Covering everything from virtual queue access to getting in through the (nearly impossible) standby line.
Avengers Campus is the brand-new land calling Disneyland’s California Adventure home. Avengers Campus has been under construction for the past 3+ years and replaced Bugs Land, previously nestled between Cars Land and Hollywood Land. Now that Avengers Campus has been open just over a week, some of the rough spots are coming to light – mainly, how to actually get in. After my successful visit this past Friday, here are my tips on how to plan a day at California Adventure including a visit inside Avengers Campus.
Arrive Slightly Early
Current park hours are 9AM to 9PM. I’d recommend arriving sometime between 7:45-8AM.
Due to Disney’s post-Covid safety measures, the various entrances into the property are rerouted to accommodate the large volume of guests. For example, when arriving at the Harbor Boulevard Disneyland drop-off area, the line stretches from the park gates, mazes through the bus area, and extends out past the drop-off down the street. All entrances are backed up to this level. To put it bluntly, it’s insane.
The walk to go through security is easily 1.5 miles and takes about 25 minutes to complete. Guests are lining up as early as 4:30AM, however I’d recommend arriving around 7:45-8AM at the earliest once the security line really gets moving. I’ll explain more about why arriving super early is a waste of your time below.
Use Your 1-Park Per Day Ticket
If you don’t yet have tickets, or you happen to have 1-park per day tickets, I’d definitely recommend those over park hopper tickets. The parks are busier than ever, and park-hopping isn’t as easy to do. Having a full day to spend in one park will allow you to pivot with planning and virtual reservations.
(Loosely) Plan Out Your Entire Day
Fans of planning, rejoice, because Disneyland has gotten a whole lot more complicated. Despite the “capacity restrictions,” Disney parks are busier than ever which requires some strategy to achieve that magical experience we’re used to. This means having a game plan of priority rides, ordering meals way ahead, and ideally having a small group with you to split up responsibilities.
Access the Virtual Queue
Everyone in your group should try to get virtual queue reservations for Web Slingers through the Disneyland app. If you don’t make it in for the morning reservations, try again for noon.
The two ways to access Avengers Campus are either through the standby line inside the park, or with the reservation to new Avengers Campus ride, Web Slingers, that I mentioned above. The ride reservation approach is probably the best, as there’s no other way to ride Web Slingers without a reservation. The reservation system opens twice daily and with a valid California Adventure park reservation, we’re able to access the 7AM virtual reservation queue for Web Slingers from anywhere.
Prioritize Everything but Avengers Campus
If you don’t already have Web Slingers reservations by the time the park opens, I’d recommend prioritizing all other rides in the park.
The highest priority rides will peak midday once the first Avengers Campus attendees and people in the standby line that got noon Slingers reservations are again roaming the park. With ride wait times averaging ~45 minutes (some wait times are twice that), there are a few precious hours in the morning before the virtual queue opens again to get on your favorite rides and enjoy California Adventure to the fullest.
I’m including my personal Disneyland California Adventure Guide below that goes more into detail about my Avengers Campus tips, but budget (2-3) hours in Avengers Campus with a Web Slingers reservation no matter when you get in.
Guide to Avengers Campus
Now that we’ve got the general tips outlined, here’s all the tips for getting in Avengers Campus based on my own experience.
Don’t plan to get into the 7AM Web Slingers virtual queue.
I do think (based on the times we’ve tried) that you’re more likely to get in for 7AM if you’re on Disney property at the time. I think the app automatically does this to prioritize Disneyland hotel guests. I’d recommend trying for 7AM but putting more stock in getting in for the 12PM virtual queue. However, if breakfast in Avengers Campus is important to you, then arriving early enough (5:30AM?!) to get reservations is recommended.
Prioritize the other popular DCA rides.
In order of popularity, Radiator Springs Racers, Soarin’ Over the World, and Incredicoaster will have the longest wait times. Since a good percentage of people will be heading into Avengers Campus or heading to the standby line, head to those popular rides before the lines get exceedingly long. Also within this, give yourself some dedicated time to try for noon Avengers Campus reservations.
Mobile order food 1-2 hours ahead.
Much like the 2020 toilet paper crisis, food in the parks is harder to come by than we’d expect. Most restaurants will be mobile order only, with prep/pick-up times at least an hour out. There is a standby line for Pym’s Test Kitchen, however the lines will be quite long and mobile ordering will refresh and reopen often throughout the day. Also, standby guests are ordering ahead of getting into the land, which can cause the food to prematurely sell out, which is one of my biggest tips for Avengers Campus: order ahead. Although again, simply having a mobile order pickup won’t get you access to Avengers Campus.
Watch the pace of Web Slingers boarding groups.
The app will give you an estimated boarding time, so use that time to ride and shop the rest of the park. You will have about (45) minutes from the time you’re granted land access to be scanned into Avengers Campus, seen as the return time on your virtual ride ticket. Based on my reservation experience, Web Slingers slots moved at about (15) groups per hour. We were group 99 and in Avengers Campus by 3PM after getting reservations during the noon drop.
Leave room in your schedule.
There are no Avengers Campus secrets. At the end of the day, you may have to pivot and things will inevitably come up – photo ops, character sightings, ride delays, etc. There are some cool photo areas, lots of shows with the most famous Marvel characters, and that requires time for soaking in (especially since getting back into the land once you leave is highly unlikely). With the crowds, lack of parades and fireworks, and new elements to explore, going with the flow is the best tip I have on making the trip a success.