Over the weekend Disney opened their first Marvel ride in the US with Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and it already has connections to future Marvel attractions in the park.
The ride replaced California Adventure’s inferior version of the Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror. Opened in California in 2004, the ride was a bandaid fix for a failing park by a panicked Eisner regime. It was rushed, done on the cheap, and was nowhere near as good as the original ride in Florida. While it featured a more advanced ride system to make maintenance on it easier, it lacked the amazing “Fifth Dimension” room from the original ride and honestly the California version became boring after a few years.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is a much superior ride to the one its replacing. It embraces the theme much better (the original ride digitally censored Rod Serling), and the new drop sequences that are timed to 80s music are much more intense and thrilling.
But the bigger thing going on with Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is how it connects to the larger plans to make the East side of Disney California Adventure into a Marvel Land in the next few years. Outside of the tower there’s a futuristic looking “man hole cover” that sports the Avenger’s logo. Angry Disney fans, who are referred to as “foamers”, are already foaming at the mouth over the Avengers logo appearing in the park; and they’ll really flip out when they find out why.
Much like how all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are connected, so will the rides be in Disneyland. This Avengers hint at Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is meant to be a connection to one of the future attractions they’re going to build when they transform the Hollywood Land area of the park into Marvel. These plans are rumored to be announced at the Disney Parks panel at D23 Expo in July.
One of the rumored attractions is a Captain America-themed rollercoaster that has a classic Disney “dark ride” element prior to the cars going on the thrilling loop-filled track.
If how Disney is doing their “Summer of Heroes” in DCA is any clue (running MCU scores throughout the land, Guardians, Avengers Training for the kids), a Marvel expansion to Disney California Adventure could end up being just as cool as the Star Wars area they’re building in the other park. And as a Marvel fan, that’s something I can’t wait to see.