I feel my temperature rising
It’s burning through to my soul
Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love” is a featured soundtrack on the all new Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Disney’s California Adventure theme park next to Disneyland. But there’s a catch. You have a one in six chance of hearing the King of Rock n’ Roll singing “hunk a hunk of burning love…”
According to Disney, there are actually six different variations of the attraction, each with its own individual soundtrack, including Elvis’s “Burning Love,” Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”, “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament, “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf, “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winters Group, and “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5.
The new attraction replaced The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which closed on January 3, 2017, and is inspired by Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film series. Actors from the movies actually appear in the accelerated drop tower dark ride which depicts the character Rocket Raccoon recruiting guests to attempt to free the remaining Guardians of the Galaxy from display within the Collector’s fortress.
Burning Love was recorded by Elvis on March 28, 1972 at RCA’s Hollywood Studios and released as a single on August 1, 1972, with the B-side “It’s a Matter of Time.” It was a major hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Cashbox’s Top 40 Charts by November. It became his 40th and last Top Ten hit on the US charts during his lifetime.
The concert film Elvis on Tour featured Elvis introducing “Burning Love” at his April 18, 1972 performance in San Antonio, Texas. The song was so new to him he had to use a lyric sheet on stage. Later, Elvis made history with the first ever internationally satellite broadcast to over a billion people at his Aloha from Hawaii concert. “Burning Love” was a highlight of that ground breaking event.
In the Disney ride, Elvis’s “Burning Love” is played during the first scenario of the Guardians jumping from their confinement, only for Drax to get captured by the tentacled monster. The second scenario shows the giant, gargoyle-esque monster jumping up and spitting out Drax, with the latter then punching the former and telling the guests, “You’re welcome!”
Other versions of the ride include:
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 (1969): The first scenario is of the Guardians jumping from their confinement, only for Drax to get captured by a tentacled monster The second scenario shows Quill kicking a rat-like creature into the cages before being attacked by a group of them.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar (1980): The first scenario shows Peter Quill shooing away the tentacled monster, ending with the both of them and Gamora (who is in the same scenario) running from a fleet of security drones. The next scenario shows a giant, gargoyle-esque monster jumping up and spitting out Drax, with the latter then punching the former and telling the guests, “You’re welcome!”
Give Up The Funk – Parliament (1975): The first scenario has Quill and Gamora in the tentacles of the tentacled monster, with Quill and Gamora asking Rocket for help. The following scenario shows Quill kicking a rat-like creature into the cages before being attacked by a group of them.
Free Ride – The Edgar Winter Group (1973): The first scenario is of the Guardians shooting at the oncoming attacks before Baby Groot pushes a red button that turns off the artificial gravity.The next scenario, respectively, shows everything floating while Quill tells Baby Groot to press the button that puts on the artificial gravity. He does, but everything in the collection falls, including the Gantry Lift.
Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf (1968): The first scenario has Quill and Gamora in the tentacles of the tentacled monster, with Quill and Gamora shouting at Rocket for help. The following scene, respectively, shows Quill shooing away the monster, ending with the both of them and Gamora (who is in the same scenario) running from a fleet of security drones.