Disneyland’s new Marvel-themed land, Avengers Campus, will bring the heroes and the world of the MCU to life in California Adventure (and eventually Disney Paris and Hong Kong) starting on July 18. In a recent visit to the unopened park, Polygon learned about how Disney created food fit for superheroes.
Alongside the tentpole Spider-Man ride, Avengers Campus will include eateries inspired by restaurants that appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and other dining options based upon Marvel’s toy chest of characters and lore. All of restaurants and food stalls will tie into the overarching storyline.
Pym’s Test Kitchen, which will be the main dining location in the land, is centered around the concept of food scientists experimenting with size-altering Pym Particles; next door, the Pym Tasting Lab will do the same thing but for alcoholic beverages.
Pym’s Test Kitchen will serve foods in large and small sizes. The overly large Quantum Pretzel is a giant soft pretzel served with a beer cheese sauce. The not-so-little Chicken Sandwich, meanwhile, has a tiny bun on top of a large piece of fried chicken, drizzled with teriyaki citrus and spicy mayo. The vegan option, the Impossible Spoonful, places a large Impossible™ Meatball in a comically large spoon, while the Pym-ini grows a regular sandwich into a family-shareable size. The PB3 doesn’t have a size difference to it, but the bread in the peanut butter, banana, candied bacon, and jelly sandwich is supposedly blasted with Pym Particles and tinted blue. The Caesar Salad and Colossal Crouton, however, has one giant crouton to go with the salad. For dessert, guests can get a giant candy bar. Children’s versions of the food will be smaller in size, without some of the fancier dressings and drapings.
The Tasting Lab will serve a variety of alcoholic drinks, including three speciality cocktails. The Regulator, a beer based cocktail, infuses tequila, lime juice, habanero, and mango ale. The Molecular Meltdown blends vanilla ice cream and a marshmallow stout with tiny marshmallows. A third, yet unnamed cocktail combines gin and honey. The Tasting Lab will also serve a snack mix.
Throughout the park, Pingo Doce — the soda from the plant where Bruce Banner worked in The Incredible Hulk — will be served as a non-alcoholic option. Another non-alcoholic option will be a Proton PB&J Punch, a lemonade with peanut butter and jelly flavors.
Terran Treats located near Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout, meanwhile, will be a snack stall with desserts. The story behind this cart is that Tivan (the Collector from the Guardians films) wants to lure park guests to be part of his collection, but he’s not really sure what humans want to eat. So behold, items with names like Cosmic Cream Orb and Sweet Spiral Ration — a purple cream-filled donut and a churro, respectively. The Cosmic Cream Orb is full of raspberry cheesecake-flavored cream cheese, while the Sweet Spiral Ration comes in multiple colors: but be warned, the taste won’t match up with the color. Different Sweet Spiral Rations will be in rotation at a time.
The Shawarma Palace cart will serve — you guessed it! — shawarma. It’s also an homage to the first Avengers movie’s post-credit zinger, in which the tired, battered heroes enjoy shawarma at Tony Stark’s suggestion. In park lore, Tony Stark loved the Shawarma Palace so much that he asked the owner to open a stall in California, so the Avengers could enjoy their favorite meals whenever they wanted. There will be two choices of shawarma: a chicken wrap and an Impossible plant-based falafel version.
Avengers Campus opens in Disney’s California Adventure this summer.