Disney is shutting down one of its most iconic rides

Fans freak out over Disney's Tower of Terror makeover

Disneyland recently announced that it will be ditching one of its most tenured rides -- the infamous Tower of Terror.

The "Twilight Zone"-themed ride, which takes guests thought the "haunted" Hollywood Tower Hotel before dropping them down an elevator shaft, will be revamped into a "Guardians of the Galaxy" experience next summer, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Due to the iconic nature of the ride, Disney fanatics are, understandably, none too pleased about the change -- and they're certainly not holding back their frustrations on social media.

"There's a lovely land called Tomorrowland that's in need of attention, I think an attraction from Guardians of the Galaxy would be far more appropriate there," said one man on Facebook. "Tower of Terror is far more appropriate for a theme park inspired by California than an unrelated space story."

"You are about to enter a world. A world where creativity and innovation give way to cheap Hollywood rebranding," joked another, in a parody of the Twilight Zone's famous theme. "Where classic themes are abandoned in favor of the latest fad. You are about to buy a one way ticket to....... The Disappointment Zone."

"Destroying the best ride in all of Disneyland resort for NO reason. Guardians isn't even popular anymore and TOT is arguably already the most popular ride in the park," complained a third.

Surprisingly enough, the internet isn't the only place fans have taken out their frustrations about the ride's revamping -- audience members reportedly booed at the concept image presented at Comic-Con.

The last chance for Disney enthusiasts to plummet 13 stories down the haunted elevator shaft will be early 2017, according to the Disney Parks blog.

After that, Disney lovers and thrill seekers alike will have to make the trek to the park's Florida location if they wish to travel beyond the fifth dimension.

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1. Take Advantage of Disney Employee Perks

Disney gives its employees free tickets every year. If you know someone who works for the company, then “it can’t hurt to give them a call and see if they have any leftover tickets,” said Leslie Tayne, head debt attorney and founder of the Tayne Law Group. Otherwise, tap your friends and family to see if they know a Disney employee, run an ad on Craigslist or place a post on your social media accounts.

If you can't find tickets, you might still catch a break. “Sometimes Disney workers can get you discounts instead," Tayne added. For example, 12 percent off park tickets and 40 percent off Disney Resorts.”

If you find someone who's willing to hook you up, they're likely going to want some cash in return. Remember to be discreet, because profiting from employee perks could get that person fired.

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2. Join the Crew for Disneyland Savings

You might not find it among traditional Disneyland insider tips, but you could save money by getting a job with a Disney company. You'll get free admission to the theme parks, plus in-park employee discounts.

If you're working solely to save money at Disneyland, keep the job only as long as you need the perks. When they don't benefit you anymore, just quit.

Keep in mind that quitting abruptly might prevent you from getting rehired. But if you give proper notice, you'll probably be eligible for rehire and have the opportunity to pull this stunt again.

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3. Exploit Local Disneyland Offers

Disneyland offers special rates to locals. Currently, Southern California residents can get a two-day pass for $149, whereas a normally priced two-day pass runs about $195. Saving $50 per ticket is a big deal, especially when you're traveling with family.

Inquiring minds might want to know whether the promotion for locals operates on an honor system. The answer is no. Proof of residency is required for purchase and admission.

That means if you're old enough to wield an ID, don't expect to slide by. But since Southern California residents can buy up to five promotional-rate tickets, if you find a local who is willing to be a temporary foster parent, you can pass your kids off as theirs long enough to get the little ones through the gate.

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4. Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up

Children under age 3 get into Disneyland free, and children under age 10 get a discounted rate. If you have kids who can pass for a younger age, you could conveniently forget a birthday or two has passed, and save yourself some money. However, plans like this can meet an embarrassing demise when children aren't hip to what's going on, and a savvy staff member asks the child for his or her age.

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5. Gain Admission via Timeshare

The deal with timeshares is if you're willing to bear a presentation and aggressive sales pitch, you usually get a gift. Find one that offers Disneyland tickets, and you can get into the park for free.

“You may need to sacrifice a couple hours of a day to view a unit, but it could land you two to four free tickets to the park,” said Edwin Cruz, owner of Prosperity Financial and Insurance. “At over $100 per ticket, you’re technically getting paid to view the [property], he added.

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6. Get a New Credit Card

Before you go to Disneyland, consider getting a new credit card. Some offer savings on merchandise, food, tours, combination passes and even spa treatments. In addition to discounts, the Chase Disney Premier Visa Card is currently offering a $100 statement credit to new users who spend $500 in the first three months.

But after your trip, remember your original intent for opening the account. Don't get attached to the new plastic and run up unnecessary debt. These cards often have annual fees and steep interest rates. “So I would recommend that you cancel the card before the year is up,” said Cruz.

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7. Bring a Costume

For kids, dressing up is a big thing. They'll often wear costumes to character-themed events, and it makes for great picture-taking when a child and a character are dressed alike, Tayne said.

However, Disneyland gift shops aren't a good place to outfit your kid, because costumes can range from $75 to $100, she added. If you're traveling with a child under age 12, buy a Disney character costume before you go to Disneyland.

Gift shops are also not a good place to get caught with a new Disney outfit in your possession that you can't verify. If you buy Disney gear in advance and bring it along, be careful to avoid any shoplifting confusion.

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8. Bring Snacks

The ice cream, pretzels and other snacks at Disneyland might be tempting, but they can also be budget-busters. Since guests are allowed to bring backpacks and small coolers into the park, you could lower your in-park eating cost by bringing your own goodies.

Be aware that Disneyland does reserve the right to refuse you entry, or prohibit you from entering with certain items. If your food raises a red flag, you might have to leave it in a locker outside the main gate.

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9. Be Allergic -- to High Food Prices

Granola bars and carrot sticks have their place, but if you're going to spend the whole day in the park, chances are you're going want more than just snacks. Meals at Disneyland can add up quick. A family of four can save over $100 by avoiding lunch, according to Mike Scanlin, CEO of investment website Born to Sell.

The conundrum, for many, is how to avoid both starvation and pricey restaurants. One possible solution is food allergies.

Disneyland tries to prevent people from bring their own meals into the park. But if you have food allergies, you get an open invitation to bring your own meals, and you can eat them inside the restaurants.

Just be prepared that it might raise eyebrows if an entire family or group claims to be food-sensitive. You might still end up with an invitation to eat your personal food outside the gates.

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10. Stick to Water

Forget spending money on drinks. Take a bottle with you, and enjoy free refills from Disneyland's drinking fountains all day.

If, for some reason, you can't get in with your bottle, ask for a free cup from one of the park's restaurants. Otherwise, buy the cheapest drink you can find and refill that from the drinking fountains.

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11. Take the Free Shuttle Service

Disneyland's parking rates start at $18, but that's a cost you might be able to avoid. Many hotels in the area offer free shuttle service to the park.

Call ahead and get the schedule. Near a departure time, show up, blend in and get in. Or, arrive a little early and befriend a bonafide guest who will vouch for you.

In the end, it might not work. In that case, the worst that's likely to happen is you'll get banned from that hotel's property. It's more likely you'll just be at the center of an embarrassing scene.

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12. Recruit Disneyland Bunk Buddies

Disneyland hotels have a lot of amenities, but they're also pricey. For example, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel has rooftop adult and kiddie pools and the twisting California Streamin’ waterslide. Right now, during off-season, rooms start at $259 a night, compared to numerous hotels less than a mile away listed at under $100.

Travel experts often advise Disneyland-goers to avoid getting sucked into the appeal of luxury, and stay in cheaper surrounding hotels. But if personal space isn't important to you, you can avoid overspending and sacrificing luxury. Just pack a lot of people into one room and split the price among the adults. However, it's important to remember that you run the risk of getting put out of the hotel if you're caught, or having your belongings stolen if you bunk with strangers.

GOBankingRates does not condone policy/law-breaking practices or unethical behavior. This article is meant to educate readers on the potential dangers of a deal that's too good to be true.

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