Tower Of Terror
Minimum height to ride: 40 inches
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As one of the tallest building in the entire resort, Tower of Terror brings new concept to the American Waterfront, which before this ride opened was empty and no major ride at all.
From the full-video I've seen, the queue line is so detailed. Much better than any other Tower of Terror. Especially the pre-show! There's no tv here, only some-kind-of-gramophone and the Shiriki Utundo. Then there's a window, which is actually kind of screen, tells the story what happened that night. Suddenly, the thunder roars again and the Shiriki Utundo laugh and disappear.
After that you take a walk to the "treasure" room of Hightower. You can see so many artefacts here, which isn't presented anywhere else, except here. Then you go to the elevator boarding room. The elevator here has capacity of 22 persons.
Once the elevator closes its door, the elevator moves backward and you can see the green eyes flashing in front of you. Then it goes up and stopped. Not like US version where the 5 ghosts appear, this time only Shiriki Utundo and Mr. Hightower in this room. The statue "cursing him" to the fifth dimension. Door closed and it goes up. Now, this one is similar to the DCA version. A mirror, which "send" you to the dimension. But there's another plus! Once your images disappear, the Shiriki Utundo appears and this time it curses you.
The elevator goes way to the top, where the door opened and you can see the view of Disney Resort. Then you fall about 2 floors and then way down. Once again it goes up to the close-to-the-top and then drops you down. The elevator stops and then goes forward to the exit door.
You can also buy your onride photo at the shop.
This is, in my opinion, the best Tower of Terror. As much as I adore DW's Twilight Zone theming, it really is beat by the amazing theming here. From the moment you enter the lobby to the exit, the ride feels so genuine. It completely encapsulates that 1920's New York vibe. The preshow shocks me every time as well; it is even better than DW's near perfect version. The ride itself has two amazing scenes involving the intimidating idol. The drop sequence itself is also my favorite of all the versions. I don't like how both versions seem to just have little bunny drops and one large one. This one contains three large drops, and it feels much more substantial as a result. I just loved this one, and it is yet another Disneysea new classic. 10/10
This is the best theme park queue I've ever seen. It is incredibly engaging and has plenty of exciting things to look at. And the preshow is outstanding. The ride itself almost feels like a let down in comparison to the queue, but it is still a fun ride comparable to the western versions.
It's a delightful twist on the US towers.
The ride is not thrilling at all compared to the CA & FL versions. In fact, after a 90+ minute wait, it was a major let down (pun intended). Everything up to the ride however is remarkable. The story that is being told here is much more richly told. Upon entering the lobby of the Hightower Hotel murals and stained glass windows show Mr. Hightower on his exploits around the world. He is collecting antiquities from cultures all around the world without the consent of the people who made the items. One of the items he takes on his journey has a bit more magic in it than he is expecting, and it takes its revenge on Mr. Hightower. All of this is made obvious through remarkable visual storytelling. Just don't expect a stomach churning ride. The people on the ride with me were really enjoying the experience, I found it a bit flat.
The pre-show for this version of Tower of Terror makes it worth riding more than once!
The Shiriki Utundo statue also drops downwards. At the end of the pre-show, Shiriki Utundo disappears, much to the horror of the guests. Before disappearing, the statue is observed to be standing on a solid base of its stand. The stand is on top of a pedestal. After disappearing, the empty stand did not have any solid flat base. Shiriki Utundo's disappearing act is achieved by dropping downwards into the pedestal, which acts as a collecting bin. The whole action is obscured by the accompanying dazzling lighting effects.