Ride Guide – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Set in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of the busier attractions at the park. Set around an old Hollywood hotel, this is a drop tower thrill ride. It is aimed at big kids, teens and adults.
Based around the television show, The Twilight Zone, this ride is set in the once glamorous Hollywood Towers Hotel. I really love the theming of this ride. From the moment you enter the queue, the theming kicks in. You first go through the hotel gardens and then into the hotel lobby. Inside the hotel cobwebs are everywhere and there is a definite feeling of faded grandeur. The feeling inside the hotel is that it has remained completely untouched since it suddenly closed in the 1930’s, there is a table set for tea with stale pastries on it, a faded newspaper sits there as well, and around a magnificent centrepiece the flowers have all died. In this ride there is not just the challenge of looking for Hidden Mickeys, you can also spot Twilight Zone references as well, subtle things like the name of a book in the library is the same as one of the Twilight Zone episodes.
After you pass through the lobby, you enter the library where the story of the hotel is told. During a terrible thunderstorm on the night of Halloween, 1939, a family were riding in an elevator when lightning struck the hotel and the family disappeared and have never been seen since! They now have managed to find a working service elevator . . . do you dare to ride it?
From the library you wind your way through the boiler room to the elevator. Once seated inside the bell hop sends you on your way, first up. You stop at different floors and the illusions used as you see them are fantastic. The whole elevator car then moves forward to get into position for the drop. In homage to the Twilight Zone again, the elevator is surrounded by a star field and the effect is truly amazing.
Then comes the drop! Not just a single drop, but a random sequence of drops, so that no two rides are the same. During each ride, you will have at least one full drop and a false drop, but the computer randomly chooses the drop sequence for your ride.
This is definitely the fun part and one thing I really love about this ride is that the view, from the top of the tower when the doors open, is amazing, although it is very brief!
Minimum Height – 40 inches (102 cm)
FastPass – Yes
Single Rider – No
Location – Disney’s Hollywood Studios, At the end of Sunset Boulevard, next to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
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