Avengers Campus Coming To Disney World? Major Updates Revealed

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Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure in Disneyland

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If there was ever a time to bring the Avengers Campus to Walt Disney World Resort, it’s now.

Walt Disney World Resort, located in Orlando, Florida, stands as a testament to the magic and imagination that has defined the Disney brand for decades. Spanning over 25,000 acres, the resort is home to four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom – as well as two water parks, numerous hotels, and entertainment complexes. It is a destination that captures the hearts and imaginations of millions of visitors each year.

Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World with crowds in front
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In a bold and ambitious move, Disney announced plans to invest more than $17 billion in its parks over the next five years. This massive investment is set to enhance and expand various aspects of the resort, from attractions and entertainment to infrastructure and technology. The goal is to elevate the guest experience, introducing new and innovative elements that will continue to captivate audiences and set new standards for theme park entertainment.

One of the most tantalizing rumors swirling around this expansive investment plan is the possibility of bringing the Avengers Campus to Walt Disney World. This Marvel-themed land, already a hit at Disneyland Resort in California, is a celebration of all things superhero, offering guests the chance to interact with their favorite Marvel characters and experience thrilling attractions. If the rumors prove true, Disney World could see its own version of the Avengers Campus, creating a haven for Marvel enthusiasts on the East Coast.

Mickey at Disney World in front of Cinderella Castle
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The inclusion of the Avengers Campus at Walt Disney World would undoubtedly add a new layer of excitement and draw visitors. The prospect of stepping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, encountering iconic characters, and experiencing cutting-edge attractions aligns seamlessly with Disney’s commitment to providing immersive and magical experiences. It also reflects the growing influence of Marvel within the Disney Parks, expanding the presence of these beloved characters beyond the original Avengers Campus in California.

The Avengers Campus in Disneyland is a big hit.

Avengers Campus, which opened at Disneyland Resort in California in 2021, is a thrilling and immersive experience that brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to life. This dedicated land within Disney California Adventure Park is a dream come true for Marvel fans of all ages.

The crown jewel of Avengers Campus is the towering and iconic Avengers Headquarters. This sleek and futuristic building serves as the central hub for the campus, where guests can witness Spider-Man swinging through the air, defying gravity with his acrobatic stunts. The groundbreaking WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure attraction invites visitors to join Spidey in a mission to stop the mischievous Spider-Bots from wreaking havoc. This interactive ride uses cutting-edge technology, allowing guests to sling virtual webs using their own hands.

WEB SLINGERS Avengers Campus Disneyland California
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One of the standout features of Avengers Campus is the diverse lineup of character encounters. Guests have the opportunity to meet and interact with their favorite Marvel superheroes, such as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and more. The characters roam the campus, creating an immersive and dynamic environment that truly makes visitors feel like they’ve stepped into the MCU.

Dining at Avengers Campus is an experience in itself. Pym Test Kitchen showcases the innovative and quirky culinary creations of the Pym Particle scientist team. Here, guests can enjoy shrunken and enlarged foods that play with scale in a delightful and whimsical way. The oversized pretzels and tiny meatball subs are not only delicious but also add a touch of Marvel magic to the dining experience. For those looking to quench their thirst, the Pym Tasting Lab offers a variety of unique beverages, including inventive cocktails and non-alcoholic concoctions. The thematic elements extend even to the drinks, with sizes manipulated using Pym Particles for a playful twist.

Web Slingers
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Disney World fans have waited for The Avengers to come to the parks.

Disney has made several announcements about the future of the parks and what fans can expect to see in the coming years. One of the most prominent attractions set to open in the future is Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which will be located at Magic Kingdom and takes the place of Splash Mountain, is expected to open in “late 2024,” and there are some rumors that the attraction could potentially open in September. When it opens, there are also insiders who believe it could bring a new land– titled New Orleans Square– to the surrounding areas.

In addition to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, Disney has already teased that DinoLand, U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will be featuring a major retheme. Two of the ideas teased include Indiana Jones and Encanto. The Disney park is also set to close down It’s Tough To Be A Bug! to make way for a new attraction that will be Zootopia-themed.

Tree of Life on Discovery Island
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Back at Magic Kingdom, Disney has also teased a massive expansion– titled Beyond Big Thunder Mountain— that could bring several new intellectual properties to the Disney theme park. While nothing has been confirmed, Disney Villains continues to be a focal point for the project. But we’ve yet to hear an update on any more Marvel IPs coming to Walt Disney World Resort following the success of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

Universal Orlando holds the rights to Marvel characters in theme parks.

Universal Orlando Resort holds a unique position in the theme park industry, as it secured the rights to feature Marvel characters in its attractions decades before Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment. The origin of this agreement dates back to the 1990s when Marvel Entertainment inked a deal with Universal Parks & Resorts (now Universal Destinations & Experiences), granting them exclusive theme park rights east of the Mississippi River. This meant that Universal Orlando Resort could feature Marvel characters and build attractions based on them.

As a result, Universal Orlando introduced Islands of Adventure in 1999, featuring the themed land Marvel Super Hero Island. This area became a haven for Marvel enthusiasts, showcasing iconic characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, and the X-Men. The crown jewel of the Marvel Super Hero Island is the highly acclaimed The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride, which combines state-of-the-art technology with a thrilling narrative to immerse visitors in the Marvel Universe.

Universal Islands of Adventure
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Despite Disney’s later acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009, Universal Orlando’s existing agreement allowed them to continue using Marvel characters in their parks. While Disney has successfully integrated Marvel into its theme parks on the West Coast, including the creation of the Avengers Campus at Disneyland Resort, the contractual obligations with Universal Orlando limit Disney’s ability to feature certain Marvel characters in its Florida parks, including the Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, and X-Men.

The coexistence of Marvel-themed attractions at both Universal Orlando and Disney World adds a fascinating dynamic to the Central Florida theme park landscape. Visitors can experience Marvel in two distinct ways, with Universal Orlando offering a unique set of attractions and Disney World focusing on different Marvel properties in its limited capacity (Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, for example).

Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure
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As theme park enthusiasts eagerly await future developments in the ongoing relationship between Disney and Universal regarding Marvel rights, the existing attractions at Universal Orlando remain a testament to the intricate web of agreements that shape the theme park industry.

Major construction is taking place at Universal Orlando Resort

It should also be noted that Universal Orlando Resort doesn’t plan to give Marvel content up lightly. Marvel Super Hero Island is currently being revamped and refurbished, as seen in the pictures below.

Latest section of sidewalk behind a fence for refurbishment in Marvel Super Hero Island.

Bioreconstruct also posted an aerial photo where we can see all the updates happening inside the land.

In addition, Universal Orlando has major plans for itself, as well. The company is building a third theme park– titled Epic Universe— which will open in 2025. When it does, many industry experts believe that Universal Studios Orlando, which has already become a major competition to Walt Disney World Resort, could become the new leader in the area.

With so many developments happening– including the building of the new theme park, the construction of DreamWorks land at Universal Studios Florida, and another project on tap for the future at Islands of Adventure in the form of a replacement for Poseidon’s Furgy– there’s no doubt that Disney’s biggest competition is continuing to expand, and they’re not going to just give Disney one of its biggest intellectual properties without a major payday, or something in return.

Could an Avengers Campus come to Disney World in the future?

Some have speculated that Universal may seek to work out a deal with Disney by 2028, as that is when its Simpsons contract runs out. They say that this may finally give Disney the fuel it needs to get the rights to some of the Marvel characters. However, the overarching belief from insiders is that Universal will move on from The Simpsons by 2028 and, instead, the theme park will focus on a new attraction.

The exterior of The Simpsons Ride at Universal Orlando, which is decorated with lights and carnival games
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Really, there are only four potential scenarios that could pave the way for a Disney World park to introduce an Avengers Campus:

  1. Contractual Revisions: Disney and Universal could renegotiate their existing agreements to allow Disney more flexibility in featuring Marvel characters at Walt Disney World. This would require both parties to come to a mutual agreement on the terms and conditions of the theme park rights.
  2. Legal Resolutions: Changes could occur through legal means, such as court decisions or settlements, if either party decides to challenge the terms of the existing contracts. (This is not likely)
  3. Mutual Business Agreement: Disney and Universal might find common ground through a mutually beneficial business arrangement. This could involve a financial agreement or other terms that satisfy both parties.
  4. Expansion of Marvel Presence: While an Avengers Campus might be restricted, Disney could potentially introduce other Marvel-themed experiences that fall outside the limitations of existing agreements. (This is how Disney was able to add Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at night with Spaceship Earth in the background at EPCOT in Walt Disney World Resort
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Overall, an Avengers Campus is not likely to happen in the near future at Walt Disney World, but it could be in the works down the road. There have been multiple reports that Universal may purchase Warner Bros. in the future. If that kind of merger were to happen, Universal may want to use DC characters in its theme parks, which right now are owned by Six Flags. Disney could offer a lump sum of money to pay for Universal to purchase those rights and to retheme its Marvel-themed land, which would essentially be a mutual business agreement that works out for both parties.

It would cost Disney a pretty penny up-front, but the company would be able to use those IPs in its theme park, which would pay off for years to come.

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