Concept Art for Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

(Or: Say Goodbye to DCA’s Tower of Terror!)

It was rumored, then denied, then re-rumored, then re-denied. Bu now? Now, it’s official. Here’s some brand new concept art for Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout!, the upcoming, awkwardly named ride that will replace Disneyland’s (well, Disney California Adventure’s, to be exact) Tower of Terror.

The ride was confirmed last night on the Hall H stage at San Diego Comic-Con during Marvel Studios’ presentation.Here’s the relevant info about the new ride, straight from the official press release:

Debuting in summer 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will take Disney California Adventure park guests through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket Raccoon in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians.

The new attraction will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack.

paging-mr-tom-morrow  asked:

Curious to hear what you think about the Guardians of the Galaxy announcement for DCA. While I certainly admit that DCA's Tower of Terror was never the best version of the attraction, I'm still feeling kind of sick to my stomach to see such a beloved masterpiece being destroyed. I get why Disney wants Marvel in their parks, but they've got the money to build an entirely new attraction if need be -- why throw an existing, fantastic attraction on the chopping block? What are your thoughts?

I’m flattered to be asked, but since my insights are aesthetic, not political, I’ll be as prosaic as the next geek with a blog: it sucks. I’m desensitized–the last time they dismissed an important chunk of the California theme was only a month ago–but it sucks.

Presumably (1) the Suits demanded it, (2) there’s no space to expand the park, and even if there were, (3) a cheap overlay will be just as much of a draw as an expensive new building?

I will say: aesthetically, I’m skeptical that they’ll successfully adapt the franchise. If you ask a fan what they like about Guardians of the Galaxy, it’ll be a long time before they mention the Collector, or any of the film’s locations, or any of its setpieces.

The appeal of the movie is how it juxtaposes sitcommy characters with an epic space saga. (Also, its ironic soundtrack.) You don’t need a Tower of Terror to adapt that. You could do it with a friggin’ dance party.

But let’s say that no, the Suits are demanding a cheap overlay of a ride, I still think Tower is a weird choice. Even if settings and setpieces were the appeal of the movie, a drop tower doesn’t adapt how the characters experience them.

To me, Star Tours is the most obvious victim for a Guardians overlay. Its madcap tone would actually suit the ride even better than Star Wars does. It would be easy to work in all the cameos and the soundtrack, and the experience would actually feel like one the film’s setpieces. Plus, Star Wars is getting its own land, so it’s not like it needs the representation.

If I had to find a victim in Disney World that wasn’t Star Tours, the most obvious one is Rock ‘n Roller Coaster. It’s a fun ride whose theming is all cheap and easily replaceable. Film the characters for the pre-show, re-theme the vehicles, remove the big cheap sets, randomize Awesome Mix Vol. 1, and voila! Not only cost-effective, but it would also improve the ride. Everyone goes home happy.

But Tower? I dunno how they landed on Tower, or why they stuck with it.


Disney California Adventure To Introduce New Ride: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - MISSION; BREAKOUT

Deep inside his fortress-like collection, the mysterious Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) is displaying his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy. They are trapped in customized display cases, suspended over a vast abyss. Unbeknownst to their unscrupulous captor, the intrepid Rocket has escaped and is enlisting the Collector’s VIP guests for help. Guests board a gantry lift, which launches them into a chaotic and hilarious adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to break his fellow Guardians out of captivity.

Guests will experience multiple random, unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift will rock to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens summer 2017 at Disney California Adventure park.

Source: Disney Parks Blog


In Honor of Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular!

I am so sad to hear that the Aladdin musical in Disneyland California Adventure will be ending for good in January 2016. This musical is fantastic, and has always been a treat to go see. In honor of it all coming to an end soon I decided to make a gif set of the main songs from the musical. If you have not gone to see it yet I greatly encourage everyone to do so!

Also, why did Frozen have to replace it? Show other less represented movies in the park some love!

welp…. 338 dollars later me and my brother are going to disneyland and california adventures tomorrow!! my bank account is furious but my heart is happy as hell