DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DCA)
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(7/24/17) Disney California Adventure To Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (MORE...)
(7/20/17) Marvel Super Hero Land and Pixar Pier Details
(7/14/17) Marvel Universe Attraction Update (MORE...)
(7/13/17) Marvel Universe Land Rumors (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Sorcerer’s Workshop - NOW CLOSED through July 14
General Park News - (7/24/17) Disney California Adventure will host a new seasonal festival at the park from Sept. 15 through to Nov. 2, in honor of the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This is also a theme behind the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated film, Coco, hitting theaters on November 22nd.
(6/7/17) Who knew this was a thing? While the new Guardians of the Galaxy Mission - BREAKOUT! attraction is already a big hit with the guests, another Guardian has also become rather popular with guests stomach and wallets. We're talking about Baby Groot of course, and it seems DCA has begun selling a sourdough cheese bread snack shaped just like Baby Groots adorable head and the guests just can get enough, including the taking of Baby Groot head selfies. Follow the link to see for yourselves.
(5/15/17) According to the Disney Parks Blog a new Guardians of the Galaxy character encounter will start on May 27th. We already mentioned the "Dance Off" event that will feature Star-Lord and Gamora, but now it seems that a giant adult sized Groot will also arrive on the scene towards the end of the performance, and he'll hang around to visit with everyone afterwards. Follow the link to the official blog to see a picture of the new Groot figure standing alongside Star-Lord and Gamora.
(11/14/16) Disney has released some new details about the new Christmas version of the World of Color show that just started on Nov. 10th that will run nightly through Jan. 8th, 2017. They are calling it World of Color - Season of Light and you can make the jump to see a few images from the new show on the Disney Parks Blog.
(8/9/16) Riders on California Screamin' became stuck for about 45 minutes the other day when a passengers purse flew out of her hands and became wedged under the coaster in the wheels.
(8/3/16) The Disneyland Resort has confirmed that the current version of World of Color night show will be retired and the original version of the show will return one again starting Sept. 6th.
2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout - (5/28/17) Disney California Adventure opened the new Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction on Thursday night I believe and from the initial reactions I've heard, plus the on-ride videos I've seen so far, it looks like they did a fantastic job with it. Seriously... the queue, the pre-show, the ride experience itself all looks like a ton of fun that the guests are really getting into. While the creepy atmosphere remains at first, it isn't long before things take a twist with Rocket shows up, turns on the music and gets the party started.
If you want to be surprised, don't watch the videos below, but otherwise if you can't wait to see what goes on, then watch the videos below that show off the pre-show and 3 of the six possible songs: Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Give Up The Funk and Burning Love. Like the last film, Rocket and Drax really steal the show from what I've seen so far, especially on certain ride programs where you hit the top with the doors open giving you a view of the park below and Rocket exclaims, "Is that Disneyland?! This is so cool!!" before you plunge back into darkness.
There are also some fun "easter eggs" in the queue for both Marvel and Disney fans. Some are more obvious like the remains of an Ultron sentry or a set of Nova Corp armor, while others allude to other characters and places in the Marvel universe that the MCU has not yet explored yet, such as an Asgardian Hammer that is the spitting image of the one used by Beta Ray Bill. There are some Disney nods in the collection as well, as you may notice that The Collector has obtained one of the former residents of the Matterhorn, and up high in a blurry box is something that does look a bit like it could be Figment from Epcot. I've also heard an unverified claim that you may spot a view pieces of old XS Tech items in there as well somewhere from Florida's old Alien Encounter attraction.
If you find good videos of the other three, I'm dying to see them, so send me the links.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot Version
Give Up The Funk Version
Burning Love Version
(5/14/17) The walls are down around the Guardians of the Galalxy attraction building and the video below posted to YouTube shows off some great views of the building from the front and the side, as well as the first video I've seen of the structure's new nighttime lighting package. Check it out below.
Also, a possible little spoiler for the new attraction was posted by SlashFilm this week when they mentioned that according to an interview with Kevin Feige, theme park fans should keep an eye out for an appearance by The Collector's "brother", the Grandmaster (played by Jeff Goldblum in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok film) in the new attraction. "Keep an eye out at a particular theme park attraction opening soon, you'll get to see a little crossover... It's just a fun thing."
(5/9/17) The Disneyland Resort has begin to roll out the first official promotional videos for the new Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! I've found two so far... a teaser and a more extensive video featuring Rocket as he is hacking his way into Disney's Twitter feed to ask for your help.
(5/2/17) Disney announced some exciting news for the new Guardians of the Galalxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction late last week. They not only confirmed that the ride would feature several different soundtrack experiences that would be selected at random by the ride, but that each of the six different songs would be themed to a unique and different ride motion profile experience, each showing off a slightly different version of the escape storyline with different action sequences.
They've also listed the final six songs that will be used in the ride:
"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - Pat Benatar
"Give Up The Funk" - Parliament
"Born To Be Wild" - Steppenwolf
"I Want You Back' - Jackson 5
"Free Ride" - The Edgar Winter Group
"Burning Love" - Elvis Presley
(4/24/17) DisneyGeek has posted a great update from DCA this week showing off the new Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT attraction building, now fully uncovered and in the home stretch to the grand opening.
(4/20/17) California Adventure has released a new cool teaser video promoting the new 'Summer of Heroes" event at the park, as well as the soon to open Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction. Check it out below, as it features cameo appearances in the park from Spider-man, Black Widow, Captain America and Rocket Raccoon.
(2/22/17) According to an announcement from Disney the new Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! will open on May 27th as part of a new Summer of Heroes promotion for the park. Various other Marvel characters (Captain America and Spider-Man for sure) will be available for meet and greet in the surrounding Hollywood area of the park, including Groot for the first time! Unfortunately, Disney wasn't clear if this would be adult Groot from the first film, or the new Baby Groot from the new film. Either way... "I am GROOT!"... because you just know this character will speak. It simply has to.
Another new addition to the park over the summer will include The Guardians of the Galalxy: Awesome Dance Off! featuring Star-Lord rocking out (possibly with Gamora) with an old school Boom Box. Elsewhere you can also find the Avengers Training Initiative, where Black Widow and Hawkeye will host a training session for the kids. Think of this as the Jedi Training Academy show... but for The Avengers. You'll get double the Black Widow fun as well, as she is said to be making appearances around the park driving an armored Avengers vehicle too. Special Marvel themed food and merchandise items will also be available for purchase as well. Summer of Heroes will run from May 27 to Sept. 10, 2017.
(7/23/16) During the Marvel presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con a few minutes ago Disney took the time to also confirm and announce the conversion of the Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror ride at the Disney California Adventure park into "Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout!"
The former Hollywood Tower Hotel will be transformed into a storage fortress for The Collector, and become the first of many, going forward, Marvel themed attractions in this corner of DCA when it opens in Summer 2017. Guests will enter the fortress and walk through the museum like collection of artifacts (and alien species) that The Collector has deposited here. Eventually your group will be contacted by Rocket Raccoon, who informs you that he and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy have also been imprisoned within the fortress by The Collector and Rocket needs your help to escape.
According to the teaser video posted by Disney the ride system will be essentially the same as it is now, featuring the very fast rise and fall sensations you know and love, however how it all plays out will not only be different than how it is now, but it will be different every time you ride. Much like the Tower of Terror in Orlando, this new version of the attraction will feature several different ride programs that can take place, each with it's own motion profile, special features and even a custom soundtrack for each, as we know Guardians of the Galaxy is all about the music from Star Lord's mix tapes.
They say that the new ride should be ready to go in time for the launch of the new film which premiers in May 2017. While an exact date to close the current tower wasn't given, they do say “early 2017”, which will probably end up being around the first or second week of January after the Christmas/New Years’ crowds are all gone. Obviously this is not a lot of time to complete the amount of work this should take to do properly, and when you consider the normal snails pace that Disney seems to work at lately on their project, I’m sure more than a few people are quite concerned about this project being finished on time and on budget. Of course, they could begin some of the exterior work before they close the ride of course, but we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.
2018 - Pixar Pier / Paint The Night - Confirmed - (7/20/17) Disney confirmed that the current Paradise Pier themed section of Disney California Adventure will be transformed into Pixar Pier, " as some of your favorite characters come to life on this seaside waterfront. You will discover whimsical neighborhoods filled with your friends from “The Incredibles,” “Inside Out” and even more of your pals from “Toy Story.” Building upon the evolution of Disney California Adventure park that began in 2007, we are building more new worlds for you to step into and enjoy your favorite stories.
This permanent addition to the park will open during a new limited-time celebration taking place throughout the Disneyland Resort in 2018 — Pixar Fest! Experience the magical worlds of Pixar in brand new ways as the entire resort comes alive with some of your favorite stories."
As part of the Pixar Fest event in 2018, they also confirmed that the Paint the Night parade will return... but this time into California Adventure with the hinted addition of a Buzz Lightyear / Space Ranger themed float.
???? - Marvel Universe Land / Avengers Attraction / Spider-Man Attraction - Rumor - (7/20/17) It was confirmed at the D23 Expo that Disney is planning on adding a Marvel Super Hero themed land onto the Disney California Adventure park, expanding upon what they have started with this year's Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! attraction. While they did not go into specifics, they did confirm new attractions that would bring Spider-Man and The Avengers to life for park guests, which matches up with the rumors we had been hearing thus far as well.
No timeline for any of this yet however, so stay tuned.
(7/14/17) A few small tidbits of info regarding that proposed Marvel Universe land dropped into my ear a bit ago. Actually the first bit has nothing to do with new and expanded attractions, but I'm told we can expect to possibly hear detailed about a special Christmas Holiday themed edition of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! announced at the San Diego ComicCon.
The second bit of info is that the formerly proposed Avengers coaster ride has been shelved in favor of using an entirely brand new ride system for the Avengers themed ride. I don't know too many details yet, but from the sound of things Disney is hard at work engineering their own in-house version of a ride system to take on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey t hat would also feature bigger cars able to hold more riders at once.
(7/13/17) Screamscape has heard that Disney may be ready to spill the beans about the next Marvel themed attractions they have in the works. However, this may not happen at the D23 Expo as some think, but this information (or at least some of it) is expected to be saved for the following week so Disney can announce it at the San Diego ComicCon (July 20-23). According to the older rumors, Disney was working on a new highly themed dark ride that would use a coaster style ride system to take you into the world of the Avengers. This kind of matches up with some of that concept art that was released for the long-term Hong Kong Disneyland expansion plans which featured a large attraction building themed as the Avengers HQ.
At one point it was thought that this ride would be shoehorned into DCA’s North-Eastern corner and possibly cause the removal of the Monsters Inc. and possibly even MuppetVision attractions, but the latest information seems to suggest that they would instead seek to put a Marvel themed land south of the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, taking over the final section of the old parking lot left undeveloped.
Interestly enough, a new update posted to MiceChat a few hours ago follows along with this new location and adds in that DCA may opt to entirely remove the nearby “A Bug’s Land” and the assorted tiny kiddie rides in order to allow for an even bigger Marvel themed area. This would includes the repurposing of the It’s Tough To Be a Bug 4D theater attraction space as well.
(2/24/16) A Marvel themed area has been earmarked to open at Disney’s California Adventure as the next major new “land” to follow Star Wars Land. With Star Wars Land not looking to open until about 2020, the Marvel area at DCA isn’t likely to open until 2023/2024. At the moment however, it sounds like they will be trying to dazzle all the Marvel fans with one giant E-Ticket attraction rather than an assortment of attractions. Given how far and wide spread the themeing and concepts for Marvel comics go, trying to group the entire Marvel Universe into one ride and make all the fans equally happy is likely impossible. But this project is a long ways out, so a lot can change between then and now. Another interesting item I was told was that once Marvel does open in DCA… we can expect to see the Iron Man Experience ride in Tomorrowland close. At that point in time they’ll decide to either drop it entirely, or if it is really popular they may opt to move it over to DCA somehow.
(8/20/14) The latest updates at MiceChat are full of interesting rumors about ideas in development, but remember these are just possible ideas. Nothing has been green lit yet. Keeping that in mind, they claim that plans are now being worked on to bring a proper Marvel themed land to California Adventure. This would effectively take up the empty back corner of Hollywoodland, once pitched as a Monsters Inc. themed land before that project got the axe. As you would expect, it will be full of character meet & greet opportunities as they move out of Innoventions, and be anchored by a Marvel themed version of Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, which would located the main coaster building in the parking lot between the Tower or Terror and Luigi’s Flying Tires.