Disneyland's Avengers Campus Just Opened — Here's What It's Like
The only place on Earth where you can shoot webs and hang with Captain America.
Hi, I'm Mike and this is my 8-year-old son, James. This week we got a chance to check out the newly opened Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park!
Thinking of taking your kids? Here's a look from a parent's perspective on what you and your family can expect:
First, let’s discuss the most buzzed about part of the campus — the new attraction WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.
The 3D, interactive ride starts with a hologram of Tom Holland (aka Peter Parker/Spider-Man) showing off his latest invention — the Spider-Bot — which quickly multiplies at an alarming rate and wreaks havoc on the campus.
You're then given 3D glasses and asked to help Spidey stop the marauding Spider-Bots on the screen in front of you. To do this, you shoot webs (à la Spidey) by waving your arms in the direction you want your web to go.
FYI, you can't bring a stroller into the ride, but the good news is there's a stroller parking area right in front of the entrance.
The other ride on the Avengers Campus is Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!, which has been there since 2017 (and previously was The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror).
At the center of the campus is the Avengers Headquarters, complete with an impressive plane on the roof. There's almost always a superhero patrolling the balcony and interacting with park guests below.
The balcony is also where you can see action-packed performances by the superheroes. Below, Black Widow dispenses with a couple of invading baddies, and as you can see, the choreography is as impressive as you'd expect from the movies.
Another performance happens at the Ancient Sanctum (next to Avengers Headquarters), where Doctor Strange shows off his powers in a very kid-friendly performance.
Kids will also love the performance that happens outside Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! where Star-Lord and Gamora lead a goofy and fun dance party.
The superheroes don't just stay up on the balcony or perform — they also interact with park visitors and take photos.
We were also able to get up close and personal with Thor, Spider-Man, and Black Panther.
Now about the food — we ate at Pym Test Kitchen where, inspired by Ant-Man, the food items have either been enlarged or shrunk beyond their normal scale.
I ate the Not So Little Chicken Sandwich, a fried chicken breast with teriyaki and red chili sauces, pickled cabbage slaw, and a brioche bun that — unlike the chicken — didn't get blown up in size, lol.
James — like a lot of kids his age — is a super-picky eater (basically, he looks askew at anything that's not a plain cheese quesadilla). He got the The Subatomic Chicken Sandwich, which is the kid meal version of the Not So Little Chicken Sandwich, and he loved it!
But — no surprise, I suppose — he really loved the dessert, a "bite-size" candy bar that was blown up to epic proportions.
Another fun option for kids at the Pym Test Kitchen is the PB&J Flavor Lab — featuring peanut butter and jelly in a little Petri dish where kids get to build their own sandwich.
As is to be expected when Disney opens a new land, there's a lot of cool merchandise that comes with it.
However, of all the merchandise, there are two toys your kids will probably have their eye on. The first is a Spider-Bot (yes, one of those troublemakers from the ride) that can be controlled via remote control.
Here is one IRL!
The other item is a WEB Power Band, which allows guests to enhance their experience on the WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure ride by unlocking multi-fire webs those without one can't.
These WEB Power bands also do cool things off the ride. For example, the Iron Man and Rescue-inspired Repulsor Cannons blast air that can keep a small ball aloft!
So, parents, the Avengers Campus was a definite thumbs-up from me and my little guy! If you've visited and have any tips that I missed, please leave them in the comments!
Avengers Campus officially opened June 4 at Disney California Adventure Park! Click here to purchase your tickets now.
Note: Per California state guidelines, Disneyland is currently operating at a limited capacity. Everyone attending this preview event was temperature screened, required to wear a mask, and practiced social distancing at all times. To learn more about Disneyland Resort's Phased Reopening, please visit their site.