There are going to be a ton of delightfully geeky attractions opening at Disneyland Resort in 2020, and it’s time to lay it all out!
There’s a lot of incredible stuff coming to Disneyland Resort in 2020, especially if you’re a geek. Much of the news broke over the summer at D23, but as the year has rolled by, new details have emerged about the upcoming attractions. Some have opened elsewhere, like Rise of the Resistance, while others, like the Avengers Campus, are becoming more clear from construction photos.
So if you’re a nerd and you plan on visiting the Disneyland Resort in California this upcoming year, buckle up because we’ve got a lot of news for you!
New Galaxy’s Edge Attraction
Rise of the Resistance
When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened last summer, Rise of the Resistance was not quite ready to launch. The attraction opened in Hollywood Studios on December 5th, 2019, but will be coming to Disneyland on January 17th.
The ride – which is a mix of walk-through, trackless dark ride, motion simulator, and drop ride system – puts guests in the middle of a conflict between the Resistance and the First Order. The immersive experience lasts just under 20 minutes.
For the most part, people are enjoying the attraction in Florida, but the wait times are apparently leaving much to be desired. Hopefully it’s California counterpart will have a smoother launch, though I’d still prepare for epic wait times during the peak park seasons.
So even if you went to Galaxy’s Edge already this year, you’re going to have to drag yourself back because this attraction sounds amazing. I certainly plan on returning, even though I was just there in July.
The brand new Avengers Campus will be opening at the Disneyland Resort in 2020, but we don’t have an exact date nailed down quite yet. The new land will take over the Bug’s Life area, using the current ride Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! as an anchor. There are some aerial shots of the construction, which should give you an idea of how things should look when it’s complete.
Similar lands, which will apparently be interconnected with one another somehow, will open in Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2021, and Hong Kong Disneyland in 2023.
WEB – Spider-man Experience
The new attraction WEB seems like it’ll be a huge draw at opening, much like how Smuggler’s Run was the ride that heralded the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. WEB, which stands for Worldwide Engineering Brigade, is described as follows:
During an open house at WEB, the aspiring inventors are excited to invite you for a test drive of their latest invention: the “Web Slinger” vehicle, which allows you to sling webs just like Spider-Man! The attraction gives you a taste of what it’s like to have actual super powers as you help Spider-Man collect Spider-Bots that have run amok.
It sounds primarily like a dark ride that allows you to feel like you’re swinging across New York like Spider-man. While some initially speculated it would be a roller coaster, it actually sounds way more chill and laid back. I’m still having some trouble visualizing how it’ll function, however, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Pym Test Kitchen
We get a new restaurant in this land and it sounds… interesting.
Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, Pym Technologies is using the latest innovations to grow and shrink food at this eatery!
I… what? I’m imagining hilarious gigantic or tiny food, like apples the size of your head or sandwiches the size of your thumbnail. I have no idea what it’s going to be like, but this simple one sentence description has me intrigued.
Doctor Strange: Journey Into The Mystic Arts
There’s going to be a Doctor Strange stage show!
Of all the attractions set to open, this one seems to be the least chatted about. WDW Today has some pictures that show possible stage construction, stating it’ll be near an Avengers gift shop. There was, however, a version of this show on some Disney Cruises, so we can kind of see what we might be getting.
The Avengers Headquarters building may or may not be open in 2020, much like how Rise of the Resistance was delayed in Galaxy’s Edge. It sounds like the exterior of the building will be up and running near the launch of the land itself, but you may not be able to step inside until Phase Two comes around in ‘a year or two.’
Regardless of how much of it you’ll get to experience, I’m including it here because at the very least the exterior may be visible and it’ll be part of the land overall.
As Super Heroes continue to assemble at the campus, one of its iconic buildings will be the Avengers Headquarters where you may catch a glimpse of the Avengers along its rooftops.
This building, which will open in phase two, will become the future entrance to a brand-new E-Ticket attraction where you will step on board a Quinjet and fly alongside the Avengers in an epic adventure to Wakanda and beyond! You will team up alongside the Avengers in a battle to save our world against one of the most powerful villains they have ever faced. Imagineers are hard at work conceiving an all-new innovative ride system to put you in the middle of this action.
Beyond Disneyland Resort in 2020!
It seems like we’ll be swapping epic geeky attraction openings between Disneyland and Walt Disney World for a while. Disneyland got Galaxy’s Edge in June 2019, then Florida got it in August. But Florida got Rise of the Resistance first. But Disneyland Resort gets the Avengers Campus and Walt Disney World doesn’t. BUT Walt Disney World gets that big shiny Star Wars Hotel and, like, WOW. That’s going to be killer (and expensive).
So basically, while 2020 is looking to be the year of geeky stuff at Disneyland Resort, the following year will be all about Walt Disney World.
Geeks, it’s time to start pinching pennies because Disney is gonna get us good over the next few years.
Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. They earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. They have contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. They’ve also written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. They identify as queer.
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