Rumors have been circulating for months now that The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at California Adventure would be closing down and getting a Guardians of the Galaxy themed make over. Last weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, confirmed the rumor by announcing Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!


The cast from the film are reprising their roles for the attraction including Benecio del Toro as the Collector.

The Disney Parks blog describes the story of the attraction:

“Deep inside his fortress-like collection, the mysterious Taneleer Tivan (aka The Collector) is displaying his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy. They are trapped in customized display cases, suspended over a vast abyss. Unbeknownst to their unscrupulous captor, the intrepid Rocket has escaped and is enlisting the Collector’s VIP guests for help. Guests board a gantry lift, which launches them into a chaotic and hilarious adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to break his fellow Guardians out of captivity.”
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout concept art

Seen in the linked video above, both Imagineer Joe Rhode and Joe Quesada, head of Marvel comics, have hinted that this is just the beginning of Marvel’s presence in the theme parks. Quesada said, “what has me even more excited are Joe’s ‘secret’ plans for the future. We’re just getting warmed up.”

Because I am both a Disney parks fan and a Marvel fan, I don’t think I could be more conflicted about this announcement. On the one hand, though I’ve never been to the California parks, Tower of Terror in Orlando is one of my favorite rides, and I would hate to see it change.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout exterior

On the other hand, the ghost of Walt Disney is reminding me that he never wanted his parks to be a museum. They were always meant to grow and change. And, honestly, The Twilight Zone doesn’t have the same cultural impact that it once had. When they opened up the Tower or Terror in Tokyo, they dropped that theme completely because of that fact and came up with something new.

As a fan of Imagineering, I love the idea that the queue line will take you through the Collector’s collection. The possibilities for hidden Easter Eggs and inside jokes are practically endless.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout queue

And, as a Marvel fan, this is extremely exciting for me, especially knowing that more is coming. I really need things to work out soon so that all of the great, secret Marvel projects can head over to the East Coast as well.

Love the idea or hate it, you have until next January to ride the Tower of Terror in Disney’s California Adventure before it closes down to become Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!

What do you think? Are you sad to see Tower of Terror go or excited to see the Guardians of the Galaxy coming? Or both? Do you want to see more Marvel in the parks?

(Concept art and video ©Disney.)

Chris grew up during the Disney renaissance of animation and took his first trip to Disney World when he was ten. Even though he has loved Disney his whole life, his obsession didn’t start until he began planning a trip for his honeymoon. Right now, his primary job (at least the one that doesn’t pay the bills) is to indoctrinate his daughter with his love of Disney while at the same time convincing his wife to move to Orlando, so he can become a tour guide in the parks.



4 thoughts on “Disney’s California Adventure is About to get Hooked on a Feeling”

  1. Kristin says:

    I’m pretty torn on this too. I love the theming of Tower of Terror, but I agree that Twilight Zone doesn’t have the recognition it once did.
    I love all things Marvel too, and I want to see more of it in the parks (hopefully east coast is freed up sooner than later). Walking through The Collector’s vaults would be a very cool experience if they do it well.
    But, mostly I love the mechanics of the ride. So, as long as they keep it a drop experience, I trust them to theme it in a fun way 🙂

  2. Melanie Pickett says:

    Aaarrrrhhhh!!! We asked Lou about this just a few weeks ago! While talking with our waitress we had at WDW in June, she said she heard some rumors that ToT will be gone soon due to licensing renewal and to make way for new “worlds”! We were so upset, especially since our 9 yr old just decided to ride again (after being scared for 5yrs from her 1st ride;-) and absolutely loved it! She is a huge Haunted Mansion fan and the que is what she really loves. We got this info on our last day at the parks and couldn’t go back to get one more ride in. We’re hoping to get back for New Years and get to ride in case it’s gone soon. Looks like there in deed will not be a ToT at the World 😢 We do love Guardians/Marvel yet I don’t know if the new ride won’t be tainted by memories of the old.

  3. Ian Martin says:

    While I am not against bringing Marvel to the parks, if they ever get rid of Tower of Terror in WDW, I will be furious.

  4. Chris Fox says:

    Melanie, right now ToT isn’t changing in the World. This is happening in Disneyland though if licensing is an issue, that might change. What isn’t changing, even in Disneyland, is the ride mechanics. It will still drop you 13 stories it just won’t be set in the Twilight Zone anymore.