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Disney’s California Adventure Park {DCA}

It was announced this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con that the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror would be getting a whole new theme to the classic drop ride. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will be making its début in summer 2017! They have aggressive plans to make this update; closing down the popular attraction in January of 2017. To tie in the new story there will be an entirely new façade, the queue will be heavily themed, and the ride itself will have all new visual and audio effects to go along with the new chaotic and hilarious adventure. Deep inside his fortress-like collection, Taneleer Tivan {aka The Collector} has a customized display case, which is suspended over a vast abyss where he has trapped his newest procurement; the Guardians of the Galaxy. Unbeknownst to their ruthless captor, the heroic Rocket has escaped and is enlisting the Collectors VIP guest {you} for help. Guests will board the gantry lift, which launches them into a tumultuous adventure packed with laughs from the hilarious cast of Guardians of the Galaxy and plenty of thrilling drops. The breathtaking free fall sensation will be enhanced adding multiple random and unique ride profiles. The gantry lift will rise and fall to the beat of the music inspired by the popular soundtrack for the film. There are exciting plans in the future to expand this universe of Super Heroes over time at DCA anchoring this new transformation of an existing attraction.

{Disney: Concept Art}

 

{Disney: Concept Art}

 

 Marvel

Complete chaos took over the internet earlier this week when careless reports were circulating the web with misleading titles such as “Tower of Terror to Close for Guardians of the Galaxy ride” or statements like “The last chance for Disney enthusiasts to plummet 13 stories down the iconic elevator shaft will be early 2017.” These claims suggest that the Tower of Terror attraction could/would be replaced at both DCA, and Hollywood Studios Florida. There has yet to be any word on the fate of the terrifying ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from the company, but here is a bit of insight of why we most likely will not see the change in Florida.

Way back in the early 90’s Marvel signed an airtight contract with Universal Studios allowing the theme park the rights of the Marvel characters use to tie them into theme park attractions on the east coast. Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4.25 billion dollars in 2009. However, they have yet to acquire the contract between Universal Studios and Marvel regarding the use of the characters and themed rides on the east coast. It has been rumored that Disney has offered upwards of $1.5 Billion dollars for the contract, but Universal has not budged.  Why would they? Universal will be re-opening their famous Hulk attraction any day now. If they put money into updating a Marvel attraction, it wouldn’t make sense to pass the rights of use to their competitor. Universal only owns the rights of these character-themed rides for the east coast, specifically the Orlando area which is why you will see Marvel attractions, characters, and merchandise in Disney parks both in California and overseas. Disney does profit a bit from the Marvel souvenirs that are sold at Universal Studios adding, even more, confusion to this already head-scratching contract. Overall the likelihood that Hollywood Studios “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” would ever be replaced by a Marvel attraction is slim to none.

Controversy

Although the uproar of potentially losing the Tower of Terror in Florida could have easily been avoided, with a proper explanation and a bit of research added to these viral articles. There was and still is an enormous amount of Disneyland and DCA enthusiasts devastated by the announcement to make any changes to a favorite attraction at their park. Petitions are circulating the internet to stop the update to the attraction. You should know that the majority of guests who attend Disneyland Resort theme parks are a passionate group of annual pass holders who have an active voice on any changes made to the resort area even the smallest of details such as removing a tree can cause mayhem among the community. Disneyland enthusiasts have an immense amount of pride for their parks, and it often takes a bit of convincing to make any changes to them. I’m sure when it is all said and done the attraction will remain a favorite amongst newcomers and life-long Southern California residents and fans of the parks. Just remember the famous words from Walt himself “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

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