05 August 2013

The Disney Ride I Love to Hate

 Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney In Our Blood and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail Peach.

This month's topic is about the ride or attraction at Disney you love to hate and for me that would be Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios.

Shriek in terror as your elevator free falls down the abandoned shaft then unexpectedly changes direction and launches back up the hotel. Gaze out through a missing wall 13 stories high as the doors inexplicably open and close to reveal the hotel grounds. As if possessed by some unseen phantom, the lift plummets down and speeds upward over and over again, the sound of cables snapping and metal clanging overhead.

The reason I chose this attraction is because, I love the whole idea of a haunted hotel with a mystery. And this hotel is one that you want to go to, the details inside are amazing. It's like time stood still from that night forward. The cobwebs and the eerie feeling as you walk through feels so real. But it's when you get to the basement and board the ride that my stomach really drops.

And it's because of the drop sequences, I hate the feeling of falling. Since the new drop sequences where changed a few years back, It can drop you 2 or 3 half times combined 3 full drops. Of course, this is what makes this ride so scary are the drops and you never know what your gonna get. I have only ridden it 2x and that's enough for me because after the fist time, I knew what to expect and I got scared even more. Heart pounding, Legs shaking all even before I got on it. lol

The Mystery of the Hollywood Tower Hotel
On a stormy Halloween night in 1939, 5 unlucky souls disappeared from the Hollywood Tower Hotel’s doomed elevator.
Classic stars of the silver screen sought rest and relaxation at the Hollywood Tower Hotel during the Golden Age of Hollywood. In 1939, during a gloomy Halloween night, 5 unfortunate hotel patrons were riding in the elevator when a violent storm struck the building… and they were never seen again. Whatever became of them and wherever they may have gone has remained a mystery to this day. The hotel closed down that night and has remained abandoned ever since.

The Present Day
You’re invited to take a tour of the Hollywood Tower Hotel—and ride in one of the only working elevators—on a stormy night very similar to the evening when the unexplained event occurred. Be welcomed by Rod Serling as you journey to the 5th Dimension.

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  1. I LOVE TOWER OF TERROR! (Yes, I put that in all caps to emphasize HOW MUCH I LOVE IT!) It makes me scream in terror and laugh uncontrollably at the same time.

  2. First, Heidi is crazy. :) Secondly, I don't love to hate this attraction I just hate it. haha You are right the details and the story are amazing but I'm not a fan of those drops.

  3. I agree Melissa, lol. Thanks for stopping by

  4. Thanks Heidi - and I can totally understand your love for TOT, my hubby and daughter make it there number 1 stop every time and if they can ride it over and over they do :-)

  5. Kuleen @ TheDisneyKids.comAugust 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I can't ride TOT anymore because of the random drop sequence. I didn't realize just how much my mind had internalized the predictable pattern until it was taken away. I haven't ridden since 2004. My heart was racing so bad I thought I was dying.

  6. In DCA, a young woman my age grabbed me mid-drop, then apologized b/c "[she] was too scared to grab [her] fiance."

  7. This is where Diane and I agree to disagree. This is my favorite ride ever!! The scare went away long long ago but the thrill lives on!

  8. Diane, this is one of those rides I would love to go on but I am terrified!! I will have to get some of my brave Disney buddies to force me on it during my next trip. P.S. Heidi is crazy!!

  9. Yep - that's us too! Ashley usually goes with me to ToT, while Brian gets in line with Gracie for RnR Coaster. :)

  10. Yes we are like that too - RnR is my favorite ride :-)

  11. thanks Donna Kay :-) It is terrifying that 's why I don't ride it anymore lol

  12. This is true - thanks baby :-)

  13. Thanks Heather :-) that's a great story -

  14. Thanks Kuleen, I feel the same way :-)

  15. 400 Miles to DisneylandAugust 6, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Aw, I love this one ride! And I love how you included the story of the ride. Those kind of things make Disney attractions special. :-)