What We’re Talking About: Avengers Campus, Behind the Attraction, & More

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The pandemic brought us a lot of changes to the way we visit the Walt Disney World Resort. Some of it, we would really prefer if it stayed. Which things do you hope continue to stick around?

James thinks: If there’s one thing I don’t look forward to, it’s going back to “filling in all the available space.” Having a little extra elbow room has been nice, and while I’m not super optimistic, especially on attractions like Tower of Terror where they need to corral you into a room for a pre-show, it would be nice to not wedge us together quite so closely when the opportunity for some space permits. 

Julia jokes: According to the article “One park goer said she loved the reservation system”. That seems like an accurate number to me. A lot of the other things they mention I do agree with, though. That said, I would love to see the reservation system continue for peak holidays. If it’s a time when the park will close for capacity, have a reservation system in place with priority for on-site guests.

Jennifer says: I hate seeing these comments that are presented as “We don’t want Fastpass to come back”.  What they always turn out to mean is “We like having shorter lines and not as many people in the parks”.  But that only really works because of reduced capacity.  If the same people had to choose between having Fastpass back, and what Disney would raise the ticket price to if they meant to keep capacity permanently capped — I’m pretty sure they’d take Fastpass in a heartbeat.

Avengers Campus is now open at the Disneyland Resort. (I personally can’t wait to visit, even though I’m not the biggest Marvel fan.) The OC Register takes an in depth look at the land. Are you excited to experience this new area of the park?

James is: Any new land is an opportunity for some cool new stuff, so I’d be psyched regardless, but a new land themed after Marvel? Sign me up! The attractions look cool and all, obviously, but I think the food and drink options have the potential to be sleeper hits, lots of highly instagrammable stuff on the menus! Looking forward to when I get to get out there and check it all out!

Unlike Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Avengers Campus doesn’t really fit a specific timeline. See what fits and what doesn’t. Do you care about that the land doesn’t fit a timeline?

James also has thoughts on this: I completely get the importance of story and the emphasis Disney typically puts on it, and I understand the need for consistency. With that said, give me a cool enough land with awesome stuff to do, and I simply don’t care that much. I know it’s probably heresy to purists, but there’s already a certain suspension of disbelief that goes hand in hand with enjoying a theme park, and so I feel like I can tolerate a little departure from canon if it means I get to meet a beloved character who is technically dead in the storyline. 

The new baby zebra at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a name! It’s Dash and he’s a cutie! You can potentially find Dash on Kilimanjaro Safaris!

A lot of great new shows and movies are being added to Disney+ this month, including Raya and the Last Dragon, as well as Loki!

Becky is excited: Yay! My kids are so excited to finally see Raya. I foresee a family movie night in our weekend schedule. But I’m most personally looking forward to Loki. Falcon + Winter Soldier was just okay, but I’ve been missing the weekly dose of Marvel since it wrapped.

Jennifer is interested in something else though that surprised her: I have really enjoyed the NatGeo content on Disney+, but somehow I missed that Gordon Ramsay was doing NatGeo.  They don’t quite really go together in my mind, somehow, but maybe that’s just because I haven’t seen the show?

A new Disney+ show that I’m personally looking forward too will be debuting soon called Behind the Attraction, which will reveal the stories behind some of your favorite Disney experiences. This is what I’m here for Disney! More of this please!

Becky agrees: So pumped. I hope this meets my expectations. This is exactly the kind of content I want to see more of on Disney +. The Imagineering Story is probably my favorite original series so far. Crossing my fingers that this follows in a similar fashion.

Universal Orlando Resort is getting ready for the Olympics! That’s because they are showcasing Olympic fever with food, decorations, and even Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration is preceded by “Celebration of the Olympics,” a five-minute salute to athletes of prior Games. Find out all the details according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Joe thinks: This is a fun little addition to the park for the summer; reminds me a lot of the Epcot festivities around the 2014 World Cup. I imagine the courtyard and NBC Grill Brew will be very popular spots to watch the Olympic games.

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5 thoughts on “What We’re Talking About: Avengers Campus, Behind the Attraction, & More

  • June 4, 2021 at 11:27 am
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    I’m totally one of those people that likes park reservations and also doesn’t want Fastpass to come back. But the circumstances of both work really well for me, as someone who doesn’t have an Annual Pass and tends to plan ahead and visit the parks when they’re going to be the least crowded anyway. For someone who wants to go during peak times I could see why it would be a bonus! But for me, it’s really nice to not guess what my traveling party wants to do MONTHS in advance, whereas I don’t mind waiting in a quickly moving line for an hour if it’s something we’re excited about doing that day.
    Behind the Attraction does look awesome though.

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  • June 4, 2021 at 12:41 pm
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    I’m sure it will come back (and probably sooner than we expect), but I think the guest experience is better without Fastpass, even as capacity continues to increase. This is especially true of first time guests who get their Fastpass reservations too late in the game and still have to wait standby for the biggest attractions. The Fastpass+ system favors people who have already been to Disney multiple times, speak English fluently, and are tech friendly. And the people that don’t use Fastpass are getting none of the benefits but all of the downsides of the inflated standby wait times. I would also much rather wait in lines that move twice as fast and spend less time standing still (no merge point). Walking is infinitely more pleasant than standing still.

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  • June 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm
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    They’ve been teasing “Behind the Attraction” since 2019 when they made it sound like it would be in the opening Disney+ line up. I really want to see it but won’t believe it’s real until they publish a release date!

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    • June 8, 2021 at 4:32 pm
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      The article says it debuts on July 16 on Disney+.

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  • June 7, 2021 at 10:47 pm
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    I want to see the return of FP+! As a “liner” I know how to get the most benefit out of my fastpasses and get many more of them per day than the first three. I agree that it does benefit those of us who are tech savvy and plan far in advance.

    Time lines in Disney parks are pretty ambiguous. Remember, Disneyworld is a place where The Beast welcomes people into his castle as The Beast and not The Prince! Avenger’s Campus will be no different. I have to say I did LOL while watching the opening ceremony when the Sam Wilson as Captain America lookalike appeared in stage while the Steve Rogers as Captain America lookalike could be seen standing by the Quinjet!

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