Iconic Disney Attraction Sees Wait Time Spike As Construction Takes Over

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If you are heading to Walt Disney World Resort soon, you may be waiting a little longer than normal for a beloved attraction.

We previously reported that Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the iconic attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios located at the end of Sunset Boulevard, is undergoing construction and a permit was just filed to install shroud at the attraction.

While Disney has not announced a closure for the attraction, construction to the ride can be seen and it also seems that wait times are spiking for the attraction.

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As you can see from the My Disney Experience app, Tower of Terror has experienced triple-digit wait times for the last few weeks.

The screenshot below shows the wait time for Twilight Zone Tower of Terror earlier this week.

Tower of Terror Wait Times
Credit: My Disney Experience App

Here is a screenshot from last week for the attraction, which was experiencing a 130-minute wait.

Tower of Terror wait
Credit: My Disney Experience App

Finally, here is a screenshot from this morning just an hour after Disney’s Hollywood Studios had opened, already posting a _ minute wait.

Tower of Terror Wait Times
Credit: My Disney Experience App

While Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has always been busy in terms of traffic, it seems the attraction is experiencing wait times even longer than normal and this is because, as of right now, only one side of the elevators is being used.

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Disney World’s official description for Twilight Zone Tower of Terror reads:

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?

Tower of Terror
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To skip portions of wait times, Disney World suggests purchasing Disney Genie+. Genie+ can be purchased for $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort and allows Guests to select reservation times to skip the regular standby line queue and go through the Lightning Lane.

More On Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane

Disney Parks describes Genie+ like this:

 For the price of $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort and $20 per ticket per day at Disneyland Resort, choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance. You can make one selection at a time, throughout the day – from classics like Haunted Mansion to thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and newer favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (attractions subject to limited availability). This convenient option is the next evolution of the fan-favorite Disney MaxPass service from Disneyland Resort. Disney Genie+ will also include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features to capture your memories – augmented reality lenses for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from your day if you are visiting Disneyland Resort.

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Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrances
Experiences include*:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play & Dance!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!

Have you experienced spiking wait times on Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the Disney Park? Let us know in the comments!

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