Disney Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has more than enough to keep just about anyone busy for at least one day and maybe more! Since it is an amusement park, after all, a roller coaster is just about mandatory and Disney fills the bill with the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. Some have said that it is even better than Space Mountain over at The Magic Kingdom!
But what if the thrill seeker wants something new? Enter The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror! It is sure to fit the bill.
Like so many Disney rides and attractions, the Tower of Terror has a story to go along with the ride. This ride is no exception. The story goes that on Halloween 1939 a freak lightning storm hit the Hollywood Tower Hotel. The Hotel was hit by a strike of lightning, and an entire wing of the hotel vanished along with an elevator and the guests who were riding in it at the time!
You enter the ride through the hotel lobby. In typical Disney style the lobby is a wealth of visual treats. It truly appears that it was abandoned in 1939. Beneath the cobwebs you’ll see all sorts of things from that era. Suitcases, newspaper, hats all sit in the lobby as if they were just left there. The front desk is a joy to study. Even the mail slots behind the desk have letters awaiting pick-up. Look to the right and the concierge desk is waiting to book your next tour. Disney has outdone itself with the amazing detail. You will be almost glad the line is moving slow enough for you to take it all in.
On to the library where you’ll see a short film hosted by Rod Serling that will give you the back story in greater detail and prepare you for the ride. Anyone old enough to remember the original Twilight Zone with Rod Serling will be pleased with the vocal impersonation. It sounded very good!
Off you go through the boiler room to your very own elevator.
This elevator has seats and seat belts. You’ll be glad that they do!
Then up you go! The Tower is the tallest structure in Disney Hollywood Studios, so the accent take a bit. After some Twilight Zone effects and a few ghosts, it is time for the main event!
With no warning your elevator will drop like a stone. Then it will climb again only to drop once more. At various times the wall in front of you will open, and you will be able to look out at the Disney Hollywood Studios park and understand how high up you actually are before you drop again.
One of the very cool things about the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is that the computer that controls the ride is programed to drop you at random. No two rides will be exactly the same. The only thing that will happen every time is that you’ll be glad for those seat belts as you lift out of your seat at each drop!