Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! at Disney California Adventure recasts the Hollywood Land drop tower as the lair of Collector Taneleer Tivan, where he has brought the Guardians of the Galaxy to add to his museum of galactic oddities. Rocket Raccoon's escaped, and he's looking for your help in getting the Guardians out.
If that May 27 opening date sounds familiar, it's the same date as Walt Disney World's premiere of its Pandora: The World of Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom. I can't remember the last time that Disney competed with itself for publicity by opening two different major attractions at both Disney World and Disneyland on the same day, so I'd love to hear everyone's theories on that. (And on how I'm going to get to both attractions on the same day.)
Disneyland today also announced several other Marvel-themed extras for its "Summer of Heroes" at Disney California Adventure. In addition to the Guardians ride, Star Lord will host a daily "Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!" dance party, and Groot will join Captain America and Spider-Man for character meet and greets.
In addition, Black Widow and Hawkeye will host a "Avengers Training Initiative" for children, along the lines of the Star Wars-themed Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland.Tweet
It seems like they don't want to step over Avatar's promotion and they are unable to open Avatar earlier since it just takes more time to open two massive new attractions.
Disney's gonna have a helluva weekend.
As such, vloggers, Twitter and traditional national/local media will extensively cover BOTH Disney Parks events.
Regarding the political term, "Friday News Dump", the voracious appetite of the '24 Hour News Cycle' has virtually eliminated the ability to dump anything.
On an interesting note, Team U Orlando has an ongoing internal debate regarding using "third theme park" to describe their new waterpark. Will be interesting to see how this debate turns out.
Now for the question...what are the chances Guardians of the Galaxy will be soft opening prior to May 25th (when the So Cal ticket expires)? I'm not getting my hopes up, but I'm definitely saving a visit for the last week or two just in case.
Avatar is a weak ip at this point (maybe 4 more movies changes this) and GOG is pretty odd itself.
I think people will applaud the new, but neither of these places appeal to me, and I am smack in their demographic.
If Avatar Land is as immersive, spectacular, thrilling, and wondrous as they have been promising, it won't matter if anybody cares about the series that started it.
Of course, if the rides and settings fail, then that will be one of the most EXPENSIVE mistakes in Disney history.
I do wish people would stop saying the GotGMB is the Tower re-skinned. That's what some lazy Internet fans started saying before there was any real information out. To me re-skinning an attraction implies mostly cosmetic changes. From the description they are doing more than that. Of course, we will have to wait and see. The one think for certain is that it's no longer a Tower of Terror.
Memorial Day weekend is a pretty common time to open new attractions, do I wouldn't read too much into the timing.
Avatar will have a long life because of the sequels by Cameron.
As an attraction in the land - it will be massive. They could have just made up a land called toilet land with new attractions and people would flock to it. This is the first time under Iger there has been a new land with E list ticket attractions (not a cheap land space expansion).
Speaking of a billion, that's what Disney spent on the new land in Florida. From everything I've seen, it's going to be very impressive, and mobbed by visitors from day one.
I am not kidding, they are getting terrible comments back from guests for taking out the Tower of Terror.
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