Last time I went on the WDW version was too long ago to remember. I have been on the Walt Disney Studios (Paris) and the California Adventure versions in the last 6 months. I find it difficult to compare them because I don't understand French and also I am so scared of the ride it is unbelievable so I can't actually concentrate that much on the actual ride.
Wanted to know what the differences are between the rides. I know the exterior of the one at Disney Sea looks different. What makes the Disney World version the best one? Is it just because it's the original? Or are there differences I can't remember because of time/how scared I am?
Like a poster above says, it is that roaming aspect that makes it truly great. I think Paris and Florida have pretty much the same storyline, not sure about California though. I think Paris is a tad smaller? Again not 100%.
The main difference is at CA Adv, the car is loaded with passengers, is pulled back into the drop tower and continues with the show. After the sequence is over, the car pushes forward into the load station to unload passengers. There are a total of 3 drop towers with 6 load positions, 3 upper and 3 lower.
At WDW, I believe there are 2 drop towers, with 5 load positions. Passengers load, the car rises to part 1 of the sequence, then travels forward through the hotel or twilight zone to the drop tower. After the sequence the passengers are unloading in a different station.
Also, I find DHS's more about the story than the thrills. A big example is when the elevator car creeps out of the shaft into the Twilight Zone. DCA's starts the ride with leaving a shaft.
So, to make a short story long :), DHS's version has a better timing, but they still a very similar attractions.
I actually like the DCA/WDSP drop sequence more than the sequences at DHS, it really is excellent. I also prefer the mirror scene to the outdated Fifth Dimension.
Both Towers have their pro's and con's. I suppose it's just a case of personal opinion.
I feel the land it's located it in is the better themed over the Hollywood themed lands the others are in.
The story is also way better, and the pre show is a lot more engaging even though I don't speak Japanese!
Also like in california when you stop at the mirror.... This ride goes one step further and has the evil idol featured there making that sequence ACTUALLY scary... You'd have to watch a YouTube video to understand.
As well the loading area is much better executed. They made it an articfact/collection room! There you can see all the items Harrison Hightower(looks like Joe Rhodes. Seriously. Google him.) collected *cough* stole *cough*.
One of my favorite effects isn't even in the ride. When watching the tower, Harrison Hightowers penthouse will shoot green lightning st the next shaft to drop. Its such a cool effect! Please YouTube this one too.
If I get time I'll post videos.
Search YouTube videos of the queue and ride experience. Seriously my description does not do it justice. Trust me I LOVE holloywood studios one to death. But the Tokyo one was on a whole different level of immersement.
Should I do a Tokyo Disney trip report for you guys?
Thanks for all the information, I kept reading about the differences but didn't know about them.
I'm going to look up the Tokyo Disney Sea version now. :)
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