10 Fun Facts About The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

The Hollywood Tower Hotel Tower of Terror At Night Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Tower of Terror is a frightfully thrilling ride, and has been into the Disney parks for many years.

Today we will be sharing 10 facts about this ride that will drop you into the Twilight Zone.

 1. Other Plans

The Tower of Terror almost was themed based on both the works of Stephen King and Mel Brooks before Twilight Zone was chosen as the final theme.

2. Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Sign Disney California Adventure

The Tower of Terror was based on the classic TV show The Twilight Zone, one of the most iconic and impactful television shows in history.

3. 4 Different Versions

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Exterior Disney California Adventure

There have been 4 different versions of this ride. These are the original, the Tokyo version based on the Society of Explorers, the Walt Disney Studios version, and the Disney California Adventure version which was turned into Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout.

4. Date

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Lobby Disney California Adventure Disneyland

The backstory of this attraction is based on a mysterious event that took place on October 31, 1939, which caused the hotel to close forever, until you return among the first new guests to the Hollywood Tower Hotel. 

5. Otis Elevators

Sunset Boulevard Empty Disney's Hollywood Studios

The ride vehicles for this attraction were designed in part by Otis Elevators, an actual elevator company, alongside Disney.

6. Miles Per Hour

Hollywood Tower Hotel Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios

This attraction can get up to a speed of 39 miles per hour which is actually faster than the speed of gravity.

7. Lost Version

Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout Disney California Adventure

The Disney California Adventure version may no longer be open, but there are quite a few tributes to it in Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout, including a bellhop hat in the Collector's office.

8. Height

The height of this attraction is 199 ft tall, just shorter than the height that would require it to have a light to alert airplanes to its presence.

9. Bellhops

This is one of the few locations in Walt Disney World, where you are not likely to see cast members smiling, alongside the Haunted Mansion.

10. Rod Sterling

The footage you see of Rod Sterling in the pre-show is from episode 73 named "It's a Good Life" but the voice is of Mark Silverman a voice actor.