RUMORS CONFIRMED?: Guardians of the Galaxy To Replace Tower Of Terror, Captain America Launch Coaster Coming

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Over the last month, I have heard a lot of people talking about a possible Guardians of the Galaxy overlay for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Supposedly, Disney is looking to opt out of the licensing fees paid for the use of the Twilight Zone franchise in this ride at Disney Parks around the globe, as odd of an overlay as Guardians might sound like for it. Sounds pretty far fetched, right? Well, it isn’t. Actually, it’s all true according to sources.

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Before you get too upset, from everything I have heard at this point, this only applies to Disney California Adventure. There are no plans anytime soon to overlay or replace the Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, especially with Disney and Sony working together on a feature film based on the attraction that also ties into the Twilight Zone franchise. Why overlay the California attraction? For a brand new theme park land for DCA – MARVEL Studios.

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MARVEL Studios would encompass the last true expansion pad for the park, situated between Hollywood Land and A Bug’s Land. The area would be a natural extension of Hollywood Land, being a “working movie studio”. On the lot, guests could find a series on indoor and outdoor meet and greet experiences, as well as plenty of shopping and dining. One completely new attraction would greet guests according to current rumblings: a launch coaster featuring Captain America, showcasing elaborate show scenes between coaster ride portions. The other attraction would be near one of the two entrances to the new land: a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed overlay of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

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With the current budgetary mindset in Disney Parks management right now, this makes a lot of sense. If they want to get MARVEL quickly and in a less costly manner into the California parks, this seems like a good answer. The Tower of Terror in California has never been as beloved or admired as much as the original attraction in Florida, and as long as an attraction of the same style existed, I find it hard to believe that any guests visiting the Disneyland Resort would actually care.

What would a Guardians of the Galaxy overlay for Tower look like? Who knows. I’m assuming there may be some material in the second Guardians of the Galaxy film which may lend itself to this attraction style, but until then, I am absolutely at a loss for how this makes sense. However, I don’t doubt Disney could make it work and make the overlay not feel so forced.

As always, things are subject to change and it sound like all of this is still in the very early design phases right now and very much subject to change. They still have an entire Star Wars-themed land to complete at Disneyland before this sees the light of day, and a lot can change between now and then. However, it certainly sounds like Disney is “hooked on a feeling” when it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy, so I expect to see an attraction based on these films sooner, rather than later.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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Christian Fronckowiak
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Christian Fronckowiak

The only part of this that I hate is that it would be another “working studio” environment but the rides would be “real experiences.” I’ll wait for the execution though.

Gregg
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Gregg

If it’s only true to DCA then why put a picture of the one at DHS? You can’t tell me you don’t have any pictures of the one at DCA.

andrew
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andrew

just gotta nit pick huh?

Bill
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Bill

It’s a legit criticism for a Disney blog/news site. If that detail isn’t right, what else is sloppy info?

Sandi
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Sandi

Agree. But then again, I’m just shocked they bothered reporting in it since it doesn’t effect WDW… Usually those are the only parks anyone bothers with. ?

Dennis
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Dennis

I beg your pardon, Sandi! WDW started as just a display in the original Carousel of Progress at Disneyland, which tens of thousands continue to bother with every day.

Gabe
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Gabe

Walt Disney World is for tourists, Disneyland is for purists.

Kevin
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Kevin

Other than the phrase ‘according to sources’, what part of this article ‘confirms’ anything? You said yourself that it’s many years away and you have no information as to how they will accomplish it, so what exactly are you confirming?

andrew
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andrew

pretty sure it says “RUMORS CONFIRMED?” notice the question mark….

Kevin
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Kevin

So the author is asking the reader if this article confirms the rumors? It obviously does not. It doesn’t confirm anything. The author knows that, so why imply that it does with the headline? Either way, click bait headlines just devalue and delegitimize the reporting on the website.

David B Conway
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David B Conway

hi, im only unknown,fan right now

Sue Logue Johnson
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Sue Logue Johnson

This infuriates me! First all this Stay Wars crap is ruining my favorite areas of Disneyland. Now the only attraction that is worth while at DCA. I may never go back!

Peanut Turner (@peanutismint)
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Peanut Turner (@peanutismint)

Unfortunately for you, a lot of people quite like ‘Stay Wars’….. :-)

David
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David

More people say Star Trek is better.

Daryl Jones
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Daryl Jones

Not according to box office revenue.

David
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David

Who cares what box office revenue says? Just shows how most people don’t know what a good movie is.

andrew
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andrew

The same ride will still be there just with a different story, it’s gonna be ok. Also, was Big Thunder Ranch your favorite part of DL? You can still go visit the goats, they are at a nearby ranch. Oh and that Star Wars crap has made over $2 billion and has movies coming out yearly, also they paid $4 billion for the franchise so they are pretty committed.

Sandi
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Sandi

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

Lps Red
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Lps Red

@Sue, I completely agree with you! Star Wars already has enough attractions, and with them addin a land for it, changing some of the other rides really makes me mad. Yes, Star Wars has fans, but not everyone loves it! I can’t even go through Tomorrowland anymore because of the franchise. Tower of Terror is one of my favorite rides, because of the creepy hotel factor! Changing it would be terrible!

Middlebrow
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Middlebrow

Disneyland has always, always been about cinematic experiences. Your righteous indignation is… entertaining. Buh bye.

clare
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clare

If you put a question mark after confirmed, then it’s not confirmed, it’s still a rumor.

Standard Staples
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Standard Staples

Actually, this conversion wouldn’t be nearly as difficult as it first seems. The key is to focus on one very specific part of GotG… The Collector. His location has a vibe that could fit incredibly well with the hotel’s interior and exterior. You simply replace all the Twilight Zone references with items that were collected. Within the ride itself, have show scenes that include the collection, The Collector, the GotG, etc. The end payoff is through the use of the infinity stone exploding, leading to you falling and flying all over the place, only to end up outside his hideaway.

Wencis Lao
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Wencis Lao

I don’t believe a “working movie studio” would work considering an amusement park has many people and attractions which generates too much noise. A movie studio lot needs a lot of silence in order to film, like how Universal Studios has their park separated by a good amount of distance from the lower lot where they film. Nickelodeon tried this with their park in Florida by having two live recording stages and dealt with similar issues. The main differences between their parks and this proposed ideas are that Nickelodeon filmed mostly TV shows in which a lot of them didn’t… Read more »

Middlebrow
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Middlebrow

Well yeah… sure.

David
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David

Not happening. That rumor is completely made up.

bill
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bill

Wrong wrong wrong

nonbeliever
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nonbeliever

I really like the pictorials on this site; that’s why I keep coming back despite the ridiculous rumors you post. “Sources”… LOL
Stick to the photo reports and stop with the click bait already.

tim
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tim

this is very much being discussed at Disney it’s not so much a rumor as it is brainstorming by the company as to what could replace the Tower of Terror theme. Jim Hill a well respected Disney insider did a podcast on this a few weeks back confirming that the company was looking into this it wasn’t until the internet lost its collective mind as usual that this topic kind of dwindled down

Mike Pinault
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Mike Pinault

You know there’s first marvel ride at Hong Kong disneyland is iron man experience, I hope you add it with the other two marvel rides at DCA. Maybe replace a bug’s land because I believe there’s not enough space there. You all can talk about this rumors or confirming at the D23 expo next year.

Dizney Mom
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Dizney Mom

Ummmmmm…..Who said “The Tower of Terror in California has never been as beloved or admired as much as the original attraction in Florida”? The wait times are always insane and it is many people’s favorite ride. This is an opinion. And a lame one. How can anyone judge that? You can’t. Especially if you are a WDW person. Not a DLR person.

Jason
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Jason

You can’t argue with the fact that the WDW version is superior to the DCA version. Do you admire a cheap clone that is missing parts? I sure don’t. Wait times are an irrelevant comparator. Sure it can be someone’s favorite attraction in DCA, but no one is arguing that point.

Kase
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Kase

Not everyone has been sale to ride both. For people on the west it’s a much more viable option than wdw. My family loves the ride and we would be very sad to see it changed that drastucally. The the ming is what makes it so grat.

Sandi
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Sandi

Lol just like Pirates, It’s a small world, etc at WDW are cheap clones of the ones at Disneyland.

Phill
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Phill

It’s a small world isn’t a cheap clone. It has flooded rooms and every scene has action on BOTH sides, unlike DL’s where it goes through a stream and scenes alternates on one side and a blank wall on the other. Plus WDW doesn’t have characters.

Michael Tirona
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Michael Tirona

Actually, you have that mixed up: DL’s has scenes on both sides. WDW’s has scenes on one side with walls on the other, at least for large portions. DL’s is only a stream, though.

Mike Eastman
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Mike Eastman

Sorry, but many prefer the updated DCA version. The original is a decent attraction, but the darker tone, faster pacing, and better opening/ending moments in the DCA make it stand out for many guests. Sure, it doesn’t have the 5th Dimension Room, but it’s not like the 5th Dimension Room has any great effects or visuals. It’s pretty awkward.

Jeff
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Jeff

Anybody who doesn’t understand that the WDW version of Tower of Terror is on a whole different level than DLR’s simply doesn’t follow the Parks as closely as many of us do.
It is clearly much, much more beloved at WDW.
This is coming from a So Cal “DLR” guy whose been visiting the Parks for 35 years.

Mike Eastman
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Mike Eastman

It’s much more beloved because it looks so much better and it has the benefit of not really having much competition. WDW is lacking in terms of modern effects and design. The DLR version is sadly shorter, but it also feels much tighter, darker, and advanced in technology.

Victor
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Victor

If you’ve ever been, or are going to Disneyworld, you’ll definitely notice the difference. CA absolutely got the cheap, awful version of the tower. After riding the far superior version in Florida, I didn’t mind that they’d be retheming CA Adventure’s tower. And what do you know….. a year later it’s happening! I couldn’t be happier! People are still going to ride it.

Tony
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Tony

Sounds like BS. Plus, as an Annual Passholder for DLR, I care very much if Twilight Zone was removed. And I love Marvel and especially GOTG. Unless you remove Bugs Land and the Hyperion Theatre, it’s not be a very big “Land” for Marvel attractions. But something more definitely needs to be done with that area.

Trent Collicott
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Trent Collicott

does that mean we can get rid of all of the Frozen stuff that’s there now?

Jay
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Jay

I wonder how long it will be before Disney does some sort of deal with Universal for the Marvel Theme Park rights in Florida.

Towmod
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Towmod

Oh boy a bunch of meet and greets and shopping. Disney rails again.

Christine Gamarra
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Christine Gamarra

This is BS the Tower is the most popular ride in DCA if they wanted to save on fees they would get rid of it in all the parks not just California. I love this ride I am an Annual Pass holder that is the first ride I go on, it sits on a small amount of land this makes no sense unless they want to cut into Bugs land which is right next to it or the Theater .. Since they are now going to be playing Frozen.. which most of us are sick of.. they can take that… Read more »

Michael Tirona
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Michael Tirona

It most d finitely is not the most popular ride in the park. One of them, yes. The most? Definitely not. I see wait times for the parks consistently five days a week, and Racers is easily the most popular.

When they mention the land between Hollywood Land and Bug’s, they’re actually talking about a sizable plot of unused backstage area that sits right behind Tower, Bug’s Land, and Cars Land. That’s the space they’re talking about for this land.

William West
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William West

No racers is “popular” because the hourly capacity is laughable….Tower of terror is around 1800-2000 per hour and it has easily hour waits while cars does WAY less than that.

Frank
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Frank

Did this writer actually type: The Tower of Terror in California has never been as beloved or admired as much as the original attraction in Florida, and as long as an attraction of the same style existed, I find it hard to believe that any guests visiting the Disneyland Resort would actually care.

Yes. He did. Well believe it…we would care.

Dar K
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Dar K

I used to work for WDW for 19 yrs. Changes takes time. For those worried about loosing a favorite attraction write a hand written letter to Guest Relations Dept. at the park. Hand written letters are said to contain the opinions of thousands of like minded people. Electronic mail is the opinion of that one person that wrote it. If you want to save your favorite attractions let them know, and ask everyone you know to write a letter too. I’ve asked guests to write in before to ask them to change things, it worked. Start a letter writing campaign.… Read more »

Damien Lepescue
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Damien Lepescue

F U Tom. I care! Leave the Tower Of Terror Alone, damit! I don’t want a damn Guardians overlay!