Fans Pack Avengers Campus on Its Opening Day

June 4, 2021, 1:10 PM · Avengers Campus opened to the public this morning at Disney California Adventure, with the virtual queue for its new Spider-Man ride filling up within seconds.

Disneyland opens the virtual queue for WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure at 7am and at noon each day, and fans claimed all available spots for the first opportunity as soon as they became available. Under California's pandemic rules, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure remain limited to 35% capacity, with indoor rides such as WEB Slingers limited 25%. Those rules lift on June 15, so we'll see how that might affect virtual queue availability for the new attraction.

Further adding pressure on the ride's capacity for the day, WEB Slingers went down briefly at mid-morning, though it quickly returned. The interactive dark ride uses motion sensor technology to allow visitors to cast virtual Spider-Man-like webs at 3D screen targets, simply by waving their arms. (Here is our review of WEB Slingers, including full on-ride POV video and an interview with one of its creators.)

Once the park opened, fans also quickly snapped up all available mobile order pick-up times for the new Pym Test Kitchen restaurant.

Are you in Disney California Adventure today? Please tell us your experience in the comments. Meanwhile, here is our playlist of videos from the media preview for Avengers Campus, including that on-ride video of WEB Slingers, looks at the land's character entertainment, food, and merchandise, as well as Wednesday night's opening ceremony with some MCU stars.

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Replies (14)

June 4, 2021 at 1:44 PM

How is Disney modifying operations to limit WEB Slingers to 25% capacity? Are they running fewer ride vehicles or running vehicles empty or half-loaded depending on group sizes?

This arbitrary 25% capacity limit on indoor attractions (that includes any portion of the queue that's indoors) is a bunch of nonsense, especially on an attraction where guests are sitting in what is essentially a self-contained, isolated pod. Fortunately this silly requirement will be going away in a couple of weeks.

June 4, 2021 at 1:49 PM

I think it's time to revisit this article

and add: "My second park has a Marvel-Themed land that is anchored by a 3D Spiderman ride."

June 4, 2021 at 2:29 PM

If you load one party per vehicle and deadhead an occasional one, you can make the number hit 25% pretty easily.

Parks have pretty consistently interpreted 100% capacity as full theoretical capacity rather than the "normal average" that I suspect some fans have envisioned. It takes perfect tech operation and a God-tier person at load for most rides to even come close to 100% capacity.

On a new ride's opening date, I think it'd likely be looking at a 50% load rate at best, even without the state's capacity restriction.

June 4, 2021 at 2:32 PM

And Andrew, that's a brilliant catch. Here is that link, for those who would like to read it again: Which theme park resort am I?

June 4, 2021 at 7:21 PM

I saw on Twitter and Instagram that people got to Harbor at 3-4 am. That would be understandable if the parks didn’t have a reservation system that guarantees your access to the park, but that’s not the case.

I love DLR but I feel like a 3-4 am arrival is a bit much, esp if you’re already guaranteed to get in the parks.

June 5, 2021 at 12:01 PM

No thanks, I'll probably wait until the Annual Passes come back. Comparisons between Galaxy's Edge and Avengers Campus:

GE - Opened without new major E Ticket. AC - Opened with old E Ticket, but without new major E Ticket. So technically both were half-opened.

GE - Opened with D Ticket ride. AC - Opened with C Ticket ride.

GE - Land had theme that nobody cares about. AC - Land has theme that nobody cares about. Also, it's weird that the Tivan Tower is right next to the Avengers Headquarters.

GE - Opened with few characters. AC - Opened with a lot of characters (supposedly).

GE - No shows. AC - Has Dr. Strange Show and flying Spider-Man (have to wait and see how good they are).

GE - Lots of space. AC - Shoehorned into existing space.

Both have some interesting food. Conclusion - maybe a wash.

June 6, 2021 at 12:06 PM

Update, I watched videos of the Dr. Strange show and Spider-Man. The Dr. Strange show has some small magic tricks, the 'big' finale is the lighting of some orbs hanging overhead, not that impressive in the video. The Spider-Man show is kind of corny, with Spider-Man doing somersaults across the stage, as he exhorts the audience to capture his big flying moment, which is just that, a moment. An impressive moment, but most of the action is Spider-Man doing somersaults. I don't see either show having much repeatability.

June 6, 2021 at 7:40 PM

@disfan I like your list. My only quibble would be to say that GE, like Carsland, is amazing to look at.

I might also add that the rides opening both lands were knock offs of existing rides, so not only do you not get a (new) E-ticket, but you don't even get a new ride.

June 7, 2021 at 9:46 AM

@thecolonel - What attraction is MFSR a knock off of? The ride system is dramatically different from Star Tours (or any other attraction for that matter), and the addition of all the interactive elements further distance it from the motion-base simulator attraction.

June 7, 2021 at 10:26 AM

Utterly preposterous to say that "no one cares about" Star Wars and Marvel! Goodbye credibility when you type nonsense like that.

June 7, 2021 at 11:27 AM

@Disfan - The Avengers CAMPUS shows to me are almost copycats in terms of tone and scope to the WWoHP shows. The Doctor Strange show is pretty similar to Olivander's, while the Spiderman and other fighting shows are like the Tri-Wizard Tournament, 3-Brothers, and other HP stage shows. The Avengers CAMPUS shows have the advantage of the stages being integrated into the land instead of classic/literal stages like at WWoHP, but pretty much just slightly different ways of skinning the same cat.

June 7, 2021 at 2:18 PM

"What attraction is MFSR a knock off of? The ride system is dramatically different from Star Tours (or any other attraction for that matter), and the addition of all the interactive elements further distance it from the motion-base simulator attraction."

Russell, as you rightfully note, it's a knock off of Star Tours. Sure, the room wobbles better, and yeah, you get to push buttons, but at the end of the day it's just one more ride simulator where you have to help the Star Wars characters make it to another planet. It's Star Tours 2.0. Maybe that's enough for some, but for me it was like getting the next generation cell phone, or riding the Aladdin carpets after you ride Dumbo--more of the same with slight improvements that don't change the overall experience. It's especially silly given that Star Tours is still open just a short walk away.

Haha, Midway Mania and Spiderway Mania are even closer together.

June 7, 2021 at 2:38 PM

MFSR is as much of a "knock off" of Star Tours as FoP is a "knock off" of Soarin'.

June 7, 2021 at 4:29 PM

I agree with Russell. While I like Star Tours, the Falcon ride is a huge technological jump ahead of that attraction. Not just the interactivity, but, to me, the scene in front of us looked so real that it was amazing.

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