Video of Lightning Strike Hitting Tower of Terror Resurfaces

in Walt Disney World

tower of terror lightning strike

The Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a popular ride that gives Guests a thrilling, yet unique, experience. After Guests walk through the lobby, filled with dust and spiderwebs, they step into the pre-show where a television set suddenly comes on and Rod Sterling welcomes Guests on a journey into the Twilight Zone.

Sterling 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.”

Though this is the story that the Tower of Terror transports Guests to, in real-time, on one gloomy Florida evening, the Tower of Terror was actually struck by lightning!

tower of terror getting struck by lightning
Credit: Disney

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During one thunderstorm, though we are unsure of the exact date we do know that this happened a while ago, the Tower of Terror was actually hit by lightning, and it was caught on video! Oddly enough, the lightning strike fits well into the theming of Tower of Terror.

The video is now resurfacing and has even been shared by TikTok user @_disney._stuff_, which you can see below:

Again, we are unsure of exactly when this video is from, but now that it is beginning to resurface, we wanted to share it with you all as this is a neat thing to see, especially since it’s the Tower of Terror and the lightning fits well with its theming.

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Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Tower of Terror
Credit: Disney

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?

Tower of Terror stormy sky
Credit: Disney

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