Disney’s Tower of Terror – TRIVIA!!

Trivia: pieces of information of little importance or value. Seems to me that depends on the person who has the information as to if it is important! I like trivia! I love games that involve trivia! Little bits of knowledge you can share with others that may make their day! Or, if they know it, provides a link between the two of you!

Disney trivia is one of my favorite things! There are so many games out there that rely on your knowledge of Disney trivia! Come on, I am not the only one, right?

How about trivia about your favorite attraction? Little known facts about Small World or Expedition Everest? Maybe Spaceship Earth?

For me it is Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

This is a love it or hate it attraction from what I have seen and heard! I love it! Absolutely love it and will stand in lines to ride it! My husband? Not so much! Our daughter wanted to go to Walt Disney World her senior year of high school. No worries! We love Disney! You bet! She loves coasters, loves the thrill, this will be great? Right? Um, no!

Several years before, she had refused to ride and waited for the rest of us:  me, her dad and her brother, to ride. This time would be different! I convinced her to ride my favorite ride – bribing her that I would ride Rock n’ Roller Coaster with her!

Well, we rode Tower of Terror! She didn’t speak to me for the next 30 minutes!

That brings us to some great trivia about the Tower of Terror!

First, before the trivia, we must begin:

“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension. A dimension of sound. A dimension of sight. A dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into…The Twilight Zone.

Hollywood, 1939. Amid the glitz and the glitter of a bustling, young movie town at the height of its golden age, The Hollywood Tower Hotel was a star in its own right; a beacon for the show business elite. Now, something is about to happen that will change all that. The time is now on an evening very much like the one we have just witnessed.

Tonight’s story on The Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. This, as you may recognize, is a maintenance service elevator still in operation, waiting for you. We invite you, if you dare, to step aboard because in tonight’s episode, you are the star. And this elevator travels directly to…The Twilight Zone.”

“You are the passengers on a most uncommon elevator about to ascend into your very own episode of… The Twilight Zone. One stormy night long ago, five people stepped through the door of an elevator and into a nightmare. You are about to discover what lies beyond the fifth dimension, beyond the deepest, darkest corner of the imagination… in the Tower of Terror.“

What fateful night did 5 passengers take a one-way trip to the Twilight Zone? October 31, 1939

When did Tower of Terror open to guests? July 22, 1994

How many Twilight Zone episodes did Disney Imagineers watch in creating Tower of Terror? 156! At least 2 times each!

What episode of Twilight Zone is replicated in Tower of Terror? None! Imagineers wanted the guests to be the stars in their own show as they enter the 5th dimension!

Are there any “hidden” Mickeys? Yes! Sheet music in the lobby is “What? No Mickey Mouse? What kind of party is this?”  And a Mickey Mouse doll is held by the child star in the images.

How tall is the Tower of Terror? 199 feet

There is only one attraction in Walt Disney World that is taller, do you know which one? Expedition Everest

Why is it not over 200 feet? Aviation requires a red light and Disney did not want to detract from the experience

Is the elevator drop planned and free fall? It is random and a controlled drop but faster than gravity! Faster than 39 miles an hour (keep your seat belt on!) It is random as you don’t know which fall you will experience.

You can see Tower of Terror from Epcot. What land does the exterior blend with at Epcot? Morocco!

Who is the elevator expert that worked with Disney to design Tower of Terror? Otis

Speaking of elevators, on the wall to the right as you enter the elevator is the Permit to Operate. What does the permit number 10259 refer to? This is the date that the Twilight Zone series began, October 2, 1959.

“A warm welcome back to those of you who made it and a friendly word of warning; something you won’t find in any guidebook. The next time you check into a deserted hotel on the dark side of Hollywood, make sure you know just what kind of vacancy you’re filling. Or you may find yourself a permanent resident of… The Twilight Zone”

Are you ready to be part of the story? Are you ready to drop in to the Hollywood Tower Hotel?

Note: Currently guests walk directly through to the elevators so you may not notice some of the details along the way.

Photo Credit: Myself and Donna Sharick

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