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 stages and once completed will reconnect Cars Land and Hollywood Studios. Phase One of this new themed land will open in Summer 2020!
Disney California Adventure Marvel Land!
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?
As of now the new land titled “Avengers Campus” is set to open in Summer 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- 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!
Avengers Campus-Everything We Know
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.
So what do we know so far about this Marvel themed land coming to Disney's California Adventure?
This is everything we know so far:
- We can expect to see a variety of Marvel characters in this area such as those featured in the teaser poster along with the current Marvel characters we have now such as new meet and greets!
- The land will open in two phases- the first phase as Disney as announced opening in Summer 2020 and phase two opening a year or two later. Details have been scarce on the second phase so far.
- The attraction that will open first will be a Spider-Man themed experience in the former “it's tough to be a bug” theater building. The attraction is a similar concept to that of Toy Story Midway Mania with guests shooting webs at screens as they undergo their Spider-Man training. (More about attractions below!)
- It is confirmed that Dr. Strange will have his own experience nearby that will be similar to the “Dr. Strange Teaches the Mystic Arts” shows that take place on select Disney Cruises.
- It is confirmed that there will be a counter service restaurant themed after Ant-Man built in this land. If you look closely at the teaser picture above, you can see the giant canned beer on the left side of the image. (More about dining below!)
- It is rumored that the second phase of this land will include the opening of a roller coaster featuring all our favorite Marvel characters. If you look in the teaser poster, you can see the Quinjet/Avengers ship which is said to be a part of this roller coaster. This rumor was largely confirmed at the 2019 D23 Expo but details on exactly what type of ride this will be are still scarce. (Read the attractions information below for more info!)
- It is rumored that the land will have a total of 5 attractions/shows with Guardians of the Galaxy possibly counted in that number. Because of the prominence of Black Panther in the teaser poster, many have speculated one of the attractions/shows will feature Black Panther.
Much of the rumors and news circulating from the above details comes from this Disney Parks blog announcement as well as the teaser poster:
And soon, in both Disney California Adventure park and Disneyland Paris, guests will encounter the heroes in new and exciting ways, from the mystic arts of Doctor Strange to the gravity-defying feats of Spider-Man. Guests will also experience the latest in Pym Technology with Ant-Man and Wasp and be wowed as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Captain America and more leap into action on a moment’s notice.
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 Attractions Coming to Disneyland
Spider-Man Ride inside the “WEB” Building
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.
This quote from the Disney Parks Blog gives us an idea of what to expect not just with this new attraction but also the story of the land:
Besides introducing WEB, we can’t wait to debut a brand-new, cutting-edge interface as part of this fun, interactive attraction. Through a blend of never-before-seen technology and practical effects, guests will get to experience for themselves what it is like to have the abilities of a Super Hero.
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
The main eatery announced so far 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.
We expect to see a large range of themed mini and macro sized food here! And this also confirms the ongoing rumor based on the teaser posters that there would be an Ant-Man themed restaurant.
Avengers Campus Character Meet and Greets
Guests will also be able to encounter their favorite heroes on the campus including 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!
It is assumed that the current Marvel meet and greets will remain such as Spider-Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther. We will constantly update as we hear more.
It is also now confirmed that Dr. Strange will have his own show that explores the ruins of a mysterious California sanctum.
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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