At Walt Disney World Resort, one of the most terrifying attractions is the illustrious Tower of Terror. Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the end of Sunset Boulevard, the decaying building intrigues guests as they explore the hotel’s abandoned ruins. Once they step into the service elevator, however, things are never the same.
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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is an exciting 13-story drop tower that combines the idea of a dark ride and a drop tower together. One of the best parts is that the drops are random and guests feel their stomach in their throat as they go up and down. Although terrifying to some, the attraction is incredibly safe and keeps guests in their seats, so even if it feels like you’re flying through that massive window, you can never stray too far from that seat!
But what if you felt the same harrowing tower of terror falling in an ordinary elevator. A student from the University of Illinois at Chicago took to Reddit to ask why the elevators at University Hall look like the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney World, and other students even agreed!
Why the University Hall elevators look like Disney’s Tower of Terror. I feel like I’m going to vomit every time I use them.
Why University Hall Elevators Look Like Disney’s Tower of Terror From Uichicago
Sometimes getting up to go to class can be quite a scary task on its own, we couldn’t imagine what it would be like to feel your stomach churn on the way there!
Dbello2448 commented on the thread saying:
They get stuck all the time and sometimes go up and down on their own, open doors on their own. All council staff have been blocked at least once.
No-Championship-4 seems to think that the University Hall elevators and the Tower of Terror have a lot more in common than we think:
UH is cursed, just look at it
Insert_title_here seems to be okay with the attraction aspect of the elevator, as long as it means they don’t have to take the stairs!
Lol, at least they work! They tend to malfunction a bit. Once I had to climb ten flights of stairs to meet my advisor. 🙁
Sure, the elevator doesn’t knock students against the ceiling as it goes up and down, like Tower of Terror would without seat belts, but it clearly generates a feeling of falling similar to that of the attraction.
Disney describes Tower of Terror as:
Next stop: The 5th Dimension
Enter the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel with trepidation and discover a dusty lobby frozen in time. Even the hotel’s understated staff seems oddly out of another era.
Suddenly, a television set comes to life and Rod Serling invites you on a trip to the Twilight Zone. It reveals that on a dark Halloween night in 1939, some hotel guests were riding in the elevator when a violent storm hit the building… and they were never seen again. The hotel closed and has stood empty ever since.
Are you going up?
Enter the rickety elevator-style elevator, strap yourself in and get ready to discover what lies beyond the darkest corner of your imagination.
Scream in terror as you’re suddenly propelled up and down the abandoned shaft – falling and rising unexpectedly – as you hear the sound of cables snapping and metal clanking above your head.
Will you return to the real world…or will you become a permanent resident of the Twilight Zone?
Based on the TV series
This attraction is based on the popular television series which originally aired from 1959 to 1964. Created, hosted and written by Rod Serling, the award-winning show, with its imaginative storylines and unexpected endings, was a smash hit .
The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission under license from CBS, Inc.
Too terrifying for kids?
This attraction features sudden, rapid drops in a dark, enclosed space that may scare some visitors.
Have you ever felt like a normal elevator ride was actually a Tower of Terror tormented experience?
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While you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith on Sunset Boulevard. Near the Chinese Theater, guests prepare to ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Train. In Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash always has a long queue with others pulling their punches on Midway Mania or spinning their brains on Alien Swirling Saucers. Of course, you have to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for Blue Milk or Green Milk, and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run!