Birds Eye View of Tower of Terror Creates Massive Illusion 

in Walt Disney World

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Credit: Bioreconstruct

When Guests take a look at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it often gives off a feeling that the building is “towering” over you.

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From the moment Guests enter Sunset Boulevard, The Hollywood Tower Hotel seems like a massive dark figure that you are pulled toward, framed perfectly with the billboard and aesthetic that Sunset Boulevard has to offer. Guests are convincingly immersed in The Twilight Zone with terror from the queue to the pre-show to the attraction itself.

One photographer, Bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct), recently posted a photo to Twitter that showcases an aerial shot of the Tower of Terror.

Aerial look at Tower of Terror.

As we can see, the show is taken from the backside of the building, and without Sunset Boulevard framing the attraction or without having a ground view, the tower does not look as terrifying and monstrous as we may think!

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Interestingly enough, when looking at the Tower of Terror from a bird’s eye view, the actual 13-story tower aspect of the ride seems quite minuscule compared to the rest of the building. Guests often do not notice that the base of the attraction is actually much smaller, which you can see in the bird’s eye view as it was taken from behind the building.

The smaller base of the building is actually where a majority of the attraction takes place — This is often referred to as the show building. This is actually where Guests wait in the incredibly decorated queue, experience the pre-show, and wait in the boiler room. It also is where the main storytelling aspect of the ride fits in and where we see our Twilight family travel across The Twilight Zone before entering our elevator shaft.

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When inside the elevator and actually on the attraction, you may recall the portion of the ride that takes Guests forward and into the main drop tower. The drop tower is what Guests see when walking down Sunset Boulevard, but in reality, the attraction building itself isn’t as tall as many think.

However, by stacking the drop tower on top of the smaller show building, and having it be flesh from the front side, the building and tower seem massive, enticing Guests to come aboard and travel into the Twilight Zone.

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More on Tower of Terror

Disney describes the attraction as: 

Next Stop: The 5th Dimension
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.

Going Up?

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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Based on the Television Series

This attraction is based on the popular television series which originally aired from 1959 to 1964. Created, hosted and written by Rod Serling, the award-winning show—with its imaginative storylines and unexpected twist endings—was wildly successful.

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

Interestingly enough, Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is even taller than the Tower of Terror, making it the tallest Disney World attraction and building on property!

What do you think of this aerial shot of the Tower of Terror? What other attraction would you like to see from a birds-eye view?

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