Disney May Be Gearing Up to Transform Tower of Terror

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Tower of Terror is a popular 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, making for a thrilling experience.

Now it looks as though this ride could possibly receive some updates as Disney filed a permit for this location.

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Walt Disney World has filed a permit for the location of Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Though the permit does not give many details, we know it is for general construction at the location of Tower of Terror. This could be just generalized maintenance that Disney wants to do to ensure the building is in tip-top shape and appeals to Guests.

Another reason this could have been filed is to modify safety protocols within the attraction. We already know Disney World is going to reduce social distancing within the theme parks in a phased approach, so it could be possible they are thinking of modifying protocols within this ride, though it has not been confirmed.

Related: Enter the Twilight Zone with Tower of Terror Pictured During Storm

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One other possibility is that the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World is quickly approaching. It has already been confirmed that Tower of Terror will transform into something special just to commemorate this milestone. Though Disney Parks Blog did not give many details, they did share that Guests can look forward to “special new touches coming to life on the Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.” Therefore, this permit could have been filed so that Disney can get ready to transform the Tower of Terror into something special for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World!

However, this is pure speculation and Disney has not confirmed exactly what this permit has been filed for. Inside the Magic will update you as we get information.

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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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This article has been updated since it’s original publication. 

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