So have you heard the news yet? You probably have. Everyone has. It pains me to say that the rumor has been confirmed but… Tower of Terror in California Adventure (Disneyland) is closing in early 2017.
Summer 2017 it will reopen as a new ride, with no trace – except the vaguely similar shape/building – of The Hollywood Tower Hotel. It will instead be called Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT and it will look like this:
To be quite honest with you I’m still a little horrified. Tower of Terror, to me, is a Disney classic and taking it away from the park just seems sick and wrong. I trust that Disney will make Mission: BREAKOUT a really awesome attraction and it will be adored by many, but I will always remember what it used to be — and then surely my heart will break a little as I think about how much I miss ToT. I have even felt the nasty pang in my heart when I realized none of my children will be able to have experienced such a brilliant ride. Ugh. It makes me sad sad sad. I have my inside source at DLR and he has informed me why this is happening. It totally makes sense and I see the logic but my selfish heart wants Tower of Terror to stay forever. The reason? Whatever channel owns The Twilight Zone keeps upping the cost that Disney owes them to keep this partnership alive. So apparently the Disney Company is just done and now have moved on to Marvel. There is another rumor (I can’t currently recall if I’ve heard its confirmed) though that the whole area by Tower of Terror is going to become Marvel-themed. I’ve heard they’d knock down Monsters Inc (sad) and the whole Mad Tea Party area and give it a Marvel makeover. It sounds really cool but the Hyperion Theatre is in the mix there and I just have a hard time comprehending how they’d somehow theme that all together? Ok. Sorry. I’m rambling and probably making no sense.
Lets talk more about what we know about whats to come.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT
- The building will be transformed into Taneleer Tivan’s – better known as The Collector’s area where he is displaying his newest acquisitions – The Guardians of the Galaxy
- The Collector doesn’t know this, but Rocket has escaped
- Rocket is enlisting The Collector’s guests (us) for help freeing the rest of his gang
- The guests will board the lift which will launch them into space in whats described as a “chaotic and hilarious adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to break his fellow Guardians out of captivity.” (Disney Parks Blog)
It sounds good. I’m sure it’ll be awesome. I hope it will be great.
But right now I’m just stuck in my rut. It will never beat Tower of Terror.