Awhile back we shared the news that the Tower of Terror at California Adventure was going to be changed into a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, and a lot of people were a bit outraged. Disney fans as a whole don’t like change, and this was a big one. Many felt that the Tower of Terror is a classic staple, and they didn’t want to lose it. The ride was closed for months and a complete overhaul was done. In May, Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout made it’s debut. The lines were extremely long, over 5 hours in the standby line. People were curious to see what it was all about, and if it was a suitable replacement for Tower of Terror. I was curious too. Lucky for me, we were able to ride Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout when we went to California for the D23 Expo. I couldn’t wait to check it out.
When you walk up to Mission Breakout, it looks like the old Tower of Terror, but more futuristic. They have fun music playing outside and a great queue line inside. It looks like you’re waiting to get into a party, it’s a very fun and lively atmosphere. We had a FastPass time of just after 8pm. The standby line was around an hour, so it wasn’t bad if you didn’t get a FastPass in time. The inside of the queue line was entertaining, it felt like you were part of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Just like with the Tower of Terror, you wait inside a room to watch a video before you ride. The video explains the mission, and you also get greeted by a Rocket Raccoon audio animatronic, which looks exactly like what you see on the big screen.
Once the pre-show is over, you go inside the loading area to wait for your turn. Again, it’s the same concept of Tower of Terror, but completely redone. When you take your seat on Mission Breakout, you see a shadow of Rocket, and the fun begins. There are six different songs that you could possibly get for your turn, and ours was “Free Ride.” You rise up and drop, just like with the Tower of Terror, but you see various clips of the Guardians of the Galaxy as you bounce up and down. It’s so much fun. Towards the end, you get the outside view of the park, just like before. When your ride is over, you see the Guardians waving goodbye, and you’re done. They do ride photos to capture your adventure.
When we got off the ride, we were laughing. And laughed for probably 10 minutes, all the way through the gift shop. I really wanted to dislike this ride, I did. I love the Tower of Terror, and I was so worried that Mission Breakout wouldn’t be up to par. To my surprise and delight, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout is more than I thought it would be, and we loved it. We were first time California Adventure goers, and as much fun as we had that day, Mission Breakout is up there on the best parts of our visit. Mission Breakout is like a party and a ride combined, it’s ridiculously awesome. Disney did a wonderful job with this new theming and I seriously can’t wait to go back again. If you’re still apprehensive, try not to be. Give it a chance. You’ll be so glad you did, it’s a great time. You can watch our ride through of Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout on the link below! Thanks and have fun! ~M