What to expect from Disney’s new ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ ride

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride opening May 27 at Disney California Adventure will replace the venerable Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as the anchor of a new Marvel themed land.

The 2004 Tower of Terror indoor elevator drop ride will be re-skinned with a back story loosely based on the original 2014 movie and the upcoming sequel, which feature a mismatched team of intergalactic misfits who band together to save the universe.

Mission: Breakout, as the new Guardians ride will be known, will take visitors on a comical and thrilling ride with new visual effects and music from the film’s soundtrack, according to Disney.

Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who is supervising the makeover, has spoken extensively about the Guardians overlay to numerous publications and in prepared statements and videos.


Disney California Adventure’s Tower of Terror to be Rethemed to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Slammer at Disney California Adventures

Guardians of the Galaxy sequel – the band of space heroes would be next taking over Disney California Adventure’s Tower of Terror ride at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California

I have had the pleasure of picking up a gig at  Walt Disney Imagineering  – WDI.  Most of my tasks have been visualizing the elevator part of the ride in motionbuilder. Timing out the media and door animation and audio. I have had to learn how to operate and program a big robotic arm you can ride. We used this as a previz tool since we couldn’t shut down the ride for testing early on. I have also got to hone my skill set in the Unreal Engine doing virtual reality (VR) walk-throughs of the queues.

On-set VR demo.