This week’s Disney Almost or Wordless Wednesday theme is History. I really wanted to do something with American History or the Presidents. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any decent pictures. Instead, let’s talk about the Tower of Terror rides. I’m not a big fan of the ride or anything with sudden drops but I do admire the back story and fictional history the Imagineers gave these rides. Yes, I had to tie the theme in somehow.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror rides in Florida, California and Paris all take place in the haunted Hollywood Tower Hotel. The abandoned hotel’s tower was struck by lightning and 5 hotel patrons disappeared on the elevator in 1939. Touches from the show “The Twilight Zone” can be found throughout the ride.
The Tokyo DisneySea Tower of Terror version has no affiliations with Twilight Zone and is instead the Hightower Hotel, a New York landmark hotel rumored to be haunted.
The history dates back to Harrison Hightower, the hotel’s builder, who traveled the world and collected precious artifacts. One of those artifacts was an African idol, the Shiriki Utundu, he brought home from one of his expeditions.
On New Year’s Eve 1899, Mr. Hightower had a press conference and party to show off the stolen idol and denied it being cursed. He took the elevator to his penthouse around midnight where the idol came to life.
The idol’s rage caused the elevator to crash and Mr. Hightower was never seen from again.
The hotel was condemned but was reopened by a restoration company for its historical importance and started offering tours of the building and hear the mystery of Mr. Hightower’s disappearance.
*Have you ridden the Tower of Terror elevators?
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