During Walt Disney Company’s 2020 Shareholders Meeting, CEO Bob Chapek revealed some new information about the Avengers Campus, including the grand opening date for this Marvel land in Disney California Adventure. (Updated April 10, 2020.)
Avengers Campus will debut at Disneyland Resort with a family-friendly 3D attraction, counter service restaurant, gift shops, variety of meet & greets, and the high-flying Stuntronics Spider-Man. The new ride and everything else will join Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout, and in a few years, both will be joined by the flagship Avengers Headquarters E-Ticket attraction.
April 10, 2020 UPDATE: Work on Avengers Campus, along with all other construction projects at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World, has been suspended while the parks are closed. As a result, every upcoming project has been delayed, including this new Marvel Land…
Just today, Disneyland Resort updated its website to remove the July 18, 2020 opening date and replace it with “coming soon” verbiage. While there has been no official announcement from Disney indicating when the opening of Avengers Campus will occur, it’s safe to assume it’ll be pushed off by at least as long as the parks are closed.
Thus far, construction on Avengers Campus has been halted for around one month and it’s not likely to resume for at least another month and a half. That would push the opening date for Avengers Campus to the end of summer or start of Halloween Time at the earliest. It’s entirely possible Disneyland Resort could pause further and wait until the start of the popular Christmas season to open Avengers Campus if it’s going to miss the peak summer tourist season, anyway.
By way of recap, Disney has also released additional info about the centerpiece attraction of the first phase of this Marvel land. The official name is “Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure,” and it’s a family-friendly interactive game that’s essentially an iteration on Toy Story Midway Mania.
Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure begins with guests entering Worldwide Engineering Brigade (WEB), Tony Stark’s lab that has assembled bright innovators like Peter Parker to invent new technologies and equip everyday people to experience superpowers.
Guests are invited into a WEB open house in order to see the latest technologies being developed. Cue “…and some goes terribly wrong” as the Spider-Bots–the creepy-crawling robotic sidekicks–go off the rails. Guests then board the WEB Slinger Vehicle, putting on 3D glasses and slinging webs by flailing arms about.
Most significantly, this is truly a family-friendly attraction–Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure will not have a height restriction. This is pretty significant for Disney California Adventure, which needs more for kids to do. (This attraction replaces several rides aimed at children in the ‘a bug’s land’ area of DCA.)
If Toy Story Midway Mania is like a Nintendo Wii game (and it literally is one), then Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure is like a Microsoft Kinect game. The interactivity here will be controlled via body movements and gestures rather than an in-vehicle shooter mechanism, which is at least an interesting twist.
Also unlike Toy Story Midway Mania, which is overtly premised as a carnival game, Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure will have a narrative arc that accompanies the gameplay. The conceit here is that Spider-Bots are out of control, flooding across the Avengers Campus, and Spider-Man needs your help to get them under control before they wreak havoc.
Near Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure is the WEB Suppliers store. This is where Spider-Bots will be sold, which are interactive companions that sound like what you’d find at Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Each Spider-Bot has a remote control, and all eight articulated legs move forward and backward. Spider-Bots can be customized with tactical upgrades with bling or something inspired by Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow, Ant-Man, and the Wasp.
A second gift shop is the Campus Supply Pod. Here you’ll find official Avengers Campus gear, including performance fleece hoodies and tees, headwear, drinkware, and other Marvel stuff. Other merchandise includes Spider-Man light goggles, a take-home spider web kit, and (of course) Funko Pop! vinyl figurines of Spider-Man and Iron Man.
The main dining option in Avengers Campus is Pym Test Kitchen, which is premised as a food science lab. Pym Technologies uses science to grow and shrink foods. Some menu options will include Impossible plant-based large and micro meatballs with pasta, the Pym-ini, plus pretzels and more. Adjacent to that is the Pym Tasting Lab, which is the spot for craft beer or cocktail experiments.
Next, there’s the Shawarma Palace food cart, which is inspired by the Avengers favorite shawarma joint in New York. Finally, there will be another food cart, Terran Treats, with a weird menu of intergalactic eats near Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout.
Throughout Avengers Campus, there will be a variety of “heroic encounters” meet and greets. These will feature Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, the Dora Milaje, Thor, Loki, and more.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will be making their first appearances in Disney California Adventure, and Iron Man will be debuting his new armor in Avengers Campus: the Mark 80. Finally, the villainous Taskmaster, who will have a role in the upcoming Marvel film “Black Widow,” will debut in Avengers Campus.
While Disney has yet to release other details, we have some of those thanks to a marketing blitz carried out via select media. Los Angeles Times’ Todd Martens, the best professional journalist who covers theme parks, provides plenty of interesting and credible insights into Avengers Campus here.
Thanks to that coverage, we have some info and quotes about the design of this Marvel land as a whole. Per that, the design of Avengers Campus is inspired by nearby universities and Southern California locales, like Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. (JPL is really cool, but not for the exterior design…it’s an industrial park.)
In other words, instead of being immersed in an exotic environment or transported to another time and place, like the outer frontier of Space Morocco in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Avengers Campus will plunk you somewhere familiar like your office in Fullerton or UCI’s student housing quad. Pretty exciting stuff!!!
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Overall, we don’t see the first phase of Avengers Campus causing a huge spike in summer crowds at Disneyland Resort. It’s just one ride, and Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure is intended to be more of a supporting attraction than the main draw. It’ll probably bring out plenty of locals opening weekend, but it’s unlikely to be something around which tons of tourists will plan trips. Then again, we predicted total chaos for the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge last summer and ended up being very wrong about that. Perhaps we’ll be wrong once again and it’ll be bonkers when it debuts at DCA!
Are you planning a visit to Disneyland Resort for the opening of Avengers Campus, or will you wait until later? Excited for the first phase of the Marvel land, or does it look underwhelming to you? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!