The new Avengers-themed area, which includes Spider-Man rides, wandering superheroes and shawarma food carts, will open at Walt Disney Co. Disneyland in California on June 4, the company’s park department chief said Thursday.
The debut will take place a few weeks after the Anaheim resort, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles, begins welcoming guests for the first time in a year, starting April 30th.
Disneyland, the original Disney amusement park and neighboring California Adventure closed in March 2020 to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The shutdown thwarted plans to open the Avengers campus in July 2020.
Josh D`Amaro, president of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, announced a new opening date, providing insight into Avengers attractions during a pre-recorded video shown to reporters.
In a new Spider-Man ride called “Web Slingers,” which combines a physical and virtual environment, guests will team up with Spidey to catch Spider-Bots out of control. “You swear Peter Parker is right there,” said Marvel studio president Kevin Feige, referring to Spider-Man’s alter ego.
The fluttering Spider-Man character will also perform acrobatics above the rooftops of the park. The character is a “stuntronic” robot designed to perform somersaults while flying 60 feet in the air, Disney said.
The park will also feature the Black Panther, the Black Widow, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, as well as the Quinjet, an advanced aircraft used by the Avengers.
“You can only see one of our Quintes in one place,” Feige said. “It’s either in the movie, or it’s here.”
Food options will include a shawarma cart, a nodding scene at the end of the 2012 film “Avengers,” when various superheroes ate a Middle Eastern dish together after saving the world.
Visitors to Disneyland will need to book in advance and must adhere to COVID-19 security measures, including wearing masks and social distancing.