Orlando/SoCal Theme Park Showdown: Tower of Terror vs. Tower of Terror
Written by Robert Niles
The Orlando parks have dominated the Theme Park Insider Orlando/Southern California Showdown so far. Will that trend continue today? Let's find with our first match-up of the day, featuring the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim. Consider whatever details you'd like when voting, including setting, decor, ride or narrative. The vote will be open for 24 hours.Tweet
Disney's Hollywood Studios' Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Sunset Boulevard
Disney California Adventure's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Hollywood Pictures Backlot
The differences? Both versions of Tower or Terror are, at their heart, themed drop rides set in a hotel. Beyond that, though, the differences are substantial. The Hollywood Studios original in Florida opened in July 1994 and its exterior is inspired by the Hollywood Tower in California. (You can see it just north of the 101 freeway in Hollywood, if you're ever out our way). The California Adventure version opened 10 years later, in May 2004, and its exterior is inspired by Pasadena's Castle Green.
On the inside, once you've boarded the elevator, you are in for different ride experiences on each coast, In Florida's Tower of Terror, you proceed up the first elevator shaft, before proceeding forward into a Fifth Dimension scene that will lead you to the drop shaft. In the drop shaft, riders get a randomized pattern of drops, before descending to the unload station. In California, your elevator pushes back immediately, before rising to the "ghost riders" scene, then proceeding to the drop sequence in the same shaft.
Feel free to further break down the match-up in the comments.
Other Showdown winners:
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.
Previous article: Orlando/SoCal Theme Park Showdown: Splash Mountain vs. Splash Mountain
Planning a trip to Walt Disney World?
Insider's Pick: Don't try to do Disney without the ever-entertaining and informative Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2014. Save time and money with these tested tips and strategies for getting the most from a Disney World vacation. It's a great investment in happiness for you and your family.
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Features, News and Advice
"Stories from a Theme Park Insider"
Theme Park Insider Guidebooks