The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

That door is opening once again...

Amid the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood at the height of its golden age, The Hollywood Tower Hotel was a star in its own right. But something happened. Something dark. Something unexplainable. Something terrifying. And it's happening once again. But this time… It's happening to you.

It may have taken almost six years and over 180 million Euros, but late 2007 finally saw The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror become the centrepiece of Walt Disney Studios Park, transforming a desolate plot reserved in the heart of the park and providing an icon, a thrill and a feeling that couldn't have been more perfectly matched to its location.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

For fans, the arrival of the classic attraction, first opened in 1994 with a very different exterior style at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, was never any secret. But, for year after year, the land lay bare as the resort's financial problems continued. The tower almost looked like it could be lost to the same Twilight Zone of Rod Serling's 1959 television series which inspires the ride's story.

And what of that tower? It is perhaps one of the greatest Disney attraction of the modern generation; heaping and piling an unbelievable level of storytelling, history and ambiance into every corner. You will simply not believe this "hotel" only opened in 2007 — from the fantastic "Bellhop" Cast Members to the cobwebs, abandoned luggage and creaking boiler room, it's steeped in history... and still alive.

Then, to truly "top" it all, the thrill of a faster-than-gravity drop of around 160ft and some bewildering, ghostly special effects. Unmissable.

  • Disney's FASTPASS available
  • Minimum height: 1.02 m (3' 4")
  • Physical restrictions
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Extensively-themed, atmospheric hotel housing a thrilling elevator drop ride with horizontal movement and special effects.

  • Opening Date

    22nd December 2007

  • Attraction Type

    Vertical drop dark ride

  • Capacity

    22 Guests per elevator,
    6 elevators in 3 shafts

  • Duration

    3 minutes (ride),
    5 minutes (pre-show)

  • Height

    55 metres (183 ft)

  • Suitablility
    • Children 3-7
    • Children 8-12
    • Young Adults
    • Adults
    • Seniors


The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

An abadoned hotel in a late 1950s downtown Hollywood is the setting for an episode of cult sci-fi series The Twilight Zone which places you as the star. Approaching along Hollywood Boulevard, you can see already that all is not well. The lettering on the façade of The Hollywood Tower Hotel hangs at an angle, its neons barely flickering back to life. Below, an almighty wound, surrounded by scorch marks and debris, marks where three wings of the glamorous Pueblo Deco hangout once stood. Closed and untouched since one fateful, stormy night in 1939, the hotel is coming back to life and a reservation has been made in your name...

Stepping inside the Lobby, you are suddenly transported back in time to a very different period, a very different moment. Coats and bags lie discarded; tea cups have been left only half-drunk; playing cards have been thrown down, mid-game; a child's rag doll lies alone on the chair. Every inch of the room, lit by yellow Art Deco lights hanging from above, is entangled in over a decade of cobwebs. Ushered past the reception desk by the somewhat disquieting bellhops in their maroon jackets and caps, you enter the Library whilst final preparations are made to your rooms.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

The door closes; the mood changes. A flash of thunder shrieks through the window and an old television set bursts to life, relaying an episode of The Twilight Zone that has yet to be played out... "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."

You see The Hollywood Tower Hotel in its heyday, as host Rod Serling announces: "Hollywood, 1939. Amidst 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." As guests are seen boarding the elevator, an enormous bolt of lighting hits the hotel, causing the guests to vanish as their elevator cabin is dropped into another dimension.

"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."

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

"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."

With the beat of the infamous Twilight Zone theme room, a secret door swings open at the back of the library room, leading directly into the hotel's Boiler Room. Here you pass by a mass of piping, a furnace which appears to have a face and a wall from which you seem to hear the faint cries of a little girl. A maintenance worker desk is overflowing with paperwork, its period wireless set occasionally crackling to life. Once in a while the lights will gently dim, or flicker, as the electricity circuit is overpowered by strange activity. The bellhops guide you to your Service Elevator and assign you a row for boarding.

The fateful doors "ping" open and you're called forward to your room. You take a seat, listen to the safety advice and say your goodbyes — the bellhop declines to join us on this particular journey. Narration by Rod Serling continues, as the elevator suddenly begins to move... not upwards, but backwards...! "You are the passengers on a most uncommon elevator about to take the strangest journey of your lives. Your destination: unknown; but this much is clear: a reservation has been made in your name for an extended stay."

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Your elevator begins climbing through the floors only for the doors to open on a corridor scene with a mirror, where you see a reflection of yourselves which — in a spark of electricity — disappears, leaving an empty cabin! "Wave goodbye to the real world, for you have just entered, The Twilight Zone... What happened here to dim the lights of Hollywood's brightest showplace is about to unfold once again."

Moving up a floor, you see a Ghostly Corridor stretching away in front of you. Is this where we're staying? Almost... "One stormy night long ago, five people stepped through the door of an elevator and into a nightmare." Transluscent guests standing in the hallway suddenly appear to be sucked up by electrical energy. The lights fade to reveal a blacker than black space, punctuated by twinkling stars... At the end of the corridor, you see the doors of the old guest elevator open, with the guests once again standing inside, only for it — and for you — to suddenly... drop!

"That door is opening once again, but this time it's opening for you..."


  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror originates from Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) at Walt Disney World in Florida, where it opened in 1994 as part of a major expansion of the park which also included a full-size Sunset Boulevard leading up to the hotel's more rural setting.
  • In the early 2000s, the attraction was completely redesigned by Walt Disney Imagineering with the intention of it being a major addition to Walt Disney Studios Park shortly after its grand opening year. However, financial difficulties delayed construction and the attraction ended up being built at the second gate in California first, opening in May 2004 at the back of Hollywood Pictures Backlot in Disney California Adventure park.
  • Rod Serling's introduction is taken from "It's a Good Life", an episode from season 3 of The Twilight Zone. His voice is actually that of a voice actor and impersonator — Mark Silverman — throughout, with the video cutting away just as Serling mouths "This, as you may recognise, is a ma–". In the original episode, Serling actually continues "map of the United States".
  • The attraction utilises three of the largest "vertical vehicle conveyance" motors ever built. Housed in a machine room on top of the elevator shafts (causing the "bulge" out from either side of the tower), they are three times larger than the largest high-speed elevator motors and faster than the fastest high-speed elevator in the world.
  • Forced perspective trickery in the Ghostly Corridor scene means the ceiling is just 4 ft high at the far end, where you see the elevator drop, compared to around 10 ft where your elevator doors open. This gives the impression of a much larger space than is actually available for the scene.
  • Rumour has it that parts of the ride system were delayed on their journey through customs into France as the construction team had marked them down as real "elevators", rather than pieces of a theme park ride!
  • The Twilight Zone 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.
  • The Paris Tower was also beaten by the third version, located in American Waterfront at Tokyo DisneySea, which opened in September 2006. The 1899 New York setting here allowed the Imagineers to develop an entirely new storyline not based on The Twilight Zone, which isn't as well-known in Japan. Based around a mysterious cursed "idol" scavenged from a foreign land by the owner of the hotel, Harrison Hightower, the Hightower Hotel is a startling gothic building rising into the sky on the docks next to the S.S. Columbia cruise liner.
  • Although not referenced at the attraction, the ride's official French name is: La Tour de la Terreur - Un Saut dans la Quatrième Dimension; literally "a jump into the fourth dimension". Strangely, the original American television series always descripted it as the fifth dimension!

The Hollywood Tower Hotel rises to a height of 183 ft, with a further 40 ft of basement space for your fall into The Twilight Zone!


  • Guests are seated in three rows in the Service Elevators, with the back row containing eight seats across its full width and the front two rows split into blocks of three and four seats across an aisle. Each seat has a seatbelt for safety and a grab rail on either side. In the Boiler Room area of the pre-show, a Bellhop will assign you a number which indicates where you'll be seated, speeding up the loading process.
  • Want an extra-surreal experience? Just as the elevator is about to drop, hold your arms out and lift your feet slightly off the floor. This greatly enhances the zero-gravity effect, giving you a thrilling feeling of floating and falling slower than the elevator itself!


  • Minimum height: 1.02 m (3' 4")
  • For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions which could be aggravated by this adventure.
  • Expectant mothers and those wearing an orthopaedic device or surgical collar should not ride.
  • Transfer required. Must be accompanied in order to assist in transfer to the ride vehicles, which are reasonably easy to access.