height of fright! Find yourself traveling through another dimension in this
mysterious Hollywood hotel, where your next stop is a 13 story drop...
straight down! This ranks as one of the
best rides in the "World." Disney has outdone itself with this one. From
the moment you enter the grounds of the hotel, you feel a strange, eerie sensation. As you wind your way into the hotel lobby, be sure
to take a good look around. There is an elaborate story being told here. Once inside, you enter a library of sorts where a television sparks to
life. Rod Serling is "brought back to life" by imagineers to tell the story
of the Tower of Terror. Your next move is into the boiler room of the hotel,
and if you need to chicken out, this is your last chance! Talk about
realism, you'd swear this place was here for decades! From
there, you board your "maintenance service elevator" and are transported mysteriously throughout
In the end, you reach the top of the building where your car
re-enters the elevator shaft. Your heart quickens as you prepare for the
drop. The car does drop... only a little bit. Wait... maybe this isn't that
bad. It holds there just long enough to make you think you're safe. Then the MEGA
DROP happens... and then, you shoot back up and do it again! Heavy
heartbeat time! Your photo will capture the look of terror on your face as
you drop again and again, so muster a smile if you can manage. Imagineers
programmed a "randomizer" into this ride, so the exact drop sequence of each
ride is a mystery, giving this ride limitless re-rideability.
This is a high intensity thrill ride that takes place mostly in the dark
Guests must be 40" or taller
to ride this attraction.
Terror Fright Facts:
Checks Into The Hollywood Hotel: There are several "Hidden Mickeys"
tucked away in the deserted hotel. During the opening scene in the library,
look for the little girl getting on the elevator -- she's holding a vintage
Mickey Mouse doll. Also, quick-eyed thrill seekers will spot a Mickey Mouse
head that is formed by the swirling stars as the elevator car reaches the
Hidden Messages: On the glass-encased hotel "directory" in the lobby,
some of the letters have fallen to the bottom of the case. The fallen
letters create an ominous warning that reads "evil tower u r doomed."
'The Good Life' Comes to Life: Rod Serling's opening scene in the
hotel library was taken in part from a 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone
series entitled "The Good Life." The episode told the story of a little boy
who could use his mind to change things.
Garage Sale, Anyone? Walt Disney Imagineers searched Hollywood
auction houses for the hotel furnishings. French bronzes by the 19th century
artist Moreau are found in the attraction, as well as furniture pieces that
graced Hollywood clubs and hotels throughout the 1920s.
Who Has the Remote Control? Walt Disney Imagineers spent countless
hours screening all 156 episodes of The Twilight Zone to capture the overall
mood and feel of the series. All of the episodes were screened at least
twice, and some were screened three or four times to carefully study the
props, furnishings, music and settings.
No Vacancy: A closer look at the upper floors of the Hollywood Tower
Hotel reveals "guest room" lights and lamps that are illuminated. The lights
are meant to resemble hotel guests who have been lucky enough to avoid the
"fifth dimension" fright of their fellow visitors.
That Sinking (Fast) Feeling: Guests aboard Tower of Terror fall
faster than gravity. That is because the elevator car doesn't "free fall" --
the ride's mechanics actually "push" and "pull" it up and down.
Play It Again...: Attention to detail extends all throughout the
ride, and even outside in the queue area. Walt Disney Imagineers built the
landscape to resemble the chaparral-covered hills of the Elysian and
Griffith Parks in Los Angeles. Background music from the era is played in
the queue area, including Glenn Miller's "Sleepy Time Gal" and "Mood Indigo"
by Duke Ellington.
The Concierge Can't Help Today
Take the Service Elevator
Boarding the Elevator
A View From a Distance
A View From the Edge of Sunset Blvd.