Avengers Campus gets a new opening date at Disneyland Park set for summer 2021. The immersive experience promises “an entirely new land dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of heroes.” The new location plans to bring movie-inspired cuisine and merchandise to be sold exclusively within the park.
Avengers Campus Grand Opening
Disney Parks announced the long-awaited grand opening of Avengers Campus, which set to open on June 4, 2021. The announcement comes almost a year after it was first planned for a summer 2020 opening. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the park has remained closed since last year. Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California, will reopen its doors starting April 30—with limited availability and capacity to certain parks, hotels, restaurants, attractions, and experiences.
Here is your first look inside Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure park, opening June 4 to California Residents at the @Disneyland Resort! More details on the Disney Parks Blog: https://t.co/588h718Bjk #HeroesAssemble pic.twitter.com/YD3fBBcSCB— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) April 8, 2021
Avengers Campus comes as an effort to bring more innovation and magic to the next generation of experiences. “Our next chapter is about building on our rich legacy of storytelling and fundamentally reimagining what a Disney experience could be. We have highly talented teams coming together to bring new ideas and innovative concepts to life.” Disney Parks said. The attention to detail when bringing on-screen stories to life, while creating something different is seen all throughout Avengers Campus. In fact, Campus is an acronym—just like Tony Stark intended—which stands for “Centralized Assembly Mobilized to Prepare, Unite, and Safeguard.” D23 reports that easter eggs will be scattered throughout the new location.
This wouldn’t be the first time that the theme park brings the magic to life. In 2019, Disney Parks brought Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to both the Anaheim and Orlando locations, offering fans an experience like no other with hands-on attractions and character interactions. Its mega-success provides a glimpse into what Avengers Campus will bring.
Become an Avenger Yourself
Avengers Campus is ready to find its next hero. As part of the experience, everyone gets an opportunity to work alongside some of Marvel’s mightiest heroes in unique experiences. The new Avengers Headquarters building is a different and smaller version of its movie counterpart. In this version, visitors can expect “brave Super Heroes like Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain America, and Captain Marvel to greet new recruits and scan the horizon for potential threats.”
Marvel’s presence has been at Disneyland for some time now. In 2017, the Tower of Terror—a staple attraction in Disney Parks—became a Guardians of the Galaxy themed ride. Joining it, is the Spider-Man-themed ride “Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure.” The ride asks new recruits to work with the friendly neighborhood hero to stop a swarm of Spider-Bots gone haywire. Tom Holland reprised his role as Peter Parker for the ride.
Behind-the-scenes first look at actor @TomHolland1996 reprising his role as Peter Parker for WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure coming to #AvengersCampus at @Disneyland Resort! 🕸 https://t.co/w1XWXgE15R pic.twitter.com/AQLqal2Pum— Spider-Man (@SpiderMan) January 19, 2021
Fans of Doctor Strange can expect an encounter with the Sorcerer Supreme himself. At the Sanctum location, recruits will “explore the ruins of a mysterious ancient sanctum and learn the site’s secrets from Doctor Strange.”
“Since day one we have been trying to figure out, how do we bring this land to life—and not just bring it to life where you get to see your favorite heroes or you get to meet your favorite heroes, but where you get to become a hero,” says Brent Strong, executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering says, “This land is finally the invitation for all of us to join the Avengers—all of us to join the team—and all of us to actually find the hero within, which is just incredibly exciting.”
Apart from saving the day in action-packed adventures, gift shops with exclusive merchandise will also be available on site.
Marvelous Dishes and Treats
When the heroes are done for day, they can indulge in movie-inspired food all throughout the campus. There will be three food locations, full of nods to Marvel movies.
PHOTOS: First Look at Food (& New Concept Art) for Pym Test Kitchen, Pym Tasting Lab, Shawarma Palace, and Terran Treats for MARVEL Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventurehttps://t.co/TX8mdxbEdA pic.twitter.com/y3QMSMAwrd— WDW News Today (@WDWNT) March 11, 2020
The Pym Test Kitchen will be the biggest food spot, offering indoor seating and bringing the world of Ant-Man and the Wasp to life. “Superheroes don’t normally open restaurants, but what they would do, is use their technology to help the world,” says Jillian Pagan, Avengers Campus story development lead, “In our story, they are using their shrinking and growing technology to create new innovations in food science.” The 2019 blockbuster featured various objects in disproportionate sizes, which will also be incorporated with objects inside Pym Test Kitchen—including the food!
If you have a sweet tooth, then Terran Treats cart is the way to go. Taneleer Tivan, otherwise known as the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy, will be scheming behind-the-scenes trying to recruit humans to add to his collection. In his own Hansel and Gretel style, he is luring humans to his “fortress,” located at the Guardians of the Galaxy ride. This is where the treats come into play; they’re all part of an elaborate storyline trying to include all park guests to write their own story. The treats come in multiple colors, each one being a different churro flavor.
The last place you can find is the Shawarma Palace. This is modeled after the post-credit scene from the first Avengers film. After the “Battle of New York,” the crew stops by a local shawarma restaurant, per Tony Stark’s request. “In our fiction, they loved that shawarma so much, it became a tradition for them,” said Pagan. The cart will have a plant-based food option for park guests to enjoy. The shawarma spot will house the Impossible Victory Falafel and offer New York’s Tastiest, a chicken shawarma wrap.
As of now, residents of California are the only ones permitted inside the park until further notice, per state guidelines.