Disney has announced two new rides for its upcoming Avengers Campus Super Hero Land, plus dining, entertainment, and more. In this post, we’ll cover what’s coming to Disneyland Resort at California Adventure and to Disneyland Paris in its Walt Disney Studios Park.
First up is Worldwide Engineering Brigade or WEB (presumably a play on WED, or Imagineering) which will house the new Spider-Man attraction, the attraction that will debut in 2020 as the first attraction in the Avengers Campus. This will be the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature this iconic Marvel character.
During an open house at Worldwide Engineering Brigade, guests are invited for a test drive of the WEB team’s latest invention: the “Web Slinger” vehicle, which allows you to sling webs just like Spider-Man.
This interactive Spider-Man attraction gives guests a taste of what it’s like to have actual super powers as you help Spider-Man collect Spider-Bots that have run amok.
Next up for the first phase of the Avengers Campus is the Pym Test Kitchen, which we’ve previously identified as a hybrid counter service restaurant and microbrewery. During the 2019 D23 Expo presentation, nothing was mentioned about the microbrewery component, so either that’s changed or it was simply omitted.
In any case, this restaurant is named after the “Pym Particles” that Ant-Man and The Wasp use to grow and shrink just about anything. Here, Pym Technologies is using the latest innovations to grow and shrink food at this restaurant.
Also debuting with phase one of the Avengers Campus is the meet and greet experiences.
Guests will find heroic encounters throughout the campus, including Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, characters from Wakanda and Asgard, and Iron Man.
In the land’s subsequent expansion, the Avengers Headquarters will debut. This will become the future entrance to a brand-new E-Ticket attraction where guests will step on board a Quinjet and fly alongside the Avengers in an epic adventure to Wakanda and beyond.
In this attraction, guests will team up alongside the Avengers in a battle to save the world from one of the most powerful villains they have ever faced. Disney has indicated that Imagineers are conceiving an all-new innovative ride system to put you in the middle of the action in this Avengers E-Ticket.
Let’s start with phase two. Not a lot of details were shared here, but I’m mostly just relieved that something was shared. As anyone who has followed Disney for a while can tell you, phase two of projects are often quietly canceled, so having more concrete details helps ensure that won’t (or at least is less likely to) happen.
There have been a lot of rumors about this second phase, and what kind of attraction it would feature. One persistent one a couple of years ago was that it’d be an indoor Captain America Vekoma bike coaster. There are a number of reasons that might not be happening now (I won’t spoil any recent films in case you’re the one person who didn’t see it), but I’m glad they’re doing something different.
If I had to guess–and that’s exactly what this is–I’d say that the Avengers attraction is probably going to be the same as what’s slated for Hong Kong Disneyland in 2023. That attraction has similarly been described as innovative and a blockbuster addition, and it’d certainly make sense to build the same thing in both locations if there’s a strong concept.
Phase two, light on details as it is, actually has me looking forward to Avengers Campus. Of all the big projects on the horizon for the Disney Parks around the world, the first phase of Avengers Campus is probably the least interesting to me.
Saying, “I don’t care” about the Spider-Man ride and other stuff would probably be a bit harsh, but it just doesn’t excite or interest me like other additions. Universal already has an exceptional Spider-Man attraction, and I’m skeptical that Disney’s will compare to that classic ride.
Plus, after this summer’s debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, it seems wild to me that the next big expansion at Disneyland Resort–in the Disney California Adventure park that needs much more help–appears to be so pedestrian and industrial.
Same goes for Hong Kong, where a Frozen Land and new castle are also part of that park’s larger plans. There, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! and Iron Man Experience have already debuted, and an Avengers mega E-Ticket is also coming down the road.
Admittedly, I’m not the biggest Marvel fan in the world, but I also don’t think the environments featured in the films really lend themselves to immersive worlds in the same way as Star Wars (save for Wakanda, and I can’t think of anywhere at Walt Disney World or Disneyland where that would be anything other than a cringeworthy fit, thematically). Hopefully these Avengers Campus lands prove me wrong, and the industrial design and flashy style makes for inviting and engaging lands. Failing that, hopefully at least the Spider-Man and (more likely) blockbuster Avengers E-ticket attractions live up to the hype and power of the Marvel brand.
What do you think of the Avengers Campus name? Better than Southern California Super Hero Campus? Are you likewise relieved that details were announced for phase two of this attraction? 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!