James Gunn Details Role in Crafting Disney Parks' GOTG Ride

Yesterday, the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction finally opened to the public at Disney California Adventure Park, and to celebrate, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn took to Facebook to explain his involvement in developing the attraction.

Over the past five years, Gunn has spent a majority of his time developing the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise for Marvel Studios -- a franchise that went from being considered a risk, to anther breakout for the studio under the guidance of Gunn. With the surprising success of the franchise, Gunn has been able to add another project to his resume: a Disney ride based on his films.

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As Gunn explained in his post, he was first approached about a year and a half ago by the Imagineers from Disney about developing the ride. When asked if he'd be interested in lending a hand, Gunn eagerly jumped at the chance. "I worked with them on maintaining the characters' integrity and unique personalities, directed the actors in the footage, helped to choose the musical selections, and gave them every bit of advice I could on the overall aesthetics of the Guardians and of course on visual effects," he said. "Mostly I wanted to make sure the Guardians had the same heart they do in the movies."

The opportunity to help bring the Guardians to an attraction at Disney was an opportunity that Gunn said allowed him to be "a beginner at something." Explaining the key differences between crafting a film and helping to craft a ride, Gunn said the idea of doing something new was exciting for him after two decades of working on films.

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"As passionate as I am about my job, I have been making movies professionally for 22 years and there are days when it's like washing dishes," he said. "The Imagineers mentored me in an entirely new and different art form - and the pathways you take to get the desired reaction from a ride are very different from the pathways you take while making a movie. I learned a lot and am incredibly grateful to them for their knowledge and patience. Thank you guys."

The ride, which was announced last year, officially opened to the public yesterday at Disney California Adventure Park. The launch coincides with the kick-off of the park’s limited-time “Summer of Heroes” celebration, running May 27 through September 10. The event will also debut a number of Marvel-themed experiences, including Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!, Super Hero Encounters, Avengers Training Initiative, and Heroic Encounter: Black Widow.

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The ride is meant to be the first of many Marvel attractions set to open within Disney. This is good news for fans as wait times for yesterday's opening ran around five hours, with the line apparently having started at the entrance to the park.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! features six randomized scenarios, each choreographed to a different song, including “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “I Want You Back” and “Burning Love.”

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