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Melissa Locker
August 31, 2016

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney’s California Adventure is closing down to make way for a shiny new “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride—or as LAist put it: The park swapping Rod Serling for Chris Pratt.

Back in July, the park announced the popular ride would be getting a makeover to incorporate the superhero franchise, to which Disney purchased the rights in 2009 for $4 billion.

At the time, they did not give a specific date for the change. But on Tuesday, the Disney Parks Blog finally announced that the final terror-filled ride will take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Despite popular outcry and multiple onlin petitions, the long-time ride will close for good after that.

The new “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride will keep the fast-dropping elevator that fans know and dread from the Tower of Terror, but the rest of the attraction will be completely overhauled to incorporate 100 percent more Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and Peter Quill.

To mark both Halloween and the closing of the classic attraction, Disneyland is hosting one last promotion. To send the Tower of Terror out in style, from September 9 to October 31 the park is giving guests with nerves of steel the chance to enjoy a “Late Check-Out” from the Hollywood Hotel that houses the ride.

The late check-out gives brave guests the chance to experience the thrills and chills of the Tower of Terror in complete darkness, according to Disney’s blog.

Those who undertake that bone-chilling twist on an already frightening ride will certainly remember the experience far into the future when the “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride is torn down to make way for whatever is the next shiny new thing.

In addition to the special celebration, the park will be offering photo opportunities in front of the iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel sign outside the ride, as well as offering commemorative merchandise, performances, and special food and beverage items.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride is expected to open in summer of 2017.

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