For a thrilling time at Disney World, enter the Twilight Zone on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios. Today, guests are invited to ride this haunted elevator. Learn 13 Secrets Of The Tower of Tower today.
1. Opening Date
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened for guests on July 22, 1994. Plaques will read it opened in 1917, this is a fictional opening date.
Once a reprieve for the stars of Hollywood, the Hollywood Tower Hotel closed in 1939, after a mysterious incident. It happened on Halloween evening, when 5 guests disappeared. They were in the Elevator at the Hollywood Tower Hotel when a violent storm came and struck the building. No one ever saw them again and the hotel has been closed since that Halloween night in 1939. The attraction places guests on the same scene as the incident on October 31, 1939.
3. Guests Ride Vehicle
Some attractions at Disney will have guests board a tea cup (Mad Tea Party) or riding in the coils of Slinky (Slinky Dog Dash) and more. Guests on the Tower of Terror will step on an elevator car (an Autonomous Guided Vehicle system) as their ride vehicle.
The attraction features a 13-story drop. When Tower of Terror opened it featured one drop, now drops are randomly selected by the attraction’s computer system. Therefore, each ride could be unique with less or more drops.
5. Real Life Inspiration
Disney Imagineers watched over 150 episodes of “The Twilight Zone” for inspiration of this attraction. Furthermore the tower architecture drew inspiration from many Southern California landmarks. These include the Mission Inn and the Biltmore Hotel. The grounds surrounding the tower drew inspiration from Griffith Park and Elysian Park in California.
6. 13-Minute Wait
If you walk-by Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios) or the Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom) and they have a 13-minute wait posted, this means there is little to no wait on these attractions. In this case, #13 is a lucky number.
7. Queue Music
In keeping with the setting on the attraction, the 1930’s, guests will find apropos music. The queue area outside the tower is filled with the songs, Mood Indigo by Duke Ellington and Inside by Fats Waller.
While in the queue guests will wind through the lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. They will find it unkept and dusty. Look around and see many antiques and furniture with cob webs. A fun fact is some items were purchased from auction houses in the Los Angeles area to be used in the lobby.
9. Hidden Mickey’s
Prior to the drop, guests will find themselves before a haunted hallway, seeing the ghostly guests who disappeared. It is here guests can look for a Hidden Mickey, the young girl is holding a Mickey Mouse doll. There are other hidden Mickey’s to spot, such as on the antique lamp in the lobby (look for a Mickey head shape). Furthermore, on the lobby’s conierge desk is a copy of the, Four Pages of Hilarious Star Caricatures by Walt Disney as featured in Photoplay Magazine. In the library room look for sheet music with the song, What! No Mickey Mouse?. The boiler room features another hidden Mickey, look to the first boiler.
10. Film Clip
Guests will see a clip taken from the episode, It’s a Good Life on the Twilight Zone. While the actor, Rod Serling is shown, the voice in the Library is actually Mark Silverman, a voice actor.
Some of the bronze sculptures in the lobby are more than just a nice looking piece. They are works by Auguste Moreau, a 19th century sculptor.
12. 199 Feet Tall
Tower of terror stands at 199 feet tall, making it one of the tallest buildings in Disney World. It is even taller than Cinderella’s Castle, standing at 189 feet tall. Anything over 200 feet requires aviation lights (blinking red warning lights for airplanes), making 199 the magic number to avoid this.
13. I Spy Tower Of Terror
Since the Tower of Terror building is so tall, it can be scene from far away. This includes a view from Epcot, the Tower of Terror is in view for guests behind the Morocco Pavilion of the World Showcase.