Disneyland announces opening date for Avengers Campus

March 11, 2020, 11:31 AM · The Disneyland Resort this morning revealed the opening date for its new Marvel-themed Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure, as well as the name for its anchor Spider-Man ride.

Avengers Campus will open on July 18, 2020 and its new ride will be called WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.

"A blend of physical, fully dimensional sets and virtual environments will take recruits on this interactive escapade, which includes animation, moving props and special effects," Disney said in its press release.

"We’re going to give you super powers," Brent Strong, executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, said. "There’s not a kid who has read a comic or watched a TV show or a movie who hasn’t walked away wishing they could sling webs, and we’re going to make that happen for every single guest. The new technology can render a virtual web coming directly out of your wrist and into that world without touching an interface. It’s as close to being Spider-Man as you can get."

Actor Tom Holland will reprise his role as Spider-Man for the ride, in which riders will have to " help capture the out-of-control Spider-Bots before they wreak havoc on the Campus."

As previously revealed by Disney, the word "Web" in that name - and throughout Avengers Campus - doesn't just refer to the stuff Spidey shoots from his wrists. It stands for "Worldwide Engineering Brigade" - "a workshop of young engineers who specialize in developing innovative technologies to equip and empower a new generation of Super Heroes," in Disney's backstory for the land.

The idea is that this land very much is a campus, a place for learning and instruction, as the Avengers look to recruit and train that new generation of super heroes - in other words, you.

In addition to the Spider-Man ride, the land will include a new restaurant, Pym Test Kitchen, and an interactive Doctor Strange stage show in the Sanctum. Marvel characters will appear at the Avengers Headquarters, and as Disney previously announced, Spider-Man will fly over the land in the evenings.

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Replies (14)

March 11, 2020 at 11:37 AM

I would be perfectly happy if no ride for the remainder of history had a subtitle. God, what an awful, awful name.

March 11, 2020 at 12:02 PM

I'm not surprised that this won't open prior to July 4th given the slow progress of construction over last summer and fall. However, you would think Disney would have pushed harder to have this up and running prior to the summer holiday.

It's a bit of a shock to me that Disney got the clearance to actually use "Spider-man" in the name of the ride, even though it's only in the subtitle. My understanding was that Universal's license would not allow for a direct reference to a character that they hold the theme park rights to East of the Mississippi. It makes me wonder that if Disney could use Spider-man's name, why they went with this odd WEB Slinger as the main part of the ride name, and not just call it "Spider-man's WEB Slinger" or something like that. At least it doesn't have an exclamation point.

The most interesting part of this announcement for me is the Doctor Strange "interactive show". When it was initially announced, the descriptions of the Avengers CAMPUS made this sound like a glorified meet and greet. However, if this is going to be a legit show (either special effects or "magic" show like Poseidon's Fury or Alien Encounter), this might be the touch of uniqueness needed to tide Avengers fans over until Disney can build the Wakanda ride. I'd really like to know more about this aspect of the new land, and hope it is indeed more than the glorified meet and greet it sounded like when Disney first announced the Marvel land.

March 11, 2020 at 12:03 PM

Perhaps it is time to change Rob McCullough's ride-naming template to "EVERY NAME: Has Another Name - The Ride!" to get those caps in there.

March 11, 2020 at 12:05 PM

The Doctor Strange show is going to be the Jedi Academy-style show that Disney did at Disney World and on the DCL, from what I hear.

March 11, 2020 at 12:35 PM

@Robert - Well, since Doctor Strange can bend space and time with his hands, then I assume that an interactive show similar to Jedi Academy would require some level of special effects/screens to it pull off since participants wouldn't have lightsabers to battle with. There's some promise here, but if it's just a line of kids walking up on stage to wave their hands at a screen, I'm not sure that's going to fly. Also, that's way too close to what every guest can do up the street at WWoHP with their interactive wands.

I hope your intel is wrong, because a straight special effects/magic show would be perfect here.

March 11, 2020 at 12:48 PM

The Spider-Man ride never really interested me when it was announced. It seems like a mix between Buzz and Toy story mania, but with the technology from that Ninjago ride at legoland. I’ll still be open to change my opinion, but this name makes me feel like I won’t. It doesn’t sit well with me. Smugglers run and Rise of the Resistance resonated with me before they opened, but Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure doesn’t. However, from the rumors I’ve heard, I’m very excited for the little shows within the land. Seems it’ll be better than GE’s entertainment.

March 11, 2020 at 12:57 PM

I am excited for this ride and land in general. It does have its back against the wall for two major reasons though. It is the newest ride since Rise of the Resistance. I haven't been on that ride but all the reviews rave about it. Some people might feel "letdown" by Web Slingers after Rise. Also, there is that legendary 20+ year old Spider-Man ride at IoA in Florida that it will be compared to.

I don't think people will see it for what it is. A different style family-friendly attraction that could be considered a D-ticket at most. I'm looking forward to experiencing it!

March 11, 2020 at 1:37 PM

In terms of the Dr. Strange show, the breakdowns went out this week & it's under the AGVA agreement (American Guild of Variety Artist), which also covers theme park shows, so that's a good sign it will be more than just a plussed interactive meet & greet style show!!

In terms of WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure......I'm actually good with the name, lol. If the are really going all in the WEB (Worldwide Engineering Brigade) & CAMPUS theme, it makes sense.

Plus, in reality, 95% of guest are just going to call it Spider-Man.....The same way a majority of guest just say "Let's ride Guardians next" (vs. calling it Mission Breakout) or calling it Cars instead of using the actual Radiator Springs Racers. When folks are in the park, the names don't mean "AS" much to people....they'll just end up calling it Spider-Man.

March 11, 2020 at 3:52 PM

Glad we've got a bit more details on this area, and based on the current state of construction mid-July seems about right. While I can't say I'm particularly hyped for Avengers Campus, I am looking forward to checking it out and seeing what it has to offer. I still have an open mind about the project, so perhaps I'll be surprised by the ride and show. As for the name, it's not the greatest, but I don't think it's any worse than the ones used in Galaxy's Edge.

March 11, 2020 at 4:40 PM

I’m glad Disney finally announced an official date for Avengers Campus. I’m going the end of August, so it works out perfect. I’m excited for the land. I think Spider-Man will be better than people think. There will be new state of the art technology used. I have no doubts it will become a huge hit. The Doctor Strange show sounds cool as well.

March 11, 2020 at 5:39 PM

That`s definitely the worst-named restaurant in all of theme park history...

March 11, 2020 at 7:05 PM

LOL, aww come on @Stiil a fan...

Spoodles, ABC Commissary, Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoopendous, Award Weiners, Planet Snoopy Grill, Soap Opera Cafe, Aunt Granny's All You Care To Eat, Citrus Sunkist House, Casa de Fritos & Chicken Plantation Restaurant.....perhaps would like the opportunity to dispute that claim....

And that's ignoring Disneyland's corporate "directly lifted from the packaging" aptly named "Aunt Jemima's Pancake House" & "Chicken of The Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant"

March 11, 2020 at 9:35 PM

"Chicken of The Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant" had the best tuna sandwich ever!

And yes, Pym Test Kitchen is a really bad name for a restaurant. Sounds like GMO food being tested on people.

March 12, 2020 at 1:51 PM

Haha! One would hope their tuna sandwiches were tasty!

There are photos of some of the (proposed) food offerings at Pym Test Kitchen. There's a bit of a novelty involved with the Ant-Man theme & many of the dishes look interesting.....lots of humorous food porpotions.

A very large vegan single meatball served with a tiny fork, a chicken sandwich with a small bun and outsized patty. Extremely large pretzels & a large candy bar with a brownie base..

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