If you are a superhero fan, then get ready for the 3 upcoming Marvel Lands called: “Avengers Campus,” which are coming to Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. We’re going to share everything you need to know including the opening.
(Update 4/11/20) – Avenger’s Campus, the Marvel Land coming to Disney California Adventure has now been delayed due to the Disneyland Closure to an unknown future date.
At a Disney shareholders meeting on March 11, 2020, new Disney CEO Bob Chapek along with Bob Iger announced that the Avengers Campus would be opening on July 18, 2020, in Disney California Adventure.
However, the opening date was recently changed on the Disneyland website. It used to have the July 18 date on there and now it instead reads: “Avengers Campus – Coming Soon.”
Since Disneyland closed down, they have also stopped all construction in the parks and the construction teams have been sent home for the time being. That means until the parks are back up and running, it’s unlikely we’ll see any more construction and therefore all projects including Marvel Land are suspended until further notice.
This was obviously expected, but still disappointing to hear made official from Disney. Scroll down further in this article for when we think Avengers Campus could possibly open.
Over this past Summer, Disney revealed brand new information about Avengers Campus, including details about its restaurants, attractions, new concept art and all the experiences you will get to be a part of in this brand new land.
In this article, you are going to see the layout of Avengers Campus, what it will look like when finished, and also more info about all the exciting attractions and restaurants that will be a part of Disney’s Marvel Land.
Avengers Campus Info
The Avengers Campus is being set up to recruit the next generation of Super Heroes, and you get to play a part!
You’ll be able to find the Avengers Campus in 3 Disney parks, Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. It will have unique attractions and experiences that put you in the middle of the action with your favorite Avengers characters.
So far the images we’ve seen of it are awesome, and it really cool to see what it will look like when it’s finished. Here is the latest concept art of the land and what it will look like as a whole:
The Spider-Man ride is going in the building on the left and will be a similar experience to Toy Story Mania. There is going to be a Dr. Strange show and an Ant-Man Micro Brewery. Those are also located in the concept art.
It’s hard to tell from the image, but it seems like in front of the Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout ride there is a ship parked on a roof to the right. That is where the new E-Ticket Avengers ride is going to be.
In the Disney Parks exhibit on the D23 Expo this past summer, we got a better look at the concept art and also some models of what the land is going to be like. Let’s take a look.
At the core of any great theme park land, are its rides and attractions. From what we know so far, the Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure will have 2 rides, 1 show, and a microbrewery quick service restaurant.
The first attraction which we already knew about is a Spider-Man web-slinging ride which is similar to Toy Story Mania from all accounts. You help Spider-Man destroy Spider-Bots after a project goes terribly wrong.
Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog, we now have some more information about the Spider-Man attraction including the name: “Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure.”
Guests on this attraction will wear 3D glasses and it will use an advanced gesture recognition system which will make it seem like webs are actually shooting out of your wrists! Somehow they have promised that even though the ride will not use extra equipment, it will feel like the real thing! We can’t wait to see how this looks and feels.
In addition, we also learned that you will receive a total score for destroying the spider-bots, much like in Toy Story Mania. Bots will be color-coded with Red, Blue, Green and Gold colored bots all having different point values. The top scores will appear on a public scoreboard and keep track of the best daily/weekly/monthly scores.
The Web Suppliers across the street will sell spider-bots that you can build yourself and take home, much like the droids at Droid Depot in Galaxy’s Edge.
The good news is that it will be a family-friendly ride, good for all ages and with no height restrictions!
Next we found out there is a quick service micro-brewery called Pym Test Kitchen where Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, including the food at this eatery.
That means your food will come out several times larger than what it normally is. Expect to find super-sized pretzels, the “Not So Little Chicken Sandwich” with a normal-sized bun and a huge breaded chicken breast, the “Pym-ini” sandwich which is a whopping 2 feet long and 9 inches wide.
As has been the trend in the Disney parks recently, you will be able to get meatless dining options and at the Pym Test Kitchen, that means vegetarian meatballs served in an oversized spoon with a tiny fork.
There will also be a bar located next door serving lagers, beer and cocktails.
And speaking of food in Avengers Campus, we have confirmation that there will be shawarma! That’s right if you remember the end of the original Avengers movie our heroes celebrated their victory in the post-credits scene by eating shawarma.
Now you’ll be able to do the same at the Shawarma Palace Cart in Avengers Campus!
“No Avengers Campus would be complete without shawarma,” Imagineer and writer Jillian Pagan said.
As for entertainment, Avengers Campus is packed with it!
Avengers Campus will be filled with super heroes and we now have confirmation of all that will be there when the Marvel Land opens. That list includes:
- Iron Man
- Captain America
- Black Panther
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Black Widow
- Doctor Strange
- The Wasp
- Captain Marvel
- the Dora Milaje
- and more…
Some of these characters will have their own character meets and some will just be freely roaming around the land. Iron Man for example, will have his own character meet while debuting his never-before-seen new armor: the Mark 80.
One interesting addition is the Dora Milaje encounter. Here the famous Wakandan warriors led by General Okoye will be training new recruits to find out what it’s like to be one of the royal bodyguards. We’ll have to wait and see just how they are going to pull this one off.
There is going to be a superhero show staged in Avengers Campus, and the villain is none other than Taskmaster. He is the villain of the Black Widow movie and he specializes in having photographic reflexes, meaning he can imitate the Avengers’ moves perfectly.
From what we can tell, Taskmaster will be going up against Captain America, Black Widow and Black Panther. This should be very realistic since Disney has hired the stunt choreography team from the Black Widow movie to train the stunt crew working in the show. We imagine that this is a show and story that can rotate whenever new villains come into the MCU.
Taskmaster is the choice at this time because Black Widow will be the newest film on peoples’ minds when Avengers Campus opens. But they could potentially change out the super heroes and villains to reflect the latest MCU films which would be smart to keep people engaged.
Disney has confirmed that the Swinging “Stuntronics” Spider-Man is indeed coming to Avengers Campus when it opens in July. That will be amazing to see as Spider-Man will be launched overhead and behind buildings as you are walking down the street. We hope it’s as cool in person as it looks in the videos.
We got confirmed that a Dr. Strange Sanctum show is coming to Avengers Campus. In the sanctum, Doctor Strange will teach recruits the mystic arts and bring the ancient sanctum to life. This area will really be something to see at night when it comes alive and glows with lights and pulsating energy.
Lastly, we learned some info about a phase 2 project for Avengers Campus which includes an E-Ticket Avengers ride on a Quinjet. Read the detailed explanation of that Avengers ride here.
Avengers Campus Opening Date
So far, everything we know about the Avengers Campus sounds awesome so far, but when is it going to be open? Unfortunately, not as early as was originally planned as the opening of Disneyland’s Avengers Campus has been delayed indefinitely until further notice.
At a recent Disney shareholders meeting, Disney has announced that Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure was opening on July 18, 2020. That made sense and went along with what we had been hearing. Disney wanted their new Marvel Land open in time for the busy season in Disneyland and it would be the perfect Summer draw to the parks.
That was the plan until the current health crisis currently going on which has forced Disneyland (and Disney World) to close their doors for the time being. With no construction currently taking place, all progress on Avengers Campus has come to a screeching halt until further notice.
So when will construction start up again and when will Avengers Campus open in Disney California Adventure? At this point no one knows, not even Disney, hence the change on the website to “Coming Soon” instead of an actual date.
The truth is, Disney doesn’t know when Disneyland can reopen or when construction can start back up again. At this point, Disneyland will be closed at least until early June, with many analysts saying that the closure could go into July or August even. So let’s retrace our steps a bit.
If Disney announced in mid-March that Avengers Campus would be ready in mid-July, that means they were confident they only had about 4 months left of work until Marvel Land would be ready. That means Avengers Campus should be able to open roughly 4 months after Disneyland reopens.
So going back to our estimates, let’s say the earliest we could see Disneyland open its doors is mid-June. At that point, if construction teams are able to be assembled at the same time and pick up where they left off, we are likely looking at an October/November opening for Marvel Land.
The key here is how long it takes to get the construction teams back running where they left off. In theory, they should be able to go back to work when the parks are opened (possibly a little before), but the problem is in the supply chain. Because millions of businesses are closed around the world, it might be difficult to locate the materials and equipment needed to continue with the construction.
We should know more in the coming weeks and have a better feel for the whole situation once we are closer to a Disneyland reopening. Either way, it seems unlikely we will see Earth’s mightiest heroes in Disneyland before mid to late Fall 2020.
What’s Opening in Phase 1 of Avengers Campus?
Another important thing to know about the Avengers Campus opening is that not everything will be ready immediately when the land makes its debut. The Avengers Campus land itself will be open sometime later in 2020, but not every part of the land will be ready and we are in for a multi-phase opening.
Since the Spider-Man ride, the Pym Test Kitchen and Dr. Strange Sanctum Show were all mentioned in detail, we can assume those will be a part of Phase 1 of the project.
We know that the E-Ticket Avengers ride hasn’t begun construction yet and Imagineers are still hard at work on the design. That ride will not be ready in 2020, and we’ll most likely have to wait until 2023 or later for it.
Whether or not there are other phases in between Phase 1 and the Avengers E-Ticket attraction which includes other experiences, for now, is a mystery. We’ll have to hang tight and see how things develop.
Stay tuned to Ziggy Knows Disney for more news and info about the Avengers Campus as we’ll keep you posted as new details come out!
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- Are you looking forward to this new land?
- What other additions do you hope to see?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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