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Disneyland Resort
What You Need to Know Before the Tower of Terror Closes
August 31, 2016
Author: Kimberly Fidler

We love looking back at all the Disneyland Resort memories over the years. This article is no longer being updated, but is a great way to look back and see what was happening at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure when this was originally published.

By now you may have heard that the Tower of Terror will be closing forever at Disney California Adventure Park. But, not to fear, we are sharing what you need to know before the Tower of Terror closes.

Before the Tower of Terror Closes at Disneyland

First things first, an official closing date has been announced. January 2, 2017 will be when The Tower of Terror makes its final drop... forever. If you want to ride The Tower of Terror before it closes, you MUST go this year. And it should be no surprise that The Tower of Terror is going out in style. Here is everything else you need to know before the Tower of Terror closes.

Beginning on Friday, September 9, each night The Tower of Terror will offer what they're terming a "Late Check-Out" to anyone will to brave the ride after twilight. "Late Check-Out" means that you'll ride the attraction like never before... in complete darkness! Eeeek! 

Commemorative merchandise will be available so you can preserve your Tower of Terror memories long after the ride closes.

You'll also be able to find special food and beverage items celebrating the Tower of Terror.

You can get a photo op of yourself “checking out” of the Tower of Terror. Props like vintage luggage will be available for you to pose with in front of the Hollywood Tower Hotel marquee.

Before Tower of Terror Closes Marquee

As a bonus, during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort (September 9 -October 31), you'll also be able to catch a special performance in from of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. The Silver Lake Sisters, of Buena Vista Street fame will be making their last (and ironically, first) performance in the park. The back story of the Silver Lake Sisters is that they were famous vaudeville singers who regularly performed at the rooftop lounge of the Hollywood Tower Hotel before it became the Tower of Terror on that fateful night. The sisters, named Dolly, Dottie and Ethel, later opened the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe on Buena Vista Street where today you can grab a cup of Starbucks or a quick lunch or dinner. Either way, you can find more about the story of The Silver Lake Sisters at the Cafe and see them live one final (and first!) time during the grand send off to The Tower of Terror.

Fiddler Fife & Practical Cafe Disney California Adventure Park

And finally, as sad as we are to see The Tower of Terror close at Disney California Adventure Park, we are happy to share with all fans of the attraction that The Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios over on the East Coast at Walt Disney World will still remain. So, if you really need to get your Tower of Terror fix, we'd love to help you get to Florida in the future.

Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios

In the meantime, don't miss your final chance to check-out before the Tower of Terror closes! Visit during Halloween Time, September 9 - October 31 for the ultimate farewell to the iconic spooky attraction. Or, visit during the spirit of the Holidays of the Disneyland Resort which will begin sometime in mid-November and continue through the end of the year. Either way, just be sure you drop in to Disney California Adventure before January 2, 2017 to get your final ride aboard the Tower of Terror!

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Dear getaway today website I still have no clue what tower of terror was but I love rocket raccoon!!! Btw I think I will be going in 2017 although January cause I am going to be seeing the original tower of terror then as my thing gets built in summer 2017 I will have fun with rocket raccoon and tickle his tummy then!!!!

Just note that the lines for this are horrendous! We were there 1st week of October and lines we're about 2 hours long....sometimes longer. We rode early in the day when they weren't too bad yet. At 1 point only 1 elevator was running. I believe that they stopped fast passes for this ride ( or at least they had when we were there the for a week).

Hi Steve, You'd need a 1-day park ticket for Disney California Adventure Park. We don't sell anything less than a 2-day ticket, but you can get them at the gate. :)

What is the minimum ticket required if all I want to do is ride the HToT?

I'm very disappointed that the tower of terror is closing. We are booking a February trip because last time my daughter wasn't tall enough. We loved that ride will be sad that it is gone when we go.

Sherri, Larry and Jill, Hopefully this will answer all of your questions. Up until now, Disney has been paying CBS for the rights for Tower of Terror for both rides. The contract is up, and Disney decided not to move forward with the California ride. (rumor is because of cost, but it hasn't been confirmed). When Disney bought Marvel, they got the rights to use their assets in their California parks, but because of Marvel's previous agreement with Universal in Florida, Disney is not able to use any Marvel characters there. Thus, the California ride is changing to something Disney owns (Marvel) and the Florida one is staying as is because Disney can't do Marvel there. Hope that helps clear some things up!

Hi Anonymous, no, you don't have to have to have a special pass for "Late Checkout," just be sure to ride after twilight! :)

The guardians of the galaxy is replacing the tower of terror marvel which is not Disney ??

Why are the changing the ride.

Why not close the one in Florida and leave the one in California alone , it's such a focal point on the California side.

Will you need a special pass or reservation for riding Tower of Terror "Late Check Out" in total darkness? or is it just anytime after twilight?

NOOOOOOOOO!!! Do not do it that one of the reasons why my family and I go to Disney two time a year. That's a VERY BAD IDEA.... DONT do it plsssss.....

My family and i, went all the way from hawaii to ride the tower of terror, it was great, the atmosphere and everything just made that ride an experience, its very sad to see it go, im not a big fan of the guardians of the galaxy, but we'll see hopefullt dec 2017!

Our first day is January 2 , the kids and I will be there!!

I was lucky enough to be able to ride the Tower of Terror the first time in 2004 and most recently in April of this year! I loved riding it and I am 68 years old and a great grandma! What are you going to do with all the spooky stuff from in the lobby of the Tower of Terror? If you are going to raffle it off or put it on E-bay please let me know! I would love to own a spooky piece of history and a fond memory of the Tower of Terror!

Oh no!!!! That is our favorite ride in the park. It reminds me of me and my son's first solo cost to Disneyland. We stayed at the coast Anaheim hotel (also closed) where we had a view of the tower whole it was under construction. My son is now away at college so we must return during the Christmas holiday to say our farewells??

Nooooo, bad idea disney !!! Build a guardians of the galaxy some where else on the property, the park could use more teen/adult rides .

So sad...what does guardians have to do with Hollywood?

Hi Anonymous, Yes, you should be on time if you get there January 2. Don't waste any time getting a Fastpass!

Hi Sarah, Yes - it's going to turn into Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! It's scheduled to open summer 2017 and you can find more information on it here: https://www.getawaytoday.com/blogs/2016-07-25/new-guardians-of-the-galaxy-mission-breakout-every

Our first day at Disney would be January 2nd and you mention that is the day of the final drop~ so we will be in time, right??

Does anyone know what is going to replace the Tower of Terror


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