If you have ever traveled into the fifth dimension aboard The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you know that you must first hop aboard a maintenance service elevator. Of course, this maintenance service elevator is just part of the ride, and it is not a real working elevator.
Though, Tower of Terror does actually have a real and working maintenance service elevator inside the attraction!
When Guests are brought into the boiler room, they can go one of two directions — each bringing them to a set of maintenance service elevators, which are technically the ride vehicles for Tower of Terror. But in the dead center of both of these elevator sets is a fifth elevator!
This fifth elevator is not a ride vehicle and is, in fact, an actual working maintenance service elevator! This elevator is mainly used for Guests who have a disability, such as a wheelchair, and must transfer. Cast Members take the wheelchair or scooter from the Guest once they transfer to the ride vehicle and bring it down to where Guests unload from the attraction.
Another use for this real elevator is if a Guest decides to not ride last minute for whatever reason, they can exit the building by utilizing the real maintenance service elevator!
So there you have it — Even though Tower of Terror is filled with various maintenance service elevators, there is actually only one that works for that purpose, while the others serve as ride vehicles for Tower of Terror!
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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