Disney’s Tower of Terror may not stand

By: Annie Pullella

The Charter Opinions

In early 2017, Disney California Adventure Park closed The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM and is replacing it with Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: BREAKOUT! According to Disney Parks Blog the new attraction is “a comically high-energy, rocking new adventure.”  It’s scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.  

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is considered one of the classics. It opened in Disney California Adventure Park in 2004.

The Charter interviewed Darla Hall, an ACA parent, ES, and drama teacher, about The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror being changed into a new ride, “I’m so sad. Because I really liked the Twilight Zone and the whole story behind it.  I thought that was pretty cool. And I’ve never seen Guardians of the Galaxy…but from the previews I wasn’t thinking it would be as good as Twilight Zone.”

The Charter surveyed ACA families in March 2017 with the following question, “Disneyland’s Tower of Terror is being replaced with a different ride. It’s in the same building but just a different theme– Guardians of the Galaxy.What do you think of Disney redoing the ride with a different theme?”

Here are some of the responses:

“I prefer the original. It is a classic Disney ride that has been there forever.”

“Tower of Terror is one of my favorite rides. It’s sad to see it go. But, it will be fun to experience a new ride — I’m sure it will be great.”

“I really liked Tower of Terror and it’s kind of sad that it is changing, but I can see how if you are a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy you would like it.”  

“I’ve never been to Disneyland, so I have no preference or understanding of the change.”

“I would probably ride it just to see how it’s different.  Just out of curiosity. But then I would be like ‘oh, this isn’t as good.  I miss Twilight Zone,” said Hall.

According to the Los Angeles Times writing about the closure of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, “Disney and its champions inevitably respond to complaints about change by pointing out that the parks are not a museum, that Walt Disney himself said Disneyland would never be finished.”

I’m not surprised that Disney is changing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror because I agree with Walt Disney, Disneyland will never be finished, there will always be something to add.

Sources:

Rohde, Joe. “Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Coming to Disney California Adventure Park Summer 2017.” Disney Parks Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2017.

Hall, Darla. Personal interview. March 15, 2017

Unanimous Poll. April, 9, 2017- March 17, 2017

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