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Disney California Adventure opens its Guardians of the Galaxy ride

May 25, 2017, 9:16 PM · ANAHEIM, Calif. — The director and stars of Guardians of the Galaxy joined Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek to open officially the first Marvel-themed ride at a Disney theme park in the United States, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout.

Director James Gunn welcomed Guardians actors Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, and Zoe Saldana (pulling double duty after appearing at the Pandora opening yesterday in Orlando) before an interruption by The Collector himself, Benicio Del Toro, who declared open The Tivan Collection on Earth.

That collection, of course, is the newly rethemed former Hollywood Tower Hotel in Disney California Adventure's Hollywood Land, which Chapek dropped yet another hint will continue to transform into a Marvel-themed land in the years to come.

Tonight's opening concludes two jam-packed days of theme park debuts, here in Anaheim and in Orlando. We were on both coasts for all events this week, so if you missed any of our reports, here they are for your reading enjoyment. (And if you didn't miss them the first time around, thanks for reading! Theme Park Insider readers are the best!)

I've been up for 40 of the last 43 hours. I'm going home to bed now!

Replies (5)

May 25, 2017 at 9:47 PM · Nice fireworks and props. I hope the stage will remain a few days so I can see it.
May 25, 2017 at 10:12 PM · is a bug's land going to become part of marvel land? if not, will the bug's life theme soon be replaced with a theme that's more up to date soon
May 26, 2017 at 5:03 AM · California Adventure is dead. Iger and Chapek killed it.
May 26, 2017 at 7:36 AM · It's interesting that Marvel Land is taking over such a prime piece of real estate, but since DCA is so landlocked, they have to make sacrifices. I just wonder... after spending so much money on reinventing the park by putting Buena Vista Street and the Trolley, will that be taken out eventually (after only existing for a few years)? I would also be okay with them absorbing a Bug's Land. It's cute for kids but could use an upgrade (and I'd love to see It's Tough to be a Bug become an actual running attraction rather than a movie preview site-- maybe a new 4D Marvel experience). On top of that, maybe a Marvel/Muppets crossover to bring the Muppets back. Wouldn't that be fun? Just throwing out ideas here. I'm all for change, as long as it's done well. Can't wait to ride this!
May 27, 2017 at 10:32 AM · They don't need to remove the trolley since it originated at the entrance. Marvel was featured at all time periods and this is no exception. The better solution is extend the trolley to Paradise Pier where it meets at the Little Mermaid and Pacific Wharf. As for Muppets, no way. They are overdue for a new movie and there's no announcement yet. Muppets and Bugs are largely showing movie previews. No one cares for 3D movies. Turn them into Avengers screen shooters.

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