10 Things You Didn't Know About The Tower Of Terror

Prepare to enter the Twilight Zone.


After its closure back in 1939 - on Halloween, obviously - the Hollywood Tower Hotel was allowed to fall into a state of ruin. That was until its re-opening in 1994, and since then it has witnessed millions of guests come through its doors, although not all of them will enjoy the experience.

I am, of course, talking about the Tower of Terror, one of the most-popular rides at Disney parks around the world, having first opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios (then known as Disney-MGM Studios) in Orlando over 20 years ago. Since then it has appeared in California, Tokyo, and Paris, and is one of the most renowned rides, from its impressive exterior to the frightening thrill that lies within.

The idea of the ride is that you are a guest at the hotel, which has just reopened its doors, but then lightning strikes and sends you into the fifth dimension. This takes place while you're in the elevator, and causes you to drop some 13 stories, screaming all the way, except when you get a brief pause for a photo and an unrivalled view of the rest of the park.

The hotel has delighted many and terrified even more, and this article will guide you through 10 things you may not have known about it. I hope you enjoy your stay.


NCTJ-qualified journalist. Most definitely not a racing driver. Drink too much tea; eat too much peanut butter; watch too much TV. Sadly only the latter paying off so far. A mix of wise-old man in a young man's body with a child-like wonder about him and a great otherworldly sensibility.