(from left to right) Joe Quesada, Bob Chapek, Zoe Saldana, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, James Gunn, Kevin Feige
By Nicole Nalty
Before Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens to the public this Saturday, May 27, the cast and crew of the film and the creative team behind the attraction gathered for a truly out-of-this-galaxy opening ceremony.
Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, first took the stage to share his excitement for the new attraction and the future for Super Heroes at the Disneyland Resort. “Now this is a momentous occasion, but it’s just the beginning of what will become an even bigger Super Hero presence at Disney California Adventure,” Chapek said, “And with the strong partnership between Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering, we’re very excited with what’s to come. And it is sure to please Marvel fans hungry for more magic at Disney Parks.”
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is definitely one of those fans. “A lot of kids dream of being writers and directors and they dream of winning Oscars®. For me, I dreamed of this, of having a ride at a Disney theme park based on movies that I helped to create.” The opening of this new attraction is a “full circle” moment for Gunn. “When I was a little kid, my earliest memories are when I was four years old, coming to Disneyland and riding the Haunted Mansion, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Dumbo, and these are the greatest memories I have. It makes me so excited that families and friends are going to be able to come here to the park and experience with their families and friends what I was able to experience here through Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Some of the Guardians cast then took the stage, including Zoe Saldana (who made it back from Pandora just in time to celebrate!), Pom Klementieff, Michael Rooker, and the Collector himself, Benicio del Toro, to help kick off the official opening of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
Find out more about the new attraction here and experience it all for yourself when Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens on May 27.