By Erika Owen
December 15, 2016
Disney's California Adventure is closing the Tower of Terror in January 2017.
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Back in July, Disney announced that they would be closing the iconic Tower of Terror ride to make room for a new Guardians of the Galaxy experience. The park has promised a "free-fall sensation with all-new audio and visual affects," according to a blog post on its website.

While we're all excited to see how the replacement ride ranks among the others, but for many this is an event worth mourning.

Tower of Terror has held its statuesque location at the northwest corner of Disney's California Adventure park since its first ride on July 22, 1994. Those who have taken the 13-story drop know that there's a strong "Twilight Zone" theme throughout the attraction. But for the uninitiated, a bit of background: Walt Disney Imagineers pulled inspiration from 156 episodes of the show to create the final ride, according to Disney.

Come Jan. 2, 2017, the Tower of Terror will embark on its last ride. For those who have never had the pleasure of taking an elevator car drop with complete stranger, there's hope. You can still get a taste of the ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, and Tokyo DisneySea, which all have a version of the Tower of Terror.