To BREAKOUT or not to BREAKOUT: A story of TERROR

I realize I have been posting mostly movie reviews. Mostly its because my schedule has been so crazy that I have not been able to write as much as I'd like. But, I do want to write more opinion pieces. I want to write more, in general, in my blog.

That said, I was recently reading that Disney announced January 2 is the last day of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure before it becomes Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT. This is a topic I've been wanting to write about since everybody keeps asking me my opinion, given my love of both Disney and Marvel. I know its brought out quite a few strong opinions and, admittedly, I am torn.

I should say that Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of my favorite attractions at the Disneyland Resort.
First of all, I love how it looks towering over Hollywood Land and, ever since the re-dedication, it has proven an amazing backdrop watching either the Red Car Trolley or the Five and Dime making its way down the street. I also love how it towers over A Bug's Land and that the story of A Bug's Land is that it is in the lawn of the Tower Hotel. 

But, more than the looks, it is the ambiance and theming of the attraction that I love. It is truly a creepy attraction. When you enter, the eerie 1920s music immediately sweeps you into the story. The walk through the lobby gives you great unease, but in a fun way. Stepping into the library with no windows and no doors brings anxiety. And, then, the boiler room makes you realize you're soon on your way to doom. Such a great experience.

Of course, the actual ride itself is a great deal of fun. I always like to let my body float with only the strap of the seat belt holding me in. Its the only way to ride it.

So, the thought of most of this changing makes me sad. It will be like an old friend leaving. It's not that I'm a purist. I'm not. I truly believe when Walt Disney said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."

I understand that Disney has, for some reason, taken its own sweet time taking advantage, outside of the meet and greets, of its multi-billion dollar acquisition in Marvel, especially in the one US park in which it doesn't have restrictions. And, I get that they now want to get something up sooner rather than later. Guardians of the Galaxy would be the most appropriate given its popularity and its sequel coming up next year. And I understand why it has to be a thrill ride close to where they will be constructing a Marvel themed land (which has both been rumored to be in the backstage area between Tower of Terror and Cars Land or the Hollywood Studios and the transportation center). So, I get why they chose the Tower of Terror.

But, I have to admit that I cannot figure out how it will all work out without ruining the illusion. First of all, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of the tallest structures at Disney California Adventure. From the Grizzly Peak Airfield, it makes sense seeing both the Carthay Circle Theatre and the Tower Hotel. From A Bug's Land, it makes sense because A Bug's Land is the lawn of the Tower Hotel. But, with its transformation to a more technological outer space looking structure, how will that affect the illusion? Will they be rerouting the Red Car Trolley because that will look weird with it driving by the new structure? What will happen to the theming of the Hyperion Theater if the rumors are true that they'll use the Hollywood Studios/Transportation Area? I just can't see it in my head.

At the same time, I'm sure these are issues the Disney Imagineers have been thinking about. I can't imagine I'm the only person who's thought about it.

Listen, I get the ire and sadness out there about the transformation, but, if they do it right, just like we've watched the park transform before, we will eventually get used to it and, who knows, we might even love it. Actually, I know I'll enjoy it when it opens because I am a massive Marvel fan.

That said, I hope they'll never change it at Disney's Hollywood Studios because I'd like to know that I would be able to ride the attraction in its original creepy old Hollywood glory. 


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