Looking for a mysterious thrill ride? Drop in on The Hollywood Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Hollywood Tower Hotel in its heyday was a place were movies stars and the rich and famous of Tinseltown came to relax and unwind. A place where one would go to see and be seen. Legend has it that on a stormy Halloween night in 1939, 5 people were in the elevator when a violent storm struck and the patrons in the elevator were never to be heard from again. The hotel closed that night and the whereabouts of those guests still remains a mystery.
Fast forward to current day, a time when you can tour the infamous abandoned hotel exactly as it was left in 1939. As you enter under the wrought iron gates, you will wind through abandoned gardens overrun with weeds, decaying potted plants and an empty rusted pool as the faint sound of jazz music plays and screams linger in the background.
Enter the dusty cobweb-ridden lobby and you will be directed into the dark library where a crack of lightning brightens the room and a TV comes on to welcome you to your Twilight Zone journey. Guests touring the hotel are then brought down a secret passage way, through a boiler room and to the service elevator where the journey into a new dimension begins.
Board the rickety lift and strap yourself in as the service elevator launches upward into the darkness and the lights spookily flicker on and off. As the lift reaches its first stop, the door opens to a long hallway where the spirits of the guests from the past will materialize and beckon you to join them, only to disappear again. Your next stop forces your lift to move forward and your climb continues up to the 13th floor (of course) where the elevator begins it’s crazy ride as if it was taken over by an unseen spirit.
This ride features a high speed climb and sudden free-fall drops as the elevator with a mind of its own gives riders a great thrill. With different ride patterns in place, guests can board this thrill ride several times in a day and never get the same experience.
There are several Hidden Mickeys to be found on this ride. Hint: Look at the balcony railing just before you enter….the toy the young girl is holding in the video….there is a great one in the boiler room just think water stain!
Snow White’s Ranking:
Interest: Kids, tweens, teens, and adults.
Height Requirements: 40 in. or taller
Accessibility: Guests must transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
Thrill Level: Big drops, dark and scary thrill ride
FASTPASS+ is offered.
Location: Sunset Boulevard