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Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort has officially set a closing date for their haunted elevator ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The ride, which opened in 2004, will close January 2, 2017, making way for a new Marvel ride.

Fans will have ample opportunity to experience the ride one last time. Disney announced that their farewell tribute will kick off during Halloween Time, which runs from Sept. 9 through Oct. 31. Ride experiences will include a “Late Check-Out,” which allows those who dare step inside to experience the ride in total darkness. Commemorative merchandise will also be available, in addition to nostalgic photos. Disney promises that “during this celebration, the deepest, darkest corner of the imagination will get even darker.”

During Halloween Time, Disneyland transforms into a ghoulish getaway, complete with Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” who gets to call the Haunted Mansion home, as well as the “bone-chilling” Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.

Disney first announced it was replacing the spooky ride with a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” attraction in July. The superhero experience Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout! is expected to debut next summer, according to the Los Angeles Times. The film, which was released in 2014, brought in over $774 million worldwide.

The free-fall sensation of the ride will remain the same and, according to the Disney Parks Blog, will feature “all-new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple random, unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift will rock to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack” as guests work to free the Guardians from captivity.

If you want to experience the Tower of Terror after Jan. 2, you’ll have to visit Walt Disney World, Tokyo DisneySea or Disneyland Paris.

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