tower of terror

Saturday, September 29, 2001 8:46 PM
What does this ride even do. What are the cars like, and what are the restraints? thanks
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Saturday, September 29, 2001 8:49 PM
Basically it's a single-track STE, nothing more.
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Saturday, September 29, 2001 9:10 PM
ste? superman the escape?
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Saturday, September 29, 2001 9:14 PM
No. Its not really like Superman the Escape.
It is more like a first generation intamin freefall, sort of like Freefall Sattelite Tower at SFMM.
It is twilight zone themed.
I haven't been on it so that is all I know.

Trbiggar: What makes Tower of Terror like Superman the Escape?

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Saturday, September 29, 2001 9:21 PM
which Tower of Terror are you talking about? the Disney version or the one at Dreamworld.  I believe dream world one is a STE clone.  Disney's Tower of Terror is a highly themed, multi-drop freefall ride, and it is one of the best drop rides I have been on. 
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Saturday, September 29, 2001 9:30 PM
the one at disney. Like what do you do, and what are the restraints?
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Saturday, September 29, 2001 10:21 PM
This site is one of the best sites that covers the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.  Take a look sfmmrider.

http://www.geocities.com/bellhop_kevin/totindex/

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Saturday, September 29, 2001 11:06 PM
Yoda gave you a pretty good link there. Let me just add that I just rode TOT for the first time a few weeks ago and it was wild enough to be enjoyable for me, yet tame enough that my daughter (she turns 4 in November) loved it. She made me ride 3 times! The seats are long bench seats that hold 3 or 4 riders and the restraint is a simple lap bar that comes down across all 4 riders. Needless to say, smaller riders get biggest airtime. My daughter was literally levitating on the drops - it was insane, but she was way into it. I'd describe it as part dark walk through ride, part flat ride and part free fall. It was surprisingly good.

It's nothing like S:TE and the freefall part is kind of (ok, not really) like the old Intamin Freefalls. It seemed to me to be an accelerated drop and you bounce back up and then fall again, then bounce again a few times.

 

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*** This post was edited by Lord Gonchar on 9/30/2001. ***

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Sunday, September 30, 2001 10:18 AM
WARNING: THIS WILL COMPLETELY SPOIL THE RIDE.  IF YOU WANT TO BE SURPRISED, COMPLETELY SKIP THIS POST.

The ride begins with a walk through the outside of The Hollywood Tower Hotel.  When you enter the lobby, there are cobwebs and dull lighting everywhere.  The place is completely abandoned, and you walk past a closed elevator and are led into a library.  In this library, you see the backstory on an old television, about how the elevators were struck by lightning and thrust its passengers straight into the Twilight Zone.  As you have probably guessed, you're next.  The doors open and you are led into the basement boiler room.  Finally, you are ushered into a service elevator and your trip begins.

The elevator is basically four stadium-style rows with an aisle down the middle of all the rows except the back row.  Each left row seats three, each right row seats four.  All the ROWS are secured by a single large lap bar.  The only exception is the back row aisle seat, which is restrained only by a seat belt.  This truly is the best seat in the house (though not the best view) and it can be requested by asking the operator for "the last seat in row 5".

When the ride begins, you ascend and see a long hallway with some special effects, including an appearance by the elevator's last passengers from the preshow.  The room goes dark, the doors close, and you rise more.

(IF YOU WANT TO MESS WITH PEOPLE, THIS IS THE TIME.  BECAUSE THE RIDE OPERATES EIGHT CARS AT A TIME, SOMETIMES THE CAR DOORS CLOSE BUT DOES NOT IMMEDIATELY RISE.  JUST YELL, "YOU GUYS READY TO DROP?" AND YOU'LL BE SURE TO PANIC THE WIMPS!)

The doors open a few more floors up and you see a strange warehouse-like hallway with strange Twilight Zone-like objects and effects.  The elevator at this point moves FORWARD through the hallway, and all the effects eventually center around one point directly ahead of you in pitch blackness.  A bright blue line shoots up and down from this point, then spreads open.  This opens the door to the shaft.  You'll slide in some more and the narrator will say some final words.  When you finally come to a stop, the narration will end with the words, "Tower of Terror," the only time throughout the ride where it is mentioned by name.

When you hear that, hold on...it's go time.

The drop sequence is always changing, so I won't elaborate on it (plus it spoils all the fun!) but it does involve many ups and downs and fake drops.  When you fall beneath the open doors at the top, there are some nifty lightning effects and state-of-the-art bouncing up and down the shaft.  After a few big drops, you settle at the shaft's bottom, and see a huge spiral.  After some Twilight Zone effects swirl away, you back up and away from the now closing doors.  You then rotate 90 degrees, slide forward into a pair of HTH doors, and after some final words from your narrator, the doors open, your bellhops greet you (or sometimes scare you), the restraints release and you're free to see your on-ride photo, tour the gift shop, or just run right out and hop back on.

The ride is really sophisticated.  As a mere freefall ride, it would leave a lot to be desired, but as a fully immersive thrill experience, it is nothing short of genius.  Every part of the building and ride is paid a great deal of attention to detail...in short, what you've come to expect from Disney.  The drops are exciting, but not terrifying, and the ride has a greatly broad appeal.  This one is definitely worth the wait and is truly one of the few can't-miss rides in the world.

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Sunday, September 30, 2001 2:49 PM
When i was on it there was just one drop (98).  There are 2 ToT's, the one at disney (above) and the one at Sydney Wonderland, it is a 300 ft single track STE, with an intamin gyro drop as the support
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Sunday, September 30, 2001 7:53 PM
Lets get this straight.
the one in Dreamworld is just like Superman: The Escape and has NO relation to the ride at Walt Disney World.
The ride at WDW is described above, as a heavily themed freefall experience inside a hotel.
2 very different rides, almost the same name


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Knotts Halloween Haunt!!
29 years and still screaming.

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Monday, October 1, 2001 2:51 AM
Yes, but ToT at Dreamworld is a single-track slightly less taller model of S:TE.
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Monday, November 5, 2001 1:25 PM
How tall is S:TE?  The TOT at Dreamworld stands 40 storeys high and the Giant Drop on the side of the tower that both rides use goes up to 120meters (app 390feet ) at the top of the ride.  When you get to the top you can see both Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  Brisbane is about 60km to the north and the Gold Coast is about 40km to the south.  I just know that it is a long way up and a quick ride DOWN.
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Monday, November 5, 2001 1:27 PM
Check out twistedrails next week as there should be a full gallery of pics from Dreamworld as well as video from both the Tower of Terror and the Giant Drop.  Also on-ride video from the Thunderbolt.
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