Ant-Man's name stems from his ability to shrink to the size of an ant, but that same technology—known in the Marvel universe as Pym Particles—can also be used to make things bigger. For instance, in a foodie-meets-superhero kitchen fight scene from Ant-Man and the Wasp, a villain is thwarted by a giant salt shaker. Now, Disney—which purchased Marvel in 2009—is bringing this "technology" to its new Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim's Disneyland Resort. And they're also answering an interesting question: If you use Pym Particles to make something bigger, does the price go up, too? Yes, definitely.
Slated to open on June 4, the new Avengers Campus will feature an Ant-Man and the Wasp-themed Pym Test Kitchen. The new quick-service dining facility is billed as "phenomenal food at unusual scales" that utilizes "the revolutionary shrink-and-grow technology of Pym Particles [to] pioneer a menu packed with inventive-sized entrees, tiny treats and shareable bites that provide the perfect power-up." (Wait, has the FDA looked into this?)
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The highlights of the restaurant's menu (outside of the Beer Mimosa that caught my eye) are two Pym-ini Sandwiches: a regular-sized one for $14.49 and a "Quantum-sized" option with the extra-large price tag of $99.99—by far the most expensive thing on the menu. Both sandwiches feature "Salami, Rosemary Ham, Provolone and Sun-dried Tomato Spread on Toasted Focaccia, served with Marinara Dipping Sauce and Arugula Salad." However, the Quantum-sized version comes with a family-friendly bonus: Disney lists it as serving six to eight guests.
Interestingly, last week, the Disney-focused site WDW News Today screengrabbed a version of the menu with a medium-sized Pym-ini sandwich for $57.99, but that has since been removed from the official menu. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Daily News reports that the "serves six to eight" clarification appears to have only been added after word of the pricey sandwich started making the rounds on fan sites. Still, the paper points out that the $100 sandwich will be one of the most expensive food items guests can buy at the resort, sitting alongside options like a $138 Porterhouse for Two at Disneyland Hotel's Steakhouse 55.
Since this sandwich does serve a large group of people, some of the hype around the price seems to be as hollow as the rumors that WandaVision was going to feature a surprise guest. And apologies to Pym Test Kitchen, but extra-large sandwiches for large groups of people aren't an innovative concept: Just ask fellow Disney-owned character Homer Simpson who gave himself food poisoning by taking too many days to eat a giant party sub back in 1993.