‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tower of Terror Re-Theme Hides Marvel Comics Easter Eggs

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Guardians of the Galaxy Ð Mission: BREAKOUT! -- Debuting in summer 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Ð Mission: BREAKOUT! will take Disney California Adventure park guests through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket Raccoon in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The new attraction will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terrorª into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the filmÕs popular soundtrack. (Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)

The Tower of Terror is being re-themed with Marvel characters. This summer, we’ll be getting our first look at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout’ in Disneyland’s California Adventure park. Beyond being a simple overlay, the new attraction promises plenty of hidden surprises for longtime Marvel Comics fans.

According to IGN, Walt Disney Imagineering legend Joe Rohde promises much more than a simple refurbishment. “I want to stress, there is a complete, tonal shift on what the ride will be like. It is the ride system [from Tower of Terror], but any ride system can be made to do many things,” explains Rohde.

The story of the ride will take park guests into the collection of Tanaleer Tivan — also known as The Collector. For those whose memories are a bit foggy, he was the eccentric character played by Benecio Del Toro in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie that had a massive collection of rare alien artifacts. The Guardians have been imprisoned in his collection, and it’s up to an escaped Rocket Raccoon to lead guests to a jailbreak.

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Of course we know how that escape plan will end — by going down!

Making The Collector the focus of the attraction makes perfect sense, as it certainly allows for many easter eggs. In the movie, eagle-eyed comics fans will have spotted items like Adam Warlock’s cocoon, Cosmo the Space Dog and even Howard the Duck (who had an extended post-credits scene.) There are bound to be many more Marvel curiosities to spot while waiting in the queue. I just hope they keep the “chicken exit” for comics fans who don’t feel like being dropped several stories!

In addition to the collection, fans will be treated to Starlord’s stellar 1970s “mix tape” — as well as some new era appropriate tunes.

Check out some of the concept art below for a taste of what is to come…

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(Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)
(Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)

 

According to Rohde, Spider-Man was briefly considered for the retheme, but ruled out because it didn’t make sense for the ride system.

However, you shouldn’t rule out the webslinger getting his own attraction in Disneyland. The “Marvel-ification” has already begun on the west coast with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout. Can a full blown Marvel Studios Park be far behind?

The attraction is set to open sometime this summer, but no concrete date has been set. Stay tuned to The Kingdom Insider for more details as they become available.

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I've loved Disney as long as I can remember. As a former newspaper editor, web developer, and Disney comics freelancer, I'm able to combine that experience into writing about Disney online. I'm also the co-host of a Disney fan podcast called 'Pirates & Princesses.' Opinions mine.

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