DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DCA)
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(9/6/19) Villains Grove Is Coming (MORE...)
(8/27/19) More Avengers Campus Details (MORE...)
(8/23/19) Marvel Land Gets An Official Name (MORE...)
(8/16/19) Disneyland Passholders To Get Special Guardians ERT (MORE...)
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General Park News - (9/6/19) Believe it or not Disney California Adventure will introduce a walk-through haunt experience at this year’s Oogie Boogie Bash called Villains Grove. Look for this to take place at Disney’s halloween upcharge ticket event taking place on select nights from Sept. 17 through Oct 31st, where Villains Grove will take over the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
(8/16/19) I’m told that Disneyland Resort passholders are in for a treat later this month, especially if you love the Guardians of the Galaxy. From Aug. 25 through Aug. 31, from 9pm to 10pm, the Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! Attraction will be open only to passholders.
(6/22/19) I had a feeling this would happen. Once guests were able to view the original Soarin’ Over California attraction at Disney California Adventure over the past several weeks, it looks like the original film is now popular enough that the run which was to end on June 30th has now been extended at least through to the end of the Summer. What happens after that is anyone’s guess, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this encore performance led to either the return of the film on a full time basis, or if DCA might decide to run both films at once, with one playing in each of the attraction’s two separate theaters.
(5/25/19) This was entirely unexpected, but Disney has announced that the original Soarin’ ride film (aka: Soarin’ Over California) will return to the Disney California Adventure park where it first launched for a limited time from June 1st through June 30th. You never know, if it proves more popular than the new Soarin’ Around The World ridefilm that replaced it, it could stay even longer.
Honestly, that would be fine with me… as I enjoyed something about the original Soarin’ attraction so much more than the Around The World version, which added in a few too many strange (and forced) GCI elements to the footage. And to be honest, I think the footage shot for the California version is of a superior quality, especially when compared to the strange screen/lens warpage that happens during the Eiffel Tower sequence in the World version.
So why bring back the original Soarin to DCA? The timing can’t be a coinsidnece, as this will run during the first month Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge operation at Disneyland across the promenade, giving guests who are unable to get into Galaxy’s Edge or those who have come out a reason to park-hop over to DCA and see something else special and help balance the crowd loads between the two parks. If this works, who knows… Disney might be inclined to break out some other DCA exclusives, like the Halloween event edition of Guardians of the Galaxy - “Monsters After Dark” which has proved to be another fun alternative version that could definitely lure guests to park-hop.
(4/19/19) Disneyland announced that starting this year Mickey’s Halloween Party is no more… instead the resorts annual Halloween themed hard-ticket event will be moved to Disney California Adventure and be renamed Oogie Boogie Bash. The event will include a new edition of World of Color called “Villainous!”, a Descendants themed dance-party, a Disney Villains walk-through experience and much more. Look for it to take place on specific nights between Sept. 6 and Oct. 31st, 2019. Tickets go on sale later this month, so follow the link for the official update on the new event along with information on when you can pre-purchase your tickets.
(4/10/19) Disney California Adventure will be hosting a special “Disneyland After Dark: Heroes Assemble” special night-time hard-ticket event on April 30 and May 1st, where the park will bring out the Marvel characters in force, offer themed food and special exclusive merchandise. There is no telling who all you might see, but by name they do mention Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange. Oh… you can also get your own Infinity Gauntlet Sipper Cup to drink out of while you stroll the park, which I kind of find hilarious. Who would have even thought the most powerful weapon in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe would pull double duty as a juice box?
(7/21/18) I'm told that Disney California Adventure has set Sept. 4th as the last day for guests to visit A Bug's Land. After that, the area will be cleared out to make way for a new Marvel themed attraction area to open in 2020.
2019 - World of Color - VILLAINOUS - In Development - (12/20/18) I had a feeling this would be the cause, but a new article at Theme Park Insider also confirms that while there is no official date set for World of Color to return to Disney California Adventure, it won't happen until sometime later in 2019.
(7/25/18) In the aftermath of Disney suddenly opting to fire James Gunn from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 over bad jokes from nearly decade old Tweets, many other celebs have come to Gunn's defense and have been asking to have him reinstated. While I'm not going to get any further into that matter here on Screamscape, one such Celeb was upset enough over the issue that they are demanding to have their own voice work removed from an upcoming future Disney park attraction.
Bobcat Goldthwait admits that he has not only made plenty of inappropriate and shocking jokes in his lifetime, but he also claims to have also done voice-over work for Disney reprising his character "Pain" from Hercules for a new "WORLD OF COLOR - VILLAINOUS" show in the works.
2019 - Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind & Jessie's Critter Carousel - (6/30/19) The Emotional Whirlwind is now open at Disney California Adventure. You can catch a video of the new attraction in action by visiting the Disney Parks Blog.
(6/23/19) The Disney Parks Blog has released our first look at the new Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind attraction opening soon at Disney California Adventure. In addition to being surrounded by a wall of memory spheres, Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino has created five music tracks for the attraction, one for each of the emotions. Giacchino also worked with Imagineering last year to create the music track for the Incredicoaster as well.
(3/31/19) Disney California Adventure finally opened Jessie’s Critter Carousel this week. You can catch a look and see it in action in the video clip below.
(3/5/19) The Disney Parks Blog announced that Jessie’s Critter Carousel will open at Pixar Pier this April. A few pictures of the ride poking over the construction walls can be seen in the latest photo update posted to Westcoaster this week, along with a look at the new parking structure progress, the backside of Galaxy’s Edge, Downtown Disney changes and other updates from around the Disneyland Resort.
(6/26/18) Disney has announced the next flat ride coming to Pixar Pier in 2019, which I believe will take up the site of the former Maliboomer towers. Themed to Pixar's Inside Out will be the "Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind"... which may look a bit familiar, as it appears as if this may be a rethemed version of the Flik's Flyer ride from A Bug's Land, which is expected to close at the end of this summer.
Also set to open in 2019 will be Jessie's Critter Carousel, the former King Triton's Carousel after getting thumped with the Pixar wand of rethemeing.
2019 - Mickey’s Philharmagic - (4/3/19) Disney has confirmed that they will bring Mickey’s Philharmagic, a 4D theater attraction, to Disney California Adventure in 2019. The film, which premiered at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park way back in 2003 will be showing in the park’s former Muppetvision 4D theater space.
While older, the CGI animated film is still entertaining, especially if you have never seen it at WDW before, as it features new takes on the songs and scenery from several of Disney’s most popular animated films, like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Mermaid and more. The one down note about this quick installation is that the original theater and film was designed to take advantage of an extra wide aspect screen in the theater which is likely to not be possible in the former MuppetVision theater. When Mickey’s Philharmagic was installed into Paris last year, it received some criticism for cramming the experience into a theater too small and narrow to properly display the attraction as designed, plus the loss of a few key in-theater effects as well.
We don’t know how it will play our at DCA, but keep your eyes open for it to open soon.
2020 - Avengers Campus - (8/27/19) Disney announced a few more details about the Avengers Campus and attractions at the D23 event over the weekend. Guests will enter the Worldwide Engineering Brigade building (aka: W.E.B.) where they work to elevate normal humans into potential new superheroes. Part of the program has developed a new test vehicle that allows the riders to sling-webs just like Spider-Man, and when one of the lab’s other inventions starts to glitch and get out of control (a self-replicating Spider-Bot) you’re off on a mission to stop them.
New concept art reveals a ride vehicle that seats guests four-across in rows that matches up with the vehicle and plans leaked earlier this year for the proposed ride system that made this attraction look somewhat similar to Toy Story Midway Mayhem, with rides simply sliding around in front of a series of projection screens. The artwork also shows off another part of the rumor, that guest appear to be slinging webs via hand/arm gesture technology, rather than using a gun / pointer style aiming mechanism. This has led to some quick expectations that the new Spider-Man ride, opening in 2020, may work in a very similar fashion to the LEGO Ninjago dark rides built at several Legoland theme parks around the world.
Disney also confirmed that there will be a Phase 2 to the Avengers Campus, which will indeed be that promised new Avengers themed ride. The latest details on this attraction coming later is that guests will board a Quinjet and fly off to help the Avengers battle a new threat in Wakanda. This will all take place inside a brand new structure that will be the actual Avengers Headquarters. Disney wont say exactly what kind of ride this will be, only that they are working on developing an “all-new innovative ride system” to bring the experience to life.
Otherwise, Avengers Campus will feature some kind of Dr. Strange live show, live encounters with various Marvel characters plus you can eat at the PYM Test Kitchen where they’ve been playing with the idea of adding the PYM particles to various food items to adjust their size.
(8/23/19) A little bit of art and new details were released at D23 showing off the new Marvel themed area coming to Disney California Adventure that has begun construction. The land will be called “Avengers Campus” which will connect the Spider-Man themed attraction to the existing Guardians tower attraction and add in shops and food locations. The Marvel themed land coming to the Walt Disney Studios Paris theme park will also use the same name. So far there is no sign of the previously mentioned Avengers attraction yet, so that looks to be held back for a future expansion phase.
(7/26/19) DisneyandMore has posted a look at a new piece of concept artwork that appeared leaked out showing off the loading station for the new Spider-Man themed attraction now under construction at Disney California Adventure and at Walt Disney Studios Paris. The previous plans leaked showed off a track layout that looked similar in style to Toy Story: Midway Mania where vehicles holding riders facing forwards and backwards would slide sideways along the tracks and stop in front of various projection screens.
Now we get a look at the vehicles that seem much larger (4 across per row instead of 2 across) and also appear to be enclosed, using a single long lapbar across the row to hold everyone in.
(7/18/19) A huge photo update on the status of various projects at the Disneyland Resort was posted to Westcoaster this week. It starts off with an extremely lengthy section all about the new Pixar Pals parking structure and how it all blends into the location of the old one, and lots of pictures of the new tram loading area as well. But if you scroll down a bit, past all that and the Downtown Disney bit you can see some cool construction pictures of the new Marvel area being formed at Disney California Adventure. This includes a look at a high-beam installed for the Spider-Man attraction building that was signed and even had a little Spider-man logo drawn on it.
(6/15/19) While we already knew Disney was working on their planned Marvel themed land at Disney California Adventure, the official reports now confirm that the city of Anaheim has approved the building permits for Disney to move ahead with this project. In addition to attractions and other improvements to existing structures, the list new items also includes a gift shop, a microbrewery and a character meet-and-greet area. More details on this expansion are expected to be released during the D23 convention in Anaheim taking place August 23-25.
(5/6/19) A website called Outsidears has posted a graphic that they are claiming is a blueprint of the new Spider-Man themed attraction Disney is planning on building at Walt Disney Studios Paris and at Disney California Adventure. Looking it over, it looks very similar to the same kind of ride system Disney used for Toy Story Midway Mania, just with larger cars, that will apparently still move in pairs, up and down a series of rows that appear to only contain large video game style screens for some interactive game system, rather than a more traditional themed dark ride concept.
According to one rumor, the cars won't be mounted with guns like Toy Story can, but rather they may try to use some kind of motion based gesture system, similar to what the Legoland parks did with their Ninjago dark rides, to allow riders to shoot their own webs at Spider-man villains. A couple of extra renderings showing off what the outside of the attraction building may look like can also be seen here.
(12/23/18) DisneyGeek has posted a quick photo update showing off the early construction taking place in DCA for the upcoming Marvel themed land as they remove the former Bugs themed land and attractions to make room.
(12/12/18) In addition to new artwork released last month showing off the look of a red and blue building for the new Marvel land that appears to have some kind of updated Spider-Man icon on the side, Disney released details about a greater storyline that will link the creation of the Marvel lands in Hong Kong, Paris and California.
“There was an idea. To bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if they could become something more. It was called the Avengers Initiative.
That original idea has now evolved into a brand-new global Avengers Initiative. One that brings us—the next generation of remarkable people—together. To find our power and become something more. To see if we can work alongside the Avengers so we may all become stronger together.
The Stark Expo in Hong Kong was to be a first step: A world exposition whose theme of ‘A Better Tomorrow Today,’ was meant to inspire and motivate through technological innovation. However, shortly after it opened, the Expo was attacked by the forces of Hydra. When even more powerful forces threatened the entire planet, the Avengers realized that the Earth needs more heroes.
So today, to better defend the planet, the Avengers are setting up new Headquarters and technology sharing exchanges around the globe to empower and inspire all potential recruits willing to step up and become heroes.
In California and Paris, Tony Stark is retrofitting two of his father’s Stark Industries sites into new hubs for training and innovation. Through partnerships with S.H.I.E.L.D., Pym Technologies, Masters of the Mystic Arts and the new Worldwide Engineering Brigade, The Avengers and their allies will forge new global campuses to champion the next generation of heroes. Who’s ready to answer the call?”
(10/24/18) WDWNT has posted a new article that claims to go over the details of what we can expect from the Marvel themed land coming to Disney California Adventure starting in 2020, with expansions already planned to add even more a year or two after it opens. The previously rumored Spider-Man themed dark ride experience is said to be the first attraction that will open, taking over the space occupied by the former It’s Tough To Be a Bug 4D theater attraction, along with some kind of interactive Dr. Strange themed show like experience along with the rest of the basics… gift shops, food, bathrooms, etc.
The highly anticipated Avengers attraction however looks like it’s the one slated for a Phase 2 opening. According to the article this could be a highly themed roller coaster style experience, with a similar attraction also planned to go into Hong Kong Disneyland next to Hong Kong’s existing Iron Man Experience attraction. Follow the link to read up on the rest of the rumored details.
(9/9/18) With the final closure of A Bug's Land complete, guests to Disney California Adventure were greeted by construction walls blocking the former land off. The walls were decorated with an interesting addition however... the Stark Industries logo was large and in charge, reminding everyone of who the next tenant coming to take up residence will be as work begins on building the first Marvel themed land at a Disney park in America. And where Tony Stark goes... so follows the paparazzi.
(4/10/18) While we always figured Disney had the rights to do whatever they want with the Marvel characters in California, it seems there still is one little restriction in place by the Universal deal that will affect the California parks. According to the LA Times, while Disney can use the characters there, even the ones they can't use in Florida, the one thing they can't use in the work "Marvel" in the title of the land or attractions. So while Disney has already confirmed that a Marvel themed land is on the way for DCA... just don't expect them to use "Marvel" in the title of it.
(3/21/18) Disney Parks have now confirmed officially that a new Marvel themed land will be coming to Disney California Adventure by 2020, making this the third confirmed Marvel themed land for Disney parks world-wide. The first is already underway in Hong Kong Disneyland and a second was announced for Walt Disney Studios Paris as part of that park's big expansion.
Obviously the introduction of Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! was the first step towards this plan and according to Disney's statement the area next door occupied by "A Bug's Land" will close to make way for this new Marvel theme land and attractions sometime in late Summer 2018, and the 3D attraction, It's Tough to be a Bug, already officially closed for good on March 19th. You can expect that they will be moving quickly on this new project because according to Disneyland, "the new Super Hero-themed land will begin recruiting guests in 2020, with even more new experience to follow."
While they don't spell out what attractions are on the way, they do say that the Guardians will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers. Scanning through the new poster art for the Disneyland Resort addition, you can also spot Blank Panther poised for action in the background, standing right in front of Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, along with Dr. Strange himself in the crowd of people along with the Guardians. Sorry... no sign of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor or the other Avengers, but there is an Avengers tower building in the background, along with a hovering Quinjet, and on the top right of the poster is a water tower with the Stark Industries logo.
New poster art has been created for the Marvel lands coming to Paris and Hong Kong as well, with Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch being featured in the Paris poster, and with Ant Man, Wasp, Captain America, Hawkeye and the Iron Wing vehicle from the Iron Man Experience attraction being featured on the Hong Kong poster. (Follow the link to see all three posters)
(7/20/17) It was confirmed at the D23 Expo that Disney is planning on adding a Marvel Super Hero themed land onto the Disney California Adventure park, expanding upon what they have started with this year's Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! attraction. While they did not go into specifics, they did confirm new attractions that would bring Spider-Man and The Avengers to life for park guests, which matches up with the rumors we had been hearing thus far as well.
No timeline for any of this yet however, so stay tuned.
(7/14/17) A few small tidbits of info regarding that proposed Marvel Universe land dropped into my ear a bit ago. Actually the first bit has nothing to do with new and expanded attractions, but I'm told we can expect to possibly hear detailed about a special Christmas Holiday themed edition of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! announced at the San Diego ComicCon.
The second bit of info is that the formerly proposed Avengers coaster ride has been shelved in favor of using an entirely brand new ride system for the Avengers themed ride. I don't know too many details yet, but from the sound of things Disney is hard at work engineering their own in-house version of a ride system to take on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey t hat would also feature bigger cars able to hold more riders at once.
(7/13/17) Screamscape has heard that Disney may be ready to spill the beans about the next Marvel themed attractions they have in the works. However, this may not happen at the D23 Expo as some think, but this information (or at least some of it) is expected to be saved for the following week so Disney can announce it at the San Diego ComicCon (July 20-23). According to the older rumors, Disney was working on a new highly themed dark ride that would use a coaster style ride system to take you into the world of the Avengers. This kind of matches up with some of that concept art that was released for the long-term Hong Kong Disneyland expansion plans which featured a large attraction building themed as the Avengers HQ.
At one point it was thought that this ride would be shoehorned into DCA’s North-Eastern corner and possibly cause the removal of the Monsters Inc. and possibly even MuppetVision attractions, but the latest information seems to suggest that they would instead seek to put a Marvel themed land south of the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, taking over the final section of the old parking lot left undeveloped.
Interestly enough, a new update posted to MiceChat a few hours ago follows along with this new location and adds in that DCA may opt to entirely remove the nearby “A Bug’s Land” and the assorted tiny kiddie rides in order to allow for an even bigger Marvel themed area. This would includes the repurposing of the It’s Tough To Be a Bug 4D theater attraction space as well.
(2/24/16) A Marvel themed area has been earmarked to open at Disney’s California Adventure as the next major new “land” to follow Star Wars Land. With Star Wars Land not looking to open until about 2020, the Marvel area at DCA isn’t likely to open until 2023/2024. At the moment however, it sounds like they will be trying to dazzle all the Marvel fans with one giant E-Ticket attraction rather than an assortment of attractions. Given how far and wide spread the themeing and concepts for Marvel comics go, trying to group the entire Marvel Universe into one ride and make all the fans equally happy is likely impossible. But this project is a long ways out, so a lot can change between then and now. Another interesting item I was told was that once Marvel does open in DCA… we can expect to see the Iron Man Experience ride in Tomorrowland close. At that point in time they’ll decide to either drop it entirely, or if it is really popular they may opt to move it over to DCA somehow.
(8/20/14) The latest updates at MiceChat are full of interesting rumors about ideas in development, but remember these are just possible ideas. Nothing has been green lit yet. Keeping that in mind, they claim that plans are now being worked on to bring a proper Marvel themed land to California Adventure. This would effectively take up the empty back corner of Hollywoodland, once pitched as a Monsters Inc. themed land before that project got the axe. As you would expect, it will be full of character meet & greet opportunities as they move out of Innoventions, and be anchored by a Marvel themed version of Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, which would located the main coaster building in the parking lot between the Tower or Terror and Luigi’s Flying Tires.