Disney to debut Marvel's Summer of Heroes park event starting in May

If you're planning a trip to Disneyland this year, you might want to book it during the spectacular Summer of Heroes event to promote Disney's Marvel characters and the grand opening of its new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout E-ticket attraction at Disney's California Adventure.

Summer of Heroes is a season-long shindig running from May 27 through September 10 that centers around Disney's invaluable stable of Marvel comic-book characters, featuring a colorful assortment of events, merchandise and activities.

In addition to the new Guardians of the Galaxy thrill ride, there will be a Groot meet-and-greet, a Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off with Star-Lord cranking tunes on his boombox, an interactive Avengers Training Initiative with Black Widow and Hawkeye and an avalanche of Marvel-themed clothing, toys, food, beverages and souvenirs.

Here's the official Disney press release:

Disney California Adventure park will soon be the destination for adventure, intrigue and triumph as recruits from around the world – like you – join forces with legendary Super Heroes in an ever-expanding universe of stories that will grow even bigger over time. This summer, we are kicking off the action with the May 27 grand opening of the thrilling, rocking attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

This new adventure blasts you straight into the Guardians of the Galaxy story for the first time ever, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As you help Rocket bust his pals out of the Collector's Fortress, you will experience randomized ride experiences complete with all-new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. You never know which adventure you will get!

There will be even more ways to step into Super Hero stories with Summer of Heroes, May 27 through September 10. Answer the call for this limited-time celebration as you join the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy for all-new epic experiences.

Summer of Heroes will launch these new, year-round experiences:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off! – Don't be surprised if you run into the Guardians of the Galaxy on their way to the Milano, with Star-Lord firing up his old-school boom box to get the party started. Gamora may prefer to stand back and observe, but everyone else is bound to get in the groove and show off their moves during this awesome rock 'n roll bash!

Super Hero Encounters – For the first time, citizens of Earth will come face-to-face with Groot, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy! You can also step up to meet the First Avenger, Captain America, along with everyone's favorite web slinger, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

And for a limited time, step up to the challenge with new adventures during Summer of Heroes:

Avengers Training Initiative – Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.

Heroic Encounter: Black Widow – Black Widow will arrive on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests.

Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action – All that heroism making you hungry? Want a token as proof of your adventures when you get home? Special themed merchandise and food will be available throughout Hollywood Land.

(via io9)

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