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Tower of Terror
Website: Disney-MGM Studios Homepage
Ride Type: Vertical Tower
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.6476
TPC Overall Rank: #22 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 245
Last Review: 10/26/2015 8:25:00 PM
In User Top 10: 298 times.
User Tracker Count: 558 times.

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Tower of Terror Distance

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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CoasterCrazy111 on 6/19/2010 12:05:00 PM
I have to agree with Leon152894. Its a must ride with usually a short line but even if its long, ride it.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Leon152894 on 9/28/2009 7:05:00 PM - User's Top Ride #9
Its a great ride. AWESOME theming LOVELY amounts of Airtime. The best ride at Disney's Hollywood Stdios.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jeopardyfish on 7/1/2009 11:04:00 AM
Excellent theming and very thrilling ride. The random drop sequences mean that each ride will be different. The view out onto the park is also spectacular. Young children are likely to be terrified; adults should have a great time.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up xianghuagurlie on 6/18/2009 9:26:00 PM
I will admit-I was scared the first time because of the movie, but the second time made it 100% awesome! I could go up or down as soon as it locks in-but you will not know until you ride it!

5 Rating
+3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up msmithjr83 on 5/22/2009 11:23:00 PM
The best attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, hands down.

Ever-changing que surroundings keep things interesting through the line, although I myself have never had to wait more than 25-30 minutes due to the intelligent pre-ride and loading setup.

Excellent architectural choices and building design compliment the ride's incredibly atmospheric and beautiful queing area very nicely. The cast members seem to have plenty of fun doing their jobs and fit in perfectly with the Twilight Zone-creepy-but-still-Disney theming keeping it family-friendly.

For those seeking thrill, you're in luck. Although DHS's Rock N' Roller coaster is FAST, I believe Tower of Terror delivers more butterflies to those with an iron stomach. The ride delivers with huge drops and zippy climbs through the Hollywood Tower Hotel (which are randomized in number and intensity, adding re-ride value to repeat riders).

Even though the pseudo-horror theme of the ride and peircing screams of its fans may deter some younger/cowardly riders, anyone who meets the height requirement needs to be convinced that they're missing out, because they are!

3 Rating
-2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Brian4663 on 11/19/2008 2:48:00 PM
Good but not great. Its more fun then scary. I never get terrorfied on it like Im supposed to. I will say that this is the ride that saved MGM from shutting down the theme park.

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 9/6/2008 10:52:00 PM
Tower of Terror was definitely one of the most anticipated attractions during my Orlando trip this year since I unfortunately had never been on it before. For years had regretted my decision of not trying what is often regarded as the best drop tower out there. When I think of Disney, thrills certainly are not my first thought, but Tower of Terror certainly is a top-class thrill ride to be reckoned with.

The experience begins with the typical, outstanding Disney theming. Arguably this is Disney’s finest work as they really made the whole attraction look and feel like a haunted, luxurious, five-star hotel. I love the tower’s picturesque exterior since it certainly has that creepy aura about it while maintaining a luxurious appearance. But once in line the exemplary theming continues with a beautiful garden surrounding the mysterious hotel and the lobby, which is definitely the crowing achievement of the attraction’s theming in my opinion. Disney’s attention to detail is second to none for sure, as amidst the once glamorous lobby furniture now are perfectly placed cobwebs that really give the lobby that rundown appearance. But the theming doesn’t stop there, as it continues in the pre-show room, and boiler room (loading area).

Eventually there comes the final section of the queue, which occupies the eerie boiler room. Disney really is the master of capacity, as they have multiple loading areas and each area is very well organized so the whole process is swift and painless. Each elevator has 3 rows of seats, with my favorite row being far and away the front just because of the unobstructed view. Also, the restraints are far more comfortable and less obstructive than on normal drop towers, with simple seatbelts replacing the standard over the shoulder restraints, a major plus because of the added freedom and comfort they provided.

Once “checking in” the first half begins, which is essentially a dark ride. While not at all thrilling like the second half, all of the effects are pulled of to perfection and they all really had me wondering how the heck Disney executed them. By far my favorite of all the effects was the elevator moving out of the shaft. It’s absolutely amazing how Disney was capable of performing that and it really adds to the haunted nature of the ride. Then the car enters the drop shaft to enter…The Twilight Zone.

Upon in the drop shaft, the ride initiates a totally random, but always thrilling drop sequence combining gut-wrenching drops and swift climbs. Each and every one of the drops were absolutely breathtaking, giving insane moments of sustained air-time the whole way down along with an incredible stomach-dropping sensation no S and S drop tower, or any other ride for that matter, has ever provided me. One drop alone probably would have been a definite 10 out of 10 for me, so multiple drops just made this ride unreal. Not only were the drops intense, but the speedy climbs were great as well, giving great moments of sustained floater air at the very top and the whole way back down. No matter how many times I rode the whole experience and sensations never got old.

Tower of Terror is far and away one of the best attractions in all of Disney, just behind Splash Mountain for the best. Not only that, but it also is way better than almost every other roller coaster I’ve been on. In fact, Tower of Terror actually makes it onto my all-time top ten ride list! Quite an accomplishment for a drop tower. But the ride is much more than just a drop tower in my opinion- it’s an all-around great experience combining gut-wrenching drops with incredible theming to make a totally immersive and quality ride experience. This certainly is a can’t miss attraction at Disney and is definitely not a ride for the faint of heart that any thrill seeker couldn’t consider missing while at Disney.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up snowbunny on 7/28/2008 11:38:00 AM
The atmosphere is absolutely amazing. I love being scared and everything about this was pleasingly chilling. It&#39.s a great ride!

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 4/18/2008 9:37:00 AM
Date Ridden: January of 2008. Times Ridden: 2 for each version (FL and CA) Part II (See TOT review at Disneys CA Adventure for part I of this review) On to the review as I am reviewing the two TOT attractions at once. The themeing on these two rides is absolutely amazing. The experience begins while moving through the line que (or skipping it with your fast pass) and continues on into the tower itself. Your first ride on either of these two rides will be among the most fun experiences you will ever have at a theme park. As you ride a second time (which I do recommend as the ride itself changes each time) it is not as totally immersive since you do have an idea of what to expect. The first time though is simply a completely unique situation that you find yourself in wondering what will happen next. There are some subtle differences between the two attraction which I will NOT go into for fear of spoiling the experience for anyone reading this who has not visited these parks. I think the FL version is slightly better but not enough to matter. I actually had more fun on the CA version however since I rode it first thus giving me an idea of what this version (FL) would be like. My first ride out at Disneys CA Adventure I was clueless and came off the ride seriously buzzing. In Florida I was able to ride at night which does make a slight difference at certain portions of the ride. Whle riding at night is not a high priority like I would recommend on some coasters, it is still fun and I would suggest you do it at least once. So anyway...are these ride really 10s on par with some of the greatest coasters in the world? Yes they are. Although I am not a huge fan of "The Mouse" and the money they squeeze out of people, there is no argument that they are the king of capacity and their rides are spared no expense as far as details are concerned. My rides on each TOT served to remind me that there are more than coasters at theme parks.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up erinys on 4/18/2008 2:29:00 AM - User's Top Ride #2
I hate drop rides. They scare the crap out of me. I love the Twilight Zone and anything dark and scary. Entered this with immense trepidation, distracted somewhat by the loud, insipid conversation and rough teasing of the 16 year olds behind me about whether one of the group was lesbian, as if that was a bad thing. Ahh, the diversity of American culture. The bunch behaved themselves on the ride though. As for the ride, to be honest I really cant detail what happened and what movements occured, except that it was fantastic. The set-up and theming were one-of-a-kind, worthy of awards, absolutely magnificent. It wasnt just some Pointless drop tower, it was an entire story and stroll through the halls and past of a haunted hotel with nice effects (kinda reminded me of the story behind the tv vampire Angels hotel in LA). Upon finally entering the drop area, there was no way to predict when or how far the drop would be. We all waited nervously, for a few moments united as one very edgy group of potential victims or potential survivors. Then the drop, return, and second drop. WOW! The bunny hops going further down didnt do much, but at that point everyone was breathless. This was not a ride that the guys tried to play tough and untouchable on - we were all joyously dazed and hysterically laughing. Not sure if this will get me to try other drop rides, but it will certainly get me to the park early and to use Fast Pass as many times as possible! Absolutely perfect and totally unique! "Its not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be . . at ten. Youre on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, youre on ten . . . . Where can you go from there? Where?" ELEVEN!

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