It's been rumored for some time that Disney was looking to reskin one of their theme park rides and turn it into their first Marvel-themed attraction. Today, Disney Parks confirmed that a Guardians of the Galaxy ride is coming to California. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is on its way out, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is on its way in at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim. Check out the details here.
At the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, the Collector's base of operations, and personal museum, was destroyed. It appears that he has rebuilt, as this will now be what the setting of Mission Breakout will be. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is built to resemble a classic Hollywood hotel. You enter the building and find yourself in the lobby, the decorations call back to Hollywood's Golden Age. Now, it sounds like all of that is going to be gutted, and replaced with the strange and bizarre items that Tanaleer Tivan has collected over his life. Being able to wander around the ground floor of the structure and seeing the different objects sounds like fun. We're sure that the line will be engineered so that it takes everybody past the different items. Of course, the most interesting new addition to the Collector's collection, is apparently the Guardians themselves. However, Rocket has a plan for escape, which probably involves him borrowing your mouse ears and getting him a churro.
The old Tower of Terror itself is a simple drop ride, a group sits down, in what is currently an "elevator car," and is then repeatedly sent flying up, and then dropped down. This happens several times, although the ride is randomized by a computer so exactly how far you fall each time is different. The description here confirms that this will remain, though it appears other variables are planned as well. Somehow, it would appear that falling large distances is part of Rocket's plan.
And then to add icing to the cake, the ride will use the same musical cues that the movie did, so rock and roll will also be a major part of the experience. This sounds like fun.
Disney Parks don't half-ass anything, and that's clear here. When you're calling in Joe Quesada, Keven Feige and James Gunn to make sure that you do everything that you need to make the ride feel like part of Guardians of the Galaxy, you know that they want to make sure that they don't miss anything. The word is that Benecio Del Torro has already filmed some material for the ride, and we fully expect that any character who speaks or is seen will also be played by their movie counterpart.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout promises to be only the first of a new "universe" in Disney California Adventure. While not spelled out, that sounds like it means that a whole land dedicated to Marvel properties will begin at some point. It will be interesting to see if they wait to open Star Wars Land across the street before beginning major renovations.
Since this is all specified to be taking place at Disney's California Adventure, it would appear that the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studio in Orlando will remain intact, at least for the time being.
Mission Breakout is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017, right alongside the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.