BREAKING: Confirmed – Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout Replacing Tower of Terror

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At the MARVEL Studios panel at San Diego Comic Con, Disney has just announced that there will indeed be a Guardians of the Galaxy overlay at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure.


We first reported this rumor back in April, and we reported several days ago that SDCC seemed to be an opportune moment to announce the change so that work can get started in early 2017. This is a permanent replacement of the Tower of Terror and the first addition of an entire MARVEL area for the park.

UPDATE: Disney has released more concept art and the storyline.

The Disney Parks Blog has additional information on the storyline:

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, announced to a packed house of fans that the Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to Disney California Adventure park!

Beginning in summer 2017, the outrageous and irreverent gang will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! – a comically high-energy, rocking new adventure. Guests will be right in the mix with characters from the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” films.

Deep inside his fortress-like collection, the mysterious Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) is displaying his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy. They are trapped in customized display cases, suspended over a vast abyss. Unbeknownst to their unscrupulous captor, the intrepid Rocket has escaped and is enlisting the Collector’s VIP guests for help. Guests board a gantry lift, which launches them into a chaotic and hilarious adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to break his fellow Guardians out of captivity.

The new attraction will anchor a broader universe of Super Heroes that will grow over time at Disney California Adventure park. This exciting new presence will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ (scheduled to close in early 2017) into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with all-new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple random, unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift will rock to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens summer 2017 at Disney California Adventure park.


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  • Their timetable of a 6 month turn around is way too little no way this gets done in time for d23 or maybe not even done by the end of summer

    • And a 60:40 like to dislike ratio on the D23 post. And the Marvel entertainment posting of the video has 1k for around 300 against. Still looking deeper, but pretty much split decision like all Disney changes.

  • I am very excited and don’t care who hates on it, it’s the same ride with a different skin, plus there is no such thing as to much Chris Pratt

  • That was so cool. But What about the universe of energy at Epcot? I would like to have more marvel attractions to disneyparks including the iron man experience at Hong Kong disneyland.

    • Disney doesn’t add the same theme to different ride systems at the same time. Energy might have to wait.

  • I like the changes. Twilight Zone never worked with the newer and shorter ride system. It’s not as good as the original DHS version. We need the update.

  • I really hope Imagineering adds that deleted concept from the movie of having Stan Lee as part of the collection. It would be interesting for guests to interact with a trapped “Stan the Man” while queueing for the ride….

  • It’s fun to see screaming about a shift in imagineering by putting IPs everywhere. Doesn’t anyone remember Walt built his first castle to promote an upcoming movie of his based on someone else’s fairytale?

    Disney owns Marvel why wouldn’t they want to make those worlds into a reality? It’s not like they are even losing the ride, it’ll just have a cohesive story now.

  • I welcome this. I like Tower of Terror as a ride, but the theming was always kind of weak. And the ride in DCA was shorter than DHS. From the video it sounds like that corner of the park might be getting a complete re-do with a Marvel theme with this as the first phase.

    • Which is essentially weaker… the Hollywood Hotel is a 1930’s hotel themed to a hotel from Hollywood, California. GOTG is set in putter space. The park is called California Adventure.

      • “California” adventure was a very weak concept to begin with that was rushed into production when they realized a full size west coast park would cost too much. The theming was challenged and did have a large draw to the primarily local California crowd that visits Disneyland, hence the reason for the redo of the front of the park, and the addition of cars land. Disneyland’s attendance numbers come mostly from Californians while Disney World’s are mostly out of state.

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