Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
If you are walking through Hollywood Studios, you’ll frequently hear screams coming from the direction of the long-time signature attraction of this park. The screams come from guests yelling as they ride this attraction that takes them to a height of around 170 feet and drops them at a speed just a bit faster than free-fall.
Before we help you learn how to ride the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror without waiting in long lines, lets give you a little more information about this hair raising attraction.
Tower of Terror – History
The idea for a ride that incorporated a “free-fall” began in the 1980’s. But the final plans didn’t come to fruition until the early 90’s. It was decided that the free-fall was going to be the final sequence of the ride, and that the theme was going to be The Twilight Zone. In 1992, construction began, and the ride was completed in 1994.
The Tower of Terror was to be 199 feet tall. The high size makes the building visible from Morocco, in the Epcot Pavilion. Because of this, the Epcot-facing side of this ride was given an architectural theme that would blend in with the buildings in Morocco, so that the theme wouldn’t be lost.
Tower of Terror – The Ride
The Tower of Terror is a perfect example of how Disney World is different than other theme parks. There are many drop towers in theme parks across the US and the world. But the difference in Disney’s Tower of Terror and these other drop towers is in the theming.
From the moment you enter the lobby, you are transported into an old hotel, and Disney hasn’t left a detail out. The theming in the lobby is excellent, complete with cobwebs and all. Next, you enter a small, cramped room where you watch a video sequence to get your mind set to be frightened.
Next, you’ll enter a bigger room, where you get in line and wait to enter your elevator. Once you get in the elevator, you’ll begin the ride and be taken on a journey into the Twilight Zone. There are some very entertaining elements to this show, but we all know that the drop at the end is why people come to this ride.
Each ride sequence is controlled by a computer and is completely unique. This unique aspect of the ride can give you a different experience each time you ride! No matter what sequence you get, however, you will always get at least one full drop from the top to the bottom!
Tower of Terror – Touring Tips
At this point, Tower of Terror is in the lower tier of Fastpasses at Hollywood Studios. Because of this, we highly recommend always using a Fastpass on this ride. Wait times can get quite high as the day goes on, so to avoid long wait times, you need to either get a Fastpass, or get there early.
If you are like me, you could ride this attraction 2 or 3 times in a row. To do that, try to get there in the 9:30-10:30 range, and you should still find reasonable wait times. As we show in our Hollywood Studios Touring plan, we like to go to Aerosmith’s Rock n Roller Coaster first, then we head to the Tower of Terror to use our Fastpass, and also to ride it on standby, usually with a wait time of 10 minutes or less.
Tower of Terror – Info
• Fastpass Plus eligible – Group B
• Rider Switch Eligible
• Height Requirement – 40 inches