Avengers Campus opening

Avengers Campus, the Marvel-themed land within Disney California Adventure, will open on June 4, 2021.

It was originally set to open on July 20, 2020, but was delayed when COVID hit and the park closed its doors to the public. But Disneyland is set to reopen on April 30, and California residents who love attending the parks will likely soon be flocking to them in droves. And in less than two months, they’ll have a newly themed area to explore. Check out a video announcing the Avengers Campus opening date below. Read More »

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Update: During today’s Disney shareholders meeting, CEO Bob Chapek announced that Disneyland will aim to reopen with limited capacity “by late April,” with a more specific date to be revealed in the coming weeks. “While last week’s announcement stated that theme parks may open starting on April 1, the fact is it will take some time to get them ready for our guests,” he said, citing the work it will take to recall the 10,000 furloughed Cast Members and retraining them to work under the new restrictions. Our original article from March 5, 2021 follows.

For the California residents who have been eager to return to Disneyland in the era of the coronavirus pandemic, the Happiest Place on Earth will soon be able to reopen its gates and let them back inside.

After a year of closures and a lengthy stalemate regarding the immediate future of the parks, the California health department has issued updated guidelines indicating that Disneyland, Universal, and other California-based theme parks will be able to open back up on April 1, 2021. But only California residents will be able to attend…for the time being, anyway.
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20 years ago today, Disneyland Park got a sister. For over four decades, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California had comprised the original theme park and its corresponding hotel. But on February 8, 2001, Disneyland Park was joined by Disney’s California Adventure, a theme park located in California that was also about California. (In an opening-day TV special, the park was advertised thusly: “Disney’s California Adventure…in California!”)

Even with the park closed for nearly a full year due to the ongoing pandemic, Disney California Adventure – as it’s now known, having lost the apostrophe – is the living, breathing personification of growing pains. DCA has in fact shifted so drastically over the last two decades that the best way to honor its big anniversary is to drop into the park year by year to see how Disney’s California Adventure – in California! – has altered over time.

So let’s travel back through time and take a look at how one of Disney’s greatest disasters was salvaged thanks to Pixar, Marvel, and a massive pile of money…and we’ll also dwell on what it lost to get there.

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Avengers Campus delayed

On March 11, Disney announced that its highly-anticipated Avengers Campus would be opening at Disney California Adventure in the prime summer slot of July 20, 2020. But since the company’s theme parks have been closed for weeks due to the coronavirus, it looks like Disney won’t be able to hit that date after all.
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Update 2: Disney has announced that their theme parks “will remain closed until further notice.” You can read the full statement below:

While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVD-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority.

As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice.

The Walt Disney Company has been paying its cast members since the closure of the parks, and in light of this ongoing and increasingly complex crisis, we have made the decision to extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.

Update: Hours after Disneyland announced its closures due to the coronavirus, Disney has announced (via WDWMagic) that Disneyland Paris and Florida’s Walt Disney World theme park are closing their doors from March 15 until April 1, 2020.

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month.

Disney Cruise Line will suspend all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month.

The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period. The hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining complexes, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, will remain open.

Our original article follows.

For just the fourth time in history, Disneyland will fully suspend its operations. The closures, which also apply to the neighboring Disney California Adventure park, will begin the morning of March 14 and last for the rest of the month, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. But it seems as if Knott’s Berry Farm is staying open for business…at least for now. Read More »

Avengers Campus Details

Avengers Campus will officially open at Disney California Adventure (right next to Disneyland) on July 18, 2020. Along with news of the official release date, new details on the park expansion from Marvel have come to light after an early press preview, including details on the following:

  • Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure ride
  • Doctor Strange’s sanctum
  • Pym’s Test Kitchen and more treats
  • Training with the Dora Milaje
  • Taskmaster’s stunt show
  • Story-driven character encounters

Get all the new Disneyland Avengers Campus details and see some new concept art below. Read More »

disney festival of holidays 2019

In the latest Ordinary Adventures vlog, Peter & Kitra visit the 2019 edition of Disney’s Festival of the Holidays at Disney California Adventure. Their mission: to eat everything at the eight booths, and also consume some of the Holiday drinks as well. This means they had to eat 18 separate dishes over the course of one afternoon. Hit the jump to watch the video.

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Avengers Ride system

At this year’s D23 Expo, we learned about Disney’s plans to put Avengers Campuses with Marvel-themed rides in their theme parks across the world, starting with Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris, and that one of the attractions there would be an E-Ticket ride inspired by The Avengers. The piece of concept art above revealed guests in individualized seats flying separately through the middle of the action, and when an Imagineer was recently asked to describe the Avengers ride system, he explained that it will be “something that we’ve never seen before.”
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Spider-Man ride concept art

If you’ve ever thrust your wrist forward while pretending to shoot a web from it, Disney’s upcoming Spider-Man ride is going to try to give riders that sensation courtesy of some new technology. We’ve known for a long time that a new ride was in the works, but thanks to a recent panel at New York Comic Con, a couple of Imagineering executives revealed that it will give each guest the feeling of having Spider-Man’s web-shooters on their wrists as they try to wrangle some Spider-bots that have gotten out of control.  Read More »

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It appears that even though Spider-Man may no longer appear in future Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, the movies may be spinning a WEB of their own without him. WEB, aka the Worldwide Engineering Brigade, is a part of Disney’s theme park narrative that’s tied in to Avengers Campus, the new Marvel-themed land coming to Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland Paris. WEB is a fictional company within the parks that was created by Tony Stark, and during today’s D23 presentation, it was revealed that the organization is going to be incorporated into upcoming comics and movies.

Get the details on that below, and check out some new concept art from the Spider-Man attraction, Pym Kitchen, and more.
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