Guests Will Step into a Guardians of the Galaxy Story for the First Time and Encounter Fun, Irreverent Characters, Launching Summer of Heroes
ANAHEIM, Calif. (May 15, 2017)–Whether guests know the quirky characters from Guardians of the Galaxy through comic books, animated television series or films, they have yet to step into their story – until now! Beginning May 27, this popular gang of misfits arrives at Disney California Adventure Park in the irreverent, new attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! In addition, guests will come face to face with Groot for the first time in a Disney theme park, and they’ll discover some of his pals in live entertainment shows and heroic encounters.
Groot, Rocket, Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians are cosmic adventurers who travel the galaxy to defend it from those who wish it harm. They are a few of the characters guests will encounter during Summer of Heroes, starting May 27, only at Disney California Adventure Park.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is a thrilling, hilarious adventure that blasts guests into the story of these characters with all-new visual and audio effects, plus the attraction’s own “awesome mix tape” of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks. Guests will experience multiple, random ride experiences as they join Rocket, one of the galaxy’s most unusual heroes, in a daring plan to free the captive Guardians from The Collector’s Fortress.
Characters in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
Rocket (aka Subject 89P13)
Distinctive trait: Among his many quirks is an uncanny ability to break out of any confined space or prison.
A unique genetic creation, the tough-talking Rocket may resemble a certain Earth rodent, but it’s unlikely one of his kind could be found anywhere else in the galaxy. Rocket’s abrasive attitude sometimes causes friction with his partners, though his unparalleled genius in mechanics and engineering usually make up for any disagreeable tendencies.
Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill)
Distinctive trait: The leader of these cosmic adventurers likes to dance and has a passion for 60s and ‘70s music.
A headstrong intergalactic adventurer, Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill) was taken from his Earthly home at a young age, growing up in outer space alongside the pirate-like Ravagers. As the intrepid Star-Lord, Quill travels the cosmos in his spaceship, the Milano, seeking his fortune. Equipped with a high-tech blaster and a mix-tape of music from home, Star-Lord leads an unlikely team of interstellar misfits–the Guardians of the Galaxy–in their attempts to do a little good, a little bad, or a little of both.
Guests may also join Star-Lord in “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” several times daily near Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
Distinctive trait: Highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat, martial arts and stealth techniques
A daughter of the evil Thanos, Gamora sought to escape her violent past and build a new life free from her prior sins. When an unlikely twist of fate caused her to join the Guardians, Gamora found her skills put to a better use saving countless lives.
Guests also will see Gamora during “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” several times daily near Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
Drax the Destroyer
Distinctive trait: Super-human strength, stamina and durability
Drax is a headstrong warrior whose reputation as The Destroyer is both feared and respected throughout the sector. Despite his formidable outward appearance, the fierce fighter’s lust for battle conceals a compassionate heart. Though once scarred by the loss of his family, the peculiar Drax has found a new home with his equally eccentric allies in the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Groot (aka Flora Colossus)
Distinctive trait: Only says three words–“I am Groot!”
A tree-like creature of few words, Groot formed a bond with the creature known as Rocket. Joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot and his best friend Rocket travel through space getting into trouble wherever they go. Extremely powerful and resilient, Groot has the power of regeneration, allowing him to re-grow limbs and even his entire form very quickly.
Groot makes an appearance near the end of the “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” show as he arrives for heroic encounters with guests.
The Collector (aka Taneleer Tivan)
Distinctive trait: Eerie obsession with collecting one-of-a-kind items, be they objects or species.
After foreseeing a vision showing the end of all life, Taneleer Tivan devoted his life to finding and preserving unique beings and artifacts from throughout the universe, which is how he became known as The Collector. He runs his large fortress like a dictator and threatens his employees if they do not comply. These employees have been “collected” from various planets throughout the galaxy. If The Collector is not pleased with their performance, they might find themselves as permanent parts of the collection.
Distinctive trait: She is original to the. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction.
A Krylorian female, Apheta is the director of operations for the Tivan Collection. Although this sounds somewhat important, she remains under the thumb of the Collector with her every order and every move scrutinized.
Distinctive trait: Ability to sense the emotions of others
A strange alien, Mantis slowly ingratiates herself with the Guardians with the help of her empathic powers. These abilities allow her to read the underlying emotions at play within the group, which make for some embarrassing, hilarious, and touching moments in the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” Mantis forms a special bond with Drax, who teaches her about the universe, and the meaning of family from his own unique perspective.
In addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy, guest are invited to “Hero Up” with some of their favorite Super Heroes, from Spider-Man to members of the Avengers. Here are some of the Super Heroes and where the heroic encounters take place:
The bite from a radioactive spider granted Peter Parker amazing arachnid-like powers. After losing his beloved Uncle Ben to a burglar, grief-stricken Peter vowed to use his incredible abilities to protect New York as the Amazing Spider-Man. Peter’s trials taught him an invaluable lesson: with great power, there must also come great responsibility.
Guests will enjoy their heroic encounter with Spider-Man in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure at select times throughout the day.
During World War II, Steve Rogers was offered a place in the military’s top-secret biological experiment, Operation: Rebirth. Rogers was injected with an experimental super-serum and emerged from the treatment with heightened endurance, strength and reaction time. With extensive training and an indestructible Vibranium shield, Rogers soon became the country’s ultimate secret weapon: Captain America!
Guests will enjoy a heroic encounter with Captain America in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure at select times throughout their day.
Natasha Romanoff is the super-spy known as the Black Widow! Trained extensively in the art of espionage and outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, Black Widow’s combat skills are virtually unmatched. One of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most valuable agents, she has carried out numerous black-ops missions and has recently been assigned by Director Nicky Fury to keep an eye on the Avengers.
Guests will see Black Widow in Avengers Training Initiative as well as at Heroic Encounter: Black Widow, both located in Hollywood Land.
An archer with perfect accuracy and a quiver of trick arrows, Clint Barton’s wit is usually faster than his lightning-quick reflexes. Though this expert archer doesn’t always follow the rules, he long ago proved himself an invaluable member of the Avengers as Hawkeye.
Guests will see Hawkeye join Black Widow in Avengers Training Initiative, where young recruits have a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.
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