Howard The Duck

Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck doesn’t appear in the attraction queue, but you can see him in the video in the Museum room as one of the items in Tivan’s Collection. You can hear Howard escaping as you end your ride and even buy a stuffed animal version of him in the gift shop.


The Music and Sounds

While on the gantry lift, guests will experience one of six songs paired with two different show scenes and the usual ending. The songs featured in the attraction are: “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, and “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley.

The music playing in the Lobby and Tivan’s office was composed by Tyler Bates, composer of the music for the two Guardians of the Galaxy films.

When leaving the fortress, listen carefully and you will hear the sounds of some of the animals that have escaped Tivan’s collection, including Howard The Duck. Tivan can also be heard over the intercom yelling about his artifacts on the loose. Songs from the Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 plays in the halls between the attraction exit and the gift shop, and The Collector can be heard asking who is playing this obnoxious music.

Some auditory easter eggs can be found in the garden, including famous speeches, such as a 1903 recitation of the Gettysburg Address, Voyager space shuttle launch, bird calls, other creature sounds from around the galaxy, and musical instrument sounds from a wide variety of civilizations. The Collector’s assistant introduces each clip with its catalog number and a snippet.

ultron in mission breakout

Ultron Sentry

The Ultron Sentry in Tivian’s collection features light up eyes that occasionally blink, and I’ve been told it will randomly activate, quoting lines from Avengers: Age of Ultron. The identification plaque says that “Ultron was a sentient artificial intelligence who tasked his army of sentries with destroying all humans on Terra in an attempt to ‘protect’ the planet.”

golden apples of iDunn

Golden Apples of Idunn

The Golden Apples of Idunn grow only in Asgard on a tree in a garden on the east side of Hall of Valhalla, and can only be picked by the goddess Idunn. The apples grant the Asgardians their youth, vigor, and virtual immortality. In the comics, they were stolen by the Storm Giants and had to be retrieved from them by Thor and Loki. They have yet to appear in the MCU, but you can find a bowl of the golden apple on one of the shelves in The Collector’s offices. My only photo of the artifact turned out too blurry to be usable here.

Rocket Raccoon's Laser Cannon

Rocket Raccoon’s Laser Cannon

Hilariously, the plaque for the 89P13 Blaster reads “This blaster was taken from the Guardians of the Galaxy’s pet rodent,” referring to Rocket Raccoon.

Small World Doll

Small World Doll

There is a severed head of a It’s A Small World doll on the collector’s shelves.


The Gardens of the Galaxy

Walt Disney Imagineering jokingly refers to Tivan’s Oasis as “The Gardens of the Galaxy.” There are 525 new shrubs, including 25 varieties, which grow outside the Fortress as part of Tivan’s Oasis. See if you can see all of the 30 trees, representing 13 varieties, that are growing in Tivan’s Oasis, including Queensland Bottle, African Tulip and Song of India trees. There are 25 potted plants, representing 20 varieties, also growing in Tivan’s Oasis. On display are numerous examples of rare and unusual plants, such as Cyphostema juttae (also known as Namibian grape), Dioscorea elephantipes (Elephant’s Foot), and Tylycodon reticulatus (Sifkop or Sieve Head). Other things to notice in the gardens include gold garden gnomes.

Outside, the Fortress is a posting offering a one million units reward for the capture of Mantis, the newest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. She will hopefully act as a getaway driver in this attraction’s escape storyline.

And we should also mention the huge gold statue of the Collector in front of the entrance to the Tivan Collection. He is heroicly posed wearing a robe and holding his prized pet Orloni.

Nova Corps Uniform

Nova Corps Uniform

As seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, the uniform is worn by Nova Corps, the intergalactic police force who “teamed with the Guardians of the Galaxy to save the universe from Ronan the Accuser.”


Celestial Alphabet: How to Translate the Alien Language to English

There are 2 languages used throughout one’s visit to the Tivan Collection: English and Celestial, which is native to the realm of Knowhere. It is possible to translate the Celestial language as some of the signs feature the same words in both languages. Eric Eisenberg did the hard work and translated most of the Celestial letters to Terran. For instance, there is a plaque outside of Tivan’s office that is presented completely in the alien Celestial language, and here is the translation:

The Tivan Group is not responsible for guests accidentally consumed by any rare creature or beast, or for any guests who might inadvertently wander into an empty cage and find themselves inexplicably trapped. Although you are guaranteed a visit to see the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Tivan Group is not responsible if the Guardians are unresponsive or asleep. By reading this, you grant approval for the Tivan Group to own your biosigns and do with them as they wish forever and ever in perpetuity throughout this and any other galaxy both known and unknown. Enjoy your tour.

So if you’re bored waiting in line, you can translate the signs and uncover some fun easter eggs.

Peter Quill's Walkman

Peter Quill’s Walkman

When The Collector captured the Guardians of the Galaxy, he seized one of Peter Quill’s prised possessions (his Sony Walkman) and put it in his office shelf to be catelogued. Rocket Racoon grabs the walkman before leaving the room, and uses it to play the six songs presented in the ride. No, it doesn’t make sense that Quill still has his walkman at a point in time when Mantis has already joined the gang (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 spoilers!), but remember that this is set in an alternate Marvel theme park universe. That also explains why there are six more songs on the Awesome Mix that we’ve never heard before.


Overhead Vitrines

14 overhead vitrines hang in the Lobby, containing both familiar and mysterious artifacts. Walt Disney Imagineering created artifacts for most of these virines, and sent the images to Marvel creative to give names and planets of origin to all of the objects.  Some are from new planets not featured in the movies and comics, while others have an origin in a place featured in Marvel lore.

Warriors Three Weapons in Mission Breakout

Warriors Three Weapons

On one of the walls near the entrance to Tivan’s office is the weapons of The Warriors Three, which is made up of the Asgardians Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg.

Hydra Gun

Hydra Gun

A Hydra Gun is on display in Tivan’s office. I don’t have a great photo of this, but you can see it in close-up with the Hydra logo.

Asgardian Gardening Gnome

Asgardian Gardening Gnome

One of the objects overhead was designed and handmade by Imagineering creative head Joe Rhode: a mummy that Marvel lovingly named “the gardening gnome from Asgaurd”.

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