It’s safe to say that the decision to convert the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission : BREAKOUT has been very controversial among longtime Disney fans, with many condemning Disney’s apparent disregard for the overall theme of the park and lazy incorporation of Marvel characters into an existing attraction. However, despite very loud criticism from fans, Disney has been soldiering on with the project, going as far as to destroy parts of the iconic Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Building while it is still operating.
Earlier this week, Disney released another first look at this reimagined attraction, which revealed even more details about what guests can expect when they experience Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT when it opens next year. Unfortunately, the news isn't exactly great...
1. The exterior overlay just got a fairly big downgrade
The original Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission : BREAKOUT concept art (which you can check out above) showcased a building that, while still recognizable as the former Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, had a lot of exterior work done to it, with an almost Steampunk-like aesthetic. The design featured dark colors, alien designs on the front, and some interesting lighting fixtures near the top. In fact, the concept art was so ornate that we even wondered when this conversion was first announced how Disney could possibly manage to get so much exterior work done on this attraction building in just a few months. And now it looks like Disney executives must have shared our concern, as the most recent look at the plans for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission : BREAKOUT show that the exterior work for this attraction has been scaled back quite a bit from what we first saw in the concept art.
As you can see in the scale model pictured above, the finished project has gotten quite the downgrade with just a few pipes, lights and satellite dishes now tacked on to the existing structure. In addition, it looks like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror color scheme will remain, as this new model showcases only a small smattering of red paint around the middle of the building, instead of the more ambitious color scheme and painting design that was originally shown in the first concept art for this attraction.
And while the downgrade in visual look is a bit surprising (albeit, perhaps not totally unexpected), some additional details about the inspiration for this new(ish) attraction's refreshed look have also been released, and they are downright bizarre...
2. The overall look for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT' is inspired by…oil refineries?
Alright Marvel fans, when you think of the world Guardians of the Galaxy, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Classic rock tunes? A super-colorful universe filled with incredible beings? I am Groot? There are plenty of correct answers, but we'll bet there's one thing you didn't think of: oil refineries.
According to executive director of Walt Disney Imagineering John Mauro, one of the biggest inspirations for the color scheme and overall look of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT is oil refineries, which is a little strange considering it seems unlikely that The Collector, the alien being who owns this warehouse (according to the official story of this attraction), knows a lot about Earth's fossil fuel gathering system. In addition, Imagineer Joe Rohde has also described this reimagined structure as recalling the design of an old power plant, which, while perhaps related to the concept of an oil refinery, certainly isn't the same thing.
Unfortunately, this type of theme confusion is exactly what worried guests about this project to begin with, and its just weird that Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT is now being described as taking place inside a warehouse that is inspired by power plants and oil refineries, that also exists on a distant planet in outer space. And you thought the story for Stitch's Great Escape was a stretch!