-based falafel version. .
Remember the unique collection of Taneleer Tivan on display at Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!? Well prepare to find an awesome assortment of intergalactic eats and treats at this food cart called Terran Treats. The Cosmic Cream Orb resembles an Infinity Stone, but it has the flavor of a delectable cream puff filled with raspberry cheesecake mousse.
Terran Treats will also feature a changing variety of colorful Sweet Spiral Rations, which look and taste like what we have come to know and love as a churro.
Avengers Campus Merchandise
WEB Suppliers is the store in Avengers Campus located across from the WEB building where you can find all your favorite headwear, drinkware, patches, pins and more.
It’s also home to a version of the Spider-Bots that go haywire in WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure- the Spider- Man attraction inside the land. Each Spider-Bot is powered by a remote control and has eight articulated legs that move backward and forward.
Just like our beloved droids in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, this Spider-Bots have plenty of accessories that allow guests to customize their Spider-Bot! Guests can choose accessories like backpacks to carry their Spider-Bots and attachments to harness the powers and style of favorite Super Heroes, including Black Panther, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Ant-Man and The Wasp.
You can also find plenty of awesome Spider-Man themed merchandise such as Spider-Man light goggles with 17 unique expressions, action figures that interact with mini Spider-Bots, Web-shooters with authentic lights and sounds, a kit that enables fans to make their very own webs at home, and Parks-exclusive Funko Pop! vinyl figures of Spider-Man and Iron Man.
You can also find a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-inspired kits that enables aspiring heroes to create their own “Gamma Goo” and more.
Guests looking to find themed apparel can go to the Campus Supply Pod for official Avengers Campus logo gear such as performance fleece hoodies and tees, hats, drinkware, and more Super Hero supplies.
Acrobatic Spider-Man Soars High Above the Campus
High above the land guests can watch Spider-Man’s gravity-defying moves, more than 60 feet in the air- as this new state of the art animatronic will be swinging above the building. You have to watch the video that was shared during the end of the Disney Plus Imagineering Story documentary to understand how cool this moment will be.
Disney executives have shared that this will be the jaw dropping moment from the land. I am thrilled to see the new Audio-Animatronic in action.
Avengers Campus Character Meet and Greets
Guests will also be able to encounter their favorite heroes on the campus including Spider-Man, Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, heroes from Wakanda and Ashard, Thor, Loki, and Iron Man.
It is interesting to note that many of these characters are new meet and greets we have not previously seen in Hollywood Land before such as Ant-Man and The Wasp and Iron Man! The current Marvel meet and greets will remain such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther.
It is also now confirmed that Dr. Strange will have his own show that explores the ruins of a mysterious California sanctum.
Similar to the immersion we've seen over in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge with roaming characters and stormtroopers posted on top of the buildings, the Avengers Campus will also feature characters ‘springing' into action all over the building.
Avengers Campus: Entertainment and Live Shows
Doctor Strange will most often be found in The Sanctum which will be one of the most beautiful locations in Avengers Campus. These overgrown ruins are the perfect spot for guests to encounter Doctor Strange and learn his secrets of the mystic arts. Doctor Strange will use powerful spells to bring The Sanctum to life, and you’ll want to return to the area after dark, when it will glow even more vividly with majestic colors and lights and its mystic energy will seem even more vibrant.
Guests can also expect to train with the Dora Milaje as they bring wisdom from Wakanda in training encounters led by General Okoye—who makes her Disney Parks debut this summer. Recruits will train with Black Panther’s loyal bodyguards and find out what it’s like to be part of this elite royal guard.
At Avengers Headquarters, Captain America, Black Panther, and Black Widow will face off against foes throughout the day. The identify of one of the Avengers' adversaries making an appearance in the park has been revealed as Taskmasker- the new villain from the upcoming Black Widow film.
According to Disney, the Black Widow stunt team worked closely with the Disney Parks Live Entertainment team to ensure that Taskmaster’s unique talent—his natural ability to memorize and replicate Super Hero moves—comes to life thrillingly and authentically.
Disney released the above teaser posted when they announced this heroic addition to California Adventure.
You can also watch the video below to see the teaser preview released by Disney at their announcement of this superhero themed land.
D23 revealed a massive article with information on the rides, food, and character experiences while also confirming July 18th as the opening date for Phase One!
As the date gets closer, we expect a windfall of news updates about these new Marvel experiences so be sure to keep checking back for updates.
Avengers Campus- D23 Exclusive Photos
On the opening media night of the D23 Expo, Disney released new info and the official name for the new land–Avengers Campus!
Here's more of that Nick Fury inspired spiel that I mentioned above.
The maps labels the Marvel themed lands in or coming to the Disney Parks around the world.
Here's a closer look at the Spider-Man suit.
Keep checking back as we continue to update our guide as we find out more about Avengers Campus at D23!
Why Disney Can't Mention ‘Marvel' in their Theme Park Addition
The ‘Stark Industries' walls went up once a bugs land closed to make way for the new Marvel themed land.Marvel's original licensing agreement with Universal Studios (prior to Disney's acquisition of Marvel) states that “any theme park west of the Mississippi River is not allowed to use the name “Marvel” in any part of its attractions or the promotion of them.” Disney is free to license any Marvel characters which is why you still see the characters mentioned in the rides and press announcements. Disney just won't be able to use the word ‘Marvel' anywhere in the theme park, its name, and the press releases about the land. This is why recent press releases called it the ‘Superhero themed land' rather than mentioning Marvel.
When it comes to theme parks east of the Mississippi, Disney can only license superhero families that aren't already in use by Universal. So because of the presence of Spider-Man, The Hulk, and other characters used at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Disney cannot use any of those characters at Walt Disney World. But Universal isn't using Guardians of the Galaxy for any attractions, this is why Disney can add the new Guardians of the Galaxy themed roller coaster in Epcot.
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