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REVIEW: Trying the Entire Dinner Menu from Pym Test Kitchen in Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure

It’s a gorgeous day here at the grand opening of Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure! We’ve worked up a Quantum-sized appetite, so we tried everything from the lunch/dinner menu at Pym Test Kitchen. Let’s hope it’s better than breakfast.

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Quantum Pretzel – $12.99

453.8 grams, Bavarian-style, with Sharp Cheddar Cheese-Beer Sauce

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This is an amazing sharable dish. The pretzel was soft and doughy with salt sprinkled on top. It’s good with and without sauce.

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The beer cheese has a very thick consistency with a great sharp cheddar flavor and a little hint of garlic. The mustard wasn’t anything special but nice to have available. 

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The “Quantum” sizing is not an exaggeration; there’s plenty to go around. If pretzels are your preferred theme park snack, this is an excellent choice. We definitely recommend this.

Atomic Fusion Pretzel – $10.49

Buffalo-style loaded with Chicken, Hot Sauce, Ranch Dressing, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Celery, and Dill-pickled Carrots

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The pretzel is a smaller version of the Quantum Pretzel and is just as soft and delicious. It has the perfect balance of salt to go with the strong flavors of the Buffalo sauce, hot sauce, ranch dressing, and blue cheese crumbles.

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The sharp blue cheese is the most prominent flavor. The celery and dill pickled carrots added a nice texture and variety, but weren’t very flavorful.

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Though it may not be Quantum-sized, the Atomic Fusion Pretzel would be great as a shared snack or a filling meal. We loved this and will definitely order it again.

Pym-ini Sandwich – $14.49

Salami, Rosemary Ham, Provolone and Sun-dried Tomato Spread on Toasted Focaccia, served with Marinara Dipping Sauce, and Arugula Salad

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For being so heavily promoted, we expected good things from the Pym-ini. Instead, we got a bland, dry, tasteless ham sandwich. We dipped it in the marinara, and it just made the sandwich taste like bad pizza.

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The argulua salad is equally flavorless.

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We don’t recommend spending $15 on this sandwich, let alone $100 on the sharable Quantum-sized version. Skip this sandwich; there are much better choices on the menu.

Not so Little Chicken Sandwich – $15.49

Fried Chicken Breast, Teriyaki and Red Chili Sauces, and Pickled Cabbage Slaw on Brioche, served with crispy Potato Bites

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This is another hit. The fried chicken has a nice, crispy coating drizzled with honey mustard and Buffalo sauce. The chicken is very tender and tasty. The sauce adds great flavor and a little kick, while the coleslaw adds some great texture.

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We raved about these tater tots at breakfast, and we want to reiterate that sentiment. These tots are phenomenal.

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The tiny bun is great for visual effect, but otherwise forgettable.

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We recommend eating this with a fork and knife.

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We highly recommend the Not so Little Chicken Sandwich.

PB3 Superb Sandwich – $12.99

Warm PB&J with Banana and Candied Bacon on Pym Particle Bread, served with Micro Banana Smoothie, and crispy Potato Bites

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Out of a menu with lots of delicious choices, this was one of our favorites. We love a good twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly, and this delivered. The peanut butter is crunchy, the jelly is sweet, and the generous amount of bananas adds a nice variety to the flavor palette.

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The candied bacon was okay, and it gave the sandwich a smoky flavor. The only real downside to the meal was the bread, which was a little on the dry side.

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The Micro Banana Smoothie tasted like milk with a hint of banana. It wasn’t one of the better drinks of the day, but we loved the rest of the meal enough to make it worth the price point. Plus, it comes with our favorite tater tots.

Caesar Salad and Colossal Crouton – $12.49

Hearts of Romaine, Kalamata Olives, Pickled Onions, Caesar Dressing, Garlic Crouton, and Parmesan Crisps

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If you’re looking for a salad, you’ll need to leave Avengers Campus. This is very little food for the high price point and offers zero protein options. It’s a basic Romaine salad wedge drowned in Caesar dressing, olives, and pickled onions.

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The Colossal Crouton gimmick is bad. The Pym Particle Bread has not been good in any dish, and baking it to the requisite hardness of a crouton makes it worse.

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The parmesan crisps were the only good part of this meal. We recommend skipping this. Those looking for plant-based options would be much better served by the Impossible Spoonful, which is similarly priced.

Impossible Spoonful – $13.99

Rigatoni and Ditalini Pastas, Plant-based Meat-balls, Tomato Sauce, Dairy-free Parmesan, and Micro Basil

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We liked this even more than the plant-based Impossible Victory Falafel at Shawarma Palace. The “meatballs” are savory with a strong onion flavor. The pasta was standard theme park fare, a little chewy with cheap tomato sauce. It was a combination of rigatoni and ditalini.

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We couldn’t tell the Parmesan was plant-based. It tasted just like dairy-based Parmesan cheese. The micro-basil adds some great texture and greens to the dish.

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The Impossible Spoonful adds more variety to the menu and is a great choice. It’s the best plant-based option at Avengers Campus.

PB&J Flavor Lab – $7.99

Smooth Peanut Butter, Strawberry Jelly and Pym Particle Bread, served with a Cuties® Mandarin, Dannon® Yogurt and choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small DASANI® Water.

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The PB&J Flavor Lab is a fun kids’ meal, letting them “assemble their own experiment.” The bread is plain and flavorless, like the rest of the Pym Particle Bread dishes. The creamy peanut butter and strawberry jelly are good. The yogurt is basic, but kids will love the bright red cherry boba on top.

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Kids (and picky eaters) will enjoy this. It’s a fun way to serve a familiar meal.

Celestial-sized Choco-Smash CANDY Bar – $7.99

Choco Smash Candy Bar with Dark Chocolate, Peanuts, Caramel, Nougat, and Chocolate Brownie

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The Choco-Smash CANDY Bar is fantastic. The milk and dark chocolate layers are rich, the peanut butter is smooth and sweet, and it’s filled to the brim with peanuts, caramel, and nougat. The bottom layer of the bar is a delicious brownie.

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It’s similar to a Snickers bar, but provides an improvement on the concept.

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It’s very filling, and we can’t recommend this enough. It’s the real superhero of Pym Test Kitchen. Don’t miss out on this dessert.

Proton PB&J Punch – $6.49

Minute Maid® Lemonade with Peanut Butter and Strawberry flavors, PB-infused Whipped Cream, and PB Pretzel Spheres

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The Proton PB&J Punch is a unique non-alcoholic drink that does not taste like a PB&J. The drink itself is similar to a jelly seltzer, and the whipped cream has more of a peanut butter aftertaste than flavor. The pretzel spheres are fun and add a nice crunch.

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The Proton PB&J Punch was a little too sweet for us, but kids will likely love it.

Overall, Disney banked a lot on the performance of the Pym Particle Bread, and it did not pay off. All the dishes featuring the bread suffer from its inclusion. The only good meal with Pym Particle Bread was the PB3 Superb Sandwich. Otherwise, we advise steering clear. Both pretzels are a hit, and the Choco-Smash CANDY Bar is a can’t-miss.

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josh
josh
3 months ago

Thanks for being honest! Too many of these blogs are so afraid to say they didn’t like something or straight up recommend a “skip”

Angela Smith
Angela Smith
3 months ago

This is a peanut allergen person’s nightmare! I hope they have signs everywhere to inform this