Thanks for the updates on this. I would be so disappointed to lose the Tower of Terror as it holds a very special place in my heart, although not for the reasons you might think, as I've actually never been on it!
We went as a family of four last February, to celebrate my wife and I getting married. We had a DIY wedding with a Mickey and Minnie theme. She and I couldn't face the idea of going away without the kids so we decided to have a combined honeymoon/family holiday. I am Disney-daft and it's taken hold of the boys too. We don't have a lot of money to throw around so we wanted to keep costs down by going for two nights and staying in Santa Fe (myself and my youngest, 4 y/o at the time, love the Cars movies). I had only ever been once before, when it opened in 1992 so it was very special for me to take my own kids there.
When we were there, my youngest developed this weird fixation with the ToT. He didn't want to go near it, but wanted to look at it whenever he could, it sounds bizarre but he's quite a character! He went on and on about it all trip. When we got home, we thought it would pass but here we are almost 12 months later and he talks about the ToT every ... single ... day ... and that's no exaggeration!
It has kind of become our thing, we have Daddy/son ToT time where we cuddle up and watch videos on it and look at photos on Google, Twitter and Instagram of the Towers in various parks (although we have narrowed it down to Paris and Disneyworld as he cried when DCA changed to GotG and he was freaked out by the monkey in the Tokyo version).
In addition, I made him a complete bellhop costume, painted his bedroom door like service elevator door, made a floor dial for above it, got him a room key and HTH fob, an HTH reception bell, a model of the ToT and a 'do not disturb' door handle sign. As you might imagine, he is totally in his element! Every night before he goes to bed, he says "your room is ready" in a ghostly voice. If we go anywhere with an elevator, even one floor, he insists we go in it so he can be a bellhop and tells people in the elevator to "say goodbye to the real world"!! He even got a Christmas card last month with his picture on it in his bellhop costume. At Halloween, he went as a bellhop. Whenever he hears the words "tower", "terror", "elevator", "thirteen", "floors", "fifth", "dimension", "twilight" or "zone" he gets really excited. At school, he pretends to be Rod Serling and gets the other kids to join in games to do with elevators. Ok, now that I have typed all this and looked back, I can safely say my son is obsessed
Suffice to say, I haven't told him about the proposed change, given how upset he was when the one in DCA changed. When this happened, he made me promise to take him back again and that Disney would not change 'his' Tower. As far as he knows, I am saving up to take him back again soon as I promised that the next time we go, we would go to the ToT. He doesn't want to go on it, he just wants to visit it and meet a real bellhop. Unfortunately, I am not going to be in a position to take him back before these changes take place.
I am dreading telling him about this
Maybe he could become obsessed with BTM .... maybe, just maybe ....