Marvel at Disneyland Paris – what it’s like to visit the French resort’s new Avengers campus

Self-delusion is my superpower.

Since my childhood, I have assiduously entertained dreams of swooping gracefully between skyscrapers, clad in skin-tight red and blue Spandex like Peter Parker.

The fantasy is real this morning as I toss furiously over a giant video screen, magically shooting webs from my wrists at malfunctioning arachnid robots in the brand new Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris.

My spider senses should be tingling. Instead, lactic acid scorches my upper arms mercilessly and sweat dries out my creased brow. With great power comes great exhaustion.

Part video game and part interactive dark ride, Spider-Man WEB Adventure is a centerpiece of the Walt Disney Studios park’s Marvel-themed expansion, which exists outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.

The high-tech attraction replicates the fiercely competitive gameplay of the 4D shooter Toy Story Mania in Florida and California, using specially designed technology, which scans arm movements and gestures 60 times per second to allow riders to launch webs with precision at three increasingly frenetic show scenes.

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The Quinjet at the Avengers Campus of Disneyland Paris. PA Photo/Disney/Jerome Galland.

The Quinjet at the Avengers Campus of Disneyland Paris. PA Photo/Disney/Jerome Galland.

Our team of four is led by six-and-a-half-year-old Fred (half is awfully big at that age), whose chosen armor is a reversible sequin Spider-Man T-shirt.

We amass a respectable 803,100 points, woefully shy of 10th place on the daily scorecard, focusing on malfunctioning golden Spider-Bots (worth 6,000 points each) and yellow levers and buttons that activate the on-screen effects, including a wall-mount array of lasers to mow down the wings of a hijacked Quinjet.

A full-scale replica of the Avenger’s turbine-powered plane sits atop a cantilevered landing pad adjacent to the country’s other major attraction – the high-speed roller coaster Avengers Assemble: Flight Force.

With a height requirement of 120cm, this gleaming reimagining of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Featuring Aerosmith – which closed in September 2019 – maintains a launch acceleration of zero to 57mph in under three seconds, and a track of track with two dizzying inversions and a corkscrew.

The bilingual preshow features the first Avenger audio-animatronic figure in a Disney park – a realistic Iron Man with 33 fluid movements – and images of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.

Their scripted interactions depict a daredevil mission to blast dead Kree warheads away from planet Earth using hypersonic vehicles fitted with transponders. The turbocharged narrative dovetails with Avengers: Quantum Encounter in Worlds Of Marvel’s signature restaurant aboard the newly launched Disney cruise ship Wish.

Projected scenes of the two heroes neutralizing missiles wrap around the roller coaster as it rides through the darkness. Adding a shimmering starry firmament to envelop the ride, replicating a flourishing design from Florida’s Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, would deepen the galactic immersion.

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Okoye and Dora Milaje in Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris.  PA Photo/Disney/Little Shao.


Okoye and Dora Milaje in Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris. PA Photo/Disney/Little Shao.

Okoye and Dora Milaje in Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris. PA Photo/Disney/Little Shao.

Exclusive to the Paris campus, Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence FRIDAY (Female Replacement Intelligent Digital Assistant Youth) is visually rendered as a pulsing LED light show on the curved facade of the roller coaster show building.

In soothing Irish tones, FRIDAY welcomes recruits to the field and audibly warns of security threats.

Energized by my ardor on the web, I reload into PYM Kitchen, named after the physicist, Dr. Hank Pym, who developed the Ant-Man program and pioneered the science of the expansion and contraction of the matter.

Oversized engineering informs the impeccably themed buffet-style restaurant, which requires table reservations through the Disneyland Paris mobile app.

Entering through a central quantum tunnel, I find mini cheeseburgers and slices of a monstrous pretzel stuffed with sliced ​​meat and salad to accompany miniature fruit jellies served in glass beakers. Salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar sit in stoppered test tubes on tables, tended by waiters in lab coats.

Nearby, a Stark Factory quick-service restaurant pays homage to Thor with a caramel and milk chocolate dessert (The Thunder Cake!) in a prop-laden dining room dominated by a full-scale Hulkbuster, built by Tony Stark to counter Bruce Banner’s rampage. alter ego.

Turn right to devour pasta and pizza by the office lovingly recreated by SHIELD co-founder Peggy Carter.

A striking walkway portal near the entrance to the lot draws orderly queues for a photo op with Ant-Man, the Wasp, and (occasionally) Groot. This “heroic encounter” mimics the meeting and greeting of the characters in the rest of the station.

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Spider-Man on a roof of the Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris.  PA Photo/Disney/Little Shao.


Spider-Man on a roof of the Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris. PA Photo/Disney/Little Shao.

Spider-Man on a roof of the Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris. PA Photo/Disney/Little Shao.

The mobile app allows customers to book timed appointments with Spider-Man, Iron Man, or Captain Marvel at the Ground Glass Training Center (unfortunately, tours are not permitted).

The chosen hero jokes one-on-one with a rookie and strikes iconic poses before 27 cameras hidden in the walls of the antechamber create the first dynamic ‘freeze frame’ video sequence in a Disney park, downloadable via PhotoPass.

Designated opportunities to interact with Marvel icons mark organic and immersive storytelling. The heroes materialize without fanfare throughout the day and playfully at will with amazed guests.

Doctor Strange looks resplendent wrapped in his red levitation cape while blond-haired Thor and his adoptive brother Loki stir up pockets of delirium, the former seeking recruits willing to wield his mighty hammer, Mjölnir.

A sleek Tony Stark-designed Avengers Deployment Vehicle that echoes the Quinjet’s futuristic aesthetic quickly deploys heroes such as Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow around campus, prompting selfie opportunities with eager recruits and social media savvy.

The polished four-wheeler is exclusive to Paris and sustainably powered by Vibranium mined in Black Panther’s landlocked homeland of Wakanda.

Okoye, leader of Wakanda’s armed forces, and two members of Black Panther’s all-female bodyguards, the Dora Milaje, emerge from beneath the Quinjet to Xhosa-language screams and explosive tribal beats from composer Ludwig’s orchestral film score. Goransson.

The trio conducted a raucous 12-minute session to train the next generation to wield spears with rumbling intent. The same performance space across from Stark Factory hosts lovebirds Star-Lord and Gamora for a humorous dance to Redbone’s rock anthem Come And Get Your Love and ABC’s The Jackson 5.

With so much activity and character interaction at ground level, Disney’s creative magicians, known as the Imagineers, look to the rooftops as split-level stages for jaw-dropping choreographed stunt shows. .

Taskmaster and masked thugs attempt to steal a Vibranium canister and meet fierce resistance from Black Widow and Black Panther, filled with bilingual dialogue and well-timed pyrotechnics. Spider-Man also demonstrates his excellence in gymnastics throughout the day.

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The Spider-Man Suite at Disney's Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris.  PA Photo/Disney/Jerome Galland.


The Spider-Man Suite at Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris. PA Photo/Disney/Jerome Galland.

The Spider-Man Suite at Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel at Disneyland Paris. PA Photo/Disney/Jerome Galland.

Excitingly, Avengers Campus is an ever-changing playground. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe of tie-in movies, TV series, and comics grows, new heroes will patrol the grounds.

Several hours can be comfortably spent on campus enjoying attractions, shows, and dining options. For overnight stays, Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art Of Marvel is a superpowered four-star oasis located a stone’s throw from the parks.

Three life-size Iron Man suits in the awe-inspiring lobby tease one of the world’s largest collections of publicly viewable Marvel art, including backlit comic panels, storyboards, original sketches and 50 Paris-exclusive pieces .

Hotel guests can pre-book a heroic encounter with a member of the Marvel cast at the downstairs Super Hero station (Black Widow went on a charm offensive when I visited after breakfast). Eight themed selfie spots include Peter Parker’s Upside Down Bedroom which creates the illusion of being suspended from the ceiling.

As I crouch under a wooden bunk bed and a desk littered with teenage ephemera, striking a canvas pose I’ve practiced since childhood, I’m reminded that in the Marvel Multiverse, anything is possible.

Even a sportingly challenged man-child incarnation of Spider-Man in his late 40s.

Self-deception is bliss.

Go for it

Self-guided entry tickets cost around €84 for an adult and €82 for children under 12. A two-day hopper ticket, which allows access to both parks, costs €154/€152. Hotel and ticket packages are also available. Irish travel agents including Abbey Travel, Cassidy Travel, Breakaway.ie and Shandon Travel offer packages. disneylandparis.com

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