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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Launches Guests into a Rockin’ New Adventure: Helping Rocket Save the Guardians at the Disneyland Resort

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Launches Guests into a Rockin’ New Adventure: Helping Rocket Save the Guardians at the Disneyland Resort

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Twitter.com/Disneyland

Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Launches Guests into a Rockin’ New Adventure: Helping Rocket Save the Guardians at the Disneyland Resort

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Twitter.com/Disneyland

Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Launches Guests into a Rockin’ New Adventure: Helping Rocket Save the Guardians at the Disneyland Resort

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Launches Guests into a Rockin’ New Adventure: Helping Rocket Save the Guardians at the Disneyland Resort

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Twitter.com/Disneyland

Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Launches Guests into a Rockin’ New Adventure: Helping Rocket Save the Guardians at the Disneyland Resort

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Launches Guests into a Rockin’ New Adventure: Helping Rocket Save the Guardians at the Disneyland Resort

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Launches Guests into a Rockin’ New Adventure: Helping Rocket Save the Guardians at the Disneyland Resort

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Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! -- The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guests become the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure in Disney California Adventure Park as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! This thrilling attraction is fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time. It opens May 27, 2017.

Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park, enticing guests to explore the new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT!  The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. Rocket is asking guests to help him rescue his pals from The Collector’s grandiose Fortress. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! brings an all-new epic adventure to the Disneyland Resort, and it’s the only Disney park in the universe where guests can step into a Guardians of the Galaxy story,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “Like the smash-hit films that inspired it, this new attraction is action-packed, full of irreverent humor, and features an ‘awesome mix tape.’  It’s a fantastic way for guests to experience the Super Hero universe like never before.”

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens just weeks after the theater premiere of the new film, “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The stars of the films are featured in the attraction.

Walt Disney Imagineering collaborated with James Gunn, director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, most of the main talent from the films along with Joe Quesada, chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment, and Marvel Themed Entertainment on the story of the attraction, to develop an experience where guests step into a story with these characters for the first time.

“I can’t be more pleased to have partnered with Walt Disney Imagineering in bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters to this new, immersive form of storytelling,” Gunn said. “It’s been exciting and a lot of fun to help direct and shape the experience so that it has all the heart and fun and humor of the Guardians movies.”

In addition to the new attraction, Summer of Heroes begins May 27 with Guardians of the Galaxy characters and Super Heroes appearing in Disney California Adventure for new exploits and Heroic Encounters. While some of these will be year-round, others will be available only from May 27-Sept. 10. Summer of Heroes inaugurates an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time.

The Collector’s Fortress

The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! adventure begins as guests enter a grandiose, 183-foot tall fortress. They discover that the Guardians have been imprisoned by the arrogant, acquisitive Taneleer Tivan, known as The Collector. Guests join a daring escape plan devised by Rocket, who once again proves his uncanny ability to break free from any prison or captivity.

The dominating fortress is adorned with antennae, satellite dishes and other mysterious apparatus and is accented in shimmering hues of blue and gold. At night, with special lighting, it pulsates with imposing power. A gilded, eight-foot-tall statue of The Collector stands at the entrance to the fortress, towering over guests. These VIP guests of The Collector enter to view the unique “Tivan Collection” of relics and species from all over the universe. His latest acquisition: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Fortress Lobby

The Lobby of the fortress is both fascinating and creepy – filled with display cases that hold artifacts and living creatures, which The Collector has obtained and made available for public viewing. In a welcome video, The Collector explains how he has trapped the Guardians of the Galaxy high atop his fortress in secured glass cages that are wired with power from a massive generator and suspended over a deep abyss.

The Collector’s Office

Before leaving the Lobby and entering The Collector’s Office, guests hold up their hands to be “bio-scanned” for security clearance. In the Office, even more of The Collector’s relics are on display and, as in the Lobby, the collection contains some hidden references that will delight dedicated Super Hero fans and Disney fans.

Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Using their security clearances, he can hijack the gantry lift to the top of the fortress, disable the generator, and free his friends.

The Gantry Lift

Of course, Rocket’s plan faces challenges. After guests enter the gantry lift, Rocket overrides The Collector’s recorded tour spiel with music from the tape player of Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill). Soon, the gantry is shooting up into the fortress, then plummeting downward as Rocket attempts to take control of the generator.

It’s here that guests experience one of the attraction’s six different ride profiles, each synchronized to one of the songs on the “awesome mix tape”:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley

Guests soon learn that, even if the rescue is successful, the resulting chaos may create problems of its own!

The Technology 

To help create the attraction, Disney Imagineers used Virtual Reality technology to pre-visualize the Tivan Collection, The Collector’s Office and other parts of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! experience.

The ride system has more high-speed ride time than ever before, and the thrill factor gets going as soon as the gantry lift doors close and the music stars blaring. Each song is accompanied by a different up-and-down ride profile and story scenes, making every visit to the attraction unpredictable.

Rocket makes multiple appearances in the attraction, including as a sophisticated Audio-Animatronics character who invades The Collector’s Office to ask guests for a hand with his escape plan.

From the anticipation guests will feel as they enter The Collector’s Fortress to the sense of discovery as they tour the Tivan Collection to the thrills and elation of participating in a successful breakout, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an unforgettable adventure into the Super Hero universe at Disney California Adventure.

About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Venturing into The Collector’s Fortress, guests will board a gantry lift for an epic adventure on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, the new attraction at Disney California Adventure park. Guests step right into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. And Rocket recruits them to help set free his fellow Guardians. (Joshua Sudock/DIsneyland Resort)

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U.S. District Court Upholds Labor Commissioner Awards of Almost $1 Million for Misclassification of Port and Rail Truck Drivers

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LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A federal court judge has sided with California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su, issuing a judgment in favor of five port and rail truck drivers against XPO Cartage Inc. The ruling awards the drivers reimbursement for expenses and unlawful deductions in the amount of $958,660 plus attorney’s fees and costs.

The Labor Commissioner previously issued awards to the five drivers following hearings that found they had been misclassified as independent contractors. XPO Cartage appealed the five decisions in Superior Court and the case was removed to Federal Court, where attorneys for the Labor Commissioner defended the decisions on behalf of the drivers. After a four-day bench trial and post-trial briefing, U.S. District Court Judge William Keller ruled the cases were not preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 and that all five drivers, misclassified as independent contractors, were entitled to reimbursement for expenses and unlawful deductions.

“The United States District Court’s decision in this case vindicates the rights of five employees who have sought for years to recoup the deductions unlawfully withheld from their wages due to being misclassified as independent contractors,” said Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. “My office is dedicated to ensuring workers are paid what they are due under the law and ensuring workers are properly classified.”

State courts have also upheld the Labor Commissioner’s awards in misclassification cases in the port and rail trucking industry. In 2013, Superior Court Judge Michael Vicencia rendered judgment in favor of four port truck drivers and against Seacon Logix Inc. in the amount of $107,802.  The Second District Court of Appeal affirmed Judge Vicencia’s judgment in its published decision Garcia v. Seacon Logix, Inc. (2015) 238 Cal.App.4th 1476. In 2015, Superior Court Judge Ross Klein also affirmed the Labor Commissioner’s finding of misclassification and awarded port truck driver Ho Lee $179,390 for reimbursement of expenses and unlawful deductions following a three day bench trial.

The federal courts over the past four years have consistently upheld the Labor Commissioner’s authority to adjudicate these claims and rejected complaints that wage claims filed by truck drivers with the Labor Commissioner are preempted under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994:

  • Clean Truck Coalition, et al. v. Julie Su, Labor Commissioner of the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, in her official capacity, et al., Case No. 2:12-cv-08949-MMM-AJW; 
  • Seacon Logix, Inc. v. Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Case No. BC504306; 
  • Winwin Logistics, Inc. v. Julie Su, Labor Commissioner, California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Case No. 2:15-cv-04624-CAS (PJWx); 
  • Sterling Express Services, Inc. v. Jose Vasquez, an individual; Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, by and through Julie Su, in her official capacity as Labor Commissioner, et al., Case No. 2:14-cv-01308-DSF-VBK; 
  • Sterling Express Services, Inc. v. Johel Climaco Valencia, an individual; Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, by and through Julie Su, in her official capacity as Labor Commissioner, et al., Case No. 2:14-cv-00137-R-JCGx.

The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, also known as the Labor Commissioner’s Office, inspects workplaces for wage and hour violations, adjudicates wage claims, investigates retaliation complaints, issues licenses and registrations for businesses, enforces prevailing wage rates and apprenticeship standards in public works projects, and educates the public on labor laws. Its Wage Theft is a Crime multilingual public awareness campaign was launched in 2014 to help inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities.

Members of the press may contact Erika Monterroza or Peter Melton at (510) 286-1161, and are encouraged to subscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

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The California Department of Industrial Relations, established in 1927, protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners, and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. DIR is housed within the Labor & Workforce Development Agency. For general inquiries, contact DIR’s Communications Call Center at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734) for help in locating the appropriate division or program in our department.

 

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All-New 2018 Odyssey Minivan On-Sale Tomorrow; Delivers Ultimate in Family-Friendly Performance, Comfort and Connectivity

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The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey arrives in dealerships tomorrow, bringing a host of new family-friendly features and a greatly improved driving experience.

TORRANCE, California, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The completely redesigned, all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey arrives at Honda dealerships nationwide tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 starting at $29,990. The Odyssey has been the best-selling minivan in America for the past seven years and is leading again in 20172. This fifth-generation Odyssey continues its evolution to meet the needs of changing American families, raising the bar for performance, cabin quietness, family-friendly interior space, comfort and connectivity in the minivan segment. 

The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey arrives in dealerships tomorrow, bringing a host of new family-friendly features and a greatly improved driving experience.

Offering customers greater value than ever before, the 2018 Honda Odyssey prices increase modestly, despite the substantially increased comfort and convenience features such as standard Honda Sensing® technology, new Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, and new Magic Slide 2nd-row seats™ in EX and above trims, for example. The line-topping Odyssey Touring and Elite models round out the Odyssey lineup with a long list of available new premium features and technologies, including CabinWatch™ day/night video monitor, CabinTalk™ in-car PA system, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, new Rear Entertainment System (RES) with Blu-ray and streaming video, hands-free power tailgate, heated steering wheel, LED accent lighting and more.

With its new 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 engine, offering 32 more horsepower than before, and new 9-speed and available 10-speed automatic transmissions with standard paddle shifters, the 2018 Honda Odyssey offers class-leading performance and improved EPA fuel economy ratings of 19/28/22 mpg3 city/highway/combined. The new Odyssey also adds the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistive and safety technologies as standard on EX and above trims, which are anticipated to comprise 95 percent of new Odyssey sales.

View, build and price at 2018 Honda Odyssey at automobiles.honda.com/odyssey.

2018 Honda Odyssey Pricing and Feature Upgrades

Trim

MSRP

Major Feature Upgrades by Trim

All-new to Odyssey LX

New to LX trim

LX

$29,990

–   3.5L direct-injected i-VTEC® V6

–   9-speed automatic transmission

–   New ACE™ body structure

–   Front seat knee airbags

–   Full-color TFT driver’s meter

–   Steering wheel paddle shifters

–   Active Shutter Grille

–   Capless refueling

–  18-inch alloy wheels and tires (+1 inch)

–  Acoustic-laminated windshield

–  Dual-zone automatic climate control

–  Active Noise Control technology

–  Acoustic laminated windshield and front door glass

–  Thicker rear door, rear quarter window and rear windscreen glass

EX

$33,860

All-new to Odyssey EX

Additional feature upgrades from LX

Above plus:

–  18-inch wheels and tires (+1 in.)

–  Magic Slide 2nd-row seats™

–  Honda Sensing®

–  Blind Spot Information (BSI)

–  New Display Audio

–  Apple CarPlay™/Android AutoÔ

–  SiriusXM satellite radio

–  CabinControl™ app

–  Auto High Beams

–  LED daytime running lights

–  Power sliding rear doors

–  Rear cross-traffic monitor

–  Heated front seats

–  Tri-zone automatic climate control

–  Smart Entry

–  Remote engine start

–  4-way power lumbar for driver’s seat

–  Auto on/off headlights

–  Heated door mirrors

–  HD Radio

–  2nd-row sunshades

–  +1 2.5-amp USB port

–  HondaLink® Assist

EX-L

$37,360

All-new to Odyssey EX-L

Additional feature upgrades from EX

All above plus:

–  CabinTalk™ in-car PA system

–  Leather seating surfaces

–  Leather-wrapped steering wheel

–  Power tailgate

–  2-position memory driver’s seat

–  Moonroof (power slide and tilt)

–  Auto-dimming rearview mirror

–  Homelink® remote

–  +2 USB charging ports

EX-L Navi

Res

$39,360

All-new to Odyssey EX-L Navi-Res

Additional feature upgrades from EX-L

All of the above plus:

–  Rear Entertainment System with Blu-Ray and streaming video

–  New Honda satellite-linked Navigation System by Garmin

–  1st-row 110V outlet

–  2nd-row HDMI outlet

–  Two wireless headphones

–  3rd-row sunshades

Touring

$44,510

All-new to Odyssey Touring

Additional feature upgrades from EX-L NR

All of the above plus:

–  10-speed AT (replaces 9AT)

–  LED headlights

–  LED fog lights

–  CabinWatch™

–  Hands-free power tailgate

–  HondaVac™ (previously on Touring Elite only)

–  4G LTE Wi-Fi (with data plan)

–  HondaLink® Subscription Services

–  Front and rear parking sensors

–  Body-colored side sills

Elite

(previously Touring Elite)

$46,670

All-new to Odyssey Elite

Additional feature upgrades from Touring

All of the above plus:

–  19-inch wheels and tires (+1-in.)

–  Heated steering wheel

–  Wireless device charging

–  Power folding side mirrors

–  LED interior accent lighting

–  Additional cabin noise insulation

–  Rain-sensing wipers

–  Acoustic laminated rear door glass

–  Gloss black exterior and interior trim

–  Body-colored tailgate spoiler

–  Heated and ventilated front seats

–  550-watt, 11-speaker premium audio

Dynamic Performance
The 2018 Odyssey is powered by a new 3.5-liter direct injected i-VTEC® 24-valve SOHC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). This new engine is paired with one of two new transmissions: a 9-speed automatic (9AT) for LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L NAVI RES trims, or an all-new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic (10AT) for Touring and Elite trims. The Odyssey’s new engine is rated at 280 SAE net peak horsepower (+32 horsepower) and 262 SAE net lb.-ft. torque (+12 lb.-ft.) and delivers best-in-class acceleration for added confidence when entering a freeway, accelerating with traffic or overtaking another vehicle on the highway.

Odyssey’s superior performance, including its exceptional ride comfort, and steering and handling precision, are improved by a lighter weight, more rigid body structure (75 pounds lighter with a 44 percent increase in torsional rigidity compared to the previous model), as well as a new dual-pinion electric power steering system, and a new rear suspension with stabilizer bar. The new suspension allows for more discreet control of both body roll (side-to-side) and heave (up and down) body motions, while its compact design aids interior cargo volume. It is also 15 pounds lighter than the previous system.

Magic Slide Seats
Odyssey’s new Magic Slide 2nd-row seats™ enable greater flexibility for optimal passenger comfort, people- and cargo-hauling ease and easy access to the third row. There are four different modes depending on the space and seat position that is needed, with the center seat removed.

The Easy Access mode allows the outboard seats to slide laterally through five selectable positions, creating more access to the third row, even with one or two rear-facing child seats installed in the second row seats. The Super mode can be used for maximum access to the back row with either outboard seat set to walk-in position. To have the two outboard seats in their outer most positions is called Wide mode. Lastly, the Buddy mode enables the two outboard seats to come together in the center of the vehicle, putting the two people in close proximity to one another.  Further, sliding either outboard second-row seat to its center- and forward-most position puts a child within easy reach of the driver and front-seat passenger.

Family Connectivity
A host of new connected-vehicle features and technologies makes the in-vehicle communication easier and faster. CabinWatch™ lets the driver and front passenger view the second- and third-row passengers via the 8-inch Display Audio screen, using a ceiling-mounted camera with infrared capability. The new CabinTalk™ in-car public address system allows the driver to talk with the second- and third-row passengers through the third-row speakers in equipped models and the Rear Entertainment System, through the wireless headphones and third-row headphone jacks.

Other new connected-car technologies include a new, faster and more user-friendly Display Audio touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility; new CabinControl™ app, which puts normally out-of-reach features at second-and third-row passengers’ fingertips via their smartphones; Social Playlist (part of Cabin Control™ app) which works as a virtual family jukebox; available 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi; and a new 10-inch Rear Entertainment System with Blu-ray and streaming video capabilities.

Cabin Quietness
Honda designers and engineers targeted top-class cabin quietness for the new Odyssey, providing a low-stress environment where families could easily connect in their day-to-day travels and on longer journeys. The Odyssey’s vault-like cabin benefits from a more aerodynamic and tightly sealed body; the use of triple door seals; an acoustic-laminated windshield and front door glass (Elite trim); thicker rear-door, rear-quarter and rear windscreen glass (Elite trims add acoustic rear-quarter glass); added insulation in the engine compartment and fenders; the application of acoustic spray foam to 14 places in the body structure; and standard Active Noise Control technology.

Safety and Driver Assistive Features
The 2018 Odyssey EX and above trims now feature the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing® includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The new Odyssey also utilizes the latest generation of Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and advanced airbags. The new Odyssey targets top collision safety ratings: an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating.

North American Development and Manufacturing
The all-new 2018 Odyssey was researched, designed and engineered by Honda R&D Americas and both the vehicle and its V6 engine are produced4 exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. The new Honda-developed 10-speed transmission is produced exclusively by Honda Precision Parts Georgia in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

For More Information
Additional media information including, pricing, features and high-resolution photography of the 2018 Honda Odyssey is available at hondanews.com/channels/odyssey. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/odyssey. To join the Odyssey community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Honda/Odyssey.

1 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $900 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary. 
2 Based on Urban Science retail sales data in the minivan segment for 2010-2017CYTD March. 
3 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. 
4The Odyssey is built using domestically and globally sourced parts.

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Richmond American’s New Collection Brings Homes From The Upper $100,000s To Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida and ORLANDO, Florida, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Richmond American Homes of Florida, LP, a subsidiary of M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC), is pleased to announce the introduction of the Seasons™ Collection to additional communities in Florida. This series provides buyers with new homes at attractive price points.

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Everywhere the Seasons™ Collection is available, buyers choose from contemporary floor plans with inviting layouts for every season of life.

Jacksonville

The Seasons™ Collection is available at Rolling Hills at Lake Asbury, priced from the upper $100,000s. Eight floor plans are available with 9-foot ceilings and personalization options. Residents enjoy a pool and fitness center. Seasons™ at Bartram opened earlier this year.

Orlando

Pinewood Gardens offers the Seasons™ Collection as well, starting in the low $200,000s. Homeowners appreciate a small-town feel with access to local hot spots. Proximity to Florida’s turnpike provides an easy commute to Orlando.

Additionally, homebuyers find the Seasons™ Collection at Summers Corner in Davenport. The community offers a pool and cabana. Prices start in the low $200,000s, with three model homes opening soon.

All buyers building from the ground up can work with a design consultant at Richmond American’s Home Gallery™ to choose from hundreds of textures, finishes and fixtures.

To learn more about the Seasons™ Collection in Florida, call 888-500-7060 or visit RichmondAmerican.com/Seasons.

About M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.

Since 1972, MDC’s homebuilding subsidiary companies, which operate under the name Richmond American Homes, have built and financed the American dream for more than 190,000 homebuyers. MDC’s commitment to customer satisfaction, quality and value is reflected in the homes its subsidiaries build. MDC is one of the largest homebuilders in the United States. Its subsidiaries have homebuilding operations across the country, including the metropolitan areas of Denver, Northern Colorado,  Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, RiversideSan Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Orlando, Jacksonville, South Florida and Seattle. MDC’s subsidiaries also provide mortgage financing, insurance and title services, primarily for Richmond American homebuyers, through HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, American Home Insurance Agency, Inc. and American Home Title and Escrow Company, respectively. M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDC.” For more information, visit MDCHoldings.com.

 

SOURCE M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.

Cricket Fans to Compete for Cash during 2017 MoneyGram Cricket Bee™

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DALLAS, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cricket fans will soon test their expertise of the game for a chance to win $10,000 during the second annual MoneyGram Cricket Bee competition.  The game includes trivia questions about the history of cricket, key moments, teams, players and other general knowledge. 

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“We are thrilled to sponsor the 2017 Cricket Bee and as always we enjoy being a part of an initiative that our customers are passionate about,” says Ivy Wisco, MoneyGram’s global marketing strategy leader. “Our South Asian consumers are some of the top senders in the world and we know how much cricket means to them. Sponsoring the Cricket Bee allows us to say thank you to our customers, and build relationships with new customers as well.”

The Cricket Bee was created by leading multicultural firm, Touchdown Media which strives to bring cricket enthusiasts together from across North America.

“Cricket is a passion point for many immigrants and whether one plays the game or not, one always knows a lot of trivia. We hope to bring all cricket lovers together on this platform and encourage the spirit of the game,” said Rahul Walia, CEO, Touchdown Media Inc.

Open to those 18 and older, the contest will begin in July with regional rounds in San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, New Jersey and Toronto. The top two finalists in each regional round will move on to the finals which will be held in New Jersey on August 12. 

The regional contests will have two components, a written test and an oral test. In the written qualifier, contestants will be asked 35 questions. They must get at least 25 correct in order to advance to the oral round. In the oral round, the contest will be held on a miss and out basis; simply if a contestant misses the right answer, they are eliminated.

This year, the initiative has also tied up with several local Cricket leagues across the country including the Bay Area Cricket Association, the Northern California Cricket Association, the Edison Cricket Club, the North Texas Cricket Association and the Bolingbrook Premiere League.

Registration deadline for the regional rounds begin on July 7, 2017. Contestants can register and watch a video detailing and explaining the contest at Cricketbee.com. A sample set of questions and sources will be provided for the participants.  Please see the official rules for details.

According to the World Bank, South Asia is the fastest growing developing area in the world. An estimated $112 billion in remittances flowed into the region in 2016. India received more than $62 billion, making it the top receive country in the region. 

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About MoneyGram International, Inc.
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.  

Media Contact:
Michelle Buckalew
media@moneygram.com
214-979-1418

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The Nation’s Hispanic Aging Boom

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WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — “We are witnessing an Hispanic Aging boom,” said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group. “Hispanics are one of the fastest growing segments of older adults; however, community resources are not meeting the needs of our population. The partnership announced today seeks to change that by supporting new PACE programs in Hispanic communities so that all have access to quality care,” added Dr. Delgado. 

PACE is an innovative model of care for persons 55+, often bringing together Medicare and Medicaid funding, and centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of people with chronic care needs to live and be served in the community whenever possible. Delivering all needed medical and supportive services, a PACE program provides the entire continuum of care and services to people with chronic care needs.

“We all want the best care for our aging loved ones, but getting that care can be frustrating,” said Shawn Bloom, President and CEO of the National PACE Association. “Families who are a part of PACE experience a caring environment in which their loved ones receive quality care, coordination and support is provided so family members have a respite from caregiver duties allowing them to work and support their family’s economic well-being, and a person can continue to live in the community,” emphasized Mr. Bloom.  

“PACE is a model of care that has always faced hurdles in accessing sufficient and affordable financing,” said Bob Montanari, Senior Vice President of National Cooperative Bank. “We are delighted to be working with the Alliance and NPA and we expect our commitment will provide new opportunities for PACE development and expansion in Hispanic communities,” stated Mr. Montanari.

“May is Older Americans Month and an appropriate time to honor our nation’s older adults.  If you need information on PACE in your community or other services for yourself or someone you know, we are here to help. Please call our bilingual and toll-free Su Familia helpline at 1-866-783-2645,” concluded Dr. Delgado.

 

SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Campaign Launched to Prevent Deaths During Aquatic Activities

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WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As a result of the growing popularity of water sports and recreational water activities, the Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) and the Water Sports Foundation (WSF) today launched a national multimedia campaign to raise awareness among the Latino community About the importance of using the lifejacket.

The “Prevenir Es Vivir” (Prevention is Life?) campaign includes public service announcements on Spanish radio stations, on social networking platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as on the website of La Red Hispana.org, with the aim of reaching To Latins and Latinos of all ages.

“Every death is regrettable, but the tragic death of the young promise Jose Fernandez reminds us of the importance of following common sense rules when we are in the water, especially the use of lifejackets, so we believe that this campaign cannot be more timely “Said HCN CEO Alison Rodden.

About 84 percent of all aquatic deaths have the common denominator that the victims did not wear a life jacket when they fell into the water due to unforeseen circumstances, according to USCG statistics.

Surveys show that many people are reluctant to wear a lifejacket because they find it uncomfortable or costly, but modern inflatable versions are less restrictive, affordable and allow more precise adjustments for all types of body profiles.

“The message of the campaign is simple but powerful: The vests save lives, use them. The idea is that the next time someone climbs a boat, boat, canoe or kayak, the vest comes first in your mind. There’s no point in a vest if you do not wear it, “said WSF public outreach coordinator Jim Emmons.

The campaign therefore makes available to the public all relevant information to prevent a recreational day in the water from becoming a calamity and recommends following the basic safety rules, including no alcohol consumption in the water and periodic inspections of their equipment.

For more information, please visit LaRedHispana.org.

SOURCE Hispanic Communications Network

California Milk Processor Board Launches “California Thrives on Milk” Campaign

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SAN CLEMENTE, California, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Recognizing that nutrition education leads to healthier food choices and in support of National Dairy Month in June, the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) is launching “California Thrives on Milk,” a month-long series of free educational wellness events in select underserved communities that show a marked rate for “food insecurity” across the state.

California’s Rising Rate of “Food Insecurity”
According to the California Association of Food Banks, while California produces nearly half of the nation’s fruit and vegetables, 1 in 8 Californians – 5.4 million – struggle with food insecurity.   “Food insecurity” is defined as the occasional or constant lack of access to food needed for a healthy, active life; and has a serious impact on an individual’s well-being, affecting both learning and work potential, and is positively correlated with low intake of fruits and vegetables, obesity and chronic diseases (1).

In California, Latino low-income adults have the highest food-insecurity prevalence (38.2%) while the rate of food insecurity with hunger was highest for African-American low-income adults.  California counties with primarily rural or agricultural-based economies tend to have the highest rates of food insecurity (2).

“While California is a leading producer of agriculture including wholesome milk, many who live here lack the education they need to support wise eating habits for themselves and their families,” said Steve James, Executive Director CMPB.  “We’re working to change that with a range of free community-based, wellness offerings to help guide consumers to more healthful choices this summer.”

Nutrition Education Shown to Increase Fruit, Vegetable and Milk Consumption
A 2013 USDA study found that children participating in certain nutrition education programs increased their daily fruit and vegetable consumption at home by a quarter-to a third-cup, and were more likely to choose low-fat or fat-free milk.  Participating seniors consumed about a half-cup more fruits and vegetables daily (3).

“California Thrives on Milk” Campaign Launch
Throughout June, the “California Thrives on Milk” campaign will offer a series of free educational activities and events in Los Angeles, Fresno and Bakersfield.  In each market, registered dietitians will host weekend “smart shopping” grocery store tours to help shoppers identify nutritious food choices, understand nutrition labels, and share healthy meal recipes incorporating milk. Additionally, one family in each market will participate in a “Before and After Refrigerator Makeover,” whereby a new refrigerator, freshly stocked with a range of healthful foods selected by a registered dietitian including fruits, vegetables and milk, will be gifted.

Community Partners Lend Campaign Support
In partnership with local community non-profits including the Boys & Girls Club and Hands4Hope LA, the CMPB will execute community improvement projects in each market that will leave a lasting impact.  The family-friendly activities include plantings at shared community gardens and fresh food fairs with healthful cooking demonstrations by a celebrity chef and fitness activities.

The “California Thrives on Milk” campaign supports the USDA’s Summer Meals program, which offers healthy meals for kids when school is out of session.  The program is open to everyone 18 and under, regardless of income and no paperwork or documentation is required.  Families can find Summer Meals locations by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877, calling 2-1-1 or visiting https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

E! Reality TV Celebrities
To raise awareness for the effort and encourage participation, the CMPB is partnering with E! network reality TV show stars Liz and Carmen Milian from “Christina Milian Turned Up.” Celebrity chef Liz Milian will lead several cooking demonstrations and share her own favorite healthy recipes featuring milk.

Milk Helps Californians Thrive
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, milk contains three out of the four nutrients to encourage- Calcium, Vitamin D and potassium- that are often missing from the diet. These nutrients, along with six others, provide important health benefits:

  • Calcium: Builds healthy bones and teeth; maintains bone mass
  • Protein: Serves as a source of energy; builds/repairs muscle tissue
  • Potassium: Helps maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Phosphorus: Helps strengthen bones and generate energy
  • Vitamin D: Helps maintain bones
  • Vitamin B12: Maintains healthy red blood cells and nerve tissue
  • Vitamin A: Maintains the immune system; helps maintain normal vision and skin
  • Riboflavin (B2): Converts food into energy
  • Niacin: Metabolizes sugars and fatty acids

To learn more about the “California Thrives on Milk” campaign, please visit www.gotmilk.com.

About the CMPB The California Milk Processor Board was established in 1993 to make milk more competitive and increase milk consumption in California. Awareness of “got milk?” is over 90% nationally and it is considered one of the most important and successful campaigns in history. The “got milk?” trademark is a federally registered trademark and service mark that was licensed by the National Dairy Board in 1995 for use in its advertising, including their long-running “Milk Mustache” campaign. The CMPB’s Spanish-language campaign began in 1994 using the tagline “Familia, Amor y Leche” (Family, Love and Milk). The “toma leche” (Drink Milk) campaign replaced it in 2006, in order to better align the English and Spanish language work. The CMPB is funded by all California milk processors and is an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Sources:
1:(http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/formsandpubs/publications/CaliforniaFoodGuide/25HungerandFoodInsecurity.pdf)
2:(http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/formsandpubs/publications/CaliforniaFoodGuide/25HungerandFoodInsecurity.pdf)
3:(https://www.fns.usda.gov/pressrelease/2013/fns-001313)

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SOURCE California Milk Processor Board (CMPB)

BillMo Highlights the Stories of US-Based Latinos Who Have Overcome Adversity To Make Dreams a Reality

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MIDDLEBURY, Connecticut, May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — BillMo, LLC, a US-based company that provides a low cost money transfer and mobile wallet application, today announced a new campaign that highlights the stories of Latinos who exemplify success through Latinos Que Inspiran, or Latinos That Inspire.

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Latinos Que Inspiran is a campaign developed and launched by BillMo to shine a light on entrepreneurs, professionals, families, students and young people who not only strive to achieve success daily, but thrive and prosper. Latinos Que Inspiran is a compilation of personal stories that exemplify how constancy and commitment have driven their success in the United States.

These testimonies, found at www.billmo.com/latinos-que-inspiran, highlights Latinos who are an example in their communities and stand out for the development of their capacities, both in the professional field and in their private lives. They are an inspiration for others who are looking for guidance and hope that a brighter future is not only possible, but absolutely achievable.

“At BillMo, we want to support and honor all Latinos who in every challenge see an opportunity for learning, who don’t stop fighting, and who do exactly what they’re passionate about,” said Roger Lopez, BillMo’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Latinos Que Inspiran serves as a vehicle to spotlight success of those who have seen their dreams come to fruition while inspiring those who have dreams they want seen turned into realities.”

The Latinos Que Inspiran campaign seeks to demonstrate that Latinos are worthy examples of struggle and humility and have overcome social, economic and political barriers that don’t weaken them, but strengthens them in their desire to have the life that they want and deserve.

About BillMo
BillMo (short for Billetera Móvil) is a US based company that offers a low cost money transfer and mobile wallet application. The BillMo application allows US senders to send money to individuals in Mexico using just their smartphone and debit card, while turning the smartphones of Mexican beneficiaries into mobile wallets that can be used to receive funds, top up mobile phones, pay for retail purchases and common bills, and withdraw cash at thousands of locations across Mexico, including all BBVA Bancomer, BanCoppel, Elektra, Pagos Intermex and Telecomm locations. The cost for US smartphone senders to send money to Mexico is $0.99. For more information, visit www.billmo.com.

BillMo is a trademark of BillMo, LLC.

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SOURCE BillMo, LLC

Now you can raise money for personal causes on Facebook!

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Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) is a place where people come together to connect with their communities and support one another in meaningful ways. Today, we are giving people another way to mobilize around causes they care about by introducing personal fundraisers to everyone over 18 in the US.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8104951-introducing-facebook-personal-fundraisers/

People can create a fundraiser to quickly raise money on Facebook and easily reach their friends in a few taps, without leaving Facebook, and can share fundraisers to help build momentum.

People can learn about the person who created the fundraiser and the person benefiting from the fundraiser, as well as see which friends have donated.

Now people can raise money on Facebook for any of the following categories:

    • Education: such as tuition, books or classroom supplies
    • Medical: such as medical procedures, treatments or injuries
    • Pet Medical: such as veterinary procedures, treatments or injuries
    • Crisis Relief: such as public crises or natural disasters
    • Personal Emergency: such as a house fire, theft or car accident
    • Funeral and Loss: such as burial expenses or living costs after losing a loved one
    • Sports: such as equipment, competitions or team fees
    • Community: such as neighborhood services, community improvements or environmental improvements

Nonprofit fundraisers continue to be available for people on Facebook to raise funds and awareness for 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

It’s easy to get started:

  1. On mobile, tap the menu icon and select Fundraisers, or on desktop, go to facebook.com/fundraisers
  2. Choose to raise money for a Friend, Yourself or Someone or Something Not on Facebook
  3. Give your fundraiser a title and compelling story, and start raising money

All fundraisers are reviewed within 24 hours. Personal fundraisers are available on all devices, and have a 6.9% + $.30 fee that goes to payment processing, fundraiser vetting, and security and fraud protection. Facebook’s goal is to create a platform for good that’s sustainable over the long-term, and not to make a profit from our charitable giving tools.

We’re constantly inspired by the good people on Facebook do, and we’re excited to learn more about how people use this new product so we can continue improving the experience.

Find out more about Facebook fundraisers at facebook.com/fundraisers.

CONTACT: Stephen Rocco Rodi / srodi@fb.com / +1 415 601 8462

Founded in 2004, Facebook's mission is to make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

 

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Minority Chamber of Commerce Announces Impressive roster of speakers set to address May 26 World Municipality Conference-Miami 2017

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MIAMI, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The World Conference of Municipalities 2017-Miami, May 26 will be at the Hotel Intercontinental Doral located at 2505 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33172, will open doors of success for mayors and public officials in the areas of resources, programs, investment and solidarity.

Hosted by the Minority Chamber of Commerce (MCC), this premier conference features top-ranking keynote speakers such as Yehuda Kaploun, President of Water Gen, one of the world’s most innovative water development companies; and Wompimeequin Wampatuck, Chief of the Mattakeeset Tribe, who will present on “Municipalities and the Advancement of Indigenous People.”

According to Doug Mayorga, founder of the Minority Chamber, the purpose of the World Municipality Conference is to focus on myriad international topics, including the development of global innovative solutions for solving important issues affecting municipalities in the U.S. and beyond.

Delegates will attain a better understanding on how to harness opportunities, and how to progress in the face of challenges presented by of our new world order that may stand in the way of a sustainable and just future,” said Mayorga.

Guest speakers and panelists also include:

  • Mayor Juan C. Bermudez, City of Doral
  • Juan Perez, Director & Chief-Miami-Dade Police Department
  • Sheriff Scott Israel, Chief-Broward Sheriff’s Office
  • Brandon Wales, Director-Department Homeland Security
  • Angela Sposito, former UNESCO Team Syrians Refugee Program in Jordan
  • Rene Aguilera, CEO – King System
  • Scott Johnson, CEO-Johnstek
  • Kristalina Georgieva, CEO-World Bank
  • Ninoska Perez Castello, renowned journalist
  • Bryan Koon, Director-State of Florida Emergency Management
  • Steve Detwiler -Planning Miami Dade County Emergency

The conference is not open to the public but new and existing members are invited to attend by contacting MCC now via e-mail: director@minoritychamber.net  or by calling 786-406-2190.

About the Minority Chamber of Commerce: Founded in the year 2000, we are a global business and economic development organization, focused on new initiatives in technology, influenced by structural demand in the world economy, the steady globalization of innovative activity is part of the component to assist disadvantaged communities and address the special needs of different municipalities, especially the least developed emerging nations. For more information: www.minoritychamber.net.

For interview contact Maria Loaisiga, Media Relations Manager.

 

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New American Funding to Lend $25 Billion in New Mortgages to Hispanic Borrowers

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New American Funding to Lend $25 Billion in New Mortgages to Hispanic Borrowers

TUSTIN, Calif., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — New American Funding, a national mortgage lender, joins the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) in their commitment to increase Hispanic sustainable homeownership, and triple Hispanic household wealth in the next decade. NAHREP is a national advocate on housing policies affecting Hispanic homebuyers, and New American Funding has established an actionable plan in support of NAHREP’s Hispanic Wealth Project goal of achieving a 50% rate of US Hispanic homeownership.

New American Funding to Lend $25 Billion in New Mortgages to Hispanic Borrowers

“We’re a community-driven lender and we believe this alignment is a way to enrich lives and make a positive impact on Hispanic communities,” commented Rick Arvielo, CEO of New American Funding.

The strategy will focus on three initiatives:

Foster Hispanic Entrepreneurship

By 2024, New American Funding will provide direct mentorship to 500 Hispanic-owned small businesses.  This initiative will encompass an annual Hispanic Small Business Summit at New American Funding’s headquarters in California. The Summit will feature speakers and business leaders who will provide direct guidance, insight and support to Hispanic businesses owners.

Increase Hispanic Homeownership Rates

By 2024, New American Funding commits to lending $25 Billion in new mortgages to Hispanic borrowers. The mortgage bank will educate 5,000 real estate professionals on the cultural nuances of the Hispanic community and will host 70 industry-exclusive Latino Focus events across the nation.

Increase the Number of Hispanics in the Mortgage Industry

To support the Hispanic Wealth Project goal of doubling the number of Hispanics employed in the mortgage industry, New American Funding commits to recruiting, training and providing employment opportunities for individuals who have no previous experience in the mortgage business.  By 2024, the mortgage company will transition 1,000 Hispanic individuals from students to entry level mortgage professionals.

“This commitment is vital in attending to the needs of the future homebuyer and part of our personal mission to empower the Hispanic community. We are very proud to join the efforts of NAHREP,” said Patty Arvielo, President and Co-Founder of New American Funding.

For more information on NAHREP’s Hispanic Wealth Project please visit http://hispanicwealthproject.org/

About New American Funding 

New American Funding is a national mortgage banker licensed in 48 states with 130+ branch locations offering a variety of home loan options including: Conventional, FHA, Cash Out, Fixed Rate and Adjustable Rate Mortgages, VA, HARP 2.0, Jumbo, and Reverse Mortgages. The company is a Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae Direct Seller/Servicer, FHA Direct Endorsement, and VA Automatic mortgage lender.

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Brazil Is the Site of the Most Important Internet Event in Latin America and the Caribbean

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FOZ DO IGUAÇU, Brazil, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The promotion of integrated efforts at developing the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean was prominently underscored during the first day of sessions of the meeting LACNIC 27, being held May 22-26 in Foz do Iguaçu.

The opening session featured Ariel Graizer (LAC-IX), Eduardo Santoyo (LACTLD), Demi Getschko (NIC.br), Hartmut Glaser (CGI.br), and Wardner Maia (LACNIC). “Given the overwhelming interest, registration had to be closed two weeks before the start,” said Maia. More than 650 people were in attendance, not including the 420 attending from a distance. The session also included a welcome by LACNIC’s president to the first woman to serve as co-moderator of the LACNIC Public Policy Forum, Paola Pérez.

Demi Getschko stressed the importance of being able to contribute as a co-organizer of the debates generated at LACNIC events. “Several challenges in the Internet space have caused concern, including attacks, regulations and neutrality. It is, therefore, important for us to remain vigilant of aspects such as these that can affect the Internet as a whole,” he explained. Harmut Glaser reminded everyone that “this week, the Internet’s headquarters in Latin America and the Caribbean is Foz do Iguaçu.” Certain topics of special interest to the region, such as IPv6 growth and local traffic exchange, were also highlighted.  

The panel on the “Internet of the Future: Its Evolution over the Next 10 Years” was moderated by Oscar Robles, Executive Director of LACNIC, and included members Adiel Akplogan (ICANN), Cristine Hoepers (CERT.br), Flavio Amaral (Netflix) and Matías Quintanilla (Telefónica Argentina). Cristine addressed concerns such as security, stating that these should not focus solely on an attack response, but also implementation of good practices that do not increase the contribution of devices and networks with attacks. Adiel underscored the need to consider privacy at every level of the network. Flavio talked about the increasing interest of companies in providing users with more and more personalized content. Matías wrapped up the session discussing the important role that the 5G will play in the medium-term evolution of the Internet. 

The opening session also included ICANN CEO Göran Marby. “The Internet gets larger when we connect and smaller when we disconnect. It is because of this that we need for more people from different places to say what needs to be improved and how. The collaboration that exists in Latin America and the Caribbean is a model for the rest of the world.”

The 27th meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) will hold activities through May 26 and is co-organized with the support of the Internet Management Committee in Brazil (CGI.br) and Information and Coordination Nucleus of Dot BR (NIC.br). Those who are interested in following the debates can participate from a distance at http://www.lacnic.net/web/eventos/lacnic27

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Auto Care Steps for a Stress Free Road Trip

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BETHESDA, Md., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Summer road trip season is here. Taking proactive steps to make sure your vehicle is operating properly will help avoid the hassle and unexpected cost of a breakdown away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

This summer, AAA expects to receive calls from over seven million stranded motorists experiencing car trouble. The majority of issues the travel group anticipates will cause car problems, such as dead batteries and flat tires, can be prevented with a pre-trip vehicle inspection.

“Summer heat can take a toll on a vehicle, especially if it hasn’t been properly maintained,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Whether you do it yourself or visit a trusted professional technician, a pre-trip vehicle check will give you peace of mind and provide the opportunity to make any necessary repairs before you hit the highway.”

AAA also reports that four out of 10 drivers are unprepared for vehicle breakdowns. So you and your vehicle are ready for the road, the Car Care Council recommends taking the following auto care steps before you leave home.

  • Check the battery and replace if necessary. Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging. Excessive heat and overcharging shortens the life of a battery.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system as proper cooling performance is critical for interior comfort.
  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
  • Check the emergency kit and restock, if necessary. Be sure to fully charge cell phones before leaving home.

The Car Care Council also recommends inspecting the brake system and performing a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council’s online media room at http://media.carcare.org. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council’s consumer education website at www.carcare.org

 

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Think you’d be a great HOA community manager? CACM says ‘click here’

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LAGUNA HILLS, California, May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With many of its member homeowners associations eager to hire, the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) is widening its search for men and women from all walks of life who are suited for the opportunity.

CACM has laid out a three-step process: 1) Interested people are invited to click on an introductory video: SurveyAnyplace.com/s/newcareer. 2) From there, candidates may take a free online career assessment designed to quickly identify who might be a good fit. 3) CACM will forward promising candidates to executives at companies seeking managers for communities and homeowners associations.

With this coordinated outreach program — the first of its kind by CACM — the organization’s leaders hope to raise the profile of the industry and catch the eye of a range of applicants — from people just starting out, to seasoned professionals considering a career transition.

“We’re looking for people who are ready for a change and want to love what they do for a living,” said David Zepponi, president and CEO of CACM. “Our goal is to introduce our profession to a broad audience. We want to give Californians a peek at what it’s like to be a community manager — and the skills and personality it takes. CACM has members in the industry who are ready to hire.”

California has more than 52,000 community and homeowners associations — serving condos, high-rises, gated communities and mixed-use projects blending residential and commercial units. The CACM video makes the case that versatility is a virtue for a community manager. Executives want to meet candidates with leadership, communication and people skills, paired with the creativity, empathy and intuition necessary to mediate conflict, build relationships and serve neighborhoods and communities. 

“What I enjoy about the video is that these are not actors,” Zepponi said. “You meet an impressive bunch of California community managers, learn what they do, and quickly understand how their diverse personal and career backgrounds help them bring people together and improve lives in communities where they work.”

Zepponi said he hopes career counselors, college advisers and current industry professionals will encourage individuals they think might have an interest to click on SurveyAnyplace.com/s/newcareer and start the process.

About California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
Based in Laguna Hills, CACM heightens the professionalism and success of California community association managers by promoting high standards of practice and ethical behavior. CACM is the leading provider of California-specific community management education and certification and offers a broad range of value-added products and services to help its members succeed. CACM’s membership is composed of nearly 3,000 California-based professionals from the community association management industry. For more information on CACM, please visit cacm.org.

Contact:

Randall Oliver

Communications Manager

949-340-7671 direct

roliver@cacm.org

 

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Kelley Blue Book Announces 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000

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IRVINE, Calif., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — While the average transaction price of a new vehicle currently sits at nearly $35,000, the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com prove that you can still find a dynamic and affordable new car that turns heads with their 2017 list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000.  The Mazda3 enjoys its fourth consecutive year at the No. 1 spot, and remarkably it has appeared on KBB.com’s annual affordable cool cars list every year of the vehicle’s 14-year existence.

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“Our collection of Coolest Cars Under $18,000 is one of Kelley Blue Book’s longest-running lists, ever popular because of the unique combination of cool and affordable and made even sweeter by the advances the auto industry has made in technology and features now offered on moderately priced cars,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.  “College students, first-time buyers and other budget-conscious consumers will be pleased to know that they don’t have to break the bank to find a vehicle that suits their needs…and turns them on.”

Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 2017

Rank

Year

Make

Model

Sample Editorial Comments

 

1

2017

Mazda

Mazda3

The Mazda3 is widely regarded as the best-looking and most fun-to-drive vehicle in the segment, and we call it one of the coolest cars of all time.

2

2017

Honda

Civic

Roomy, comfortable, fun to drive, efficient, feature-packed and boldly styled, the impossibly well-rounded Civic also delivers all the refinement, reliability and reputation that typically accompany the Honda badge.

3

2017

Jeep

Renegade

Not only is it the outdoorsman of this group, Jeep’s subcompact SUV also makes for a practical, parkable little city car.

4

2017

Kia

Soul

A standard fixture on this long-running list, the Kia Soul offers an unmatched mix of bold style, versatile practicality and surprising affordability.

5

2017

Hyundai

Veloster

While the Veloster is defined by its third door and utterly unique styling, the long warranty and low pricing complete the package.

6

2017

Volkswagen

Jetta

The most affordable European sedan on the market combines the uniquely satisfying driving manners and rich interior sensibilities that help define and distinguish its pricier, luxury-badged brethren.

7

2017

Toyota

Corolla iM

Sculpted styling and a versatile hatchback design deliver youthful appeal, while an impressive suite of standard safety equipment provides relaxing peace of mind.

8

2017

Subaru

Impreza

Its standard all-wheel drive always has been appealing, but Subaru’s compact car returns to this list on the strength of a total redesign for 2017, including a new look and more refined driving manners.

9

2017

Honda

Fit

In addition to curiously cavernous rear-seat and cargo room, the Fit adds a uniquely flexible rear seat that folds down – or up – to accommodate a wide range of passenger/cargo configurations.

10

2017

Chevrolet

Sonic

Freshly updated for 2017 with new front and rear styling and a variety of feature upgrades, Chevrolet’s subcompact car – the most affordable on this list – delivers a compelling combination of fun, comfort and tech.

Two longstanding criteria – that the vehicle is both fun to drive and fun to own – are critical among the deciding factors of what Kelley Blue Book editors freely admit is a very subjective “cool factor,” the over-arching No. 1 criterion for a vehicle to place on this list.  Each vehicle is available for purchase starting at $18,000 or less*, using Kelley Blue Book’s exclusive Fair Purchase Price as the yardstick.  Kelley Blue Book® Fair Purchase Price and Fair Market Range are part of KBB.com’s Price Advisor tool, showing what consumers can reasonably expect to pay this week in their area for a new vehicle when purchasing from a dealer.  Factors such as current market conditions, vehicle availability, local demand, and seasonal buying trends all help determine a vehicle’s Fair Market Range and Fair Purchase Price. 

To see KBB.com’s full coverage of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 2017, including full editorial comments about each model, pricing details, vehicle photography and more, please visit https://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/coolest-new-cars-under-18000/2100004174/.  

To discuss this topic, or any other automotive-related information, with a Kelley Blue Book analyst on-camera via the company’s on-site studio, please contact a member of the Public Relations team to schedule an interview.

For more information and news from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, visit www.kbb.com/media/, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kelleybluebook (or @kelleybluebook), like our page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kbb, and get updates on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/+kbb.

*Vehicles appearing on Kelley Blue Book’s 2017 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 list were available for less than $18,000 according to regional Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Prices as of May 9, 2017.

About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry.  Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website KBB.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new and used cars this week.  The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies, and governmental agencies.  Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. is a Cox Automotive brand.

About Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive Inc. is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. Committed to open choice and dedicated to strong partnerships, the Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, Xtime® and a host of other brands. The global company has 33,000 team members in more than 200 locations and is partner to more than 40,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers, while engaging U.S. consumer car buyers with the most recognized media brands in the industry. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., an Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion and approximately 60,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com.

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