Avengers Campus is a Marvel Cinematic Universe-themed section that can be found at Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris, as well as in Hong Kong Disneyland. Marvel-themed zones or “lands” inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe are being created concurrently in the three parks. They take place, however, in the “Marvel Theme Park Realm,” a parallel universe within the Marvel cosmos in which the Blip and related events introduced in Avengers: Infinity War do not occur. Walt Disney Imagineering created them in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment.
These three parks have all previously hosted a Marvel-themed seasonal event, confirming the demand for the inclusion of Marvel characters in the parks.
The Marvel-themed zones will be designated as the “Super Hero campus” of their respective countries, where guests will be able to become heroes. Each location will have a different mix of attractions and entertainment, but they will be firmly interconnected by a shared narrative.
The Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure is based on the former joint grounds of a Stark Industries company and the Strategic Scientific Reserve complex. The area replaces A Bug’s Land, with Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure sharing the same show building that housed the It’s Tough to Be a Bug! attraction, as well as absorbing the nearby Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! attraction that was previously placed in Hollywood Land.
On September 5, 2018, A Bug’s Land closed to make room for the new area. Disney revealed at the 2017 D23 Expo that the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction would be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers as part of the park’s new immersive superhero-themed area. On March 11, 2020, Disney announced that Avengers Campus will open on July 18, 2020, although this was delayed due to the theme parks being closed due to the COVID-19 epidemic and two stay-at-home orders issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Disney revealed Avengers Campus would open in 2021 in late December 2020. Disney is unable to utilize the “Marvel” moniker in the park’s branding or attractions due to a 1994 contract with Universal Parks & Resorts. Disney said in April 2021 that the area would open on June 4, 2021.
To honor Stan Lee, the park erected a plaque by an entrance to the Campus flanked by blue plants on February 28, 2022, since Lee would have celebrated his 100th birthday in December 2022. The inscription on the plaque reads: “‘Avengers Campus is dedicated to the amazing Stan Lee.’ A true superhero is someone who helps others just because it should or must be done and because it is the right thing to do.’ Thank you for encouraging the hero in all of us, Stan. You have converted us all into True Believers.”
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