Ever since it was announced last year, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT has been a controversial project at Disney California Adventure. However, now that the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has been closed for a few weeks now, Disney has gone ahead and revealed a few additional details about what guests can expect from this new (ish) ride experience when it welcomes its first guests later this year.
1. Don’t expect more than an overlay
While there is a heavy amount of construction going on outside the former Twilight Zone Tower of Terror building (the entire thing is covered in tarps now), if you are expecting substantial changes to the ride experience when Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! opens later this year, you will be disappointed. The experience of the ride will be almost identical to the former attraction, with guests getting trapped in an unruly elevator, which doesn’t always behave in a predictable way. But instead of plunging nearly 200 feet down into the Twilight Zone, this new attraction will see guests boarding…another elevator. But this time, it’s in space! And speaking of the plot of the attraction, we know a bit more about that too….
2. Playing up the Marvel card with a new plotline
As reported previously, the setting for this new attraction is Tivan the Collector’s museum, where this character is unveiling his latest collector’s item: the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves, who have been imprisoned in a giant cage. Guests who enter this attraction will begin their mission to save our heroes by walking into a giant vault, where this attraction’s queue is being built.
And speaking of the queue, it has been confirmed that there will be a number of displays that tie in to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe in this area of the attraction. Marvel fans can be on the look out for a number of Marvel artifacts here, including Loki’s helmet, which has been featured in the Thor and Avengers films.
Once guests make their way past the queue, they’ll be boarding some very familiar-looking elevator lifts under the direction of Rocket Raccon, who has been tasked with saving his fellow Guardians from the clutches of the evil collector. After guests are safely in the elevator, they will be asked to disarm a generator. And then that’s where things go bad.
Like the former Tower of Terror, the ride experience of Guardians of the Galacy: Mission BREAKOUT will take visitors up and down at thrilling speeds to replicate the experience of an elevator going out of control. However, in an interesting development, it has been confirmed that this new attraction will take a cue from the Walt Disney World version of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and will be incorporating several different ride profiles, which will each have separate drop sequences and soundtracks, creating a new experience for re-riders who want to experience this attraction more than once. It has even been confirmed that the periodic door openings (which happened like clockwork during the former Twilight Zone Tower of Terror experience) will also be randomized as well.
3. There is a LOT of construction work happening now
Though this overlay certainly doesn’t seem like the most involved project, the OC Register reports that a fair amount of destruction and demolition has been going on at the site of the former Hollywood Tower Hotel, with most of the inside being completely removed to make way for new ride equipment and hardware. The only area that is even going to remotely resemble its former self is the lower level basement-area, which will be rethemed, but not re-constructed.
4. Plans are actually still coming together
Interestingly, towards the end of the aforementioned OC Register article, Imagineer Joe Rohde mentions the ride time for this new attraction, saying it will be around 2 minutes. However, directly after that statement, something else interesting is revealed: that there are still design and other modifications that must be considered, implying that even though the re-theme of this attraction is going full steam ahead, there are still some elements of the attraction that are stil in flux, as Disney is still making decisions about the creation of this attraction despite (potentially) being only five months away from its grand opening! And speaking of which…
5. There is still no grand opening date
Though we know that Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! is currently targeting a summer 2017 launch at Disney California Adventure, Disney has still not confirmed an exact date for this new attraction to debut. Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly an unexpected development, as Disney often leaves official opening dates pretty open until the last minute to avoid disappointing guests who make travel plans just to visit a specific attraction (we’re looking at you, Rivers of Light!). So while it’s a bummer that we still don’t have an official opening date for this attraction, we wouldn’t expect one to be announced until some time in May at the very earliest.
While many fans are still reeling from the loss of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure, it looks like the plan to re-theme this attraction is moving ahead with as much speed as possible. And though fan ire is certainly understandable when it comes to this specific attraction, Disney has actually done quite a good job at re-themeing and overlaying old attractions in the recent past, as evidenced by 2016’s Frozen Ever After, which still features the same track and ride system as the erstwhile Maelstrom attraction, but manages to make something completely new out of this space. Perhaps it’s too much to hope that this new attraction will be another sucessful application of this tactic?
How do you feel about construction ramping up on this new attraction? Do you think you’ll give Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT! a try, or are you going to try your best to ignore this attraction when it opens later this year? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Originally published in Theme Park Tourist by Amanda Kondolojy, Friday, January 20, 2017 07:31
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