Published: March 31, 2010 at 5:35 PM
While both attractions are highly themed masterpieces, I have to go with ToT.
HM is fantastic, and it's theme is executed flawlessly. Starting from way off in the distance as you begin to make out the howls that signify that the mansion is fast approaching. More quirky than scary, the ride takes a premise designed to normally scare the cheese out of you and turns it on it's side, offering a delightfully, somewhat eary at times, ride through a mansion that makes the after life seem like one heck of a party. Just a fun, CLASSIC Disney ride, deserving of all the accolades it has received throughout the years.
Tower of Terror takes the creepy from HM and gets rid of the quirky. Swapping out cartoonish humor for a more realistic approach. No soundtrack of howls needed for this attraction as you approach, as the screams are from the actual guest of the ride. The ominous picture of the ToT at the end of Sunset Blvd builds the anticipation of your experience, which begins not as you enter the rides queue, but at the moment you begin your journey up Sunset Blvd. The queue itself is outstanding, from the courtyard, to the hotel where nothing has been touched since it shut down. The 1930's era music is a nice touch that helps to set the immersive mood of the ride. The set up in the library featuring Rod Serling and a dead on voice actor is perfection. Leading you into the boiler room and finally onto the ride itself. The fact that the ride travels up an elevator shaft, then leaves said shaft to move forward into the fifth dimension, only to end up in another shaft for the shows finale is an incredible feat of engineering on the part of Disney imagineers. And the finale is one of the most rewarding of all pay offs of any highly themed ride ever created really. Far more rewarding than a ghost riding home with you. ToT is tops in my book, and was deserving of it's crown the first year it won this tourney. It will be a shame to see it get knocked out yet again.