Tower of Terror Unexpectedly Closes as Construction Continues

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Tower of Terror

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If you want to ride Tower of Terror today, you may not be in luck.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World Resort, one of the best attractions is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The attraction looms over Sunset Boulevard with its massive exterior, which sends a sense of eerie gloom down the strip. Once you approach the ride in a closer capacity, you quickly know that something is not correct. The building has not been attended to in years, and the bellhops are not partial to customer service.

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The drop tower attraction infuses Guests into their episode of The Twilight Zone, where you enter a service elevator that previously sent another family into the 5th dimension, causing the hotel to go out of business. The attraction typically boasts large crowds due to its immersive, thrilling nature. Lately, we have seen the facade covered in scaffolding as a small refurbishment is being done, but the ride was not set to shut down, as we can see on Disney World’s refurbishment calendar.

Tower of Terror stormy sky
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Today, WDW Stats (@WdwStats) took to Twitter to report that the ride did not open with the park.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 26 minutes. #HollywoodStudios #WDW #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld

On the My Disney Experience app, we can see that the attraction is temporarily closed as well. Cast Members are at the front of the attraction as well, to ensure Guests do not try to enter the attraction queue but are not able to give any idea as to when or if the ride will reopen today.

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Disney has not said that the construction is the reason for the attraction’s closure; however, it does seem likely that that is the case as there is a chunk of the exterior which has been cut open.

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.

tower of terror interior
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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?

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.

Tower of Terror
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If you are at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today, we would advise that you keep an eye out on your My Disney Experience app, as it will be the first to note when the ride is once again running if it does come back today.

What do you think needs to be refurbished at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? 

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