Have You Seen the New Avengers Roller Coaster?
We have a new Avengers attraction open to the public, but you’ll need a passport to ride it.
Also, the CDC has declared the pandemic over, at least as far as cruise ships are concerned. And Car Locator is now live at Walt Disney World.
Here are a few Disney/DVC updates you’ll like.
Avengers Campus 2
No, there isn’t a new MCU movie. Well, there is, but you must watch the Marvel Comic-Con panel for details.
Instead, I’m talking about the second Avengers Campus. The one at Disneyland Paris has opened, and the event proved a star-studded affair.
For starters, the ceremony included this:
Drones will change how nighttime presentations work at Disney theme parks, my friend.
Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson, appeared as Disney’s invited guest:
The new Ms. Marvel, Iman Vellani, also appeared along with Pom Klementieff, who plays Mantis in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
Overall, the new themed land shares many similarities with the one at Disney California Adventure.
However, Disneyland Paris now hosts this ride:
Meet Avengers Assemble: Flight Force. You can probably tell what this ride used to be. The park closed Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.
Then, Imagineers repurposed the limousine ride carts into Iron Man-themed flying vehicles.
The roller coaster obviously looks spectacular, but it comes with the same sticking point as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. It’s gone in 60 seconds…almost exactly.
Still, American Marvel fans are wondering when this ride will come to the United States…and I don’t have the best news here.
Universal Orlando Resort still owns the theme park licensing rights for many Avengers.
As such, Disney’s Hollywood Studios probably cannot convert its version of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster to this.
I’m saying probably because Disney could always buy its way out of the Universal deal, but that’s where the matter stands for now.
Avengers Campus in Paris also features WEBSLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure and Pym Kitchen plus some unique stores and eateries.
Here’s a five-minute video that shows most of it:
DVC and Park Updates
Earlier this week, the CDC made a surprise announcement. It ended its entire COVID-19 program for cruise ships.
While that may not seem like a big deal today, let me be clear. All this nonsense started when some poor unfortunate souls got sick on the Diamond Princess.
The fact that the CDC has shuttered its COVID-19 program for cruises is proof positive that we’ve entered the post-COVID era.
In other semi-political news, the Anaheim City Council had contemplated a theme park admission tax of two percent.
That tax wouldn’t have been possible under Anaheim’s previous mayor, who resisted the bill. However, that person is *ahem* under investigation for corruption.
So, Disney officials sweated this one out a bit as they worried that admission tickets would go up a few dollars because of the tax.
Thankfully, various city council members rejected the new taxation proposal, keeping Disneyland tickets at their current prices.
Also at Disneyland Resort, the Red Car Trolley is back! Here’s proof:
At Walt Disney World, I’ve got five quick updates for you.
First, Car Locator is now operational at the parks! You can find additional details at the official site, but it’s basically what I said the other day.
You open the app via My Disney Experience, it records your location, and then it maps you back to your car when you’re ready to leave. Magic!
At Disney’s BoardWalk, Jellyrolls is once again operating nightly as of July 21st.
The joint opens at 7 p.m. nightly and closes at 1:45 a.m. If you’re there until the latter, you should probably order a Minnie Van unless you’re staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas or Disney’s Beach Club Villas.
Also, the BoardWalk Deli will open this summer…which means within the next two months!
Nearby, belly dancing has returned to the Morocco pavilion after its pandemic-forced absence.
A performer appears during concerts by Atlas Fusion, a band that plays Moroccan music.
Finally, Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. will close for refurbishment on August 1st. You know this place as the gift shop at Space Mountain.
Disney is reportedly refreshing its exterior to bring its theming in line with the upcoming Tron Lightcycle Power Run.