Tower of Terror closing down at Disney California Adventure


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Many Disney go-ers are saddened by Tower of Terror’s closure.

Rosangel Loza, Staff Writer

California Adventures’ “The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror” is scheduled to permanently close down Jan. 3, 2017 and is being replaced by “Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: Breakout!” that opens later next year.

When I first heard talk that the ride was going to be replaced, I was heartbroken. I didn’t visit Disneyland a lot when I was a kid, but when I did I always enjoyed going to this specific attraction. Whether it was because I grew up watching  “The Twilight Zone” series and liked the idea that this ride is based on the show or I’m simply fascinated with rides containing an unexpected drop, it really pained me to hear that this rumor was in fact true. The question is, is this change necessary?

To some it may be, as they identify this change as a sign of growth and welcome the idea of  letting the park become more modernized. Yet to those, like myself, who are on the fence about whether this is exciting or not, we have to realize the reality of the situation- this is happening whether we like it or not.

Yes, it is sad, and maybe pointless to be disappointed in something as trivial as a ride being closed, but it’s not all bad news. As of now, this is the only theme park owned by Disney confirmed to replace Tower of Terror.

This wouldn’t be the first time a ride was replaced at a theme park.

Back in 2007, “Back to the Future: The Ride” was replaced by “The Simpsons Ride” in the Universal Studios theme parks in California and Florida. In Japan, “Back to the Future: The Ride” was closed down this year and is being replaced by “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.” Disneyland’s “Big Thunder Ranch” was permanently closed Jan.11 of this year and is being replaced by “Star Wars Land.”

“Tower of Terror” first opened July 24, 1994 in Walt Disney World, Florida. It was then made available to residents in California when it was added to Disneyland in 2004, before opening in Tokyo, Japan and Paris, France.

The ride was based on the television series “The Twilight Zone,” in every park except Tokyo’s, although it still followed the theme of a hotel. A fun fact to note was that after the attraction was opened a film based on the idea with the same name was released in 1997 starring Steve Guttenburg and Kirsten Dunst.

“Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: Breakout!” is said to follow the same ride system as the “Tower of Terror,” and will hold the same aspect aside from the building itself being renovated. It is being opened around the same time that the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 film is released. So if you’re visiting Disneyland anytime soon, be sure to check out the Tower of Terror before it’s too late.