Even when something comes back, it’s never the same.
Disneyland closed the Tower of Terror in January to renovate the iconic ride into something more modern. Over the past few months, the building was covered in scaffolding while it was mysteriously transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout. But last week, the veils were lifted and Disneyland revealed the revamped outside of the new space-age ride.
Mission: Breakout is, in essence, basically the same ride as the Tower of Terror. Riders still slingshot up and down the building at very fast speeds. However in the new ride, visitors help the character of Rocket Raccoon rescue his friends from the Collector’s Fortress. (The Collector, Taneleer Tivan, is the villain, played in the Guardians movies by Benicio del Toro.)
The structure of the tower is still the same — although now it’s covered in satellites, Guardians of the Galaxy iconography and what appears to be piping.
Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout won’t open to the public until May 27, but we have some idea what to expect inside.
“The previous ride was a mystery ride,” Joe Rohde, the creative lead on the ride, said at a media preview in January. “It invested more than half of its entire time in building the mystery. This is a comedy-action-adventure-prison-break farce. We need none of that time. So we invest immediately in movement.”
The ride will have more of a frenetic energy, featuring randomized events and music from the franchise’s “Awesome Mix” soundtrack (which included “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede, “Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie, and “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways).
The Tower of Terror opened in Anaheim in 2004. For fans still looking to experience the eerie, haunted elevator, Disney announced that it does not have any plans to change the Tower of Terror in Orlando, which opened in 1994.