This past weekend was a busy one in Orlando, with the all new Volcano Bay water park opening at Universal Orlando Resort and Pandora – The World of Avatar taking guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to a whole new world. However, on the other side of the United States the Disneyland Resort had its own grand opening this past weekend as well: Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout. And while the conversion of the erstwhile Twilight Zone Tower of Terror into this new attraction was quite controversial when it was confirmed last year, thousands of guests still showed up in droves to be among the first to experience this intergalactic space adventure on opening weekend, and reports seem to indicate that most guests are enjoying this newly-themed attraction.

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Only time will tell if Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout will ever be as iconic as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, but Disney nonetheless is taking the early success of this new attraction as a big win, and have been hinting over the past few days about the future of Marvel properties inside Disney California Adventure with some cryptic "hints" over the past few days... 

A mysterious Avengers hatch appears

Right after the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, eagle-eyed guests noticed something strange near the entrance of this attraction: a hatch with the Avengers symbol on it! A few days after the ride opened, Marvel’s Vice President & Executive Editor Ryan Penagos (aka Agent M), made mention on social media of this development seemingly confirming that Disney is indeed looking to create some mystery around future attractions planned for the Marvel universe inside Disney California Adventure with this low-key addition. You can get a look at this mysterious hatch below: 

And while that certainly is strange, this hatch actually isn't the only mystery to unravel in this area... 



I think that the success of GotG MB will be a crossroads in the future of US Disney Theme Parks. I really think Disney execs are looking very carefully at this attraction and will judge response to see in what direction they will take the parks. Even though Maelstrom was the first ride to be reskinned it had more of a cult following with consistently low wait times. Taking a beloved attraction like the Tower of Terror and gutting it for the latest hot property is a risky move but if proving to be successful I think the execs will take this as a green light that audiences will tolerate more changes to beloved classics. Next up is the Jungle Cruise then who knows after that.

I'm going to call it now. I bet Marvel Land will consist of a clone of the Iron Man Ride and that's about it. Not much can fit behind the ToT....eh GotG MB.

It can't be called Marvel anything due to agreements with Universal. They can use any characters, but not the name Marvel in any theme park.

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