Carlye Wisel
September 22, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! may only be four months old, but it’s gearing up for a memorable first Halloween.

Starting at 6 p.m. each night this fall, the superhero thrill ride will transform into a completely new attraction. Once the sun begins to set, Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark goes up, unleashing an adventure that has somehow made the most frightening ride at Disney California Adventure much scarier.

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When it comes to the plot, Monsters After Dark begins where Mission: BREAKOUT! ends. The Guardians have escaped, but Baby Groot is lost among the creatures that now roam free within The Collector’s fortress. With Rocket not-so-secretly using passengers as bait for monsters within the tower, one of which riders encounter face-to-face, chaos undoubtedly ensues.

Sure, the story is somewhat convoluted, but the madness of the after-hours ride is not. Unlike the bouncy, herky-jerky moves that come with Mission: BREAKOUT!’s six different ride experiences, this singular take thrusts each ride car to the top before plummeting back down, replacing unpredictable moments with that free-fall feeling drop ride enthusiasts love. Gone, too, are the easy going tunes from Peter Quill’s mixtape; the soundtrack here is a punk rock track by the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film composer, paired with enough ironic slasher movie noises prior to the ride’s start to guarantee a raise in blood pressure.

The queue is re-themed each night, too, with the very first moment in line proving to be off-putting in the perfect way. Spotlights scan the pre-boarding area as it remains plunged in darkness and transmissions have short-circuited, causing announcements to come in distorted and filled with static.

It’s easily the most fright-filled experience you’ll find at either Anaheim park, providing a thrill that’s much scarier than Space Mountain’s ghoulish seasonal theming.

It’s historic, too, marking the first-ever Disneyland attraction to offer two versions of the same attraction on the same day.

Don’t wait all month to get into the spirit, though — this unique evening adventure with Groot and Rocket will only be around until October 31.

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