Avengers Campus is a new super hero-themed Land set to open on June 4th 2021 at Disney California Adventure park. Get all the top details on what to expect including rides, shows and dining. I have the intel on whether Avengers Campus at Disneyland will be kid-friendly and if you’ll need to be a huge Marvel fan to appreciate this new destination hot spot!
Disneyland is Closed – Will This Affect Avengers Campus Opening?
The Disneyland Resort and theme parks reopened to California residents on April 30th, 2021. Out-of-state travelers will be welcomed back at a future date, once the travel restrictions are lifted. Note that Avengers Campus did NOT open when the parks reopened in April, but is slated to open on June 4th, 2021.
All guests visiting the Disneyland parks will need both a valid ticket and a day reservation. There are more details about how the amusement parks are currently operating in this post about going to Disneyland in 2021. You’ll find lots of tips about touring strategies, park capacity, mobile dining and more.
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What is Avengers Campus?
The backstory of Avengers Campus at Disneyland is that the world’s super heroes recognize the need for help in saving the universe. The Avengers Campus attractions will allow regular guests to train and team up with Marvel Super Heroes in interactive and innovative ways.
The entertainment expected in Avengers Campus will give everyone a chance to get in on the action and truly immerse themselves in the Marvel story. And here’s a Disneyland secret: CAMPUS stands for Centralized Assembly Mobilized to Prepare, Unite and Safeguard. Pretty cool!
Flashback to Disneyland Marvel Super Heroes
I attended the “Summer of Heroes” back in 2017 and it was obvious even back then that Disney was excited about their partnership with Marvel. And guests responded. Lines for character meet ‘n greets with Marvel super heroes continue to be some of the longest in the parks. It’s obvious that Disneyland guests want more super heroes and more Marvel. Fortunately they won’t have long to wait with the introduction of Avengers Campus in summer 2021!
When is Avengers Campus Opening?
Avengers Campus has a set opening day as June 4th, 2021. Though Disney California Adventure park will be reopening officially on April 30th, 2021, Avengers Campus will NOT be included as part of this reopening.
It has not been made clear yet if this new land will require advance reservations, similar to what was in effect when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened. My friend Jessica from The Happiest Blog on Earth and I offer more details and speculations about Avengers Campus on our podcast for Disneyland With Kids.
Where is Avengers Campus?
Avengers Campus is being built inside Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort. Avengers Campus will stand on the lot that was formerly “a bug’s land” and will connect to the already-operating Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
What Attractions are Coming to Avengers Campus?
The plot line behind Avengers Campus is that the super heroes are recruiting and training. The Land will allow regular guests to “become super heroes” through these attractions! Not all of the details have been released about what’s coming to Avengers Campus but they are trickling out new information.
The hashtag #LetsGoBeHeroes has been released so you can watch social media for updated details (and of course I’ll add it here as I find out).
What will be at Avengers Campus at Disneyland:
- 2 new attractions, including the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature Spider-Man
- One quick service restaurant – Pym Test Kitchen and additional food carts
- One quick service beverage location, including alcoholic drinks – Pym Tasting Lab
- Marvel character meet ‘n greets
- Rooftop live show (to be determined, as live shows are currently suspended in the parks)
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! – opened in 2017 and to be incorporated into Avengers Campus.
Opening in Phases
Note that Avengers Campus is going to be opening in phases, not unlike Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. There, most of the Land opened in phase one, with the E-Ticket Rise of the Resistance opening over 7 months later.
Avengers Campus phase one is slated to open June 4th 2021. Phase two will open at a later date – nothing firm has been determined.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is the anchor attraction, currently found at the end of Hollywood Land. This ride took over the former Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror building.
As I recently discovered on my grand reopening day visit, a mysterious slime has been added to the concrete in front of the attraction. The Disney Parks Blog explains, “A late addition to the Campus, Taeleer Tivan, a.k.a. the Collector, placed his Fortress against its edges. This placement warped the ground immediately surrounding the alien stronghold causing a cosmic disruption to ooze from the ground below. Hues of blues, purples and yellows glow in the daylight”.
It’s a pretty cool new addition and the back story is fun. Most importantly, this trail will lead guests towards into the new Avengers Campus area.
New Rides at Avengers Campus
There are to be two completely new attractions inside Avengers Campus at Disneyland. The first will open in phase one, with the second unknown attraction coming in phase two. It has not yet been stated if a virtual queue will be used for these new attractions.
WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure
Held inside the Worldwide Engineering Brigade (aka: WEB), this 3-D attraction is perfect for the entire family. No height requirement, for which I’m so excited! I’m always glad to hear that Disney has created a new attraction that leaves no family member behind. Super heroes young and old will be able to ride WEB SLINGERS together.
This attraction will give guests a taste of what it’s like to have actual super powers as they sling webs to help Spider-Man collect Spider-Bots that have run amok – Disney/Marvel
Guests will be using their hands to “sling webs” in an attempt to collect Spider-Bots. Actor Tom Holland reprises the Spider-Man role from the movies. I think guests will love experiencing testing their spidey-senses and the super power of slinging webs!
Not too many details yet about this yet-unnamed attraction but here’s what we do know. The attraction will be housed inside the Avengers Headquarters building. This building (opening in phase two) will become the entrance to a new E-Ticket attraction.
Recruits will step aboard a Quinjet to fly alongside the Avengers, taking them on an epic adventure to Wakanda (and beyond)! This attraction will be an innovative ride system, placing guests in the midst of the action. An opening date for this ride has not yet been announced.
Other Avengers Campus Entertainment
Set to take place on the roof of the Avengers Headquarters, featuring live-action entertainment. Expect to see favorite characters as they race off to their next adventure.
Have you seen the Spider-Man animatronic that was featured on the Disney+ Imagineering Story? It’s truly amazing! I can’t wait to see it in action, performing acrobatics 65′ above the rooftops!
Marvel Character Interaction
Naturally, character meet ‘n greets have been affected during this time of “physical distancing”. It’s unclear what character interaction will be happening when Avengers Campus reopens but I will update after my visit.
Ancient Sanctum of Doctor Strange
Explore magical artifacts in the ruins of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum. Guests will train in the mystic arts alongside Doctor Strange, bringing the Sanctum to life with their powerful spells. Return in the evening to see how the area transforms with glowing colors and lights. The Orb of Cagliostro is expected to be even more active after nightfall.
Train with Black Panther’s Dora Milaje
Look for this training encounter by the Black Panther’s bodyguards, Dora Milaje. Member of this royal guard will train guests on the wisdom from Wakanda, lead by leader Okoye.
Which Super Heroes Will You See at Avengers Campus at Disneyland
As has been proven already at Disney California Adventure park, the character meet ‘n greets with Marvel characters are popular. Lines to meet Captain Marvel, Spider-Man and Black Panther characters are consistently lengthy.
These character greetings will be moved from Hollywood Land into Avengers Campus with a new line-up of heroes meeting with guests. It has yet to be determined if these slated character greetings will continue in the age of social distancing.
- Ant-Man and The Wasp (first time at Disneyland Resort)
- Iron Man in his new armor, the Mark 80 (seen for the first time at a Disney park)
- Captain Marvel
- Doctor Strange
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Black Widow
- Captain America
- Black Panther
- Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s bodyguards including Okoye in a Disney park debut
- Taskmaster, seen for the first time at a Disney park
Dining in Avengers Campus
The food options at Disneyland parks have been getting more and more creative over the years. This has been proven at the recent festivals including the Disney California Food and Wine Festival. That said, I’m most looking forward to what’s in store for us with dining at Avengers Campus!
There will be three places to purchase food and drinks in Avengers Campus. Pym Test Kitchen (quick service dining) and the adjacent Pym Tasting Lab for beverages. In addition there will be, two food carts, Shawarma Palace and Terran Treats.
Pym Test Kitchen
There’s already been some food descriptions and images released for dining options coming to this unique quick service restaurant. A few fun things to watch for:
- Mobile ordering will be available at this location via the Disneyland app. Expect time slots to book very early so grab your dining times immediately upon enter the park gates.
- A conveyor belt that sends a regular pretzel through the quantum tunnel where it becomes enormous on the other side!
- Giant soda cans and condiment bottles where guests will access their provisions.
- Reverse draft system in Pym Tasting Lab, where glasses will fill from the bottom up.
- Experiment No. EE45: ImpossibleTM Spoonful – Pasta dish featuring plant-based Impossible “meatballs” that are both large and micro sized. Served in a giant spoon with a teeny-tiny fork!
- Experiment No. EE10: Pym-ini – Panini sandwich on toasted focaccia with salami, rosemary ham, provolone, sun-dried tomato mayonnaise and arugula. Served by the slice or as a long shareable sandwich, along with marinara dipping sauce.
- PB³ Superb Sandwich – Peanut butter, banana, smoked bacon and strawberry jelly sandwich. Served with a banana smoothie shot and potato tots on the side.
- Experiment No. IP42: Quantum Pretzel – Gigantic pretzel (enlarged by a quantum tunnel) comes with mustard and beer cheese dipping sauce.
- Experiment No. EE90: Not So Little Chicken Sandwich – A fried chicken breast with teriyaki and red chili sauces and pickled cabbage slaw. Check out the tiny bun! Served with potato tots.
Pym Tasting Lab
Alongside the Pym Test Kitchen, will be the Pym Tasting Lab for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink “experiments”. Mobile ordering via the Disneyland app will also be available here!
- Snack Molecules – Popped sorghum with mini pretzels and honey roasted peanuts
- Craft beers – including a blood orange hefeweizen and amber lager
- Molecular Meltdown
- Honey Buzz
- Particle Fizz
- The Regulator – Patron Silver tequila, lime juice, habanero and mango syrup, Golden Road Mango Cart wheat ale. Mango flavored popping pearls as a garnish.
- NON-ALCOHOLIC – Proton PB&J Punch – Lemonade with flavors of strawberry and peanut butter.
- NON-ALCOHOLIC Pingo Doce – A distinctly green drink from Avengers lore.
The Avengers favorite food, this cart will serve hand-held chicken shawarma wraps with garlic sauce. An Impossible plant-based falafel wrap will also be available.
This treat cart will be located near the entrance of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Terran Treats will offer uniquely flavored churro spirals. Guests will delight in the Cosmic Cream Orb with a crispy outer shell and whipped raspberry cheesecake mousse filling.
Avengers Campus Merchandise
There will be at least two merchandise locations inside Avengers Campus. WEB Suppliers store will offer light goggles, web shooters and more. Campus Supply Pod is where guests will find clothing, hats and other apparel.
True to Disney, there are still plenty of great souvenirs that will be appropriate for younger kids. After battling Spider-Bots inside WEB SLINGERS, kids can take home their own battle-worthy companion. Interactive remote control Spider-Bots will be sold alongside tactical upgrades that change the appearance and battle capabilities. These tactical upgrades will be inspired by Black Panther, Iron Man, Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp.
S.T.E.M. Compound kits encourage scientific exploration at home (including make your own webs or goo). Funko Pop! vinyl figurines are nice collectibles like kids enjoy as well. Backpacks carry all the gear!
Do I Need to Watch the Marvel Movies to Appreciate Avengers Campus?
I’m going to come right out and say it. I’m not a huge “super heroes” fan. I’ve only watched a handful of the films and know some of the characters only in passing (this is not due to disinterest but a lack of time to catch up on movie watching!) But a new Land at Disneyland is always reason to celebrate! And if Avengers Campus at Disneyland is half as exciting as it sounds, well then I’m here for it.
So do I need to watch the Marvel movies to appreciate Avengers Campus? Probably not. But, in a way, maybe? When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened, I stated that you didn’t really need to be a fan of the movies to enjoy this new Land. Does it help to have seen the movies and understand some of the plot lines? Yes, especially for Rise of the Resistance, when newer characters are in the attraction.
What about other immersive Disneyland areas, like Cars Land and Pixar Pier? Yes, these Lands stand alone but it also does help you “get” the attractions more when you’re invested in the characters. So yes, again having a familiarity with the movies does help.
No, you probably won’t need to have seen all of the Marvel movies to enjoy Avenger’s Campus. But having an understanding of plot lines might make the attractions more fun. So I think I need to etch out some “me time” to catch up on watching the Marvel movies in this order, as my friend Tania at Lola Lambchops suggests!
Will Avengers Campus Be Kid-Friendly?
I was one of the Disneyland regulars who lamented the demise of “a bug’s land”. This was a popular Land for us at Disney California Adventure, with rides my toddlers and preschoolers loved. Since “a bug’s land” left, there have been a few more attractions added to the park that are good for preschoolers at Disney. This includes the remake of King Triton’s Carousel into Jessie’s Critter Carousel and the addition of Inside Out themed Emotional Whirlwind (a re-skin of “a bug’s land” Flik’s Flyers).
But with a preschooler who is skittish on some rides and doesn’t meet the height requirement for others, I still struggle to find enough attractions for her at Disney California Adventure. As the mom of a young kid, I wonder if Avengers Campus will be kid-friendly.
WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure will not have any height requirements. For parents of young children, this is fantastic news. As helpful as Rider Swap is, it’s even better to be able to bring babies, toddlers and preschoolers onto the attractions with the rest of the family. Regarding whether this attraction will be too scary is yet to be determined. But I’ll definitely report back after opening day with my thoughts on the kid-friendly nature.