Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Hollywood Land Disney California Adventure
The immense, obviously not-of-this-world Collector’s Fortress dominates the skyline at the end of Hollywood Land. Inside, Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) invites the people of Terra to see his newest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy. But Rocket has other ideas, and enlists guests to help him break out his companions during their VIP tour. The chaos resulting from this little bit of sabotage sends everyone into a series of free falls – accompanied to some awesome ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s music.
The Queue — The exterior queue takes a circuitous path through Tivan’s Oasis (known by some as “The Gardens of the Galaxy”), where Taneleer Tivan has gathered his collection of strange and unusual plants from around the galaxy. The Gardens also feature his collection of sounds – Terrans might recognize a few of them.
The Fortress Lobby — At the Lobby’s entrance stands a huge statue of The Collector. Inside the lobby is filled floor to ceiling with display cases containing a variety of living creatures and objects. Marvel and Disney fans may notice some familiar items. In a video, The Collector welcomes Terrans to the tour of his “Tivan Collection”, and proudly displays the Guardians of the Galaxy in their glass cages, where they are suspended over a deep abyss.
The Collector’s Office — The tour begins in Tivan’s office, where even more of his collection can be viewed. Rocket, who has managed to escape, makes a sudden appearance and enlists guests to help free the Guardians. With their security clerance he can access and blow up the generator that powers the security system, releasing them from their cages. What can go wrong?
The Gantry Lift — To access the upper levels of the Collection, guests enter and take their seats in the Gantry Lift, fastening their seat belts. All loose items should be stowed. After pulling back from the loading area, Rocket takes over and the gantry “rockets” to the top of the Fortress, where Rocket disables the generator – freeing the Guardians, but plunging the gantry into darkness and a series of free falls.
Guests experience one of six different ride profiles, each set to a different “Awesome Mix Tape” song, and including its own set of visuals of the Guardians making their escape.
- “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
Exit — In the exit hallway, in addition to some additional musical selections from the Awesome Mix Tape, listen to the sounds of the chaos left behind: the sounds of rampaging escaped creatures, Rocket celebrating, The Collector mourning his loss.
Guests exit into The Collector’s Warehouse where a selection of merchandise, some of it exclusive to the attraction, is on sale.
Lightning Lane access for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is available with the purchase of Genie+. The Standby line at this attraction can get very long. The line gets longer right after the Frozen show in the Hyperion Theatre next door finishes a show.
The loading area has two floors – you will need to climb stairs to get to the upper loading area, so alert the Cast Member at the Check-in podium if you do not wish to do so. There are three shafts, and each loading area has three different gantry loading areas, for a total of six. Each gantry seats 21 people.
The ride is about 2 minutes and 15 seconds long.
Just before you board the gantry, there is an exit for those who change their minds at the last minute. Be sure to let the Cast Member know if you wish to exit at this point.
Height requirement for this attraction is 40 inches (102 cm).
The attraction is not recommended for pregnant women, those with neck and back problems, or those prone to motion sickness.
This attraction is very dark and is probably not advisable for folks with a fear of the dark or claustrophobia. Those with a fear of heights should also consider the advisability of riding.
Guests in wheelchairs and ECVs should proceed all the way through the regular queue, but once they reach the gantry loading area they must transfer into a seat.
Be sure to check out the photo that was taken while on the ride – the photo monitors are at the end of the exit hall right just before entering the gift shop. All photos have an id that can be added to a PhotoPass card.
Restrooms are located at the end of Hollywood Blvd to the left of the Hyperion Theatre.
This is a dark ride and may be too intense for many young children (not to mention some adults!).
Star-Lord and Gamora host “Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance-Off”, which takes place several times a day in front of the attraction. Though they do not pose for photos, Groot arrives at the end of the show and “sticks” around for a Meet-and-Greet with guests.
Award Wieners on Hollywood Blvd offers a selection of hot dogs and sausages; snacks are available at Schmoozies and Fairfax Market.
The Collector’s Warehouse shop at the exit features some exclusive attraction-specific merchandise. Other Super Hero items are also available.
The attraction opened on May 27, 2017. It replaced the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction, which closed in early 2017.
The Lobby and Collector’s Office areas feature a number of “Easter Eggs” – objects from the Disney and Marvel universes. For example, Kree artifacts, The Warlock’s Eye, the Abominable Snowman, an invoice from X-S Tech, and an Ultron Sentry.
Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance in The Collector’s welcome video.
New music for the attraction was composed by Tyler Bates, music composer for the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films.
The building is 183 feet tall, with three stories below ground.
Many of the drop sequences feature assisted freefall, where the elevator is propelled downward at speeds faster than gravity, making you rise off your seat and giving you the sensation of weightlessness for a couple seconds.
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