Disney Suspends Quinjet E-Ticket Ride at Avengers Campus – Daily Bulletin

A first-of-its-kind Quinjet e-ticket attraction announced to much fanfare for Phase Two of the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure has been put on hold due to pandemic-related financial constraints, according to Disney officials.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek told an annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday March 9 that the Quinjet e-ticket attraction planned for DCA is in a “waiting model” and will be “hoped to be” built once that the company’s post-pandemic cash position will improve. .

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Chapek commented on the Avengers Campus project when asked at the shareholder meeting about the status of a Mary Poppins attraction at Epcot in Florida and the Quinjet E-ticket ride at DCA.

“Granted, the Poppins project, which I was very excited about, had to be put on hold for a while, as was the Quinjet,” Chapek said at the shareholders’ meeting. “These are projects that we have on hold at the moment. As our cash position gets a bit more robust and gets back a bit to normal, in terms of cash, we hope to be able to repay these projects in the future.

Both projects were announced at the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2019, but haven’t been mentioned very often since then — leading industry watchers to wonder if the attractions in vogue had been canceled amid pandemic-related budget cuts.

DCA’s Avengers Campus debuted in June after a year-long pandemic delay with the Web Slingers interactive dark ride, the Doctor Strange magic show and an Ant-Man and the Wasp restaurant.

The custom-designed life-size Quinjet that serves as the centerpiece of the Marvel-themed land sits atop an Avengers Headquarters building that is intended to eventually serve as the entrance for the planned e-ticket attraction. . Disney uses the building’s front balconies as a stage for Marvel superhero stunts.

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Riders of the planned Quinjet E-ticket attraction will embark on a mission to the Black Panther world of Wakanda to battle menacing winged aliens alongside the superhero team, according to Walt Disney Imagineering.

Concept art of the Avengers attraction with an all-new ride system shows passengers hovering in jetpack seats. The sweeping scene features Captain Marvel firing a beam of energy, Iron Man unleashing a repulsor blast, and Thor wielding his hammer as he’s surrounded by the flying aliens. On the ground, the Hulk pounds the winged creatures, Black Panther engages in hand-to-hand combat, and Dora Milaje hurls warrior spears as an oversized Ant Man dominates the action.

Additional concept art shows a pre-show area with Avengers planes on a docking bay – suggesting an active superhero hangar. An interior view of the attraction shows two rows of jetpack seats lined up in front of an illuminated tactical heads-up display. Overhead, a huge glass-ceiling-like screen provides a view of the ship’s command deck and the outside world.

Concept art is just that – conceptual illustrations created to convey a sense of design possibilities and intentions. Imagineering often refines and modifies attraction plans as the creative arm of the business moves forward with a project.

Herman C. Harkins