Forget the simple pleasures and kiddie rides of California Adventure's former Bug's Land. It's giving way to a new area dedicated to the Avengers superheroes who include Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Wasp, and The Hulk.
The area Avengers Campus, set to open in the summer of 2020, aims to make visitors feel like they are just as powerful as the superheroes of the Avengers series.
Character greetings may include Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Super Heroes from Wakanda and Asgard, and Iron Man.
Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT!
The Guardians of the Galaxy ride, which has been around for a few years, will become part of Avengers Campus, but it's open, and you can ride it right now.
The title of this ride implies its storyline. The Guardians of the Galaxy are imprisoned in a fortress-like museum. Riders go a daring adventure to free them, led by Rocket Raccoon (who has escaped imprisonment).
The ride experience is somewhat like being on a demented elevator, taking riders up and suddenly dropping them — so fast that it's common to find your bottom leaving your seat for a second or two. But don't worry, the seatbelt will keep you safe. The rise and fall profile is randomized to ensure that you don't experience the same thing twice.
What You Need to Know About Guardians of the Galaxy
- Location: Hollywood Land
- Rating: ★★★★★
- Restrictions: 40" (102 cm) or taller
- Ride Time: 4 minutes
- Recommended for: Anyone who likes thrill rides and meets the height requirements
- Fun Factor: High
- Wait Factor: High—Use a Fastpass to shorten your time in line, or try getting in line during the parades or evening shows.
- Fear Factor: More exciting than scary
- Herky-Jerky Factor: High (vertical jerks). Disney says it is not for anyone with neck or back trouble, heart problems, or expectant mothers.
- Nausea Factor: Low
- Seating: Ride vehicles have three rows of seats, with a step up to get to the last row. Each rider has a seatbelt. You walk straight in and can get to the first row of seats without stepping up.
- Accessibility: The main queue has a lot of steps. Riders have to transfer from wheelchairs or ECVs to the ride vehicle by themselves or with help from others traveling with them. Wheelchairs enter through the same entrances as everyone else. Service animals may not ride. Some of the pre-show video monitors have guest-activated captioning.
How to Have More Fun on Guardians of the Galaxy
- When you enter the Collector's private office, try to stand in the back of the room, or the middle. This will give you a better view of Rocket the Racoon explaining his plan for escape.
- Tip for seating: It’s best to be at the back of the line when waiting to go in because those people get seated in the front row of the ride vehicle. If the cast members assign you somewhere else, ask politely, and they'll usually oblige, but you might have to wait for the next car.
- The ride photo is taken just before you drop for the second time.
- Put away your glasses and hat before you ride. You won't lose them in the ride vehicle, but they could fly off just when you don't want them to.
Spider Man Ride
A Spider Man-themed ride is currently scheduled to open in 2020. So far, it doesn't have an official name. It will be a ride-through attraction that begins at an engineering company founded by Tony Stark called the Worldwide Engineering Brigade (WEB for short).
Guests board a "Web-Slinger" vehicle and gain the ability to sling webs just like Spidey, helping him round up malfunctioning “spider bots.” Meanwhile, the ride vehicle will create a sensation similar to what Spider-Man would experience while swinging from Manhattan skyscrapers.
There are rumors of other superpowers that riders may gain, but no details as of late 2019.
Food and Drink at Avengers Campus
Ant-Man and the Wasp may give a new meaning to a "small bite" at Pym's Test Kitchen as they test shrinking tech on food. Or as Disney puts it: "Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp use 'Pym Particles' to grow and shrink just about anything, Pym Technologies is using the latest innovations to grow and shrink food at this eatery!"
The Los Angeles Times also confirmed in June that Disney has plans to build a microbrewery.
More Plans for Avengers Campus
Future phases of development will include an Avengers attraction where guests will fly with the Avengers Quinjet aircraft to Wakanda for a battle against dangerous villains. The building is planned to look like the glass-walled Avengers Headquarters featured in the film "Avengers: Endgame."