Disney held an opening ceremony for the brand new Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure on June 2. The newest land will open to the public officially on June 4.
When entering Avenger’s Campus, guests will step into starring roles surrounded by some of their favorite Marvel characters.
The land highlights an old Stark Industries property that has been refurbished by Peter Parker (Spider Man) as the home of the Worldwide Engineering Brigade, or WEB. Parker’s WEB houses a group of engineering students put in charge of and supporting the next generation of superheroes..and that might include you.
Web Slingers: A Spider Man Adventure attraction takes guests on a ride through a mansion run rampant with the friendly neighborhood superhero’s newest pet project, spider-bots that self-replicate out of control.
Guests can buy their own web shooters at a shop selling Spidey gear. Those purchases provide them with extra powers as they help the wall crawler demolish the spider-bots. At the end of the ride, guests are shown a score like a video game.
“The basic mission is always the same,” said Brent Strong, executive creative director of Walt Disney Imagineering. “But what guests do plays a role in how it plays out. We’ve hidden a million Easter eggs in it,”
“The story is about the guests… and the interactions these heroes have with the guests,” Strong said.
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Top Imagineers for Avenger’s Campus told reporters that the narrative was guided by immersion. They want to make the experience as immersive as possible for guests.
“We had 70 years to pull from and 23 films,” said Scot Drake, a portfolio creative director for Imagineering. “This has been a global storytelling effort,” Drake said. “Not only do we get spider-bots getting loose… soon we’ll be opening Marvel Adventures in Paris…and more at Anaheim.”
This is not the first time the MCU has come to Disney California Adventure. There is of course, the reimagined Tower of Terror which has become Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout!
While the new land seems to incorporate a great storyline and Disney Imagineers have been hard at work. There seems to be a lack of a very important part of every MCU storyline… villains! Taskmaster appears not only in Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout! but also makes an appearance with Black Widow in Avengers Campus but we have yet to see many other villains make an appearance.
In addition to that, similar to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the OG’s aren’t a major part of what we have seen so far. Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America don’t have major roles though they are making meet and greet appearances.
But wait! This is only phase 1. That’s right. Opening on June 4 is only the first of 2 phases for Avenger’s Campus.
The original Avengers are supposed to take center stage in phase 2, that was introduced back in 2019 at D23 by Disney CEO Bob Chapek. We haven’t received a lot of information on that timeline post pandemic and there doesn’t appear to be much work being done on it yet but fingers crossed it’s still coming.
But what about the other Marvel inspired land on the East Coast? Marvel Super Hero Island is at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando. This land opened in 1999 before Disney acquired Marvel. It is also most likely the reason there are currently no plans for an Avenger’s Campus at Walt Disney World. Per the agreement, any park west of the Mississippi river can use any Marvel IP, but east of the river can’t. This contract extends as long as Islands of Adventure is operational.
There are interesting stipulations and loop-holes. Disney World has the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction coming but there is a stark lack of Marvel IP at the Most Magical Place on Earth.
Doctor Strange puts on a magic show throughout the day, but at night the Sorcerer Supreme opens a portal after he enlists guests to help him, through an enchantment, to erect a shield around the campus.
Next month, the attraction will add performances of the super villain Taskmaster clashing with the Black Widow.
“I think it’s going to be really exciting,” Dan Fields, executive creative director of Disney Live Entertainment said. “There are more heroes coming.”
General Okoye and the Dora Milaje help train guests become Wakandan warriors and Spider-Man does acrobatics that include a huge catapult into the air web-slinging.
Eats and Drinks
What about the Food and libations? We’ve already released our foodie guide for the land.
Related: Foodie Guide for Avengers Campus
Pym Test Kitchen eatery and the Shawarma Palace food cart also have tie-ins to the Marvel movies and comic books.
Hank Pym, aka Ant Man and Giant Man, is the inspiration behind the eatery which features a variety of foods that can shrink or be enlarged with his Pym Particles.
“What we’ve had great success with is how we wed the eating experience to the story,” Gendreau said.
There will be a selection of adult cocktails and microbrews available.
Want to check out the replay of the opening ceremony? Check it out below.