2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Theme Park Insider readers have voted The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
at Disney's Hollywood Studios into the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
as the second seed in the Best Themed Ride bracket.
Tower of Terror opened in 1994 and won the inaugural Best Ride in America Tournament in 2008. It continues Disney's tradition of reimagining traditional amusement park ride systems as the basis for an immersive storytelling experience. (Other versions, with a different ride system, stand at Disney's California Adventure, Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris and Tokyo DisneySea.
Only the California version includes the Twilight Zone theme, however.The Paris version has a different name and the Tokyo one a different theme, however.)
On Tower of Terror, a simple drop ride becomes the richly detailed Hollywood Tower Hotel, where on October 31, 1939, a bolt of lightning transported a wing of the hotel into The Twilight Zone.
(And by "Twilight Zone," we mean the classic 1960s television series, and not the realm of asexual teenage vampires.)
In a trick of creative video editing, Twilight Zone host Rod Serling sets up the story for us in the hotel's library, before we head into the hotel's boiler room, where we'll board the elevators that will take us to the site of the lightning strike... and perhaps, into The Twilight Zone itself.
The ride features multiple series of drops from the top, rewarding frequent riders with a fresh experience each time. With a variety of theatrical effects, copious visual references to various Twilight Zone episodes, and mix of light and dark drops, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror elevates (sorry, terrible pun, but I just couldn't resist) the simple amusement park drop ride into a true narrative experience.
That's why Tower of Terror is widely considered one of the best theme park attractions in the country. But is it the best? Tell us your thoughts about Tower of Terror, in the comments.
My personal fav.
i think its brill 1 hell of a ride cant wait 2 go on it again in august.
It's a fantastic ride. I just wish I hadn't ridden with some loud and obnoxious frat boys my last trip, who ruined the ambiance with thier constant drunken chatter. I think TOT is best experianced when your ride mates are silent, until the drop of course.
Simply the best themed attraction in the world.
The best attraction I have ever been on.
I actually liked it more when there was only one drop. You seemed to fall farther and faster. The multiple drops just don't have the "punch."
Its the best!
In terms of themed rides, it just doesn't get any better than this.
This ride is my wife's absolute favorite.
I hadn't road this yet in 2008 when it won. But had the chance to ride it a few times last summer in Orlando. I was definitely impressed and see why so many people love it.
One of the best, if not THE best theme park attraction ever. It was awesome when it first opened, then they changed it to a having a random drop sequence making it even better. It is also unique because it is the only one with a randowm drop sequence.
TZ ToT is the attraction that obsoleted every other freefall-style ride in the world. It is also a perfect example of what Disney does best: take a standard amusement park idea and turn it into a creative tour de force. Pure genius.
This attraction is even better for someone who has only been on California's shortened version, then experiences the original in all its intended glory. In that way it is just like Pirates of the Caribbean, with the original in California this time.
This used to be a fantastic attraction when it first opened.
A perfect blend of thrills and immersive theming -- everything you could want in a Disney ride. TOT is a complete experience, from the detailed queue to the final "warning from Rod Serling". TOT is, and always will be, one of the top attractions at WDW.
ToT is the best of the best hand's down. I'm not even going to justify my pick. If you can't tell the difference between ToT and free-fall rides at other parks I would just be wasting my time. Enough said.
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