Marvel’s superheroes are coming to Disneyland! The company has revealed new details and a fresh look at it’s newest attraction. It’s called Guardians of the Galaxy – Misson: BREAKOUT. It will make its debut at Disney California Adventure in 2017.
Goodbye Tower of Terror, Hello Guardians of the Galaxy
Sadly, the new attraction comes with a cost. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will be shut down in January to make room. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT will actually occupy the same building, but with a whole new theme.
According to rumors, the basic concept of the ride will be the same. Guests will sit in some sort of elevator. It will then rise and rapidly freefall over and over again. This time, though, there will be unique audiovisual elements that make the experience unique every time. It’s the same technology added to the popular Star Tours ride when it was renovated several years ago.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Mission: BREAKOUT! is based on the hit Marvel film, Guardians of the Galaxy. It will open next summer just in time for the film sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The films star Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, aka Peter Quill. He’s the leader of a ragtag team of anti-heroes. Zoe Saldana is the green alien Gamora. Wrestler Dave Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer. The tree-like Groot and raccoon Rocket are CGI creations. They have famous voices behind them, though. Action star Vin Diesel voices Groot and actor Bradley Cooper is Rocket.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT is designed to look like the home of The Collector. Benecio del Toro played The Collector in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. In the ride, guests will be touring The Collector’s assortment of artifacts. He’s recently captured the Guardians themselves: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket. Fortunately, Rocket escapes. He then enlists the guests in helping him rescue his teammates. All of the actors from the films have returned to film new footage for the ride.
From Hollywood Tower Hotel to the Collector’s Fortress
New pictures and video from Disney focus on the outside of the new attraction. Renovations have actually already begun. The sign was removed just last month that reads “Tower of Terror.” Presumably, construction will continue on the outside while the ride remains intact until its closure in January.
The new building retains the basic shape of the Tower of Terror, as it’s simply a redressing of the same building. A miniature version built by Disney Imagineers helps guide the transformation.
The Collector’s home will resemble a power plant-like fortress. There are numerous pipes and other electrical elements. It has a bright color palette, with lots of gold, orange, and red. The building will presumably have a number of attractive lights and other elements to show off in the evenings.
Just the Tip of the Marvel Iceberg for Disney
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT is the first Marvel-based attraction at a Disney theme park. Disney purchased Marvel in 2009. The company is prevented from using its characters in its theme parks, though. An existing arrangement with Universal Studios keeps Disney from showcasing Marvel heroes. One loophole in the deal allows Disney to use any Marvel characters that Universal isn’t using. Since the Guardians of the Galaxy are a little more obscure, they make perfect sense for a first attraction.
Rumor has it that the Universal Studios contract will end sometime in the next few years, though. That will allow Disney to build entire areas devoted to Marvel at its theme parks.