Tower of Terror starts taking guests… directly to the Twilight Zone!

Friday, July 22, 1994

"You are the passengers of a most uncommon elevator, about to take the strangest journey of your lives. Your destination... unknown, but this much is clear, a reservation has been made in your name for an extended stay".

On July 22, 1994, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (or Disney - MGM Studios, as it was called back then) in Walt Disney World, Florida.

Tower of Terror is a free fall-type attraction that takes place in the eerie, long-abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel. The thrill ride is based upon the television show “The Twilight Zone”.

The attraction building has a “Pueblo Deco” facade and a “Gothic Revival” roof. It is modeled after famous Californian landmarks such as the Hollywood Tower (Hollywood), the Mission Inn (Riverside), the Chateau Marmont (Hollywood) and the Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles).

There is a clear resemblance with the walkways, spiral columns and archway decorations of the Mission Inn and the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel (see photo below).

Due to the popularity of the attraction, Disney also built a Tower of Terror in Disney California Adventure Park (2004 – Pueblo Deco), Tokyo DisneySea (2006 – Art Nouveau, Gothic Revival & Moorish Revival) and the Walt Disney Studios Park (2008 - Pueblo Deco exterior). 

Photos Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea

Photo N° 5: (C) Brett Kiger
Photos N° 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: (C) Q. Gabriel-Smith
Concept Art: (C) Disney

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