Walt Disney Presents: The Tower of Terror
"Hollywood, 1939. Amidst the glitz and the glitter of a bustling young movie talent 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."
Thus far, my sets have been based on rides from the main "Magic Kingdom" park, (The Haunted Mansion and Peter Pan’s Flight) so this time I wanted to try something a little different...
Based on the version of the Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, this set brings back all the mystery and wonder of the original ride, referencing it’s unique and iconic design and starring an elevator shaft where shenanigans are sure to go down! A proud homage to the ride, this set is sure to delight all you fans out there of Disney and The Twilight Zone alike.
The hotel is designed around two main features, the lobby and the shaft. At the bottom level, the building’s facade opens up to reveal the interior of the hotel lobby. Inside, you will see the front desk and famous owl statue commonly seen in the ride’s queue. Behind the desk lies the elevator where you are about to discover what lies beyond the fifth dimension.
The elevator works on a vertical track system in it’s shaft, ensuring that it won’t jostle around on it’s descent. You can simply access the elevator through the front opening or by removing the top of the building which is fastened at four points. The drop is activated by pulling a lightning bolt pin inserted in the side of the tower.
To take the elevator back to the top, simply lift it by the back handle to the top, insert the pin, then when your ready, pull that pin to send them free falling!
FUN FACT: The distinctive architectural features on and around the attraction's roof in Florida were designed so that the rear facade, which is visible from Epcot, would blend seamlessly with the skyline of the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase.
And who will be joining you in this journey into a land of both shadow and substance? Let’s find out!
THE BELLHOP - What hotel is complete without a bellhop? The Bellhop is one of the most important and iconic parts of the Hollywood Tower Hotel to the point where it would not be the same without one. Suited with his trademark uniform and suitcase, the Bellhop is ready for whatever strange and weird things lie ahead.
THE TUXEDOED GUEST - This minifigure is meant to play the part of the gentleman wearing a tuxedo in the pre-show video on the ride. With his debonair look and dashing mustache, he’s a Clark Gable or Errol Flynn type of fellow who is ready for anything! But is he ready for a one way trip to a dimension of sight and sound?
THE STARLET GUEST - Accompanying the gentleman in the tuxedo is the starlet. Just like her male counterpart, she too references one of the characters from the ride’s backstory, who disappears that stormy night in 1939.
ROD SERLING - Finally, we have Rod Serling in gray and black colors referring to how he actually appeared on TV sets back in the good old days of black and white.
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And so my friends, I 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.