(Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
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Cool video review. I hope to see it on Monday when my AP is unblocked. I agree that the Tower of Terror never worked at California Adventure. The Guardians is only a flavor of what’s to come. Hurray.
GREAT REVIEW…. I JUST GOT HOME, RODE THE RIDE THIS MORNING.. I AGREE WITH YOU, BUT STILL MISS ToT BEING IN ANAHEIM AND SO CLOSE TO HOME!!!
Thanks for the review.
I still want to ride it for myself to try and make a good judgment but I have to say that the video clips and images I’ve seen have me underwhelmed and a bit disappointed. I agree that the California version of Tower was definitely subpar to the Florida version and it was impressive how quickly they got Guardians up and running. However, the speed in getting it up meant that they physically limited themselves to the same limitations that the old Tower had. Sure they innovated by adding in a high-energy soundtrack with semi-randomized paths and video clips but from what I’ve seen it felt like they really had to stretch to make the Guardians elements fit into the space allocated. So instead of having a subpar version of an awesome ride in Florida we have now squeezed a high energy attraction into a subpar execution. Marvel and Guardians are a very hot ticket and as a result there’s a lot of excitement and novelty around all of the easter eggs and nods to Marvel but I find it very sad that so many reviewers have to focus on the queue and the easter eggs as being such a major highlight of the attraction. I know that you gave good “screen time” in your review to the actual attraction elements as well but I’ve seen a few reviews where almost all the reviewer gushed about were all the cool Marvel elements in the queue or the Rocket animatronic.
I’m all for “moving forward” and keeping the parks fresh with new content and exciting changes. But from what I’ve seen so far this feels like a “lateral” move at best. Had they not been forced into the constraints of the Tower, I suspect there could have been a truly great Guardians ride. Or they could have used the Tower but modified it to make it even better. When the only “improvements” are window dressing and programming the drops a little differently, it’s hard to be that impressed with the Imagineering that went into this. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to downplay the work of the Imagineers. I’m constantly impressed by their work…but in the case of what I’ve seen of this attraction so far, I feel like they “phoned it in”.
Again, I hope to be able to ride it myself in the future and I would really love to be proved wrong. I enjoy the idea of a “drop” ride and I will sorely miss Tower. But I’ll miss it even more if I personally feel like this change was a step backwards rather than a lateral step or a step forward.
Fingers crossed for the future.
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