Disney Parks blog confirmed the closing of the Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure park. Kicking-off with the Halloween season on September 9, the park will host a series of special events for guests to experience before final check-out of the attraction on January 2, 2017.
During this celebration, the deepest, darkest corner of the imagination will get even darker. Each night, beginning after twilight, Disney California Adventure park guests will be treated to Late Check-Out. Experience The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as you never have before… in complete darkness!
In addition to Late Check-Out, guests will find commemorative merchandise as well as special food and beverage items throughout the celebration. You’ll also get the chance to picture yourself “checking out” with a special photo location in front of the Hollywood Tower Hotel marquee, complete with vintage luggage and other nods to the landmark’s story and the glitz and glamor of a bustling young movie town.
The attraction will reopen summer of 2017 as the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Following the announcement at San Diego Comic Con, the ride is going to be a mission to rescue the Guardians who are being held in captivity by The Collector.
Since becoming CEO in February of 2015, Bob Chapek has expressed interest in expanding the Marvel presence in California. We can only imagine that this new attraction will be the first step towards that goal.
According to WDW News Today, the transition from The Twilight Zone to Marvel also involves the speculation that Disney is looking to opt out of the licensing fees paid for the use of the Twilight Zone franchise in this ride and at Disney Parks around the globe. If this is true, it begs the question: how will this affect the attraction at Hollywood Studios? We know the contract Marvel has with Universal and with Disney is very complicated, but the Guardians ride seems to fall into a sort of grey area. In fact, there has already been a rumor circulating about a Guardians roller coaster to replace Ellen’s Energy Adventure at EPCOT.
Time is running out, so make sure to make your last check-in a the Tower of Terror count!