Disneyland opens Avenger’s Campus
By: Mallory Burton
The new area, which is located within Disneyland’s California Adventure theme park, replaced A Bug’s Land. The Avengers Campus opened June 4th, it features a new Spider-Man attraction, a dining location called Pym Test Kitchen and a portal to Doctor Strange’s sanctum.
In the center of the the whole land is the Avengers compound, the home to Marvel’s mightiest heroes. On the rooftop launchpad is the Quinjet that lights up and revs its engines up for guests.
This new area of California Adventure was supposed to open in July 2020, but the launch was postponed as theme parks in California were closed due to coronavirus pandemic. In April, both Disney parks were able to reopen to the public.
The Avengers Campus features a Spider-Man ride called Web Slingers. The attraction gives guests the chance to test out a new vehicle and while driving the vehicle, little spider bots are let loose. The riders must snatch them up with their new web-slinging powers. Also, visitors can spot “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” hanging out for photo opportunities. Disney’s Imagineers have designed a robot that can swing and flip through the air doing stunts. This figure can be seen doing acrobatics 60 feet on the air above the rooftop of the WEB building. After all those moves, a Spider-Man cast member will swing down off the building to meet with the guests.
The main dining area within the Avengers Campus is called Pym’s Test Kitchen. Here, scientists working with Ant-Man and the Wasp are using their growing and shrinking technology to create innovative foods. Guests can enjoy chicken sandwiches with massive chicken patties, spaghetti, and meatballs with one large meatball and soft pretzels that are the size of a head. Next door is Pym’s Tasting Lab, a place for adults to enjoy craft beers and signature cocktails. The mixologists play with flavor, offering a variety of ingredients that range from habanero and mango to lemon and vanilla. Also, there are two food carts. The first is Shawarma Place, a nod to the iconic mid-credits scene from “ The Avengers.” The other is called Terran Treats. This booth is located near the Guardians of the Galaxy ride and features items that play on traditional human foods, Circular rainbow churros and bright purple cream puffs are just a few of the treats available.
Character meet-and-greets are another big part of Avengers Campus. Thor, Black Panther, Black Widow and more will be walking around the land. Guests may also catch a glimpse of the trickster Loki. Different Marvel characters will be set up in different areas of the campus. For example, Doctor Strange can be found near the sanctum while Spider-Man can be spotted by the WEB building. Other characters like Black Widow, Black Panther and Captain America will be stationed near the main Avengers building and Ant-Man and the Wasp will pop up near Pym’s Test Kitchen. The Dora Milaje, personal bodyguards and royal security of the Black Panther will also have a presence on the campus, as well as the mighty Thor. As more characters are introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe they will likely be brought into the fold.