The Final Check-Out
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This past summer, Disney announced that The Hollywood Tower of Terror, one of its most iconic attractions, would be undergoing a major change. The famous attraction, based on The Twilight Zone, will officially close in January of next year and will be remodeled into a Guardians of the Galaxy ride.
“We are eager to present the attraction to the millions who visit Disney California Adventure and place them in the center of the action as they join in a mission alongside our audacious Guardians of the Galaxy team,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
The Tower of Terror opened in 2004 and has gone on to become a staple of the California Adventures park. The attraction is a significant element of the park’s theme, representing the Golden Age of Hollywood.
The ride throws Disney visitors into a stormy night in Old Hollywood on which five unfortunate guests step into an elevator of the hotel and never come out. Riders enter service elevators which drop them into the same fate these ghosts met decades before.
The spooky ride will be remodeled into a Marvel attraction and renamed Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout! The basics of the ride, such as the drop, will remain the same. The theme and storyline of the ride will change drastically.
Reactions to this change have varied. Some claim Disney is abandoning one of its most popular rides and is making a mistake. Fans of the tower went as far as creating a petition to halt its destruction. Other people, however, think this is proof of the innovation and change that has allowed Disneyland to remain one of the most popular amusement parks since the 50’s.
“With all this hate on the Tower of Terror change, I will laugh so hard if people end up liking Mission Breakout,” commented BPHS sophomore and Disney super fan, Sean Muse.
To ease the mind of distraught Tower of Terror enthusiasts, Disney has given visitors an opportunity to say a proper goodbye to the beloved hotel. The “Late Check-out”, starting on September 9 and extending until October 31, allows Disney goers to experience the ride in complete darkness, making the elevator plunge even more stomach dropping. A special photo opportunity is also being offered which allows guests to capture their check-outs.
The Tower of Terror will be missed, but it’s not too late to visit the horror that occurred behind its doors that one faithful night. The final check-out is scheduled for January 2, 2017.