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Tower of Terror makes way for 'Guardians'

ANAHEIM, California--"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."

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.

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