This video is the Complete Experience filmed in POV of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Video includes line, queue, pre-show, and POV in HD. Watch in HD.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, more commonly known as Tower of Terror, is a drop tower thrill ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure Park, Tokyo DisneySea and Walt Disney Studios Park. It is based upon the television show The Twilight Zone. The original version of the attraction opened at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in July 1994; the California Adventure version opened nearly ten years later in May 2004. The Tokyo DisneySea version—named simply “Tower of Terror” and featuring a modified storyline—opened in September 2006, followed by the Walt Disney Studios Park version in April 2008.
The attraction takes place in the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel (itself inspired by the Hollywood Tower, named a historic landmark by the US Department of the Interior). The story of the hotel, adapted from elements of the television series, includes the hotel being struck by lightning on October 31, 1939, mysteriously transporting an elevator cart full of passengers to the Twilight Zone and causing an entire wing of the building to disappear. The exterior of the attraction resembles an old hotel with a blackened scorch mark across the front of the façade where the lightning struck it. All of the cast members wear a costume that resembles that of a 1930s bellhop. At over USD$1000 per uniform, it is the most expensive costume in the various theme parks.
At 199 feet, it is the second tallest attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, shorter only than Expedition Everest’s 199.5 feet . The Tower of Terror is 199 feet high at Walt Disney World because of FAA regulations that require a fixed red light beacon to be added to the top of any 200 feet or taller building. Imagineers thought that the beacon would take away from the hotel’s 1939 theme. At the Disneyland Resort, the 199 feet structure is the tallest attraction at the resort, as well as one of the tallest buildings in Anaheim. At Disneyland Paris it is the second tallest attraction, although, when aloft, the Jules Verne-themed “Panoramagique” tethered balloon attraction climbs over 200 feet.