Summer of Heroes at Disneyland

Updated March 6, 2020

Summer of Heroes has landed at Disneyland Resort and there’s a lot to know about it.

In this post, I share everything you can find during this celebration along with tips on how to get the most out of your experience.

While Disneyland is typically the more crowded park of the two, California Adventure is busy now with a new attraction, fun super hero themed activities and more.

Be prepared so that you don’t miss anything!

Basic Info

Summer of Heroes is happening at California Adventure (DCA), which is the park adjacent to Disneyland.

This event lasts from May 27, 2017 until September 10, 2017. Some parts of the event could continue into the fall season, but there’s nothing definite planned right now. This post will be updated as things change.

Summer of Heroes is included in the cost of your admission.

Avengers Training Initiative

The Avengers Training Initiative is similar to what you might have heard about or experienced at Disneyland with their Jedi Training experience. I can’t wait to take my kids to try it out. I’ll share more when that happens.

Registration happens during Extra Magic Hour, so if possible, visit DCA on a day that does not include EMH. More on those days and how to plan around them in this post.

24 kids can register for each show. There are typically 6 shows per day.

Kids must be age 6-12 to participate. When registering, kids do not need their theme park ticket, but they must be present, as they’ll be “interviewed” during the process. The interview is just to confirm the children understand they’ll be on stage, in front of an audience, training. Disney asks children to go through this process to prevent meltdowns during the actual event.

When registering, you will be allowed to request a time for your child to participate. I recommend choosing one in the afternoon so that you don’t interfere with those important morning hours when you can get so much done. Times vary each day. You can get an idea of what your day’s timing looks like by changing the date at this link.

Black Widow and Hawkeye will mentor young heroes during the training. PhotoPass photographers should be on site.

Register for this experience in front of Stage 17, to the left of the Monsters Inc attraction, in Hollywood Land. Return 30 minutes prior to the time you registered for. The actual training will happen on the Performing Arts Stage.

Find this set up to register:

Here is a broader view:

After registering and choosing a show tune, your child will receive this pass to return with:

Kids will “train” on this stage:

After your show, you’ll receive this slip of paper reminding you of your show time. You will need to keep this paper to take to Kingswell Camera Shop on Buena Vista Street to retrieve your PhotoPass images from the experience. Currently, they are only doing a big group shot of all the kids. I’ll update this post if that changes.

Kids will leave with a bracelet that looks like this:

Super Hero Action Center

The Super Hero Action Center gives you the chance to figure out which hero you most resemble. This center opens typically at 9:00am and is available to all park guests.

You will step into the center and use an iPad type device to answer 10 questions about yourself. At the end of the questions, the machine will let you know which hero you are most like.

After identification, a cast member will give you a sticker that represents that hero. You’ll also receive a collectible comic book featuring all of the heroes. You will then have the chance to take a photo.

You’ll be given one of these stickers:

Here is what the line looks like:

Here is a sample of the questions:

My results:

The collectible comic book:

My dorky photo:

Free Face Painting

Complimentary face painting can be found shortly after park opening, across from where you meet Captain America and Spider-Man. Walk down Hollywood Blvd and take a left when you arrive at the Hyperion Theater. It will be to your right.

There are several options to choose from:

Here is what the set up looks like:

Adults can do it, too!

We are (technically) adults.

Heroic Encounter – Black Widow

Black Widow makes dramatic arrivals throughout the day, landing her vehicle in Hollywood Land not far from the Super Hero Action Center. Find her directly in front of the Monsters Inc attraction.

Her entrance is impressive. She’ll drive down Hollywood Blvd before turning in.

A line will form shortly after her arrival. Jump in it quickly for your best chance at meeting her.

Her arrival times can be estimated for the day you visit by checking out this link.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Dance Off!

Star-Lord and Gamora start a dance off right in front of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at varying times throughout the day.

Check this link for times during your visit. This experience is open to all park guests.

Groot shows up during the dance off and then sticks around for photos. Get in line quickly to see him, as this meet up is super popular right now.

Meet the Super Heroes

Captain America and Spider-Man round out the super hero experience at DCA. They can be found in their usual spots, at the end of Hollywood Blvd, diagonal from the Hyperion Theater.

I share lots of photos of these meet ups – and many more – in my character post.

Find them here:

When to Ride Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

I’m working on a plan to incorporate this new attraction into your morning at DCA. So far, I’ve had a few people try it out and it’s gone well.

Find this plan in my How to Start Your Day at DCA post.

I’ll be testing this plan this coming week and will keep you updated on the progress of it on Facebook. I’ll also be adjusting it as needed to make sure you get the best experience out of your visit.

Food Fit for Super Heroes

No Disney event is complete without lots of fun food to coordinate.

Schmoozies has lots of fun stuff:

So does Award Hot Dogs:

For a complete list of all the yumminess, check out Delish’s post.

And, Disney’s line up, too.

Any questions? Leave me a comment to let me know and I’ll do my best to find the information you’re looking for.

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      • I went to DCA last week and Groot was there. I think that as long as the dance-off is still on the schedule, he will appear… and the dance-off is still on through at least early November. 🙂

  1. Hey there! I wanted to add that, regarding the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off!, Groot does NOT always show up during the party. I’m an Annual Passholder, so I’ve gotten to attend the dance-off several times; Groot has shown up during the party less than half the time. He does, however, do meet and greets before and after the shows (no autographs, though).

    I’ve also had the good fortune to take selfies with Star-Lord and with Gamora after the show. I guess, technically, they don’t do meet and greets, but the pair that I met did oblige people who wanted to take pictures with them as they were headed back to the cast members’ area. With the Guardians’ popularity right now, I believe that DCA should consider having Star-Lord and Gamora available for meet and greets: what do you think?

    I also encountered Thor on my last visit to DCA. He was just roaming the park that day and was pretty reluctant to stop for pics. Nevertheless, he was a pleasant fellow who looked and sounded the part, and I eventually managed to snap a selfie with him as he strolled down the street.

    This is my first time visiting your blog; it won’t be the last. Keep up the great work!

  2. Casey I have been planning our Disneyland trip since last September, and it’s finally almost here!!! We will be in California July 3-10! We will be IN the Park on 4th of July – any special tips? Your site has been so incredibly helpful for my planning! Thank you so much!