Are the Tower of Terror Screams Guests Hear Actually Real?

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The Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a popular ride that gives Guests a thrilling, yet unique, experience. If you have never experienced the ride, it drops Guests directly into the Twilight Zone every few seconds — and, it is obvious as Guests can hear the screams coming from the top of the tower as they walk down Sunset Boulevard.

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But, did you know that those screams that Guests hear coming from Tower of Terror may not actually be real? In fact, according to one report, those screams are actually pre-recorded:

If you listen closely, you’ll find that the screams sound a little too identical each go around. That’s because what you’re actually hearing is a recording from speakers strategically placed on the walkways near the ride.

So, the next time you are walking down Sunset Boulevard, listen closely to those screams you hear coming from Tower of Terror and you be the judge if they are part of a recording, or if they are coming from other Guests being dropped into the Twilight Zone!

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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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