Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is now open at Disney’s California Adventure Park and it’s something mighty special for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Do you love the Guardians of the Galaxy and are excited for more movies, spinoffs and more?
You’ll want to check out the first ever Marvel Studios themed park attraction in North America and help them escape their prison cells!
Previously known as the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the classic ride has been redesigned on the west coast into something more modern, something a little more extreme, and something catering better towards younger generations. While attending the grand opening launch event for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, where the Tower is now referred to as “The Fortress” or the Tivan Collection (based on Benicio del Toro’s MCU character, Taneleer Tivan a.k.a. The Collector), our eyes opened as big as the smiles of Disney and Marvel staff in attendance.
Mission Breakout is not just a fun ride, it’s also an attraction chock full of Easter Eggs and references to Marvel movies, even including major hints of future movies, but as we said in our recap of the attraction – it’s just the beginning. I spoke with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige at the launch party and he was gleefully excited about how well the ride turned out and what’s in store for the future. It’s no secret that since on the East Coast, at Orlando’s much, much bigger Walt Disney World, Disney Parks is unable to include Marvel characters due to an old deal Marvel made with Universal Studios. So, Disney World gets Pandora: World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom to drawn in new and returning visitors and West Coast’s Disneyland gets the Marvel stuff. Big reasons to go to both now, and in the near future, when Star Wars Land opens at each!
What’s particularly interesting though, is that right beside the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride, there’s a mysterious Lost-style hatch with the Avengers logo on it, hinting either at an Avengers ride coming next (interesting timing with Avengers: Infinity War currently in production and for the first time having the Avengers meet the Guardians of the Galaxy!).
None of this is surprising though – At the opening ceremony, Disney Parks boss Bob Chapek said the following:
“This is a momentous occasion but it’s just the beginning of what will become a bigger superhero presence at Disney California Adventure. And with the strong partnership at Walt Disney Imagineering, we’re very excited with what’s to come.”
When the Tivan Collection ride was first officially unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con last year, there were a few “boos” form the audience and Chapek reassures those concerned about future expansions:
“Everything we do when it comes to Marvel will be within the personality of Marvel. We will not vanilla-ize Marvel.”
On Mission Breakout attraction for instance, the Disney Imagineering team worked closely with Marvel Studios and Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn. Gunn even directed the scenes featuring the actors and of course, Marvel Studios provided The Collection featured within the tower itself. If future rides are similarly as authentic to the MCU movies as this one is, there’s more reason to look forward to the expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the physical world.
So, what do you want to see next? Is becoming a part of Disney Parks more reason for actors to join or stick around working with Marvel Studios? Could something like an Iron Man movie ride in N. America make Robert Downey Jr. want to make Iron Man 4? How about they build a little Asgard and greenlight Thor 4 and 5? What do you want to see next from the MCU at Disney Parks?
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