Fans of “Guardians of the Galaxy” know that the films are characterized by the classic rock and pop songs used in the film’s soundtrack, thanks to Star-Lord’s awesome mix tape. This is no different when it comes to the new attraction at Disney California Adventure, as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will feature one of six classic songs during the ride experience.
Guests that board this attraction will get to enjoy one of six randomized ride experiences created by Disney Imagineers. The drop sequences are synchronized with popular ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s songs, which include “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf (1968), “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 (1969), “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley (1972), “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winters Group (1973), “Give Up the Funk” by Parliament (1975) and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar (1980).
Each song will be accompanied by a different, random drop sequence as well as a different version of the escape scenario, in which riders help Rocket Raccoon save the Guardians from being trapped in The Collector’s Fortress.
The Walt Disney Imagineering team worked with a long list of almost 100 songs before narrowing down the list to six.
“A strong identifiable back beat and a memorable hook were key points,” said John Dennis, the Executive Creative Director of Music with Walt Disney Imagineering. “For example, ‘Free Ride’ has an iconic guitar hook to open the song, a killer bass line in the verse and, in the chorus, the backing vocals have this great ascending line. The rock ‘n’ roll music playing on board the ride is just plain fun. The songs, each paired with its own ride profile, give us six unique experiences.”
The score will also play a key part in immersing guests into the world of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” as composer Tyler Bates, who composed the score for the original film, composed the music for The Collector’s Fortress lobby and The Collector’s Office scenes.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens at Disney California Adventure on May 27. Check out our spoiler-free review of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” below.