Disneyland’s ‘Tower of Terror’ Making Way For Marvel’s ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Ride

ANAHEIM, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) — “The Twilight Zone” is ceding way to “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Disneyland’s popular Tower of Terror ride, but a change that could be seen as a victory for millennials’ pop culture over baby boomers’ is drawing complaints from thrill-seekers of all ages.

The plan was greeted with boos as soon as it was announced to fans during a “Guardians” panel at Comic-Con in San Diego in July. Negative votes are outpacing positive ones by a 3-to-1 margin on a YouTube video describing the project. A Slate article on the plan to close the ride in January described it as “a national tragedy.” An online petition questioned why Disney would replace what it called a “truly inspired and original idea” with “a marketing ploy.”

UNSPECIFIED - JULY 23: In this handout illustration provided by Disneyland Resort -- Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! -- Debuting in summer 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT! will take Disney California Adventure park guests through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket Raccoon in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The new attraction will transform the structure currently housing "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the film's popular soundtrack. (Illustration by Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

Disneyland Resort illustration of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mission: BREAKOUT! (credit: Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

The ride opened in 2004. The voice of “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling greets visitors to the mock Hollywood Tower Hotel as they are strapped into seats and plunged down an elevator shaft.

Disney executive Joe Rhode explains in a promotional video that the revamped ride will have the same freefall experience, but everything leading up to it will have a “Guardians” theme when it reopens next year.

UNSPECIFIED - JULY 23: In this handout illustration provided by Disneyland Resort -- Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! -- Debuting in summer 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT! will take Disney California Adventure park guests through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket Raccoon in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The new attraction will transform the structure currently housing "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the film's popular soundtrack. (Illustration by Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

Disneyland Resort illustration of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mission: BREAKOUT! (credit: Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

Disney didn’t respond to a request for comment on the reasoning behind the change, but there’s no doubt many riders may be unfamiliar with Serling or his weekly fight fest “Twilight Zone” series that began airing in the 1960s. “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a surprise blockbuster in 2014 and a sequel is set for next year.

Tower of Terror fans still have time to take one final ride. Disney is running the ride in complete darkness through Halloween and is offering special merchandise to commemorate its closing. The Tower of Terror shuts its doors for good on January 2.

UNSPECIFIED - JULY 23: In this handout illustration provided by Disneyland Resort -- Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! -- Debuting in summer 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT! will take Disney California Adventure park guests through the fortress-like museum of the mysterious Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket Raccoon in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The new attraction will transform the structure currently housing "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple, random and unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift rocks to the beat of music inspired by the film's popular soundtrack. (Illustration by Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

Disneyland Resort illustration of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mission: BREAKOUT! (credit: Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

Disney hasn’t announced any changes to a sister attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida.

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