“Tower of Terror” Checks Out



The Hollywood Tower Of Terror Hotel attraction during The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Opens at Disney’s California Adventure at California Adventure in Anaheim, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

Katie Toblesky, Photojournalist

The Hollywood Tower of Terror is a favorite to Disneyland guests and is a must-see for those who are visiting from a long distance. However, those who want to enjoy the ride must do so soon. As of January in 2017, the the ride will no longer be available. That’s right: the Tower of Terror is closing it’s doors.


It’s a story that we all know: it’s the tale of the Hollywood Tower of Terror in California Adventure in Disneyland. The ride was made in 2004 and is based on an episode of the Twilight Zone, a television series made in the 1960s. The Hollywood Tower Hotel was an attraction for tourists, stars, and people who just need a vacation. Five people, a couple, a mother and child, and a bellboy, entered an elevator in the hotel on a night that seems normal. While going up, an enormous bolt of lightning strikes the elevator with the five visitors inside. Being struck by the bolt, they disappear and the elevator crashes to the bottom floor.


The ride incorporates the spooky old deserted hotel and the dropping elevator that the five guests died on it in the episode.


The attraction won’t be completely closed, but only temporarily to go under some revisions: Disneyland is changing the theme from Twilight Zone to Guardians of the Galaxy. According to LA Times, Disney will be keeping the dropping feature of the ride even though the theme will be changed. The ride’s new name will be Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.


It is unclear as to why Disney had decided to revise one of their most popular attractions. Tower of Terror is a classic ride that is many visitors’ favorite. When it was announced that the ride will be closing, the internet exploded with rage. Many fans wish to keep Marvel out of the park completely, claiming that it has nothing to do with Disney. While superheros may not have much in common with princesses and animated movies, Disney bought Marvel in 2009 for $4 million dollars, according to Newsarama. So it makes sense that they would want to make an attraction for what they own.


While the ride may no longer consist of ghosts and haunted hotels, the ride itself still is the crashing elevator from the hotel. And when true fans go on the newly themed attraction, they will always think of it as… the Twilight Zone.