Massive crowds of Marvel fans descended on the Disneyland resort for the grand opening of Avengers Campus amid pandemic social distancing restrictions that left many disappointed before they even set foot inside the new superhero themed land.
Avengers Campus debuted at Disney California Adventure on Friday, June 4 after a yearlong delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic closure of the Anaheim theme parks.
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Marvel fans showed up before dawn to be the first visitors inside Avengers Campus on opening day only to be faced with massive crowds and stunningly long lines.
Kevin Pryor arrived at Disneyland at 3:45 a.m. to be among the first in line for Avengers Campus.
＾I¨m used to working the graveyard shift,￣ said Pryor, 33, of Fountain Valley.
Crowds wait outside the Disneyland security checkpoint before the grand opening of Avengers Campus. (Brady MacDonald / Orange County Register)
Disneyland¨s social distancing concerns forced visitors to arrive early if they wanted to have any hope of getting into Avengers Campus.
Massive crowds gathered outside the temperature check and security screening areas on the east side of the Disneyland resort before the parks opened.
By 7:15 a.m., the half-mile long line switched back on itself 17 times and filled a service road and the bus depot area on the Harbor Boulevard side of the parks.
The anticipated large crowds brought protestors to Disneyland. A van plasted with false claims about the COVID-19 vaccine circled the streets around the parks. Anti-vaccine protesters dressed in Iron Man costumes held aloft signs as Marvel fans streamed across Harbor Boulevard toward Avengers Campus opening.
Attempts at social distancing prevailed in the first legs of the enormous line but broke down in the later legs as crowds continued to arrive.
Disneyland opened the temperature screening area at 7:30 a.m. as the snaking line ran out of room to grow any larger. The security checkpoint opened at 7:45 a.m., allowing thousands of Marvel fans to line up outside the gates of Disney California Adventure.
On the west side of the resort, Disneyland fans faced even more obstacles. The Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures were not scheduled to open until 7:45 a.m. ！ the same time security opened on the east side of the resort.
That meant visitors arriving to the garages would have virtually no chance of getting into Avengers Campus when DCA opened. Lines at the DCA gates filled with thousands of east side visitors before west side garages were scheduled to open.
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Nearly everyone in line had their smartphones out as the 7 a.m. as the boarding group lottery approached for the Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure attraction.
The countdown began at 6:59 a.m. with fans shouting to each other ＾30 seconds left￣ and ＾10 more seconds.￣ The reaction was nearly instantaneous with joyous fans leaping for joy at their good fortune.
Bobby and Thor Townsend and their father, Josh, celebrate after landing a boarding group for Web Slingers on opening day of Avengers Campus. (Brady MacDonald / Orange County Register)
Thor and Bobby Townsend screamed with delight when their family snagged one of the earliest Web Slingers boarding groups.
＾We¨re so very excited,￣ said 8-year-old Thor, who was dressed in a God of Thunder costume, Captain America mask and Mickey Mouse ears.
The Townsends arrived at 4:30 a.m. to get in line for Avengers Campus, bringing Star Wars blankets with them to guard against the morning chill.
＾We didn¨t get a lot of sleep,￣ said 12-year-old Bobby, who wore an Iron Man costume and Mickey ears.
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Web Slingers boarding groups disappeared in seconds with visitors able to join the lottery from the entry line, their car or even at home or in their hotel room.
Despondent fans slumped at their failure to secure one of the coveted Web Slingers boarding groups.
Martha Cervantes was disappointed that the Web Slingers boarding passes sold out almost instantly on the Disneyland app after waiting in line since 4:45 a.m.
＾It was loading and then within three seconds it said it was too full,￣ said Cervantes, 26, of Santa Ana.
The longtime annual passholder was worried about big crowds overwhelming Avengers Campus.
＾We¨ve never seen it this crowded before,￣ Cervantes said. ＾It¨s a little overwhelming actually. I¨m kind of scared to see how it¨s going to be in there.￣
Marvel fans wait in the Disneyland bus depot for Avengers Campus to open for the first time on Friday, June 4. (Brady MacDonald / Orange County Register)
Jimmy Hernandez was the first person in line at 2:30 a.m., but he failed to secure a Web Slingers boarding group during the 7 a.m. lottery.
＾I go a lot to the park,￣ said Hernandez, 18, of San Diego. ＾I¨ve never missed a virtual queue for a ride. This surprised me.￣
Hernandez was planning to hit the Web Suppliers shop to buy a $70 pair of platinum-plated Spider-Man web shooters and an $80 remote controlled spider-bot toy.
＾Once we get in there we¨ll stay in there until at least noon,￣ Hernandez said of Avengers Campus.
Another Web Slingers boarding group digital distribution took place at noon, giving those who missed out on the 7 a.m. lottery a second chance of riding the new Spider-Man attraction.
Brittany Roth arrived at 3:45 a.m. and managed to land a spot in the 7 a.m. Web Slingers lottery.
＾All I did was hit join, join, join,￣ said Roth, 31, of Santa Ana. ＾I was just hitting the button the whole time.￣
Olivia Tonas was near the back of the half-mile line with her girlfriends from Sacramento. They had Disneyland parkhopper tickets, which allowed them to head over to Disney California Adventure at 1 p.m. By then, there¨s no telling how long the standby queue will be for Avengers Campus.
＾It¨s crazy,￣ Tonas said. ＾I¨ve never seen it like this.￣
Disney California Adventure was scheduled to open at 9 a.m., but the park swung open its gates by 8 a.m.
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Inside DCA, Disney planned to deploy a standby queue whenever Avengers Campus hit capacity ！ which was almost immediately on Friday. The socially distanced Avengers Campus standby queue stretched for a mile with a long switchback by 9 a.m.
The extraordinarily long standby queue for the new Marvel land snaked past Cars Land and Pacific Wharf, through the ＾World of Color￣ viewing area and down to Paradise Park before switching back and stretching all the way to Hollywood Land, according to MiceChat.
By 9:20 a.m., Avengers Campus was at capacity, according to MiceChat.
＾The line is not moving,￣ MiceChat wrote on Twitter.
Marvel fan Scott Clarke posted a photo to social media of a ＾small fraction of the giant line￣ to get into Avengers Campus.
＾This is insane and a massive disappointment,￣ the San Jose artist and programmer wrote on Twitter.
By 11:45 a.m., the Avengers Campus standby queue was several hours long, mobile orders for Pym Test Kitchen and both Shawarma Palace locations were sold out for the day by 9:30 a.m. and the virtual queue for Web Suppliers was 30 minutes, according to MiceChat.
＾On my way to DCA and seeing all these horror stories for getting into Avengers Campus makes me think I¨m gonna have to buy tickets again for another day because who knows if I¨ll even get in today,￣ Chynna Marie of Los Angeles wrote on Twitter.
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