A Sad Goodbye to the Tower of Terror

Allie Gurrola, Writer

On Jan. 2, 2017, the Tower of Terror, originally from an episode of the The Twilight Zone, will be replaced with a Guardians of the Galaxy themed ride. The famous hotel ride has been in California Adventure since 1994, almost 22 years, and it will finally be closed for good.

For as long as I can remember the Tower of Terror has been a crowd favorite, the accelerating drop always pleases Disney fans. Sadly, this is not the only historic part of California Adventure that has been taken out. The big letters spelling out California were taken out from the front of California Adventure and they were donated to the California Exposition & State Fair in Sacramento in May 2012.

Another change was made in Hollywood land, the princess movie, Aladdin, premiered in California Adventure for the first time in January 2003, 11 years after the film was released. In January 2016, a play for the film Frozen, released in 2013, replaced the Aladdin show in the Hyperion Theatre located in California Adventure.

Star Wars-themed land, unofficially referred to as Star Wars Land, is an upcoming area coming to California Adventure in Anaheim, California. The new single-themed land expansion will be 14 acres, the largest expansion ever made at a Disneyland Resort.

Some of the changes being made in Disneyland are great and personally I am excited for the new changes like Star Wars land; I am ready for the new planet being brought to the park. Other changes like replacing the Aladdin play, Tower of Terror ride and taking out the California letters from the entrance was not something I was happy or impressed with, these were all something i grew up with and although the new dapper look in California Adventure is a cute new touch, I’ll always miss the piece from my childhood that was removed.