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The Disney Parks Blog has an update on the Tower of Terror change over!

 

 

Mon, October 3, 2016

Collector’s Fortress Transformation Underway Now as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Prepares for Summer 2017 Opening at Disney California Adventure Park

Erin Glover

by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort

 

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A huge transformation is underway now at Disney California Adventure park, as The Collector’s Fortress takes shape at the site of what is now the Hollywood Tower Hotel. It will be home to a new adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, and today we have a detailed look at what the fortress will look like when the attraction opens summer 2017.

 

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The model pictured here was created by Walt Disney Imagineering to guide the transformation currently taking place on the exterior of the attraction. Every shade and detail you see here will be replicated in full size, as designers, builders and artists work to bring The Collector’s realm to life here at the Disneyland Resort.

 

This “warehouse, fortress-like power plant” (as described here by Joe Rohde, Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering) is designed to be intimidating and imposing, but also shimmering and regal. It will be the ideal location for The Collector to secure and show off his most prized acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy.

 

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Featuring characters from the blockbuster films, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is an epic new adventure combining the familiar, breathtaking free-fall sensation with all-new visual and audio effects, including music inspired by the popular “Guardians of the Galaxy” film soundtrack. Guests will experience a variety of randomized ride experiences, so you never know which adventure you will get!

 

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opens at Disney California Adventure park summer 2017. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog as we reveal more about the story of this new attraction, re-introduce you to the characters from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films and take you behind the scenes as this comically high-energy, rocking new adventure comes to life.

 

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^ I found during my visit to the Resort (Sept.13-15), that I would either start out with Disneyland for a few hours, and then do the rest of the day in DCA, or just "pop over" to DL, after already spending time in DCA. And then I would come back to DCA for the rest of my visit. I got to ride the attractions I wanted in Disneyland. But I think I enjoyed the time spent in DCA, just lounging around, having a drink (beer) and watching the crowds go by. It just felt easier to do, than in DL, which was so packed, in comparison. And I know that I recognized that difference, rather than how I felt, being in DL.

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I enjoyed watching people's expressions when this got going. And at the end when a lot put their hands up and SPUN!!!

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After visiting DLR for the past three days, I have to say I like DCA more than DL. I genuinely don't know what it is, maybe it's the fact that DCA is more modern, but I just enjoyed my day at DCA more. I really wasn't expecting that.

 

Maybe it's the booze

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After visiting DLR for the past three days, I have to say I like DCA more than DL. I genuinely don't know what it is, maybe it's the fact that DCA is more modern, but I just enjoyed my day at DCA more. I really wasn't expecting that.

 

Disneyland is great when not crowded, but it's God awful when packed because it was not designed for the crowds it has now. I also enjoy DCA more because it can actually handle crowds.

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^Yes I agree, I've attended Disneyland when it was a MAX capacity, and it can be a bit daunting. The hard working Disney cast members attempt to use their glow sticks to guide the massive crowds to go in a certain direction. (even if someone wants to do the complete opposite) To help keep the public moving in a certain 'safe' direction.

Unfortunately do to its original design, there are limitations placed on the Disneyland Park regardless of how money they invest in improvements. With the latest Disney parks, they have incorporated these capacity issues into the design of the park. But with the iconic Disneyland they have to make do with the design elements from 60 years ago. (Walt never could have imagined that 15+ million people would be visiting Disneyland each year)

Regardless, even on those high capacity days, the issues mainly come at night with the combination of the fireworks and Fantasmic crowds, and Disney has a procedure in place that works well enough. (Even if it upsets some guests) Like any other theme park, Disney will do what it can to keep its patrons happy within the design limitations of the park.

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^LOL, you're kidding yourself if you think this model will make people rest easy.

 

 

I haven't had much experience with the hardcore Disney fans but I came across a sponsored blog post on Facebook yesterday that was basically 2 pages of non-stop whiny, entitled bitching. Based on the comments it seemed to be a trend, I might actually find coaster enthusiasts easier to stomach than these Disney people.

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^LOL, you're kidding yourself if you think this model will make people rest easy.

 

 

I haven't had much experience with the hardcore Disney fans but I came across a sponsored blog post on Facebook yesterday that was basically 2 pages of non-stop whiny, entitled bitching. Based on the comments it seemed to be a trend, I might actually find coaster enthusiasts easier to stomach than these Disney people.

Yeah, I came across a lot of those when doing research for my post-WCB Disneyland visit. Really makes you appreciate TPR and all the effort that goes into weeding those people out. There's a lot of whining and complaining here, but when you look at some other sites, you realize how much worse it could be.

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What a lot of Disneyland "fans" don't think about is that Disney's management didn't have much of a choice, basically either had to retheme it or remove it. What were they going to do, have a big Twilight Zone themed ride in Marvel Land?

 

I view this move positively. For people like me who go to both regularly this will differentiate WDW from DLR, the addition of a super heroes area will also bring something cool and different to the DLR repertoire, and this ride sucked compared to WDW's to begin with.

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^LOL, you're kidding yourself if you think this model will make people rest easy.

 

 

I haven't had much experience with the hardcore Disney fans but I came across a sponsored blog post on Facebook yesterday that was basically 2 pages of non-stop whiny, entitled bitching. Based on the comments it seemed to be a trend, I might actually find coaster enthusiasts easier to stomach than these Disney people.

 

This is the Internet. Constructive criticism is lost in the noise of never-ending kicking and screaming.

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What a lot of Disneyland "fans" don't think about is that Disney's management didn't have much of a choice, basically either had to retheme it or remove it. What were they going to do, have a big Twilight Zone themed ride in Marvel Land?

 

I view this move positively. For people like me who go to both regularly this will differentiate WDW from DLR, the addition of a super heroes area will also bring something cool and different to the DLR repertoire, and this ride sucked compared to WDW's to begin with.

 

Your'e assuming that they HAD to use the ride. They could have easily put a portal for a Marvel Land next to the ride and it wouldn't have changed a thing (except the land would have one less marvel themed ride).

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^ Exactly. I guarantee you that Disney has put way more thought into this land than any Disney fans or coaster enthusiasts have. Once it's built, people will love it, and in a few years when it's changed again, people will whine about that and want it left like it's being changed to now.

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What a lot of Disneyland "fans" don't think about is that Disney's management didn't have much of a choice, basically either had to retheme it or remove it. What were they going to do, have a big Twilight Zone themed ride in Marvel Land?

 

I view this move positively. For people like me who go to both regularly this will differentiate WDW from DLR, the addition of a super heroes area will also bring something cool and different to the DLR repertoire, and this ride sucked compared to WDW's to begin with.

 

Your'e assuming that they HAD to use the ride. They could have easily put a portal for a Marvel Land next to the ride and it wouldn't have changed a thing (except the land would have one less marvel themed ride).

I don't think there will be a Hollywood area, there is no space for it. This would put TOT awkwardly in between Marvel and Bugs Land?

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