Although delayed to 2021, the Disneyland Paris Avengers Campus looks like it is going to be a home run!
When Disney first announced the Avengers Campus, Nerds everywhere rejoiced. When we learned about the integration of three campuses, the Nerdy excitement reached superhero proportions.
Avengers Campus is slated to cover three parks on three continents. It’s worth noting that the three parks are all relative under-performers and this is the shot in the arm that could turn things around. These parks had the smallest attendance of any Disney theme parks in 2019:
Hong Kong Disneyland – 5.2 million visitors
Walt Disney Studios Park – 5.7 million visitors
Disneyland Paris – 9.7 million visitors
Disney California Adventure – 9.9 millions visitors
The bolded locations will receive an Avengers Campus and this Wikipedia page does a great job at providing an overview on the entire concept.
It all started with the 2016 expansion announcement for Hong Kong Disneyland. In record timing, Star Tours in Tomorrowland was converted to Iron Man Experience with a soft opening that same year. A couple of years later, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters would be converted to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Nano Battle! in what would be a slow roll out of Avengers Campus.
Like a good Marvel movie, the Avengers Campus concept is an intertwined storyline that was slowly revealed in a series of announcements with the other two parks – Walt Disney Studios Park and Disney California Adventure – opting for a major “event” for their respective Avengers Campus openings.
Next came the 2017 announcement that Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort would get its own Avengers Campus – it’s North American HQ. Slated to open in 2020 and pushed back to 2021, Avengers Campus replaces A Bug’s Land with two e-ticket level attractions, shops, food and more.
Finally, in 2018, the world (and the world’s Nerds) learned about an additional Avengers Campus to be opened at Disneyland Paris Resort’s Walt Disney Studios Park. This park has become a mishmash of headliner attractions from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Crush’s Coaster and Ratatouille: The Adventure. Avengers Campus will hopefully (finally?) solidify the park as a must-see.
The only real bummer is that the Disneyland Paris Avengers Campus will, in part, replace the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith which rocked out with its final guests in 2019.
In addition to the Disneyland Paris Avengers Campus, the resort will also launch a rebranded, redesigned and freaking cool hotel to compliment Avengers Campus with the (re)opening of Disney’s Hotel New York – the Art of Marvel. Check it out here!