Let the building resume! A lot has changed since construction on Disney’s Avengers Campus resumed. At the time of writing, both Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) are currently closed due to COVID-19. However, it doesn’t mean work on DCA’s newest land cannot continue. Some may even say construction can move even faster with the park currently being closed. Does this mean Disneyland’s Avengers Campus could open earlier than some expect? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s head west to see what’s happening!
If only the pause was Dr. Strange having some with the time stone. On March 23, 2020, Disneyland closed its doors and stopped all construction. The original plan called for Disneyland’s Avenger Campus to open on July 18, 2020. Needless to say, that date and came and left without the land opening. As we spoke about in our previous article, this “pause” could play a major role in when we could see the land’s major attraction open.
On May 7, 2020, reports came out that construction on the land had resumed. However, we later found out that the California government only approved essential workers to return to the site. The approval conceded with a major storm heading to the west coast and approving workers to head back to the site to make sure everything was secure to hopefully prevent minimal damage. It wasn’t until June 27, 2020, when we got word that construction officially resumed on Disney’s Avengers Campus. Only a 3rd of the contractors and essentials workers were allowed at the construction site and it was at a limited capacity. Overall, the project was paused for about 3 months.
So, what’s happened in the past two-plus months? We’re glad you asked. Ever since work has resumed on Disneyland’s Avengers Campus it appears to be ramping up at a good clip. Aerial photos from @Bioreconstruct (Twitter) on July 11, 2020, showed a variety of angles and the overall progress. With the big news being the Quinjet arriving onsite and further progress of the Web Slingers attraction queue and entrance area. Additionally, the images highlighted a lot of exterior work on the building that will house the Pim Test Kitchen (quick service), and the Avengers HQ building.
On August 20, 2020, we got our first official look at the Quinjet thanks to the Chairman of Disney Parks, Josh D’Amaro via Instagram. As Josh toured the construction site to check on the land’s progress he snapped a few pics of the newly installed Quinjet atop the Avengers HQ building. What is unique about this Quinjet is the overall design. It is not a copy of the Quinjet from the Avenger movies, it has a few modifications in its wing design. It makes us wonder if it’s a look at a Quinjet we will see in a future Marvel movie. We all know how Disney likes to tie the lands directly to the movies.
Our progress doesn’t end with the Quinjet. Five days later news broke around Disneyland reopening its casting call for stunt performers for the land. Originally, the casting call was opened in March but later paused due to, well, the “pause”. The casting call is for two key roles in the show, Captain America and Black Panther. The stunt show will take place atop the rooftops and around the Avengers HQ. If Disneyland is already starting to look for performers, it must mean the land is close to opening, right?
The Potential Opening Date
While nothing official has been announced around the opening of Disneyland’s Avengers Campus, we have some key pieces that may help us identify a date. First, we know that Disneyland is ready to reopen, as stated by Josh D’Amaro in an interview. All Disney is waiting for the approval to open from the California government. According to Len Testa from Touring Plans, Disney is very hopeful to open Disneyland by the October timeframe. It should be noted that nothing is official and a park opening date is mostly out of the control of Disney and in the hands of the California government. It should be noted Disney has canceled resort reservations at Disneyland through September 26, 2020 (at the time of writing).
With the rumors circling around the October opening date, many believe we could see Disneyland’s Avengers Campus open by the end of October. Or, even the best case with the rest of the park. In the DVC Duo house, we have other ideas around when the land could open. Based on the timing of the casting of the stunt performers it leads us to believe the land is still about four months from opening. It will take time for casting to find the right performers, as well as the performers to learn the show. This would put a potential date closer to December 2020 or even the first quarter of 2021.
Additionally, another piece that could delay the opening is the Web Slingers attraction. The new attraction will rely heavily on a new type of 3D glasses that will connect (digitally) with the ride vehicle to able to capture a riders hand movements (i.e. shooting webs). With this type of advancement in technology, we would expect the ride to have fewer glasses than your typical 3D attraction. Fewer glasses, mean more cleaning. Now, this could all change and Walt Disney Imagineering could already have a solution for the glasses to work in our “new world”.
This is why we’re leaning towards a December 2020 or first quarter 2021, especially since we assume Disney will look to make a splash with the land’s grand opening.
It’s fantastic to see progress being made on Disneyland’s Avengers Campus. There is still a lot of gray area around when the new land will open. Especially, since part of the opening is out of Disney’s control. For now, we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for more updates and surprise Instagram pics from Josh. Well, it looks like it’s time for us to head back east!
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