Walking into the brand new Guardians Of The Galaxy: Mission Breakout! ride at Disney's California Adventure, fans may notice a peculiar plaque next to the room that's labeled "T. Tivan -- Office." The sign contains no images or English words, but instead what looks like a bunch of an alien writing. Given the environment it's in, it totally screams Easter egg... and we can confirm it is one. It turns out that the language is easily deciphered, and you can read the full translation below:
So how was I able to get this special message out of the nonsense you see below?
Using this plaque from the Guardians Of The Galaxy ride alone, it most certainly would have been impossible to figure out the message. The key, however, was in the other places where the alien language was featured. As I walked through Mission Breakout, I kept noticing signs and placards that included both the alien language and English words (including the aforementioned "T. Tivan -- Office" label). When I realized that the number of characters in each word matched up, I knew exactly how to go about my translation.
Whipping out my trusty pocket notebook and looking through the photos I took while touring the ride, I was able to figure out the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! alien alphabet, and assigned each letter its appropriate symbol: (you'll notice that I never came across the symbols for 'Q' or 'Z')
After that, it was a matter of just going line-by-line on a zoomed-in picture of the plaque, figuring out each word by going back and forth to my scribbled alien alphabet. I went into the process short more than a few letters, but was able to learn them through the context of the letters surrounding the unknown symbols. What you see below is the finished result of my work:
Perhaps the most weirdly rewarding aspect of this exercise is the fact that I don't actually need to refer to the alphabet while translating anymore... which is to say that I can now read English in a completely foreign text (a skill that I'm sure will get me very far in this life).
Everything I've written above admittedly may somewhat ruin the fun of trying to translate the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! mystery plaque for yourself -- but the good news is that it's not the only example of alien language-only signage. For example, can you use the alphabet above to figure out what the following means? Leave your findings in the comments section!
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! just opened this past weekend at Disneyland, and while the lines are currently extremely long, a patient fan can go on it now. Until you have a chance to go on it yourself, stay tuned here on CinemaBlend, as we're not done investigating this awesome new experience!
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