Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Gets set to drop
Ever since Disney Parks announced that the crowd favorite Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror would be getting a revamp and conversion to a Guardians of the Galaxy themed attraction, many have wondered as to what the look and feel of the ride would be, and how much it would feel (and sound) like the hit Marvel movie. Now that we are much closer to the ride’s grand opening date, let’s take a closer look at the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT attraction opening May 27th at Disneyland California Adventure Park.
First opening at Disney World in Florida in 1994, before becoming a made for TV movie in 1997 to test the viability of movies based on rides (spoiler, yes it’s profitable) and finally coming to California in 2004 (though in a simplified version) Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror was the tallest building at the Disneyland resort and a mainstay of Disney’s California Adventure until at Comic-Con 2016 when it was announced that it would be closed to make way for a new ride based on the Guardians of the Galaxy characters in time for the new movie set to be released in May 2017. After a few months of promoting “final check out”, including having no marquee on the hotel, and having certain elements already being remodeled, it closed for good on Jan 3rd 2017.
A myriad of journalistic sites were invited to take part in some early ride experiences, and while we here at Adventure Amigos were not part of that group (this time) I none the less have gone over many different articles (Slash film, CNet, & Disney Parks sites were sourced) and cobbled together information about what the experience is like.
Obvious from the name and the commercials that have begun; Mission Breakout will focus on you working with everyone’s favorite marsupial- Rocket Raccoon to free the rest of the team from the clutches of Taneleer Tivan, better known as The Collector from the aptly named Collector’s Fortress.
One of the things that separate Disney from its competition in the theme park world is Disney’s attention to detail and immersion into the world beginning immediately in the line queues. Mission Breakout is no different as the internal queue is designed to see a myriad of items from around the galaxy that The Collector has gathered. Take your time and look through all the cases to see a plethora of assorted creatures and acquisitions on display. Rumor has it that the collection will change on a semi-regular basis and that there are also alien language clues throughout the clue to decipher. Think to the queue for Indiana Jones & The Temple of the Forbidden Eye. The cast members assigned to the ride appear to be in character as Tivan’s employees, one more step to immersing you in the ride’s theming.
After an intro video/pre-show in which you learn that Rocket has escaped and is determined to free his friends, he enlists the group to assist and you travel your way through the old boiler room (now maintenance area) to the ride vehicles all the while getting new original music by Tyler Bates, who also composes for the movie.
Once on the ride, the changes from ‘Tower’ start immediately as the slow rise is gone, replaced with a gantry lift “high impact zoom to the top” to start the adventure. There will be 6 random scenarios with the potential to give a different experience every time you ride. As the power is cut and restored while to free the Guardians, your lift will rise and fall accordingly. Each scenario has its own accompanying soundtrack; whittled down by the imaginers from almost 100 songs into the one they thought fit perfectly with each scenario. “A strong identifiable rhythm and a memorable hook were key points,” explained John Dennis, Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “For example, ‘Free Ride’ has an iconic guitar hook, a killer bass line in the verse and, in the chorus; the backing vocals have a great ascending line. The rock n roll music playing on board the ride is just plain fun. The songs, each paired with its own ride profile, give us six unique experiences.” The songs you’ll experience randomly on the ride are:
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Pat Benatar
“Give Up The Funk” – Parliament
“Born To Be Wild” – Steppenwolf
“I Want You Back” – Jackson 5
“Free Ride” – The Edgar Winters Group
“Burning Love” – Elvis Presley
(Personal note, I find the soundtrack for the ride MUCH better than the soundtrack recently released for the movie)
Upon exiting you will find yourself in the collector’s warehouse (gift shop) where there will be possessions of the collector that have gotten loose and are now available for purchase.
While there has been no official announcement on the future plans for Marvel at Disney’s California Adventure beyond the parks’ spokesman George Savvas stating “Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout will anchor a broader superhero presence that will grow over time at Disney California Adventure park.”, the prevailing rumors have grown that we will be getting a full announcement of a Marvel expansion replacing all of the Hollywood area in DCA, and that the announcement and concept images will be released at the upcoming D23 Expo being held July 14th -16th at the Anaheim Convention Center, conveniently right across the street from the Disneyland Resort.
So what do you think about the changes to Disney’s California Adventure? Let us know in the comments below!
Guardians of the Galaxy Dropping in at Disneyland