As a brand, The Walt Disney Company is currently stronger than ever. Their animated feature films like Finding Dory and Moana are big hits at the box office, almost 80 years after Walt Disney Pictures first began. And even their live-action remakes of Disney classics, like this year’s Beauty and the Beast are bringing new life to old favorites. Not to mention their ownership of TV networks like ABC and Freeform, as well as Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.
Major franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, the new Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are indeed all produced by The Walt Disney Company, and thus they’re also included (or will soon be included) in Disney’s theme parks worldwide. Disney even acquired the rights to open Pandora later this year, which will be an attraction based on James Cameron’s science-fiction favorite Avatar. Pirates itself started off as a ride long before becoming a film series, Star Wars Land is coming around 2019 and that just leaves Disney’s Marvel films. Well, prepare for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!
In a sad bit of news, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney’s California Adventure Park had to be shut down earlier this month to make way for the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. Yet reportedly the same building and original ride system will be used for Breakout. Construction is already underway on the new replacement for a summer 2017 release date, and Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Designer Joe Rohde and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment Joe Quesada recently invited members of the press to take a tour that provided them with some new details about the upcoming ride.
According to Nerdist, it all starts with Rocket needing your help to breakout his fellow Guardians and keep them from becoming part of Taneleer Tivan’s permanent collection. He scans your human hand print, and then the real fun begins as his plans to shut down the generator cause other creatures housed by the Collector to escape, the elevators to stop working, and more. It’s total chaos during the high-stakes mission that will have multiple variations, so you’ll never know what might happen next.
Before you even get on the ride, though, you’ll be treated to a walk through the Collector’s private museum filled with objects from across the universe. This part of the attraction will also change frequently, keeping things fresh each time visitors come back and visit. As a bonus, Quesada also says the museum will have a bunch of surprises: “There will be more Easter eggs in this ride than in any other ride at Disney.” The ride sounds like it’ll have a little something for everyone, while still keeping the excitement and basic gameplay of Tower of Terror.