PHOTOS, VIDEO: Up Close Look at the Controversial Facade for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout

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Walt Disney Imagineering today shared an in-depth look at the model for the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout attraction which will be replacing the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure.

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The model pictured here was created by Walt Disney Imagineering to guide the transformation currently taking place on the exterior of the attraction. Every shade and detail you see here will be replicated in full size, as designers, builders and artists work to bring The Collector’s realm to life here at the Disneyland Resort.

This “warehouse, fortress-like power plant” (as described here by Joe Rohde, Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering) is designed to be intimidating and imposing, but also shimmering and regal. It will be the ideal location for The Collector to secure and show off his most prized acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy.

It does seem odd that Disney is acknowledging that they are changing the facade while the Tower of Terror is still open, but it is happening (see our photos from earlier today of the current state of the facade). It also is strange to see Disney devoting so much publicity to a facade that so many have taken to social media to attack. Regardless, it should be interesting to watch the rest of this process unfold over the next several months.

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  • I haven’t seen much “attack” on the facade. Oh wait, you’re referring to the vocal minority of Disney fanboys who can’t accept change and don’t like anything new in the parks.

    • It’s not that they don’t like anything new. It’s just Disney is taking out a popular ride to push a current flavor of the week property. If your wondering, this’s Disney trying to copy what Universal Studios does at its theme parks.

  • How does this tie in to the Disney California Adventure Park concept? They just finished redoing the entire park to a new theme with a sense of time and place then they do this? So you can take the red line trolley to other planets now? It doesn’t make any sense to me. Can anyone else explain?

    • The Collector landed his warehouse in 1920’s California to hide it from Rocket Raccoon so he could keep the Guardians Hostage. AT least that’s how I hope the story goes.

    • The answer is simple: It does not. WDI had to shoehorn insipid Marvel nonsense into the parks, and this is the result. And there is no “backstory” in the world that could make this eyesore fit into the park.

    • Simple, Hollywood Land is turning into Marvel Land. This is just the beginning. People forget that with the Hollywood theme, you can put any movie property and it fits (except when you find excuses that it doesn’t). People were arguing that Avatar belongs in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and not in Animal Kingdom because Avatar Land is based on a movie and it’s more suitable in a Studios Park. They ignore facts like the Avatar movie is features dragon-like beasts and it has a environment message that resonates better in Animal Kingdom. Beasts were previously promised as one leg of Animal Kingdom’s mission statement. So Avatar in one swoop fixes Animal Kingdom’s attractions deficiency while fitting better in the park. I expect Guardians of the Galaxy to fit in perfectly in California Adventure as it transitions into Marvel Land. Afterall, Marvel fits in better as a more adult park. Appeals more to boys. A counterweight to Frozen. Gives the park a movie ride. People love Marvel. As for the trolley, it began in Buena Vista Blvd so it fits in better there. It takes to the Hyperion Theater and the new movie ride.

  • I’ll admit, the model made me lose faith in WDI a bit. I thought they for sure wouldn’t completely screw up the sight-line of the park but I don’t see how the top of the tower is going to blend with being visible with Carthay Circle in the foreground.

    It could look better in person when it’s done and I’m very excited for the changes to the ride inside. (Changing from the inferior version of the ride is necessary no matter what.)

  • The idea that the Florida TOT is markedly better is overblown. The idea of the Ride Vehicle leaves the elevator shaft and moves through the show space is intriguing, but nothing really happens. All that effort to see a big plexiglass eyeball?

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