Disney California Adventure’s newest land finally has an opening date! After being scheduled to open last summer then being postponed due to COVID-19, Disneyland Resort has announced that Avengers Campus will open at California Adventure June 4th. In this post, we’ll break down the details of what will open with the land and what this could mean for crowds throughout the Disneyland summer.
With the already existing Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Avengers Campus will add WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, an Ant-Man inspired counter-service restaurant called Pym Test Kitchen and a variety of gift shops and entertainment. This will complete the second phase of the land’s opening with a third phase to come in another 3 or 4 years.
WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure (take it easy on these all caps titles, Disney) is an interactive 3D attraction, akin to Toy Story Mania. The attraction will have you put your web-slinging skills to the test and experience what it’s like to have powers alongside Spider-Man. While I’m eager to experience the ride, I wouldn’t expect this attraction to be up to the recent Rise of the Resistance standard. I’m more hoping for a solid C or D ticket attraction that will later compliment the E-ticket Avengers themed ride slated to arrive in a few years. I might be less optimistic than some because I’m not as excited about screen-based interactive attractions but with Tom Holland showing us the ropes as Spider-Man, this should be a good amount of fun if nothing else.
Pym Test Kitchen will hopefully add another strong counter-service option to Disney California Adventure. According to the Disney Parks Blog, this restaurant is a food innovation science lab where the food and drinks tell a story. Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, Pym Technologies applies this science to the creation of shareable bites, inventive entrees and sweet treats. I’m all for giant food! I’m less excited about shrunken food but sometimes size doesn’t matter.
Pym Testing Lab will be adjacent to Pym Test Kitchen and will offer adult beverages, including craft beers and cocktails. For those curious, it doesn’t appear that the drinks can come in giant form. There will be two food carts in Avengers Campus – Shawarma Palace and Terran Treats. The former will offer Shawarma in honor of the iconic line in Avengers. The latter will offer intergalactic treats which means that I have no idea what they will offer.
Throughout the land, superheroes and villains will be popping up in order to train guests, or recruits as they’re known in the land. Included in that is the Stuntronics Spider-Man who will be flipping around on top of rooftops. A more fearful person who is deathly afraid of roller coasters or other thrill rides would be worried about the robots coming to take over us all. That’s not me though! Plus, I think Arnold still lives in California so we’ll be okay? I’m a little fuzzy on the Terminator plot, sorry.
The WEB Suppliers store will offer interactive Spider-Bots which are customizable to your favorite superhero. I’m guessing based on the photo below that these are eight legged robots – kind of the Spider-Man answer to Droid Depot in Galaxy’s Edge. There will also be a store called Campus Supply Pod that will sell more common Marvel gear.
I’m a little surprised by the land’s opening date being so early. With Walt Disney World pushing almost everything back for the October 1st anniversary, I thought Disneyland would follow suit. June 4th will still likely see limited capacity but some of that pent-up demand should be relieved by that point. With California’s stated goal of opening fully by June 15th, it’s anyone’s guess what the capacity limits will be for the summer.
When thinking of the land itself, I’m not sure many people will be coming to Disneyland Resort just for the opening. With Annual Passes gone for the time being, the Disneyland regulars that might camp out solely for something opening may be diminished for a while. In whole, all California Adventure is adding is a new ride, counter-service restaurant and shop. That could boost demand for a little while but I don’t expect it to have the affect that other new land openings have.
I’m mostly excited for the new land. There are definite congruent issues within California Adventure right now and Avengers Campus won’t do much to resolve that outside of getting rid of some construction walls. With the land loosely themed to look like the area’s universities, I don’t think this will lead to a fully enveloping land that jives with the park’s Californian theme. That’s especially true with a giant alien tower at one end of the campus. But, at the very least, we get a new ride and some food out of it and that’s good news!
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