Disney o rama
The rumors are true. It's been officially announced that Tower of Terror is going away to be permanently rebranded as a Guardians of the Galaxy ride, as the anchor for what will eventually be a Marvel re-theming of that section of Hollywood Land of Disney's California Adventure (DCA).
While it's a safe bet that Monsters Inc and Muppets are going away as well, I'm assuming that the Hyperion Theater (and the Frozen show) are staying.
I'm... not overly pleased by this. Even though it’s supposed to not be as good as the one in Orlando (reportedly due to not spending as much money) I still love our Tower of Terror.
The ride is fun and I love all the details referencing the Twilight Zone, from the opening video to the props scattered around here and there, from the Talking Tina doll to the To Serve Man cookbook, to the red toy telephone.
My favorite thing being not a prop, but the chalk circle painted on a wall. A reference to a fav episode of mine Little Girl Lost.
Made even better because you can occasionally hear the little girl who has fallen into another dimension calling out for help (http://towersecrets.com/twilight-zone-references-in-the-tower-of-terror/
Small yet huge touches like that are what make Disney great.
But, it seems I’m an old coot because I LOVE the Twilight Zone. Whenever the rumor of the change came up online, folks like me praised the ride, while other’s would be steadfast in their belief that young people today have NO CLUE about Twilight Zone and it made no sense for there to be a ride themed to an ancient show no one cared about.
Thing is, Guardians of Galaxy is cool as well, and in the end the actual physical scary elevator part of the ride, of dropping and rising and dropping will very likely be pretty much identical to the existing one, only now with a bunch of new Marvel details to admire. I could very well end up loving the new version of the ride.
Maybe re-theming an existing ride instead of spending a larger amount of money on creating a totally new ride makes sense. Or for that matter maybe putting Marvel into DCA instead of using it as the anchor point for the ever rumored but so far never built third park makes sense as well.
All I know, is that I need to ride it a few more times and admire the details before it goes away.