The Tower of Terror is Disneyland Paris’ latest addition to the popular theme park. Aiming to add to Disneyland’s thrill seeking repertoire, Tower of Terror – open from Saturday April 5th 2008, has already proven to be a hit at other worldwide Disney resorts. The ride is set in the late 1930s and explores the floors of old tower via an old, creaking elevator. Naturally, it’s all about attention to detail and how each little item gives the Tower of Terror a proper atmosphere. Sat awkwardly in the lift, you’ll shoot up the 56m shaft and plummet down a 38m drop, through the various floors of half-finished card games and eerie sounds. Just what happened in the Tower of Terror? Well, nobody really knows…
Tower of Terror Advertising
Building up the hype for Tower of Terror, Disney have wandered down many avenues in order to get the big thrill ride directly to the front of your mind. The scheme includes adding your photo to the website and being featured on huge advertising billboards with built-on models of the Tower, interactive posters appearing at bus stops and amending actual lifts in shopping malls to look like the Tower of Terror lift. Yet, perhaps the most interesting piece was the sudden appearance of the elevator shaft bursting up from underneath Leicester Square (see above image).
Other Tower of Terror Rides
It’s by no means the first version of Tower of Terror to appear at a Disney resort. The first dates back to 1994 when the Hollywood Tower Hotel opened its crooked gates to the public in Florida. Then again in 2004 the Tower opened in California. The third version of the ride opened in Tokyo (see above image) and is probably the most intriguing of all four versions. The strange shape of the building really makes it look enticing and you want to explore its every room. It tells the story of the disappearance of its owner, Harrison Hightower III, who had stolen an idol from a mysterious spirit named Shiriki Utundu. It was a more ambitious project than the other Tower of Terror rides, with an estimated cost of $190 million!
I do like big thrill rides and so I’m keen to go and check out the Tower of Terror in Paris. I just hope that all the integral parts of the ride are done as well as it sounds. Without the atmosphere, the ride itself might fail to impress. It’s open to all now anyway, so go check it out!