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These two rides almost replaced Disneyland’s Tower of Terror

Disneyland almost replaced Tower of Terror with two other Marvel rides before deciding on Guardians of the Galaxy

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Disneyland almost went with two other ideas when it decided to rebrand the Tower of Terror ride — but they were both Marvel-based rides.

What happened?

As we know, the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride currently exists at Disney’s California Adventure where Tower of Terror used to be.

Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde told D23’s official podcast that there were a number of ideas thrown around for the new ride, including one centered around Spider-Man and another focused on Doctor Strange.

  • “Along comes this thing of ‘Hey, we really need a major attraction to open in this window at the Disneyland Resort which is not very far away,” Rhode explained, according to ComicBook.com. “So we want you to take Tower of Terror and find an overlay we can do so we can open something big and it would be good for us.’ So I need to think Marvel, what could go into it. We ran a couple ideas, ya know, ‘We could do Doctor Strange, that would work really, really well with almost what Tower of Terror is. Spider-Man, it’s like Spider-Man needs some space, ya know, to do different things. I don’t know if that’s a thing.’”

The end result:

Interestingly, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange became central figures for the new Avengers Campus, which will be a theme park experience at Disneyland beginning in 2021, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • Avengers Campus will have a Spider-Man ride, a Doctor Strange effects show and a restaurant based on Ant-Man and the Wasp, among other opportunities to interact with Marvel superheroes.