Next Stop: 5th Dimension? Disney Should Build a Real-Life Tower of Terror

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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension; a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into…the Twilight Zone.”

Tower of Terror is a thrill ride located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort. It takes Guests into the 5th dimension after hopping aboard a maintenance service elevator. Though it makes for a great thrill ride, what if Disney took it to the next level? What if they built an actual Tower of Terror Hotel at the Disney Parks?

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Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In case you aren’t familiar, the official description of Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios reads:

Step uneasily inside the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel and find a dusty lobby frozen in time. Even the subdued hotel staff seems strangely out of another era. 

Suddenly a television set springs to life and Rod Serling welcomes you on a journey into the Twilight Zone. He reveals that on a gloomy Halloween night in 1939, some hotel patrons were riding the elevator when a violent storm struck the building… and they were never seen again. The hotel closed down and has stood empty ever since. 

Enter the rickety, elevator-style lift, strap yourself in and prepare to discover what lies beyond the darkest corner of your imagination. 

Shriek in terror as you’re suddenly propelled up and down the abandoned shaft—unexpectedly dropping and rising—as you hear the sound of cables snapping and metal clanging overhead. 

Will you make it back to the real world… or will you become a permanent resident of the Twilight Zone?

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A Real-Life Tower of Terror Hotel?

It’s no secret that Disney is trying to become more and more immersive — for example, a Star Wars Hotel is being built at Walt Disney World — so this idea really isn’t that far fetched. Plus, the details and imagination that could go into building a real-life Tower of Terror hotel would be incredible.

The lobby could look exactly like it does in the attraction queue: Check-in desk, fireplace, couches, fake cobwebs and all. And of course, Disney would have to build service elevators that Guests would need to board (if they dare) to get to their hotel rooms.

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The rooms could look just as you’d imagine. Sticking with the theming of the late ‘30s, Disney could include fringe-decorated furniture, fake cobwebs along the walls, and vintage paintings of the family depicted in the pre-show at Tower of Terror.

I don’t know about you, but I would love for Disney to build a real-life Tower Hotel somewhere on property. I know I would book a stay there as I’d hope to travel to the 5th dimension — Would you?

So what do you think? Would you want to see Disney build a Tower of Terror-themed Resort? Would you stay there? Let us know in the comments below.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect Inside the Magic’s views overall.

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