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I love reading articles like this! Thanks for feeding the Disney Geek in me!
Thanks for the awesome history post on this attraction. It’s been one of my favorites since I first rode it in 1995 at the (then) Disney-MGM Studios and then again in 1997. I was so excited when it finally came out west since I am able to get to DLR much more frequently than WDW.
When I first rode it in California I thought my memory was playing tricks on me and that the vehicle didn’t actually leave the elevator shaft and moved around. I was relieved to find out that my memory was correct and even though my kids enjoy the one in California I’ve told them to expect even more fun when we finally get them to Florida.
I was excited to be able to get to California this past October for one last drop before the tower changes theme. I’m intrigued to see what they bring with the Guardians theme and I wonder how much (if anything) of the main ride “movement” experience will change.
Mostly I am very hopeful that Disney will keep the Florida attraction untouched. I am a child of the 80s so I didn’t see the original Twilight Zone series in its hayday but I watched reboot attempts and plenty of episodes in syndication. I love the overall theming and the many fun details in the Tower. If someday Disney does let the license with Twilight Zone lapse I hope they’ll keep the general ~1930s hotel theme in tact and do something akin to the Tokyo version.
Whatever happens, the Tower of Terror is the author of many wonderful memories. Thanks again for a great post. 🙂
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