Disney's California Adventure Tower of Terror Secrets

Facts

Opening Date May 5, 2004
- Reaching 183 feet, the Tower of Terror is the tallest attraction in the Disneyland Resort. Although the building is officially 183 feet tall, it also extends 40 underground.
-Number of elevator shafts: 3
-Number of elevator ride vehicles: six
-Number of guests per elevator: 21
-Number of Floors:
According to official city permits: 11
According to Twilight Zone records: 13
-The legendary Hollywood Tower Hotel:
Date hotel originally opened: 1928
Date the hotel originally closed: October 31, 1939
-The ride system is not actually an elevator - but rather a "vertical vehicle conveyance."
-Guest must be 40 inches or taller to experience attraction. Guests in wheelchairs must transfer to ride vehicle.

-The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ at Disney's California Adventure Park is based on the popular Disney attraction at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida, which opened in July 1994.
-The Twilight Zone® originally ran for five years on CBS, from 1959 to 1964. Rod Serling, its creator and host, a six-time Emmy winner, wrote 92 of the original 156 episodes. He died in 1975.

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Secrets

- The attraction features three of the largest motors ever build for such a conveyance. They are three times larger than the largest high-speed elevator motors and faster than the fastest high-speed elevator in the world.
-In the course of their tour of The Hollywood Tower Hotel, guests are led through the lobby, past the ruined elevator doors and into a Library. There they view the opening moments of an episode of The Twilight Zone®. This "lost episode", featuring a special appearance by Rod Serling, was never broadcast. It tells a story unique to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ and was created for the attraction.

Inspiration

-Architectural style of the Hollywood Tower Hotel: Pueblo Deco
-The episode from which Rod Serling's appearance was taken is "It's A Good Life", written by Rod Serling.
-Throughout the attraction, as an homage to the classic television series, there are props and design elements that recall specific episodes.
-The area music features jazz and popular tunes from the 1930's, such as "I Can't Get Started With You" by Bunny Berigan, "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn, and "Mood Indigo" by Duke Ellington, which were all chosen for a certain timeless, haunting quality. The music was then sonically treated to suggest it was being performed in a distant ballroom, long ago.

Cast Credits for Library Film in Lobby Show:

  • Rod Serling: himself
  • Rod Serling sound-alike: Mark Silverman. (Hundreds of folks auditioned for the part but Mark was chosen for the role by Rod Serling's widow who made the final selection after listening to him on audio tape.)
  • Bellhop: Parviz Perry Vessali
  • Child Star: Lindsay Ridgeway
  • Nanny: Charlotte Helms