First look at the exterior of Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy tower
Disney's Imagineers are sharing a new look at the construction model for the refurbished Tower of Terror in Disney California Adventure, which will close January 2 to complete its transformation next summer into
Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout
The new exterior design adds color and decorative elements intended to make the nearly 200-foot-tall facade look less like an overgrown version of
Pasadena's Castle Green and more like an interstellar gangster's palace. VIDEO
From Disney's blog post:
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.
Disney's first Marvel-themed ride in the United States will replaced the Twilight Zone theme and storyline for Tower of Terror with a narrative adapted from the Harrison Hightower version at Tokyo DisneySea (which also was developed by Joe Rohde.) For this installation, the role of Hightower has morphed into Taneleer Tivan, aka "The Collector" from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, a similarly despicable rich guy with a passion for taking things he shouldn't.
This is just the first in what is expected to be many new Marvel-themed attraction at Disney California Adventure, as the Disneyland Resort works toward creating a new land themed to its popular comic franchises. Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout opens sometime next summer. Disney has not yet announced a specific date.
This looks terrible. Looks like a kid has stuck spray painted pipe cleaners onto a cereal box.
Looks pretty darn spectacular. I'm in.
"Looks like a kid has stuck spray painted pipe cleaners onto a cereal box."
Reminds me of the Borg Cube. The top is enclosed. No more seeing Disneyland from the top.
I am excited for this ride (despite the fact that I liked TOT [and I've ridden WDW's and think that one should remain as it is - perhaps the "one and only" Twighlight Zone going forward with its radical forward maneuvering]).
I'm sorry but that sucks!
This looks significantly better than I thought it would based on the concept art. That said, it doesn't exactly say "Guardians of the Galaxy" to me. I wish they would have gone with a design that resembled either the Kyln or Nova Headquarters, but I guess this is what the story calls for.
Bugs Land will have to go soon to make way for a Marvel area. Either that or the empty lot south of Paradise Pier will be a Marvel park. Idk how they will transform the Hollywood area near Hyperion and Mad Hatter and Monsters Inc unless they rip it all out and start over.
I think it looks fine. One thing I'm excited about with the new ride is what they might do with the queue. I like the idea of walking through, looking at the Collector's "collection".
This is the Tower of Terror.
I think it looks fine. We'll know more the closer it gets. All the negativity isn't warranted as so many people are against change in the parks. It happens every time a beloved attraction is changed.
This looks like it will 'almost' be a brand new attraction. Just like Radiator Springs Racers uses the same ride system as Test Track yet no one would mistake one for the other.
Definitely looks like crap.
They'll need to re theme the land it's in also
@Christian Alvarez. They have already announced their intent to do just that.
I think it looks pretty darn awesome.
Robert, I'm the pipe cleaner quote guy. I just hope the real thing doesn't look like someone has taken something and cheaply jazzed it up. That was more the point I was making. Thanks for the bit of history though, I love your site and writing.
I don't recognise the building from the movie. Is this in Tomorrowland?
I bet the facade will be done by the time it closes.
A building that looks like an oil refinery? Still not sold on this...
All the work and money that went into the transformation of DCA - and now this eyesore... (OK, I´ll admit that i would not like it even if it looked great - I just cannot stand that insipid Marvel nonsense...)
Looks pretty good to me. If I lived on the west coast, I'd be looking forward to riding this re-vamped attraction when it is done.
Marvel has no place in Disney's California Adventure.
I cant watch anything that guy talks about with that stupid silly band ear thing he wears. got 4 seconds in and stopped. Someone at Disney has got to end this. I know he is an artist, but I cannot take anything he says seriously with that rubber garbage ball bouncing off the side of his head.
It looks OK. Way better tan what I expected. I still like the Tower's original facade.
It looks OK. I like that it still looks intimidating from outside. I like the Tower's otiginal facade though.
Wow.. that's an awful looking model, can't believe someone at Disney Signed of on this..
I agree it's a "very striking building". Strikingly ugly. Total cluster-barf.
I really don't like the model honestly (looks oddly cheap), but it could look pretty good in real life! My main concern is that the industrial look of it will take away from the park since it is very visible from many areas. I still don't like the idea of the plot of the ride, but I'm going to try and stay optimistic on this one since a far superior version to the original attraction exists across the country. I'm just glad that Disney is finally opening new rides again.
To the anonymous commentor hating on Joe Rohde just because of his ear ring.... Do you even know who he is? I suggest you google him before making any more shallow comments. You should be praising him for all his outstanding work with Disney attractions instead of making judgemental comments about him.
Funny, because I really never liked the Twilight Zone plot or storyline and I always thought the ToT was overrated. So I'm more that happy to exchange an inferior clone of an overrated attraction for something new. And the "new" part is an important distinction to make. From what I can gather this is not going to be just another version of the Tower of Terror (inferior or otherwise). So DHS will not have a superior version, it will have the only version of the Tower of Terror in the USA.
Wow.. they must me kidding..
People defending it should know it wasn't that much of an improvement to the original DCA park. Tower of Terror preceded the DCA makeover of Cars Land. Anything done prior to Cars Land is fair game for replacement. It's remarkable that people really want to keep it when it was not that great of an attraction. When I went on it this past Sunday, few people were impressed with the pre-show video. The aged hotel looked nice, but the Old Hollywood theming was an inch deep. The theme didn't extend before the attraction on the street and through the rest of Hollywood Land.
Pretty ugly...something I would expect to see at a Six Flags park, not Disney. Long live ToT at DHS.
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