PHOTOS: New Aerial Images Show Land Clearing for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Latest Progress on Spider-Man Ride at Disneyland Resort
Most of the construction progress taking place across Disneyland Resort is happening backstage and out of sight––with the exception of the errant new construction wall at Galaxy’s Edge––but thanks to photos from aerial enthusiast @bioreconstruct on Twitter, we have a new view on progress for two of the resort’s major upcoming projects: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disneyland and the Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure. Close-up shots of each construction site reveals that they are matching up perfectly with the blueprints we recently revealed, so let’s delve in and analyze how each project is coming along.
We start with this stunning overall shot of the Disneyland Resort, immediately surrounded by the nearby homes and hotels of Anaheim. The resort is compact and without much “blessing of size”, yet Imagineers continue to expand or revamp spaces to fit new attractions and lands. On the right, you have Disneyland Park, and on the left is Disney California Adventure. We’ll start on the left, with the Avengers Campus, or MARVEL themed land.
“Avengers Campus” – Opening 2020 in Disney California Adventure
As you can see, the Avengers Campus MARVEL themed land spans across from the corner of Carthay Circle to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!, with Cars Land directly adjacent to the land. The land will be accessible from Cars Land and Hollywood Land, just as “a bug’s land” was.
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The circular outline by the bottom center of the shot is to become the themed entrance portal for the land, with the Spider-Man attraction building taking up most of the central space above it. If you look off to the far right lower corner of the image, down by where Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is, the polygon-shaped building surrounded in scaffolding is to become the new W.E.B. Suppliers Store. In the upper right-hand corner, you have the former “a bugs land” bathrooms (orange) as well as the Ant-Man Microbrewery (purple). Beyond the microbrewery will be the new Avengers Campus shop, where we should also hope to find a Quinjet stationed nearby, if the concept art comes to fruition by the time the land opens in 2020.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Opening 2022 in Disneyland Park
Over in Disneyland Park, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway looks more like Potato Land, with nothing but barren ground at the site of the former main entertainment department building now that it’s been demolished. As promised, Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin and Gadget’s Go Coaster remain untouched, although we did have to lose the iconic green ToonTown hills. Besides that, the only Toontown establishment leaving will be the Gag Factory shop, which will come the entrance to the attraction. Disneyland’s version of Runaway Railway will be set in the fictional El CapiTOON Theater. Before you enter the cinema, you’ll experience a special exhibit created by the Toontown Hysterical Society featuring costumes and props from the toon world. If you want to learn more about the upcoming Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, check out our breakdown of every scene in the ride. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is set to open in 2022.