Ever since Avengers Campus opened at Disney California Adventure last year, one of the land’s best features has been its character interactions. Denizens from all over the MCU appear and interact with park guests. And often, a character’s arrival perfectly syncs up with their MCU debut. Moon Knight began skulking around the rooftops as soon as his first episode dropped on Disney+. And he wasn’t the only one. The same thing happened when Loki and Hawkeye debuted. But what might be the best character appearance so far involves Ant-Man.
Ant-Man has been showing up with a very cool prop: a miniaturized version of the now-defunct A Bug’s Land. (So has Wasp). A Bug’s Land was once located where Avengers Campus now stands. It’s so thoughtful of Scott Lang to preserve Disney Parks history like that. You can see Ant-Man show off his new prized collectible in a tweet from Twitter user thecalibae (via Thrill Geek). It features moving rides and everything! Plus, as Ant-Man points out, his ants can still enjoy Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train.
Based on Pixar’s classic film A Bug’s Life, families could wander around in a re-creation of the adventures of Flik, Hopper, Heimlich, and the rest. The land wasn’t particularly overflowing with big, E-ticket attractions. They mostly geared it towards little kids. But it had the delightful “It’s Tough to be a Bug” 3D film and animatronic show. But attendance dwindled there in recent years. So it’s understandable why Disney replaced it with a mega-popular IP like the MCU.
Of course, as with any Disney land or attraction that closes, nostalgia for it sets in afterwards. Just look at how many Disney fans are still begging for the People Mover to return to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, over two decades since it last operated. So having Ant-Man carrying around a mini version of A Bug’s Land keeps the memory alive and acknowledges the theme park’s history. This is the kind of creativity we love to see at the Disney theme parks. Hopefully, at some point, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge follows the lead of Avengers Campus for some cool character interaction ideas.