Disney’s Hollywood Studios | Sunset Boulevard
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Description
Even if you can’t book a room at the Hollywood Tower Hotel, be sure to drop in and experience the elevator, which is the highlight of the edifice in any event!
Opening Day: July 22, 1994
Type of Ride: Elaborate drop tower
Age Recommendation: Ages 8 and up
Duration of Ride: About 3 minutes
Typical Queue Time: Long; often upwards of one hour
Single Rider Line: No
FastPass+: Yes, visit our FastPass+ Guide for more information on FastPass+.
Chicken Exit Available: Yes
Baby Swap Available: Yes
Type of Vehicle: Roaming elevator car
Type of Restraint: Seat belt
Attraction Open During EMH: Yes; both morning and evening. See our Extra Magic Hours page for more information.
Ride Photo Available For Purchase: Yes
Height Requirements: 40 inches
Flash Photography or Video Allowed: No
Shopping: An assortment of merchandise, much of which relates to the Tower of Terror, including t-shirts, bellhop hats, glassware, posters, pillows, tote bags, and on-ride photographs, can be purchased at “Tower Hotel Gifts,” located at the attraction’s exit.
Dining/Refreshment: Located outside the attraction, the Tower of Terror Coffee Cart offers pastries, muffins, cookies, and, of course, coffee. Rosie’s All-American Café, Fairfax Fare, and Catalina Eddie’s are situated across Sunset Boulevard for guests craving a more substantial, counter service, lunch or dinner. Rosie’s offers burgers and soups; Fairfax Fare specializes in barbecue; and Catalina Eddie’s is the place on Sunset Boulevard for pizza in addition to deli sandwiches.
Restroom: Facilities are conveniently located near the attraction’s entrance.
Smoking Location: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Disney’s Hollywood Studios smoking areas can be found on our Walt Disney World Designated Smoking Areas page.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Fun Facts
Did you know?
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is based on Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” television program, which originally aired on CBS-TV from 1959-1964. In designing The Tower of Terror, Disney’s Imagineers viewed all 156 episodes of the series.
- Sunset Boulevard opened with The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in 1994.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is set on October 31, 1939. On that Halloween night, lightning struck the hotel with five guests in the fateful elevator, which was sent plummeting to the unknown, the Twilight Zone.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror stands at 199 feet, making it the second-tallest attraction at Walt Disney World behind only “Expedition Everest” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Imagineers elected not to make the structure any taller because FAA regulations require red light beacons to be attached to any building 200 feet or taller. The Imagineers deemed such an inclusion obstructive to the attraction’s theme.
- Though promotional videos show guests standing in the attraction’s freefalling elevator, guests actually sit and are harnessed with seatbelts.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is exquisitely themed throughout. After winding through an outdoor courtyard, guests enter a dusty lobby filled with antiques, sculptures, furniture, and a reception desk, before viewing a video in the library and being escorted to the elevators by a bellhop.
- The video in the library, which informs guests that they are going to be the stars of the attraction, is a clip from The Twilight Zone episode “It’s a Good Life.” Rod Serling is juxtaposed in the clip, but the audio was provided by voice actor Mark Silverman.
- Amidst sights of a star field, the elevator vehicles, guided by computerized wires, enter “The Fifth Dimension” scene. Here, the vehicles move horizontally between separate elevator shafts. This scene was based on The Twilight Zone episode “Little Girl Lost.”
- The grand finale of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is the freefall. Riders are dropped up to 13 stories multiple times in random intervals. A wire at the bottom of the vehicle renders the drop “faster than gravity.” The randomization of the drops was allowed by computer reprogramming completed in late-2002. Upon reaching the Tower’s apex, guests are treated to a panoramic view of the park through a window.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’s facade blends with the edifices at Epcot‘s Morocco pavilion
- Other versions of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror are located at Disney’s California Adventure, Walt Disney Studios Paris, and Tokyo DisneySea, debuting in 2004, 2007, and 2006, respectively. The Tokyo version omits The Twilight Zone theme.
- The Fifth Dimension scene is only featured in Florida’s Tower of Terror. In California and Paris, this scene is substituted by an effect that makes the riders “disappear.”
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of four freefall rides to have appeared in a Disney theme park, the others being the now-defunct “Maliboomer,” which sat in the Paradise Pier section of Disney’s California Adventure from 2001 to 2010; “Jumpin’ Jellyfish” at Disney’s California Adventure and Tokyo DisneySea; and “Toy Story Parachute Drop” at Walt Disney Studios Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror inspired the 1997 television film Tower of Terror.
- Guests with a Magic Band and a Memory Maker package can receive a video of their Tower of Terror experience.
The girl entering the elevator in the library video is holding a Mickey doll.
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Top 5 Tips for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Consider utilizing FastPass Plus for a shorter wait.
- Even if you do not want to experience the ride proper, consider checking out the queue and preshow. Guests can choose to exit the attraction prior to boarding the elevators.
- Consider purchasing an on-ride photograph.
- Because of the spooky theme and thrill factor, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is not recommended for young children.
- Consider watching some Twilight Zone episodes before your visit such as to better appreciate this attraction.