After months of speculation, Disney finally confirmed yesterday at the San Diego Comic-Con what we have suspected for several months now: the Guardians of the Galaxy are flying in to Disney Parks in a big way. Though rumored plans for a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Epcot are still coming together, Disney has finally confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy are indeed taking over the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure. And interestingly, this new(ish) attraction will be more than just a simple overlay, and it is coming sooner than you might think...
1. Make way for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT
As originally rumored, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT will take place inside the mansion of Taneleer Tivan (AKA The Collector) who was first seen in the original Guardians of the Galaxy film. This new attraction's story puts guests in the role of a VIP guest at The Collector's mansion who have been given a special secret mission: to free the Guardians, who have been trapped inside special cases and put on display. Rocket Raccoon has been able to get a message to these guests, and you'll have to use a special gantry lift in order to get to the area where the Guardians are being held. As you might suspect, this is no ordinary lift, and riders will be launched into a chaotic and hilarious adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to break all of the Guardians out of captivity.
Much of the ride experience will revolve around The Collector character, and Marvel has confirmed that original actor Benicio Del Toro has filmed a number of scenes specifically for this new attraction. Director James Gunn is also working on some of the filmed scenes for this new attraction as well, and has confirmed via Facebook that stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and several other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast are all going to be a part of this new ride.
2. More than your average drop tower
As was originally rumored, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT will use the exact same ride system as the current Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. However, the experience will be getting a bit of an upgrade for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT. For the first time, this attraction will have multiple ride profiles that will include different drop sequences (similar to Walt Disney World's version of the Tower of Terror) as well as different audio inspired by the film's "Awesome Mix". While the story will be the same for every rider, there will be an element of randomness to this new attraction, which means guests will need to experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT multiple times in order to get the full experience.
3. This new attraction will serve as an anchor for a new Marvel-inspired land, which is still being put together
During the announcement of this new attraction, it was also confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT will be the first of many Marvel-inpired attractions that are being developed for a new area at Disney California Adventure park, which is still being developed. Though Disney stopped short saying the words "Marvel Land" (there's probably some legal reasons for that), if you are a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it looks like there are some big plans in the future to incorporate some of your favorite characters at this park in what is currently being called "a broader universe of Super Heroes". And interestingly, it looks like plans for this new land are coming together VERY quickly...
4. Get your last ride on the original Twilight Zone Tower of Terror this year because...
Though we don't have an official closing date yet, Disney has confirmed that the current Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure is going to drop its final guests into the Twilight Zone sometime in early 2017 (which probably means an early January closure). Unfortunately, that leaves fans of this attraction with only five more months to experience this classic attraction before it closes forever. And while some may think that a 2017 closure for this attraction means that Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT will be ready for a 2018 or 2019 debut, we've got some news for you...
5. Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT is coming next summer
Disney is basically infamous at this point for its long construction times. It took nearly two years for Maelstrom to become Frozen Ever After, and considering this new project is a similar overlay-style addition, you might expect a similar timeline. However, Disney has confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT will actually be ready for guests to experience by next summer.
A one-year turnaround time (with potentially less than 6 months of closure) seems almost unbelievable considering the concept art shows structural changes to the current Tower of Terror building as well as a completely reimagined queue. However, reports have surfaced online that some Cast Members have already been taking part in after-hours tests on the current Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in preparation for this new attraction, experiencing the aforementioned new drop profiles and sound. With work already going on behind the scenes for Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT, it seems like when the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror does close early next year, Disney will be able to swoop in and make construction-related changes as quickly as possible so it can get this attraction open in a very short timeframe.
How do you feel about this recent confirmation? Are you excited to see a Marvel-inspired ride (and eventually, an entire land) finally come to a Disney park in the US? Or are you upset about the loss of the west coast version of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror? This is sure to be a controversial decision among Disney fans, so sound off below!