The new Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout ride opened on May 27th, 2017, and you need to go!
Among the new additions to the regular costumed superheroes, Spider-man and Captain America, are Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Groot.
Hawkeye and Black Widow now host the Avengers’ Training Initiative for kids up to age 12. They will be called up on stage, trained by the two heroes, then attacked by Hydra agents. Ask a Cast Member where to sign your child up. Plan to do this right as the park opens. It’s popular, and spaces fill up quickly.
If you’re looking for a picture of adult Groot, check the fountain area in front of the new ride. His appearance schedule is posted on the Disneyland app. His outdoor appearances will be short once the weather gets hot, so be patient in line.
If you’re set on riding the new Mission: Breakout ride, get there early. The standby line regularly hit 190 minutes or more. It’s the hottest ride in the park!
They’ve decorated an area with wanted posters of each of the Guardians to temporarily house the outdoor extension of the ride’s line. I’m sure the wait time will come down once Star Wars Land opens, but you’ll need to relax and enjoy the scenery for now.
What’s that? You don’t recognize Mantis? You need to see the second film.
Once you make it into the regular ride line, you’ll zigzag back and forth among the Collector’s garden. It’s worth paying attention to the plants used in this area. Disney landscaping has really outdone themselves finding interesting-looking plants that could come from the vast corners of the galaxy.
The front lobby area is marked with a life-size, bronze statue of the Collectior, Taneleer Tivan.
The inner lobby is truly impressive. Check the plaque in each exhibit for information on the items. In addition to the obvious items, like Cosmo and Dark Elf masks, look for the more subtle items, such as what looks like Adam Warlock’s cocoon and the hiding place of the Soul Infinity Stone (which may have been written out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
Moving into your briefing room, enjoy the decor. I would strongly recommend that you locate the blue screen the Collector will be using to communicate with you and standing on the opposite side of the room from it. You’ll want the best view of Rocket when he crashes the party.
You’ll move into the scanning room next. Rocket asks that you allow your hand to be scanned for identification since the computer won’t recognize his.
Take a look around the loading area. There is an old friend waiting over the railing if you look hard enough.
I won’t spoil the ride itself, but there are at least 4 variations on the prison breakout of the ride’s title. If you recall the old Tower of Terror ride, you know there was only ever one story line. After a few rides, you knew when the drops occurred and could brace yourself. The thrill of the ride wore thin. The variations mean that you’ll have trouble predicting when the falls happen, so the thrill remains fresh after several rides.
After the ride, you’ll be greeted by an amusing progression series of Employee of the Month photos of poor Carina.
The new gift shop has great merchandise. One side is devoted to the Guardians of the Galaxy specifically and the other features items with other Marvel heroes. The best part is the scattered collection of toys and games from Starlord’s 1980s childhood. Need to buy someone a Lightbright for Christmas? Gotcha covered!
It’s magnificent and delightful, and I can’t wait to go again!