When I saw the announcement, those two phrases immediately stood out to me to indicate the ride isn’t going anywhere.
The question is what will it become? My first thought was, aside from new ride trains and braking system (due to the accident), perhaps it would be “reimagined” into a VR experience. But as I thought about that, it would slow down the ride cycle too much…plus, in light of COVID, I kind of doubt the sharing of a VR headset would be seen as kosher.
So, my next thought is that they might retheme it perhaps to some kind of launch. Maybe a space theme, and the launch and landing are contained inside a tunnel to help shield guests in line from the ride itself as a secondary backup.
I am not a huge TTD fan. I don’t care if it stays or goes. The fact is, after you have ridden it a time or two, it isn’t all that exciting. At least, it isn’t worth the kind of waits it tends to get. I will only ride it if the wait time was under 30 minutes. I found Wicked Twister a far more thrilling experience, may it rest in peace!