What many people don't know is that the 'simple ride system' isn't actually simple at all. The system is a million miles away from traditional drop towers, instead the attraction goes faster-than-gravity and allows for the attraction to chose one of 5 different drop sequences.
Throw in some absolutely brilliant theming and you have the complete package - a true testament to what WDI can do.
It starts with the line you wait in, with the music, garden, and mist.
The ride itself, while over 10 years old, is still quite thrilling!
BTW, the Paris version is also a Twilight Zone Themed one (its actually a copy of the DCA version)
My most favorite attraction anywhere!
If I had a complaint, I would have to agree with the anonymous poster. The random drop sequences rarely pull a full 13-story drop, packing less of a punch than the classic ride, but it's still amazing.
As for your trick of creative video editing note, there is an excellent interview explaining how they pulled it off. Frankly, I consider it the best pre-show on any themed attraction.
I have to mention as a side note: I am completely scared of drop rides, and will not go on this ride. But I did go through the queue area with my wife a few times. The first time, after skipping the ride itself, I was ushered alone to an "exit elevator" by a fully-costumed cast member. He stared at me, and pushed buttons manically in the "exit elevator", and I was honestly pretty scared and about 70% convinced we were about to drop!! :-)
But now..............it's even better. The introduction of the various "drops" added more spice to an already hot dish.
Every element of ToT is superb. From the outside line all the way into the reception area and then through to the lifts themselves : each and every step of the way is excellently themed and presented.
Enough has been said about the ride itself. It's the best. End of.
But Paris' one is also Twilight Zone themed.