Once again, Lisa Green shares a wonderful article just in time to celebrate Halloween from her Living a Disney Life Blog. - Nick
It’s October and I’m feeling Halloween-ish.
Last week, I listed my favorite things about Magic Kingdom’s Haunted
Mansion. This week, I feel it’s only fair to do the same for the
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As it is
most certainly one of my top three favorite attractions, I have plenty
of love for every dark, spooky, incredible detail. Where to
begin? That’s easy! The Tower of Terror’s draw begins long
before guests step into the queue. Stroll down Sunset Boulevard and
you’ll see (and hear) what I mean. The Tower’s exterior, complete with
screaming faces in the upstairs window, is sure to capture your
Tower of Terror – 10 Best Things
The Grounds – This is one of the best, most
detailed attraction exteriors ever created. Disney Imagineering at its
very best. There’s mist, age, decay, overgrown landscaping – the story
begins long before that first step inside the Hollywood Tower Hotel.
The Lobby – If you could escape from a Doom-Buggy
in Haunted Mansion, it might be a lot like exploring the Tower of
Terror. Clearly, this was once a finely appointed, upscale
establishment. It’s almost sad to see it in such a rundown state.
Creepy yet lovely with a sense of foreboding. Exactly the right
atmosphere for what happens next.
The Bellhops – Seriously some of the best and most fun Cast Members in the World! They’re solemn (but still fun) and have awesome costumes.
The Library – So much to see! Incredible details
are everywhere even before the TV comes alive and Rod Serling (voiced by
Mark Silverman) sets exactly the right mood! This attraction layers
the buildup like none other – carefully crafting the story while
maximizing anticipation and a bit of fear (in a good way). Watch
carefully – the hidden details are part of the charm!
The Sounds – The classic Twilight Zone theme song,
the televised back story, the use of sound (and silence) from the
library to the end of the ride…genius! “It’s raining it’s pouring…”
The Basement – Amazingly detailed (like the grounds
outside), the winding path between the library and the elevator takes
guests into the dark, dingy hotel basement. Giant boilers, pipes,
equipment, and Hidden Mickeys are all there to be explored.
The Service Elevator – Could a ride vehicle look
more daunting? I don’t think so. The elevator on the outside looks
ramshackle and uninviting – once the doors open? It takes some serious
bravery to step inside knowing that once those doors close, there’s no
The Anticipation – First-timers worry about what’s
going to happen next. Repeat guests DO know what’s in store and
still…well, I know how hard my heart is pounding at this point and I’ve
ridden dozens of times. That’s part of what keeps me coming back!
The Thrill – As you can tell from outside this
attraction, the Tower of Terror tends to make people scream. Me? Not
so much – this ride makes me laugh hysterically. I can’t explain it,
but the surprises on this ride seriously crack me up.
The Pictures – Even before our Memory Maker package
included video for the Tower of Terror and even with many strangers in
every picture, I still count the ride photos among my most favorite. I
guess it’s all the different expressions captured and the different way
each person reacts to the ride’s random movements…makes me smile every
time I see our pictures.
What about YOU? How do you feel about the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror? Do you love it? What’s your favorite detail about this attraction?