One question, why does DHS's narrative work over DCA's? Why are the plot holes in DHS overlooked while the DCA ones are criticized? Aren't they basically the same attraction with different show buildings and drop sequences?
(Maybe I'm answering my own question here) I do agree, however, that the Twilight Zone theme fits in DHS while Hightower's personality and story would be more suited for DCA.
DCA's Twilight Zone didn't work because the new Tower of Terror building is much shorter ride than the original Florida version. It is a big disappointment. They should have went with a new storyline. I prefer they go with a fantasy version, into a totally new dimension. They should have started with the pre-show where you immediate enter into a new realm. It proceeds into the waiting area, then into the elevator a la "Stargate". Only during the drop portion do you get the reality/fantasy dichotomy and we get our own version of the Fifth Dimension room.
The thing about the Twilight Zone is it isn't very scary anymore. I enjoyed it immensely as a kid, but today's movies and shows are clearly over the top.
The irony is the riders, who see this old derelict hotel, are warned in the lobby of this terrible fate that befell the hotel, and still brazenly (like Hightower, perhaps) get into the service elevator only to, well, we know what happens from there.
The people in the pre-show are just backstory. The riders are the main characters who are given comeuppance. We're the Hightower in this Tower of Terror.
My main problem, having ridden all four versions of this ride, is that none of them are as scary as the WDW used to be. I had until recently, assumed that this was isolated to the cheaper socal and Paris versions- but last year I was lucky enough to visit TDS & Orlando, and these seemed just as bland.
My mind may be playing tricks on me, but didn't the Florida one used to be much more extreme in the 90s - I think you used to drop a couple floors - surge to the top- the windows would open, you wait, then you would hear a click, nothing would happen & then silently you would drop 13 floors - so fast that your legs hit the lap bar(now a belt) then up again and finish. Now you just seem to bounce around like a yo yo, with a total lack of intensity.
Does anyone else remember it being more exciting?
Just comparing, I love Test Track at Epcot and I like that we'll have Radiator Springs Racers. Similar rides, different themes and experiences.
Another one I love is Soarin'. It'd be really interesting if the one in WDW had a different film...
Wrong place, wrong time.