I was really upset when I heard the Tower of Terror would be changing. I’m a huge Twilight Zone fan and the attraction was terrific. I once joined a group and rode the Tower of Terror 13 times on Friday the 13th. To say that it was one of my favorite attractions would be an understatement. The fact that the better version of Tower of Terror would still be remaining in Orlando–somehow softened the blow, but I knew I would miss the ride.
The fact that the Tower of Terror would be replaced by one of my new favorite Marvel franchises –also made the blow a little easier and the fact that I had trust that Disney would make something terrific in place of the old ride.
The Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout is an amazing attraction. The 1930’s hotel lobby has been replaced by The Collector’s collection of artifacts from all over the universe (I’ll do a separate photo blog of some of the collection tomorrow). The collection has some cool Easter Eggs from the Marvel Universe and there is a large video screen with an introduction by the Collector himself, who has brought some of his collection to DCA to show off his latest acquisition The Guardians of the Galaxy. This video is a blast as the characters from the movie continue their on screen chemistry as they are shown trapped as part of The Collector’s collection.
Then we move into what used to be the library of the Tower of Terror. The theme of the room remains basically the same with the props and items of the Tower of Terror replaced with more exotic items from the Collector’s Collection. Another video begins in this room until Rocket Raccoon interrupts and one of coolest Animatronic figures ever appears and tells you that he needs your help in escaping with his friends.
The ride vehicles of course remain essentially the same from the old attraction. Like Star Tours however you can experience the ride multiple times and not have the same experience. The attraction begins with Rocket Raccoon taking over the Gantry Elevator and plugging in some kick ass music. The ride features one of the following songs:
“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar (1980)
“Give Up The Funk” by Parliament (1975)
“Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf (1968)
“I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 (1969)
“Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group (1973)
“Burning Love” by Elvis Presley (1972)
Mission Breakout is a blast: In addition to the 6 different songs — the drop sequences and video clips of the Guardians characters that you see during the ride are also random as the Guardians battle creatures also released from their cells thanks to Rocket Raccoon. The drop sequences seemed more numerous than before when it was the Tower of Terror. The re-ride ability factor of this attraction is awesome. I rode the ride for the first time after about a 45 minute wait and immediately jumped right back in line for a second helping. Mission Breakout has instantly become one of my favorite attractions in the park. I haven’t felt the need to ride a new ride again right after getting off of it since the Indiana Jones attraction first opened. I can’t wait to ride it again. Definitely check it out the next time you are in DCA. I just hope that if they add this attraction to Orlando that they build it in Epcot so that the original (and better) Tower of Terror attraction will live on.