New attraction at Disneyland Resort pits the Avengers against King Thanos

The Disneyland Resort’s newest expansion — Avengers Campus at California Adventure Park — will add an attraction that pits the legion of Marvel superheroes against an army of villains, led by a genocidal king wearing the Thanos crown.

It was one of dozens of announcements made Sunday at D23, the Disney Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, by Disney chief of parks, experiences and products Josh D’Amaro. Each announcement was met with cheers, cheers and shouts from around 7,000 Disney fans in the convention hall, many of whom were dressed as princesses, superheroes, Jedi Knights, pirates and other Disney characters.

In addition to the new Avengers Campus attraction, D’Amaro unveiled new artist renderings of the planned redesign of the Pacific Wharf area at California Adventure Park that will soon resemble a Japanese-inspired tribute to San Francisco called San Francisco. Fransokyo. He also showed fans images of the planned redesign of the Paradise Pier Hotel – one of three Disney-owned hotels in the resort – which will be renamed the Pixar Place Hotel, decorated with colorful character and scene artwork. from Pixar Pictures.

He offered no exact opening date for the changes and few details about the attraction, except to say that all of the Avengers superheroes would fight a white-bearded King Thanos – Titan’s warlord – and his army of villains. Disney executives have hinted that the new attraction will be based at Avengers headquarters, which is also the landing pad for the plane used by the Avengers, the Quinjet.

The Avengers Headquarters on the Avengers Campus last year at California Adventure.

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The pandemic closure of Disney parks around the world in 2020 and 2021 has prompted executives at the media giant to reconsider ways to expand and revamp its theme parks, D’Amaro said. “We continue to think about what’s next,” he said.

But there were a few additions offered by D’Amaro with details: two new nighttime attractions will launch in January, a light show called “World of Color – One” at Disney California Adventure and a new fireworks show called Wonderful Journeys at Disneyland. He also said “Magic Happens,” a parade that was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic shutdown, will return this spring.

D’Amaro also said new costumed characters will soon be welcoming and mingling with park-goers at Disneyland and California Adventure Park. The Mandalorian and Grogu — sometimes referred to as Baby Yoda — from “The Mandalorian” TV series will appear at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in November, and a giant Hulk figure will trample Avengers Campus next week, he said.

“So many things are happening at Disneyland Resort that we haven’t finished talking about it,” he said to the shouts of the fans.

Before the Disneyland resort closed for 13 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney executives hinted that the Avengers superhero headquarters would house an e-ticket attraction, but they were tight-lipped on details. of the journey. There has been almost no mention of the building since the theme parks reopened.

Avengers Campus, the Marvel superhero-themed land, is the latest expansion to the Disneyland Resort, having opened in June 2021, just two months after Disneyland and California Adventure reopened after the pandemic shutdown. The six-acre lot opened with just one new ride, Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. The land includes Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout, which previously existed as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before its superhero transformation was completed in 2017.

D’Amaro also announced new attractions at Walt Disney World in Florida and at Disney theme parks in Japan, France and China. He announced the name of Disney’s newest cruise ship – Disney Treasure – and new routes to Australia, New Zealand and the Bahamas.

Disneyland has invested heavily in the resort town of Anaheim over the past few years and plans to continue to do so.

In 2019, Disneyland opened its 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a $1 billion expansion that includes two rides, shops and outlets themed after the “Star Wars” movie franchise.

In addition to the recently opened Avengers campus, Disney last year proposed a plan dubbed Disney Forward that would alter the parks land use map to insert new attractions, shops and restaurants into underdeveloped areas of the existing complex, especially around two Disney hotels to the west. theme parks and on the location of a car park to the east of the resort. The media giant declined to disclose overall construction costs or other details.

The proposal would require the city of Anaheim to approve an overhaul of land use plans that were approved in the 1990s. City officials say no public hearings have been scheduled to discuss the proposed DisneyForward.