DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DCA)
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(11/14/2023) Is the Next Avatar Themed Attraction Coming to Disney California Adventure? (MORE...)
(9/9/2023) New Avengers Multiverse Attraction Concept Art Released (MORE...)
(9/1/2023) San Fransokyo Preview (MORE...)
(7/4/2023) See Rogers: The Musical (MORE...)
(7/2/2023) San Fransokyo Construction (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - These dates are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate as refurbishments are subject to change.
Incredicoaster - Nov. 27 through Dec. 1
General Park News - (6/10/2023) You may have seen him before, back when Walt Disney Imagineering posted a few preview videos as they were developing the animatronic, but the fully free-roaming “Baby Groot” animatronic figure is now being shown off to guests as a test at Disney California Adventure. The Groot figure is part of something called Project Kiwi, which was an initiative to find a way to bring some of Disney’s smaller characters to life, at actual scale.
In a video clip you can see the Groot figure appears to be in some kind of dance-off performance piece with Star Lord, and is able to perform some interesting dance moves, walk around the stage and even announce, “I Am Groot!”.
2023 - Rogers: The Musical, San Fransokyo, World of Color ONE - (9/1/2023) D23 Inside Disney has posted a 10-minute preview of the new San Fransokyo Square themed land that has just opened. Check it out below!
(7/4/2023) It may be a limited time production, but videos showing off the full version of the new Rogers: The Musical show at Disney California Adventure have started to appear online. Check it out below to see if it is everything you were hoping it could be.
(7/2/2023) DisneyGeek has posted some fun pictures from Disney California Adventure showing off the new installation of theming for the San Fransokyo area, including the steel for themed bridge arches.
(4/30/2023) DisneyGeek has shared some new pictures from DCA this week showing off the work taking place to convert the Pacific Wharf area into the new San Fransokyo Square theme.
(4/12/2023) Marvel confirms that the new limited-time-run of Rogers: The Musical will premiere at Disney California Adventure starting on June 30th. The article describes it as a one-act 30-minute long show that will perform Tuedsays through Saturdays on most weeks.
(2/26/2023) More changes are coming to Disney California Adventure it seems, as the former Pacific Wharf area will be officially transformed this summer into the city of San Fransokyo, as seen in the film Big Hero 6. The overall purpose of the area isn’t expected to change, as it was primarily used as a location for several of the park’s restaurants, which will be joined by a new “Port of San Franksokyo Cerveceria” beer garden. Baymax will also arrive for a character Meet & Greet opportunity.
So far however, the conversion is mostly about theme, and no new Big Hero 6 themed attractions have been mentioned.
Elsewhere in the park… remember when we mentioned that a new production was being prepared for the Hyperion Theater? According to a teaser posted by Marvel’s Avengers Twitter, DCA is getting a real-life version of Rogers: The Musical, the fake broadway play as seen in the Disney+ Hawkeye series.
(2/4/2023) A new show is apparently in the works for the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure. A new casting call has gone out for singers and performers to work on a new “limited run musical” production at the venue.
Based on the roles they are casting for, this may be a bit of a mix-up of Disney properties, but since one of the principle roles being cast is a group of 3 females, age 20-50, who can sing together, including as a “greek chorus”, I can’t help but think that Hercules will be part of this show.
(1/28/2023) Curious to see the new World of Color - ONE show? Theme Park Insider has posted a great looking video showing off Disney California Adventure’s newest version of the epic nighttime spectacular.
(1/8/2023) Disney California Celebration has released a teaser video for the latest upgrade to the park’s World of Color nighttime show. Coming as part of th e new Disney100 celebration, the park will launch “World of Color - ONE” starting on Jan. 27, 2023. Check out the preview below!
???? - Avengers Campus Expansion - In Development - (9/9/2023) Work is moving forward on that long-promised Avengers attraction for the Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure. According to a new piece of teaser artwork released, we get our first view of the “world jumping” ride vehicle that will transport guests throughout the Marvel Multiverse.
While this may simply just be a piece of concept art showing the back-end of an Avengers themed flying vehicle, the mention that the ride experience will include traveling through the Multiverse does give us an important piece of information about the theme of the ride. The use of the Multiverse concept will easily allow access to all of the popular Marvel characters, no matter how far apart they are, including revisiting popular heroes who may have died (like Iron Man or Blank Panther) as well as “variant” characters that may currently only exist in other parallel universes (like Captain Carter, Deadpool or the Spider-Man variants).
The concept is also a brilliant one that could be used to update the attraction moving forward, as future Marvel productions introduce all new characters in the years to come, without breaking the overall theme of the ride. Much like what we have with the current version of Star Tours, all characters from any point Marvel history will be fair game to mix and merge for use in a wild romp through Marvel’s vast Mutliverse.
As for the ride itself... little is known. A previous Avengers themed concept also apparently involved a bit of teleporting around the Multiverse to defeat a threat known as King Thanos, from an alternerate universe where Thanos defeated the Avengers and won. This attraction was thought to be something of a hybrid between Disney’s Rise of the Resistance dark ride but with more multi-media and projections to convey the action, not unlike Universal’s Transformers dark ride. Based on the look of the vehicle shown in the concept art, we’ve moved on from a “ground” based vehicle to a themed flying vehicle with tall sidepanels, which looks very similar in nature to the layout of the new Peter Pan ride coming to Tokyo DisneySea next year. If you’ve been on Universal’s Transformers or Universal’s Spider-Man dark rides, then you’ll remember that they also feature high side panels to help focus the rider’s view on what is happening in in the scene or screen front of them.
(9/11/22) After rumors had been floating that the proposed Phase-2 attraction for Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure had been put on the shelf, Disney itself has confirmed that they’re not done with Avengers Campus. In a tweet posted yesterday Disney appears to be back on track with planning a 3rd attraction for Avengers Campus that would include a “brand-new story that will bring guests into battle alongside their favorite Super Heroes.” This is a reflection of the strong performance and demand being seen for the company’s theme park division.
(3/11/22) During the Disney shareholders Q&A session the other day questions arose about a couple of attractions Disney had announced, but hasn’t made any forward progress with yet. In this case, the previously announced Mary Poppins attraction at Epcot’s UK pavilion and an Avenger’s attraction meant to come as a Phase 2 for the Avengers Campus lands.
As one might expect from such a meeting, the answers were a bit of a mixed bag that started off by deflecting the question a bit to point out all the attractions they have opened or were about to open in the near future. Then they confirmed that these projects were essentially put on hold some time back due to the pandemic. Lastly, it was implied that maybe the projects could be put back into play in the future as the financial performance of things returns more back to normal, but there was no promise to do so.
While Disney could easily just opt to forget about the proposed Mary Poppins project entirely, it won’t be as easy to keep an Avengers project on hold, especially as the characters and themes are pre-built into the Avengers Campus lands, leaving guests already clamoring for the expansions to get under way. If not in the original form intended, we’ve heard there may be an alternate project or two (likely at a lower budget) being held for possible consideration. So long as Disney continues to put out Marvel movies, there will always be a demand for more Marvel themed experiences in the parks.
(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, which is rumored to be an Avengers themed ride experience.
(8/27/19) 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.
???? - Avatar - Rumor - (11/14/2023) Is the next “Avatar” themed attraction going to be built in the Disney California Adventure theme park? There are several posts online today claiming that something was said at the Disney Imagineering Lunch & Learn event that took place as part of the IAAPA Expo 2023 in Orlando earlier today, that the new Avatar experience would be coming to DCA.
No further details were said, so we don’t know if they meant it would be another full land, much like the one at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or a stand-alone attraction, possibly just a copied segment of the existing attraction, or if this would be a completely unique attraction. It very well could simply be a walk-through experience, not unlike the Journey of Water attraction they just opened at Epcot, but themed to the world of Pandora.
That said… and despite what everyone wants to think, I’ve also read that Disney has officially reached out to a few blogger types to deny that anything was announced on behalf of the Disneyland Resort at all regarding an Avatar attraction. While I’m not at all sure what was said today at the IAAPA event, it does make me wonder if this is a case of someone talking about something they aren’t supposed to mention yet, or a case of someone speaking factually about a design that has not been given the green light.