When the Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment back in 2009, many wondered how long it would take for the House of Ideas to have a presence at Disney parks around the world. Then in 2013, Tony Stark took his Hall of Armors to Innoventions in the Tomorrowland section of Disneyland to promote ‘Iron Man 3’. Since then, a number of meet and greets with Marvel characters started to pop up in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Stark would be at the forefront again when the Iron Man Experience would become the first ride featuring one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at a Disney park. But now it appears that the first Marvel ride at a Disney park in America is on its way.
During the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year, Kevin Feige revealed that Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy would be taking over the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure starting in summer 2017. Dubbed Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!, the ride will be inspired by James Gunn’s blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe films and will feature appearances from Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and other stars. As part of the attraction, the team is taken captive by Benicio Del Toro’s eccentric Collector and park guests are enlisted by Rocket Raccoon to save them. Courtesy of Marvel.com, you can learn more about the upcoming ride and check out some concept art in the video below, followed by the attraction’s official synopsis:
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.
It’s interesting to note that this announcement confirms months and months of rumors that stemmed from reports saying that Disney was looking to replace or re-theme the Tower of Terror in order to opt of out paying royalties to CBS for the ‘Twilight Zone’ franchise licensing fees. Although, the “comically high-energy, rocking new adventure” is said to be the first of many attractions featuring Marvel heroes heading to the Disneyland Resort in the coming years, so this may be very welcome news to True Believers looking to enter the MCU. However, this announcement is sure to draw the ire of park enthusiasts and casual fans alike as the free-fall drop tower dark ride has become a favorite in many circles.
What do you think about Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout? Are you sad to see The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror go? Or are you excited to see Marvel become more integrated with Disney California Adventure? Sound off in the comments.