Dear 100 Hour Board,
Disney is planning to replace Tower of Terror with a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. This is a terrible idea. What address should I send my email protesting the planned change to?
please Disney, just no
You're certainly not alone in your opposition, and it took only a quick Google search to find a petition with thousands of signatures.
If you want to contact them directly, there's a form you can fill out here, but I don't imagine one individual complaint will make a significant difference.
I, however, feel no significant opposition to the venture, nor do I believe the move is outside of Disney's mold, like the petition suggests. As a disclaimer I don't appreciate the ride mechanics of the Tower of Terror, so discount my opinion if you will, but Disney deserves a defender.
Let's start with this quote from Walt Disney, establishing what Disneyland is all about:
The idea for Disneyland came about when my daughters were very young and Saturday was always Daddy’s day with the two daughters. So we’d start out and try to go someplace, you know, different things, and I’d take them to the merry-go-round and I took them different places and as I’d sit while they rode the merry-go-round and did all these things- sit on a bench, you know, eating peanuts- I felt that there should be something built where the parents and the children could have fun together. So that’s how Disneyland started. Well, it took many years… it was a period of maybe fifteen years developing. I started with many ideas, threw them away, started all over again. And eventually it evolved into what you see today at Disneyland. But it all started from a daddy with two daughters wondering where he could take them where he could have a little fun with them, too.
The premise of Disneyland is the creation of a place that appeals to people of all ages, and a place where families can enjoy themselves together.
You could argue that current management has deviated from that ideal if you want to, but that's neither here nor there. The fact remains that Disney's commercial power is in their near-universal appeal. A Disney vacation doesn't appeal to only children--there's something for everyone.
Of course, not every attraction will hold that universal appeal. There are roller coasters that might not be especially appealing to small children, and there are attractions that are geared more toward small children. Nevertheless, within every land and area there's something that everyone can enjoy.
The Tower of Terror is a beloved attraction for many, to be sure. But let's be real, The Twilight Zone doesn't hold universal appeal. I'm willing to bet that the majority of people under the age of twenty have never seen an episode and have no nostalgia about the show.
Therefore, it makes sense for Disney to transform it into an attraction that holds greater appeal, and one that can be appreciated both for ride mechanics and theming. Yes, plenty of people will be sad about the change, but many more people will be interested in a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.
Of course, the theming of California Adventure itself is an entirely separate argument, and in my view a more persuasive one. Disney recently spent a lot of money refurbishing the main street of the park to better fit the 1920s California theme. The Twilight Zone does fit that vision better than Guardians of the Galaxy, but at least it doesn't deviate from the idea of Hollywood.
All in all, while many people seem to be disappointed by the decision, it doesn't seem like such a "terrible idea" to me. I'm much more concerned about the addition of Star Wars Land in Disneyland park, because I'm suspicious of anything that seems to violate Walt's vision, and this has the potential to be disastrous (in my personal view. Probably not financially or anything).