DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DCA)
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(7/3/21) COCO Coming To Mickey's PhilharMagic This Month (MORE...)
(6/17/21) A Tale About Some Personal Easter Eggs In Avengers Campus (MORE...)
(6/5/21) New Audio Added To WEB Slingers (MORE...)
(6/3/21) Lets Talk About Avengers Campus and WEB Slingers (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - These dates are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate as refurbishments are subject to change.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Other Attractions CLOSED due to COVID Safety Protocols Include:
The Bakery Tour and Red Car Trolley
General Park News - (7/3/21) Disney has announced a new surprise addition is coming this month as an update to the Mickey’s PhilharMagic attraction. An entirely new musical scene is being added to the fun 4D theater film allowing Donald to enter the world of Disney and Pixar’s COCO for the first time.
“The musical number “Un Poco Loco” will anchor the new scene when it opens to guests at Disney California Adventure park and Disneyland Paris on July 17, before being added to Magic Kingdom Park later this year during the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration.”
The world of COCO is such a wonderful visual treat to the eyes, and features fantastic music plus the wacky characters that would fit right in with all the crazy action that takes place during Donald’s adventure in Mickey’s PhilharMagic. From the sound of things they are only adding content to the attraction and it didn’t sound like the addition would bring about the removal of any of the other existing scenes.
Honestly, I don’t know why they haven’t tried adding some updated scenes to Mickey’s PhilharMagic before. Wouldn’t it be fun to put Donald into other more modern Disney films like Tangled, Moana or even Frozen? Come on, you know you want to see Donald take on Marshmallow and the Snowgies or perhaps get caught up in a battle between a singing Maui and Tamotoa in potential future updates.
(4/10/21) The operating hours for Disneyland and California Adventure have been officially posted by Disney for dates from April 30th through to June 28th, 2021. While you can check the website for the official hours on the date of your visit, the plan right now includes opening both parks at 9am daily, closing at approximately 7pm at first, with the closing to be extended to 9pm daily starting on May 14, 2021.
(4/8/21) Disney has now officially posted the list of what rides and attractions will be OPEN when the parks open to guests once again on April 30th, and with that in mind here is the list of what should be CLOSED. While some may remain closed due to COVID related restrictions, others are currently closed because they are undergoing refurbishment and may not be ready to reopen.
The following DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE attractions will remain closed at this time:
The Bakery Tour
Games of Pixar Pier
Grizzly River Run
Red Car Trolley
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
As we get closed to the opening, I’d expect the list of open and closed attractions may shift a little bit as well.
(3/21/21) Disneyland fans… management has now confirmed that the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks will reopen to guests once again starting on April 30, 2021. Remember only California Residents are allowed to visit at this time and reservations are required.
Disney’s Grand Californian hotel is also planning to reopen to guests starting April 29, 2021, though note that the DIsneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotels will remain closed at this time.
Also, if you got a ticket to the “A Touch of Disney” food event taking place from March 18 through April 19, then you are good, because the event is now completely sold out and no new dates are planned to be added as the park is moving towards a full reopening.
(2/9/21) Apparently Disney is tired of watching Knott’s have all the fun hosting food and beverage events. According to information sent to Disneyland Resort cast members from resort President Ken Potrock the plan is to offer some kind of limited-time food based experience inside Disney California Adventure to start sometime in Mid-March. This will function under the same basic rules that Knott’s Berry Farm has had to follow for their events, which means no rides will be open to guests. Stay tuned for details as soon as they are released.
(10/11/20) According to various posts on social media by Disneyland performers, the resort is officially shutting down two of their most popular shows: Frozen Live at Disney California Adventure as well as Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland. These will only be the start of the reported 28,000 Disney Cast Members to be laid off this fall, with the majority of these expected to come from the Disneyland Resort where the state has not allowed theme parks to reopen where Gov. Newsom is officially in “No hurry” to issue guidelines as to how they can proceed.
2021 - Avengers Campus - (6/17/21) When theme parks open major new attractions and entire new lands, these represent the work of hundreds of creative designers, artists and technicians who have all joined together to bring the collective vision to life. When any new attraction area opens, theme park fans are always quick to scour the landscape to find various “Easter Eggs” left behind by the designers. Sometimes these Easter Eggs tie into the attraction storyline or IP, and sometimes these can be fun throw-back references to previous park attractions and characters, or references to the creative team members.
But sometimes the Easter Eggs tucked away in the attractions are of a more personal nature, with a much deeper meaning to those who helped shape the lands and attractions. Such is the case with several Easter Eggs tucked away inside the new Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure. Make the jump over to the LA Times to read about Morgan Richardson, former Imagineers who worked on the land, and how some touching memories and connections between he and his father, who passed away while the project was in development, are now part of the Avengers Campus.
(6/5/21) A small bit of an update on the new WEB Slingers ride at Disney California Adventure. As strange as it sounds, when the ride opened to the general public one of my points of criticism has already been addressed with the addition of a new background audio soundtrack to the ride experience. New POVs of the ride now feature a constant musical score as well as ongoing conversation between Spider-Man and SHARON (SP?), the AI computer voice running the W.E.B. lab facility. The addition really improves the ride experience and not only takes away the awkward silence that we saw in the videos shot during the media previews, but also explains just what is going on from start to finish, especially important storyline information relayed between the interactive scenes. This is especially important when it comes to the finale scene, as Spider-Man figures out the solution to solve the Spider-Bot problem, as well as congratulatory messages given to create a proper finale as the SLING/R vehicles move towards the unload station.
This begs the question, why in the world was this not up and running during the media previews, allowing all the first coverage of the ride experience to go out across social media in such an “unfinished” form? The only possibility idea I can think of is that they possibly removed the background audio from the media preview rides because the background music includes audio segments from the film score, which could trigger copyright restrictions when uploaded to YouTube and other social media. Or, perhaps they intended for the media rides to fill the awkward silence with their own dialog while riding WEB Slingers, much like video game vloggers do on Twitch. Either way, I’m happy to report that the awkward experience from the previews was not the final ride experience.
(6/3/21) Disney California Adventure posted a great video showing off all the details for the new AVENGERS CAMPUS land at the park, along with the official VIP opening ceremony that took place last night. Based on the video alone, the land does look spectacular, even though they only added one new ‘ride’ to the land, and then incorporated the “Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” attraction that opened back in 2017. Of all the areas shown in the preview, the one I think I’m kind of digging the most may be the area set up for Doctor Strange to appear through a real-world portal and appear to guests. It’s just a very different vibe here, architecture wise as well as the mood lighting at night that sets this area apart from the rest of the Avengers Campus.
While nothing is really mentioned about future plans, the original plans for Avengers Campus was to include a cutting-edge Avengers themed dark ride as well, but this was pushed back to a later phase, and we are still waiting to hear more about what has become of this future plan. Hopefully they aren’t too far behind, because it looks like the centerpiece of the land is an Avengers themed headquarters building with a Quinjet on the roof that just begs for more to be added here.
In the meantime, the first wave of videos are surfacing from various attraction’s bloggers showing off the new Wed Slingers attraction queue, pre-show and the full ride experience. Now this is where I’m going to warn you about SPOILERS….
If you just want to see the opening ceremony video, then just watch the first video below and go no further. From here on we’re going to discuss the ride, as well as embed a video of the ride experience in the second video window below.
If you watch the attraction video you’ll see a bit of the queue and then the preshow, and all seems as it should for a new ride experience. Jumping ahead to about the 4:50 timestamp will get your on the ride vehicle and here is where things get a little… errr… what’s a good word to describe this?
I’m going to go with “uninspired” for the moment. The ride track layout is definitely uninspired, and takes the design queue from the Toy Story: Midway Mania ride, running cars sideways down a series of hallways past various projection-based screens that appear as doorways until they open in time for the riders to shoot their webs at the Spiderbots that are on the loose.
There are a total of four themed rooms you get to play in, starting with a WEB prototype warehouse room, then a PYM technology lab room, then into a room from The Collector’s fortress (aka: the Guardians of the Galaxy ride), and ending with an Avengers themed room. The first thing that stands out is the eerie silence of it all. Not that it is quiet in there, especially with all the constant “thwip” sounds from your web shooters, but that’s really about the only noise mixed with the occasional clang or explosion, and maybe Spiderman swoops by and says a few words here and there. Otherwise, the ride experience is silent… as in, no music, no background score, nada… and it really just seems kind of strange. Like… REALLY REALLY STRANGE!
It all comes to a head with the final battle scene that just seems so lack-luster that it would make me think that there must be another finale scene to come, but there isn't’t. The experience just ends of abruptly and without any kind of fanfare. I can just imagine the riders sitting there quietly, blinking in the silence and wondering to themselves, “What just happened?”
I really HATE to do this… I do… especially because I told myself I wasn’t going to do it, but the strange silence at the end stands out in stark comparison to the ending of the “OTHER’ Spider-Man ride in Florida at Universal’s Islands of Adventure that opened 22 years ago. When that ride ends, you know it, as the musical tag and finale audio message from Spiderman is often accompanied by a good bit of cheering and some applause from the riders, along with a feeling of accomplishment. While I haven’t been on WEB Slingers myself, just watching the video made me wonder if I needed to put another quarter in the machine to finish the experience.
While normally I might be willing to excuse a few things for a brand new ride, you also have to remember that the ride was set to open in Summer 2020, with the opening delayed at the last minute due to the shut down of the park by COVID. So essentially they got an extra 12 months to break the new ride system in and all the extra polish, bells and whistles you can think of. Unfortunately, I’m not impressed based on what I’m seeing here.
(5/26/21) While the FastPass system has been turned off at the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks, those coming to DCA to ride the new Web Slingers attraction will be required to use an online reservation program, just like the one currently in use for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Guests must use their mobile devices to try to get into a digital queue that will open twice a day: at 7am and again at noon, for a chance to ride.
(5/23/21) I had a brief thought this morning, aimed at anyone getting worked up over the idea of Disney adding video gamer style “pay to win” mods to the Web Slingers ride coming soon to Avengers Campus. With the storyline in play here that you are just trying to stop the replicating Spiderbots from wreaking havoc, has it been confirmed that the ride vehicle will even have a scoreboard feature to rank those aboard? Granted, that it is expected for this kind of ride, but really not a story requirement. It is worth mentioning that Disney did built scorekeeping into the Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle dark ride at Hong Kong Disneyland, but it was also built into the story that the two main characters were in a bit of a competition with each other over who could take out the most Swarmbots.
(5/22/21) Disney California Adventure is taking a page out of the video game industry playbook as they prepare to open Avengers Campus. As far as I know, this is a first, but guests to Avengers Campus will be able to buy different accessories that will allow them to have a customized experience on the new Web Slingers interactive dark ride that essentially comes down to paying for weapons upgrades and weapon skins, not unlike players do in Call of Duty.
In the attraction, all guests will be able to shoot their own Spider-Man style webs through the use of hand gestures. However, opting to pay for in-park accessories, will allow guests to power-up with the weapon of their choice. This is done with the purchase of a $35 “WEB Power Band” you wear on your wrist and hand that will unlock a “multi-fire” mode, allowing you to shoot webs at several targets at once, instead of just one at a time.
You can then choose one of four different add-ons (for another $30 each) to enhance the WEB Power Band that will give you the ability to shoot “electro-dynamic webs” themed to Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and Ghost Spider (aka: Gwen Stacy). Or you can upgrade with an Iron Man (Tony Stark) or Rescue (Pepper Potts) themed Repulsor Cannon to ditch the webs in favor of a little Stark Tech firepower.
The concept is neat and innovative in my opinion, but a little excessive on the cost side of things, but hey, this is Disney theme parks we are talking about and “pricey” is practically Disney’s middle name at this point. Besides, it is still way cheaper than paying for $100 droids and $200 lightsabers in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. At this point the accessories only really interact with the Web Slingers attraction and don’t seem to have any planned interactivity with any other features in the Avengers Campus area.
For those who can’t stomach the cost of buying the upgrades… don’t worry about it. It’s not like the ride experience is performance based. You’ll still get to have the same ride experience and storyline as everyone else, even if you just sit back and don’t shoot a single web the entire time and just enjoy watching the kids on the ride do all the work. Or maybe that’s just the parent in me, as I’ve learned to just hand over the Xbox controller to my kids these days and watch them enjoy themselves.
(5/20/21) Disney is showing off a huge collection of the new and unique food items that will be served inside the new Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure when it opens. This includes a look at some of the fun food from the PYM Test Kitchen that you wont want to miss. They also describe a visual gag to be seen inside the Pym Test Kitcken where a Pretzel will make its way through a “Quantum Tunnel’ positioned directly above through the center of the kitchen lab, growing and shrinking in size along the way, before coming out the end super-sized for eating.
(5/2/21) The Disney Parks Blog has posted a new inside look at the Avengers Campus opening soon at Disney California Adventure and some of the interesting features of the new land. This includes a curious glowijng substance oozing up from the ground in front of the Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! Structure, a new “Terran Treats” snack stand nearby, a fun look into the Pym Test Kitcken where they have giant sized soda cans and condiments racked up in the ceiling and hooked up to dispenser units, a magical artifact called the “Orb of Cagliostro” that will be especially “active” after dark and more. Check it out.
(4/10/21) Avengers Assemble! The official word from Disney California Adventure is that the new Avengers Campus land will open to California Residents starting June 4, 2021. This will include the new WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure attraction as well as the return of guest favorite: Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!
Is it weird that I’m kind of fascinated with what may be on the menu at the Pym Test Kitchen? The idea of having some unique looking food combinations where some items are larger or smaller than expected just seems like a bit of good fun. Adults wont be left out either, as you can dry adult beverages at the nearby Pym Tasting Lab, located by an oversized beer can. Oh, and it wouldn’t be Avengers themed if they didn’t have Shawarma, which can be found at the Swawarma Palace food cart.
Obviously this will be the place where you can spot your favorite heroes in the flesh, and even a villain or two. This will actually mark the first time that some of these characters have made their appearance in the parks. In addition to keeping an eye on the sky for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, you may also encounter Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, the Cora Milaje guards, Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp, some Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Loki, Doctor Strange and more!
The only downside is that you have to be a California Resident to visit at this time, so the rest of the world will just have to sit on the sidelines for awhile and wait for their turn. But hey… I used to be a California Resident, does that count? Just Kidding!! But seriously, I still remember my old address… LOL!
(1/20/21) Disney has released a brief video showing off Tom Holland filming some footage for the new WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure attraction that should be opening at Disney California Adventure sometime later this year.
(11/18/20) A brief video clip showing the new Spider-Man themed ride vehicles sliding through the station and opening the doors to load/unload can be seen below.
(8/24/20) BlooLoop has posted an update about the Avengers Campus attraction under construction at Disney California Adventure. With construction moving ahead once again Disney released an updated look at the land, including the new Quinjet that has been installed. The arrival of the Quinjet is an important feature that will play heavily into the theme of the major attraction set to be installed in the second phase of the land.
(7/14/20) For anyone wondering how things are going at the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure, a new aerial photo posted to Twitter (see below) confirms that all activity on the site stopped months ago, and that it is no where near being finished.
In fact it doesn't even really look like they’ve restarted work on it at all yet. This doesn’t mean they may not be working inside on the new Spider-Man attraction, but with all the dirt still all around outside, this looks to be a long ways off.
At this point, even if the park was to open this month, I think it is safe to say that Avengers Campus and the new Spider-Man themed ride are officially pushed back to 2021.
(4/28/20) A set of aerial photos of the Disneyland Resort posted to MiceChat has discovered one very interesting thing. In the middle of the Avengers Campus construction site, you can now see that a massive Quinjet has arrived on site. This sets up the theme of the Phase 2 attraction to arrive later, as seen in early concept art featuring a Quinjet vehicle parked at an Avengers base building.
Look around elsewhere in the update and you can also see the massive clearing behind Toontown for the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.
(4/10/20) It has been mentioned that the Avenger Campus will likely be delayed, missing the previously announced July 18th opening date. It has been noticed that the website now only says “Coming Soon” rather than giving a more specific date, or even something generic like “Summer”. This seems to indicate that we could see the opening pushed back to sometime in the fall.
(4/7/20) According to CinemaBlend, Disney is going to side step the problem is trying to fit their new Avengers Campus land into a specific timeline within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all the land will feature attractions with character appearances by many Marvel characters from the MCU, as well as walk-around and interactive characters, some of which whom had their lives forever changed by Thanos and the Infinity War / Endgame movies.
According to Disney Live Entertainment director, Dan Fields, the Avengers Campus exists within a world where Thanos and his “snap” never happened. While there will still be themes of conflict between heroes and villains, the world of the Avengers Campus isn’t one that had to endure the more apocalyptic aspects of the story told in the MCU films.
And you know what? That should be just fine, especially after the endless fan-fallout after the creation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge built a world in the timeline of the final trilogy, where most of that’s series most popular characters of the past had passed on. So I guess it may be best to think of Avengers Campus as more of a “Star Tours” blended kind of world where the characters and places from all the various Marvel films can all exist at the same time if need be, freeing the Disney theme parks to build their own self-contained Marvel universe stories that won’t conflict with the future MCU films.
(3/31/20) Marvel is putting out a new 5-issue Spider-Man comic series in June that will show off the W.E.B. building under construction as part of the Avengers Campus. According to this story the new comic series will feature a storyline linked to the story to be told in the new interactive Spider-Man dark ride that was set to open on July 18th.
(3/13/20) Assuming all is well with the world by then, Disney California Adventure has announced that they plan to open the new Avengers Campus on July 18, 2020. They’ve also announced the name of the new Spider-Man themed ride which will be called “WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure”. The great news is that Tom Holland will reprise his role as Peter Parker for the attraction.
Follow the link to learn more about the other buildings on Campus, such as the WEB Suppliers where you can build and customize your own Spider-Bot, the Campus Supply Pod where you can buy Avengers themed gear, eat in the previously mentioned PYM Test Kitchen, sample adult beverages at the Pym Tasting Lab, or get ready to try a “Shawarma” yourself at the new Shawarma Palace food cart. A new food cart with some intergalactic treats will also be offered at Terran Treats near the Guardians of the Galaxy - MIssion: BREAKOUT! attraction.
Best of all the Marvel heroes will be present! You may come across any number of characters during your visit including: Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Thor (or even Loki), as well as any of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Doctor Strange may teach you some mystic arts at a nearby sanctum that will glow even brighter after dark and keep an eye on the sky and you might witness Spider-Man swinging by!
In addition to possible appearances by Loki, the big bad villain of the land when it opens will be Taskmaster who will become more familiar to everyone after you see the new Black Widow film coming out later this year.
(2/28/20) A great look at the Avengers Campus construction can be found in the latest photo update posted to Westcoaster this week.
(1/31/20) Screamscape readers may recall reading about an odd new invention by Walt Disney Imagineering called the “Stuntronic”, a new style animatronic figure able to perform programmed aerial stunts. Well, now we know exactly what Disney had in mind for this odd acrobatic machine, as they have just released a video of one of these Stuntronics dressed up as Spider-Man who will periodically perform amazing aerial stunts and fly through the skies over the Avengers Campus, with mid-flight poses just like the legendary wall-crawler himself!
Check out the teaser video below, because it looks amazing as all get-out! Oh… and when trying to get a peek of the Avengers Campus as they prepare to open this Summer...keep an eye on the skies!
(1/24/20) Westcoaster has posted some great sneak-peek construction photos of the new Avengers Campus rising up at Disney California Adventure. Bonus… you can scroll down some more to see some photos shot in Galaxy’s Edge as well, including a spotting of R2D2 in the land.
(12/29/19) Disney has confirmed that the new Avengers Campus area will be ready to open to guests at Disney California Adventure starting in Summer 2020. The experience will include the yet-to-be-named Spider-Man themed dark ride adventure as well as the Pym Test Kitchen restaurant and several encounter locations with various Marvel characters to include: Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxys, Iron Man and other characters from Wakanda and Asgard.
Soon to follow will be the creation of the Avengers Headquarters building, where ‘you should be on the lookout for Avengers in action.”. In other words… look for the previously teased Avengers attraction to be built in Phase 2.
(11/18/19) A nice aerial photo on Twitter shows off the current construction status for the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure. More aerial photos and some boots on the ground photos can also be found over at BlogMickey this week.
(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)