I'm extremely uneasy about the prospect of losing the TWILIGHT ZONE connection at DHS's Tower, but I can live with a revamp provided three conditions are met:
1. It maintains an ominous, spooky storyline.
2. No thematic changes are made to the 1930s aesthetics.
3. No Disney IP is grafted on.
DHS Tower of Terror version, with it's Twilight zone overlay and varied sequence drops, is about as close to a perfect theme park attraction as there is. It's a shame that there's a possibility that it will be rethemed because Disney doesn't want to pay for IP rights.
Problem is, when TSL, SWL & Mickey are open, they still won't have enough rides to handle DHS' attendance. As you said, they may use that time to shut it down, but the lack of attractions will still be an issue, and a shut down to retheme will exacerbate the problem of not enough capacity.If it happens, this will become the prime example of Disney screwing over guests to make a quick buck.
Knowing Disney, they'll probably spend a ridiculous amount on a retheme and it will take them 10 years to recoup the cost instead of just continuing to pay for the IP.
The timing of this is seems somewhat relevant. Disney could have been wanting to do this for years but never had the opportunity because DHS is barebones as it is but once TSL and SWL are open, they may find a gap to close ToT to make the switch.
I believed that before finding out all of Hollywoodland over there was becoming Marvel, so it works more or less in the long run. In DHS it’s a part of a land that isn’t changing to fit its new theme. While I’d hate to lose ToT, if Sunset Boulevard was changing with it I’d be more okay with GotG:MB.
I love Tower of Terror, but the Twilight Zone is absolutely not needed for it to remain with the same atmosphere and feel that it currently has. I don't think this is a reversal for most of us either. Most people's objection all along was the tower becoming Guardians, not losing TZ.
I'd be perfectly fine with them changing it to this:I’d like to add to my comment that anything beyond upgrades and refurbishments to the Tower as is are inherently unnecessary, and a waste of money that could be spent elsewhere.
I'd be perfectly fine with them changing it to this:
I do agree that money could be better spent elsewhere, but they want to stop paying for the rights and it seems pretty likely that something is going in the works for all ToTs currently using the licensing.
If this is something that is to happen, I suspect this would be another "bite the bullet" thing where they would try do do it quick like Mission: Breakout after Toy Story Land opens. They can't afford to close this thing once crowds for Star Wars come in.Indeed. It makes sense on a logistical standpoint that they will have to enact changes. If the ToT revamps are on the scale of Mission Breakout, they don't have to have the attractions closed until they need them too, as the attraction at both Paris and Orlando would have to recieve thematic changes interior-wise in show scenes and in the tone of the queue.
I would venture to say that Hightower gives me more of a different vibe than per say the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
If this is something that is to happen, I suspect this would be another "bite the bullet" thing where they would try do do it quick like Mission: Breakout after Toy Story Land opens. They can't afford to close this thing once crowds for Star Wars come in.