Inside Disney's New 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Ride, From Easter Eggs to Groot-y Goodness

Marcus Errico
Deputy Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

With Star Wars Land still two years away, Disneyland is banking on another of its billion-dollar properties to draw visitors to the park over the coming months. Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout!, a Marvel-ized reboot of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney’s California Adventure designed by writer-director James Gunn, opened Thursday night in Anaheim, Calif. The attraction, which finds the Guardians trying to escape from the Collector’s universe-spanning museum of specimens and relics, is the anchor for the park’s Heroes of Summer initiative. Aside from the thrill ride, where visitors are lifted 30 stories high, then plunged into free fall, characters from the MCU will be stationed throughout for photo ops and meet-and-greets. Yahoo Movies attended the opening ceremonies for the Guardians ride; click through for the highlights of the gala event and a sneak peek inside Mission: Breakout!

A Galactic Grand Opening

Joe Quesada (chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment), Bob Chapek (chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Benicio Del Toro (The Collector), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), James Gunn (Guardians writer-director), and Kevin Feige (president of Marvel Studios), at the May 25 gala opening of Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout!

An exterior shot of the new attraction on opening night. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

The Collector Is In

Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro hams it up in front of a golden statue of his character Taneleer Tivan, a.k.a. The Collector, in the foyer of the new ride. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Welcome to the Tivan Collection

As visitors enter the attraction, they pass through display cases stuffed with surprising items from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Stan the Man

It wouldn’t be a Marvel attraction with the requisite Stan Lee cameo. That’s him caged at the bottom. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Guardians Trapped

Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Baby Groot, and Rocket Raccoon are captured and added to the Collector’s menagerie, setting up the scenario for the Mission: Breakout! ride. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Movie Memorabilia

The Collector apparently has a thing for film props: His gallery includes cases filled with the artifacts of the Kree (center; an orb and a blade similar to the weapon wielded by Ronan the Accuser in the first Guardians) and Chitauri (right; the energy gun used against Earth’s Mightiest in the first Avengers). (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Cage of Ultron

The remains of Tony Stark’s megalomaniacal android is on display. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Asgardian Armor

The uniform of Odin’s elite Einherjar warriors has been featured in the Thor films. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Dark Elf Artifacts

The Book of Yggdrasil (featuring Malekith’s quest for the Aehter), mask, and blade were all introduced in Thor: The Dark World. In the first Guardians, a Dark Elf was one of the notable specimens in the Collector’s collection. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)


The sentient Soviet canine cosmonaut was a key member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the comics and has made cameos in both films. He’s among the most treasured exhibits in the Collector’s museum. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

The Collector vs. The Gamemaster

Taneleer’s brother, known as the Grandmaster (played by Jeff Goldblum in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok), has a predilection for high-stakes contests — and hates to lose, as this portait dramatizes. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

The Inner Sanctum

Terran guests are permitted a rare glimpse inside the private office of the Collector. Keen-eyed visitors will spot many a hidden Easter egg among the artificats. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Animatronic Rocket to the Rescue

Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) has used his preternatural escape abilities to free himself from his cell and is ready to spring his fellow Guardians. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Sony Walkman

When he captured the Guardians, Tivan added Peter Quill’s vintage Walkman (upper right shelf) to the collection of relics in his private study. Fortunately for Star-Lord (and Mission: Breakout!’s soundtrack), Rocket makes sure not to leave the music player behind. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Hail Hydra!

Another knickknack packed into the cluttered bookcases in the study is this Hydra medallion. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Map to Neverland

Tucked into Tivan’s shelves is a Disney surprise: the map of Neverland complete with images of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)


Among the creatures lurking in the Collector’s collection appears to be a Yeti, which was indeed a character from Marvel Comics. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Getting Started With a Bang

Del Toro cues the official opening of Mission: Breakout! during the May 25 opening ceremonies. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Zoe Saldana

The actress strikes a pose with two of the Collector’s Krylorian assistants outside the Mission: Breakout! entrance. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Michael Rooker

Yondu lives! Fresh off his heroic sacrifice in Vol. 2, Rooker seems none the worse for wear at the Mission: Breakout! opening. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

James Gunn

Guardians master mind James Gunn held court at the premiere. Gunn, who helped conceive and design Mission: Breakout!, told Yahoo Movies at the ride’s premiere that he had gone on it six times already. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Meet and Groot

A life-sized (adult) Groot roams around outside the Guardians ride for a guest photo op. During the “Summer of Heroes” event, other Marvel mainstays, including Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, will be stationed throughout Disney’s California Adventure’s Hollywood Land. (Photo: Disneyland Resort)

Pom Klementieff

Fresh off her debut as a Guardian in Vol. 2, the actress’s character Mantis plays a key role in the ride’s story: getaway pilot. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Baby Groot Chocolate Cakes

Who knew Groots tasted so good? (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Handmade Groot and Rocket Lollipops

Disney had artisanal pops made to order at the premiere. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Awesome Mix Tape Cookies

The grooviest shortbread cookies in the galaxy. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Rocket Raccoon Whoopie Pies

Nothing yummier than a trash-panda pastry. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)