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Avengers will swing into action at Disneyland

By Kate Ferrell | Staff Writer

One main attraction to the new Avengers-themed area is being added to Disney California Adventure Park.

Avengers assemble! Disney California Adventure Park is set to open a new area of its park called Avengers Campus that will open to the public in the summer of 2020.

 At 2019’s end-of-year Disney expo, Disney’s Experience and Products chairman revealed several new and exciting additions to the Disney Park, including the new Avenger’s Campus. This new area of Disney California Adventure Park will feature superheroes such as Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Thor and many more. The campus is said to be created in order to “recruit the next generation of superheroes.”

This new park is a result of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009. The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel for an estimated $4 billion. This created a new wave of superhero movies that has made Disney billions of dollars in revenue throughout the years. This includes the newest movie Avengers: Endgame, which has earned Disney $2.5 billion in box office revenue, making it the second highest grossing film worldwide. 

The campus will comprise of various “addresses” and attractions that park guests can visit. One key address at the Avengers Campus will be the Worldwide Engineering Brigade — also known as “WEB” — which will house the new Spider-Man experience, the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature the super hero. The “Web Slinger” vehicle, another part of the campus’s first address, will allow park guests to sling (virtual) webs just like Spider-Man.

Other features or addresses of the new campus will include the Pym Test Kitchen, a restaurant where Ant-Man and The Wasp will use Pym Particles to grow and shrink things, not excluding the food found at this eatery.

As guests further explore the campus, they can have heroic character interactions with heroes such as Black Widow, Doctor Strange, Captain America, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and many more.

Other parts of the Marvel franchise will be featured in Avengers Campus, such as the Avengers Headquarters. This building, which will be a part of phase two of the campus, will be the entrance to a brand new E-ticket ride where guests will be able to step onto a Quin Jet, a flight vehicle created by SHIELD frequently used by the Avengers in their missions. Guests will be able to fly alongside the Avengers in their flights to destinations such as Wakanda, home of the Black Panther, and Asgard, home to Thor and Loki.

“I think the integrating of Marvel into the parks (Disneyland) is amazing. Disney World has done a great job in the building of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and integrating Star Wars within Disney World. There are a lot of Marvel fans who would love to interact with the movies and now can do so with the new Avengers HQ being built,” senior Ryan Dils, a previous Disney college program participant, said.

Phase 2 of the Avengers Campus is set to start construction in the coming months after the opening of Phase 1 in the summer of 2020. As of last month, there has been no word of any construction delays. The new addition to the park will replace A Bug’s Land, and will fall between Cars Land and Hollywood Land.

Avengers Campus is not the only new addition to the Disney California Adventure Park. The park will also feature the new “Magic Happens” parade that will debut in the spring of 2020 and a new ride called “Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad” that is set to open in 2022 at the Disney Land Park.

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