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The glimmering exterior of The Collector's imposing Fortress looms over the skyline at Disney California Adventure Park. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! – 10 Things to Know About this Awesome Attraction at Disney California Adventure Park

Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time.


1 – Guardians Original Storyline

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on“Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and early ‘80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

2 – You’ll See a Lot of Familiar Faces

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opened just weeks after the theater premiere of the  film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction. Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

“The cast of the film has been a huge, huge help with bringing this attraction to life. We were able to let them ride and we made changes based on their feedback. That made the attraction even better, more authentic and just more awesome.” (Film cast Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista provided notes.) – Estefania Harbuck, Creative Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (Disneyland Resort) ©Disney/Marvel

3 – The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

4 – The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.


5 – The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

6 – The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

7 – Awesome Music

Moviegoers know that “Guardians of the Galaxy” adventures usually are accompanied by vintage pop and rock songs from Star-Lord’s awesome mixtape. So, when guests enter the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! guests know that this breathtaking experience would unfold to its own musical accompaniment.

Six of them, in fact. Each time guests board this attraction–a mission to rescue the Guardians of the Galaxy from a giant fortress–they will experience one of six randomized scenarios created by Disney Imagineers.  An “awesome mix” of songs, inspired by the films’ soundtracks, adds to the epic action.

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Each song accompanies a different version of the escape scenario, with a corresponding ride profile and visuals. Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

8 – The Technology

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Rocket, known for his uncanny ability to break out of any confined space or prison, emerges in the private office of The Collector to help guests free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

9 – Rocket (aka Subject 89P13)

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan. Among his many quirks is an uncanny ability to break out of any confined space or prison. A unique genetic creation, the tough-talking Rocket may resemble a certain Earth rodent, but it’s unlikely one of his kind could be found anywhere else in the galaxy. Rocket’s abrasive attitude sometimes causes friction with his partners, though his unparalleled genius in mechanics and engineering usually make up for any disagreeable tendencies.

10 – The Attraction is a Hit

While many Disney fans mourned the day they heard that Guardians of the Galaxy would replace the beloved Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction, the overwhelming response of the attraction is positive! So many guests absolutely love it! From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

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