Disney has finally announced the official opening date for the hastily conceived and constructed Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT at Disney California Adventure, but it's not coming alone. Hollywood Land will play host to a summer's worth of Marvel entertainment and experiences designed for all ages, some of which may even be continuing after the summer is over.
In addition to the "long-awaited" attraction, some new experiences for guests will open up during the summer as part of the new Summer of Heroes, some for an extended engagement:
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AWESOME DANCE-OFF! - Likely playing off the popularity of some of its predecessors, this dance party will take place in the backlot area of Hollywood Land in the tradition of the Mad-T Party. This one, though, takes its inspiration from Star Lord's collection of classic rock hits. This experience is expected to be a year-round attraction.
- SUPER HERO ENCOUNTERS - Guests have already been able to meet-and-greet with Captain America and Spider-Man in Hollywood Land, but starting this summer they'll also be able to meet Groot. No word yet as to whether it's baby Groot or not. He will be joining the other Marvel characters year-round.
- AVENGERS TRAINING INITIATIVE - It's not just the Guardians, you know. Black Widow and Hawkeye will assemble young heroes-in-training to see if they have what it takes to be an Avenger (you know, a la "Jedi Training Academy", but with super heroes).
- HEROIC ENCOUNTER: BLACK WIDOW - Throughout the day, Black Widow will roll in aboard an armoured Avengers vehicle for a unique guest encounter.
- SPECIALTY FOOD & MERCHANDISE - Special themed merchandise and food will be available at kiosks and shops set up throughout Hollywood Land.
Some of these things sound pretty awesome, and when coupled with the fact that attractions such as the Disneyland Railroad and Fantasmic! will be reopening next door at Disneyland Park, this summer should be pretty packed and fun! The Summer of Heroes begins officially on 27 May 2017.