This weekend sees the opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout ride at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA. The ride replaces the fan favorite Tower Of Terror and adds a new humorous mix to it! The reskinned ride adds several new twists. The action starts sooner and lasts longer. Visitors don’t know which randomized ride profile they are about to experience. The rapid drops and ascents are interspersed with video scenes filled with the irreverent and chaotic humor associated with the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie franchise.
From the outside, the otherworldly Guardians ride building may be the ugliest attraction ever built at any Disney theme park. Industrial power plant piping and smokestacks wrap an imposing fortress structure. The polarizing building is designed to not fit in with its 1930s Hollywood surroundings. It will take some getting used to.
Inside the queue, the old Hollywood Tower Hotel lobby has been transformed into an alien museum, where the Collector character from the first film stores his vast extraterrestrial collection in suspended glass cases. In a clunky video introduction, the Collector (played by Benicio Del Toro) explains that the Guardians of the Galaxy — Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon — are his prized possessions.
Moving into the Collector’s office, an audio-animatronic Rocket sets up the back story and explains our mission: Help the Guardians escape. The sophisticated animatronic raccoon looks fantastic and performs an impressive sequence of movements.
The basement boiler room queue area remains largely unchanged from the Tower of Terror iteration, except for a few set pieces.
Now onward into the ride video! Enjoy, Movie Geeks!
Fun Fact: A retro soundtrack inspired by the two Guardians movies kicks off the jailbreak bedlam. The songs, including “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar, “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley, “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament, “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, and “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winters Group.