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Today brought a massive update on the forthcoming Disneyland theme park expansion Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure. The Marvel Cinematic Universe-inspired world will open to the public this July, but a major sneak preview of what's to come was unveiled today. While the rides and the land itself is still being kept under wraps, a first look at the food that will be offered was unveiled, and it looks delicious and fun.
Avengers Campus will primarily bring food to families by way of Pym's Test Kitchen, a dining experience inspired by the shrinking and growing powers of Ant-Man, thanks to technology created by Hank Pym. This also includes a bar called Pym's Test Lab for adults who need a little extra spirit for the day. But you'll also find some “Terran Treats” near the Guardians of the Galaxy ride, and a specific food inspired by a certain credits scene from The Avengers. Get the lowdown on the Disneyland Avengers Campus food below.Pym's Test Kitchen
Since hanging out with superheroes will probably take a lot of energy, you'll probably want to take a break for some food and drinks. That's where Pym's Test Kitchen comes in, which looks more like a lab space than a restaurant. That's because Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym opened up a lab to experiment on Pym Particles on food. So you'll see a conveyor belt where Bavarian pretzels appear to grow in front of your eyes.
Then there's the “Pym-ini” sandwich on toasted focaccia with salami, rosemary ham, provolone, sun-dried tomato mayonnaise, and arugula with marinara dipping sauce. You can get it by the slice or as a multi-portion sandwich that can feed your whole family.
Finally, the PB³ Superb Sandwich features peanut butter, banana, smoked bacon and strawberry jelly with a banana smoothie shot and crispy potato tots. That sounds incredible!
Some of these foot items appear to come adorned with plastic versions of the little spiral discs that Ant-Man uses as shrink/growth grenades, which should make for a nice little souvenir.
These foods are bound to make you pretty thirsty, and in addition to Coca-Cola Freestyle machines coming to the park, there will be some unique beverages from Pym's Test Kitchen too.Pym Test Lab
Meanwhile, of course Scott Lang is the one in charge of drinks for the adults, giving Disneyland another spot in the park where you can get alcoholic beverages. The bar will be centered around a giant beer can that has clearly encountered some Pym Particles, and beer flights will be served in mini-steins on giant rulers.
You'll also be able to get craft beer, such as a blood orange hefeweizen or an amber lager, all poured from a reverse draft system where the glass fills from the bottom up. Or you can get yourself The Regulator above, a Golden Road Mango Cart...
The version of Lilo & Stitch on Disney+ has been edited and fans aren't too happy. This has come up a number of times on the streaming platform since it debuted in November 2019. Saludos Amigos was edited for the original DVD release to take out some smoking scenes. They were put back in for the Blu-ray release and then edited out again for Disney+, with some additional editing to go along with the no smoking. It appears that the version of Lilo and Stitch has been sourced from the second pressing of DVDs.
In the theatrical version of Lilo and Stitch, the scene after Ving Rhames' Cobra Bubbles ex-CIA agent-turned-social worker, stops by to check on Lilo and Nani's house. He isn't exactly pleased with the abode, which is mainly due to Lilo's behavior. After he leaves, Nani gets angry with Lilo and chases her around the house until they get into the laundry room. In the original version of the movie, Lilo hops into a dryer to hide.
In the Disney+ version of Lilo and Stitch, Lilo does not hide in a dryer. Instead, the footage has been edited and she's inside some kind of furniture, obscured by a pizza box. This was pointed out on social media and fans were not happy to see the change. However, it was done for good reason as it did not want children following in Lilo's footsteps and trying to hide in a dryer, which could be potentially dangerous. Plus, this change was made when Disney did a second pressing of the hit 2002 movie, although a lot of Disney fans on Tik Tok thought they were experiencing the Mandela Effect. It just looks weird that they don't have a dryer in their laundry room any more.
Lilo and Stitch was made in 2001 and had to make some changes after the 9/11 attacks during production. Originally, Stitch, Nani, Jumba and Pleakley hijacked a jet and flew it through downtown Honolulu, but it was later changed into an alien spacecraft and instead of a downtown area with buildings, the background was changed to mountains. While fans are mad about the recent changes to one of its classic movies, this one seems to be pretty harmless and not a huge change to the finished product. It's far less intrusive than what was going to be shown pre-9/11.
Disney+ also will not be showing Song of the South, though that is understandable. Some fans wonder why questionable scenes in Dumbo and Pinocchio can remain with caution notes at the beginning, but projects like Saludos Amigos or Goofy smoking a cigarette cannot. In the end, Disney runs a pretty tight ship and they don't want anything on the streaming platform that one might easily find to be controversial. As for Lilo and Stich, this isn't a change that a whole lot of fans would have noticed had it not been pointed out. You can see the side by side images below, thanks to the Inside the Magic Twitter account.
It's Not the Mandela Effect! Disney Actually Altered a Scene in 'Lilo & Stitch'...