So far we have looked at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom and the thrills that they each offer. You didn’t think we would forget about Hollywood Studios, did you? Fear not, Day 4 takes us to the end of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios. Looming at the end of this bustling strip of shops and eateries stands the creepy old Hollywood Hotel. They are anxiously awaiting your arrival at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!
Relish walking though the queue on this ride. It takes a lot of work to make things look that decrepit. The lobby of the hotel is rife with detailing that gives you a foreboding sense of what’s to come. The pre-show area is equally detailed in appearance and does a wonderful job of setting the scene for the story that the ride tells.
The ride itself is so much more than what most first-time riders expect. This is not your typical freefall ride. At Disney there is always a story to be told and the Tower of Terror is no exception. You wander through the halls of the abandoned hotel where your vehicle will encounter spectral appearances by some of the less fortunate guests. I don’t think they are here to harm you, I think they are trying to warn you about the hotel.
Eventually you make your way into the main drop shaft. Here is where you learn that the hotel is in control and this is what those guests were trying to warn you about. But it is too late! In mere seconds you are being sent straight down, or is it catapulted straight up. You are going so fast it is hard to tell the difference. And even for those that have braved the Tower before don’t presume to know which way you are headed next – didn’t we mention that the Tower is in control, the drop sequence is randomized so that each ride experience is unique.
During peak times this ride can get crowded but the queue moves fairly quickly, so if you can’t get a FastPass, try the regular queue and be sure to take in all the details. The minimum height requirement on this ride is 40”. Be aware that this is a high-thrill ride and the subject matter can be quite intense for smaller children.
One thing that many people ask based largely, I believe, on promotional images of the ride – you are seated in the ride. The pre-show where you are standing in the library is NOT where you drop. I have been in that room many times with people searching for something to grab onto since they are afraid that they are about to go plummeting down! And for those that are concerned your legs do not dangly freely on this ride, there is a platform with rows of seats (and seatbelts)!
Tomorrow wraps up our series on thrill rides at Disney World. What do you think is our final entry? Will it be your favorite? Ready to take the plunge into a Disney vacation, contact me for more information or a no-obligation quote and learn how working with a Disney Vacation Specialist can take the scary out of planning a Disney trip!