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First look inside Disney's new Guardians of the Galaxy ride

January 19, 2017, 11:26 PM · Disneyland gave a few invited guests a hard hat preview inside the former Twilight Zone Tower of Terror tonight, to see how Imagineers are transforming it into Disney's first Marvel-themed ride in the United States.

I didn't get in (despite my unpopular love for the new concept) but my Orange County Register colleague Joseph Pimentel did, and describes what he learned here, including comments from Imagineer Joe Rohde.

Visitors will walk through a vault door to enter The Collector's tower, where they will find a trove of props and items from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Taneleer Tivan has "collected." (Easter eggs!) But his new prize is the Guardians of the Galaxy.

You'll next encounter Rocket Raccoon, who has escaped and needs your help. With his little paw, he can't activate the security check to pass through the vault. So everyone will have to raise their hands to open the next door into the ride.

From there, it's into the elevators, where you'll have to shut down the generators to help the Guardians escape. Of course, that's where it all goes terribly wrong and the elevators go on their wild ride.

It's a variable drop sequence, which includes maybe the doors opening or maybe not. And all the while, someone's awesome mix tape might be playing.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! opens sometime this summer.

Replies (14)

January 20, 2017 at 1:36 AM · I think this sounds like fun. I really like the GotG film, and the sequel looks really promising. People's concern that it focuses just on the Collector appears unfounded.
January 20, 2017 at 7:10 AM · I think the disappointment for me is that they removed an attraction to make a "new" one. Disney has been refurbishing rides more often lately than adding them.

Soarin', Maelstrom, Tower of Terror, Test Track, Toy Mania, were rides that I think could have lived alongside new ones in their areas rather than spend a lot to rehab. Sometimes renewing/refreshing is a great idea (Matterhorn, Tiki Room comes to mind) but when they spend millions on something and you are left with the same ride count I think that's a lost opportunity.

January 20, 2017 at 10:22 AM · Sounds terrific although I'm not sure how the two dark rooms will be replaced. The ride profile can't be like the Florida random sequence, which despite the randomness, feels no different each time. They need to add back in the dark room mid drop to add more unpredictability.
January 20, 2017 at 12:16 PM · I still don't understand why we're entering the elevators. We're helping to shut down the generators ok, but why would we be shutting them from inside the elevators? Or are we shutting down the generators with the wave of our hands when we open the doors? That sounds kind of dumb. So we're using the elevators for our escape? Escape to where? Escape to another floor? Presumably we're helping the Guardians to escape, but we end up back on the same basement floor, to go through the gift shop. I'm wondering if this storyline is explained in GotG 2, I hope so.
January 20, 2017 at 3:57 PM · What happened to the bold statement...
"Wait until complete to judge."???
January 20, 2017 at 4:38 PM · Sounds terrible
January 21, 2017 at 7:36 PM · Disfan: Couldn't the same question be asked of the Tower of Terror storyline? We are people getting in that elevator?

Maybe they're doing it because it's just a ride in a theme park. A little willing suspension of disbelief does wonders to enjoying these situations.

January 21, 2017 at 9:10 PM · The article at the link is strange. You say he was given a hard-hat tour inside the actual attraction, but the whole thing reads like a description based on a press release. There's not a single description of anything he actually saw. Did they invite him along and then embargo every detail?
January 21, 2017 at 9:38 PM · I agree with Alex, why would you get into the elevator lie this in any situation. Haha. Give it chance, it's gonna be good, and be happy they are investing in this attraction.
January 22, 2017 at 10:51 AM · I am all for a GOTG ride in Disneyland, but if they must replace a pre-existing ride, I think they should have gone with Buzz Lightyear. I have a lot of childhood nostalgia behind that ride, but sadly I think it's time for that ride to go. It's also seems like a natural fit. GOTG already takes place in space, and features laser guns as a primary form of weaponry. So Buzz Lightyear, A ride that also takes place in space and which revolves around guests fighting bad guys with laser guns should seem like the obvious choice. I'm usually one of Disney's biggest defenders, but this is one of the few choices they've made that I can't defend. TO he is such a weird and bizarre choice for GOTG. Out side of the fact that it is a very popular ride amongst guests, with many people even going as far as to call it's one of the greatest Disney attractions of all time, the whole drop tower element feels very forced. If they would have chosen Buzz light year, they would have chosen a ride which would take less time to re-configure because it fits the IP so well, and since it's a less popular ride, which isn't held in nearly as high of a red guard, then they would also not haveto risk pissing off so many people. It wasn't too long ago that I wished Universal Orlando would share the rights to marvel with Walt Disney World, so that my favorite movie franchise can be a part of what is still my favorite theme park resort, but now I think they should probably keep the rights all to themselves so that this amazing piece of theme park magic can still be around, at least in the States.
January 22, 2017 at 10:52 AM · *TOT
*regard.
I hate autocorrect.
January 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM · Hate this so much. A beloved attraction is turning into this BS ride from an IP that no one will care about in 5 years. Good going Disney.
January 24, 2017 at 9:54 AM · This is the triumph of franchise over theming...
January 24, 2017 at 10:03 AM · Disney is catering to the kids Guardians of the Galaxy, not old people Twilight Zone.....this is a travesty!!!

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