The Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios is a looming monstrosity of a ride. It is an accelerated drop and you can hear people screaming as they are thrown up and down. Inspired by the hit science fiction show, The Twilight Zone, you enter a haunted elevator lift that takes you for an exciting up and down trip.

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There is a lot of trivia when it comes to Disney park rides, especially ones as famous as the Tower of Terror. Here are 10 facts you probably do not know about this gigantic drop ride.

10 The Architecture Was Inspired By Various Landmarks

There are multiple Tower of Terrors, as there are multiple Disney theme parks. Also, there is a lot of information about their architectural designs. There is the original in Florida, which is a Neo-Mediterranean style. There are the ones in Paris that are Pueblo Deco versions. Then there is a Moorish Revival style one in Tokyo.

For the original, they wanted to have it look as "old Hollywood" as possible. One inspiration for the original was the Hollywood Tower, which was a 1920s apartment complex in the heart of Hollywood. The lobby was inspired by the real-life Biltmore hotel as well. The lobby ceiling, in particular, is practically identical.

9 The Building Features 27,000 Roof Tiles

The scale of the building is huge. Even if you do not ride the Tower of Terror, you can definitely appreciate the grandeur of the outside.

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Up to 1,500 pounds of steel was used to build it along with 145,800 cubic feet of concrete. The roof alone has 27,000 tiles. That is a lot for just an elevator-based ride.

8 The Lobby Was Decorated With Antiques From Los Angeles-Area Auction Houses

The original Tower of Terror in Florida has a very wondrous lobby. It gives off spooky vibes immediately, due to the many fake cobwebs and imposing antique furniture.

The antique items and furniture are actually genuine. They were purchased at antique auctions so they are pretty old.

7 The Drop Sequences Are Random

“Tower of Terror affects every one of the senses, leaving you feeling as if you have really been in your own episode of The Twilight Zone,” said Theron Skees, show producer for Walt Disney Imagineering. “We wanted the guest to feel completely out of control — not knowing what to expect next, and giving the die-hard fans a lot more to talk about.”

And so they decided to make the number of times the tower drops totally random every time. This was done through a computer generator. You will always plummet multiple times, but you will never know exactly how many. That is quite a way to make the guests feel out of control!

6 Hidden Twilight Zone References

Disney Imagineers watched a lot of Twilight Zone episodes to inspire the story, look, and overall feel of the Tower of Terror. Due to all that research, hardcore Twilight Zone fans may find little nods to certain episodes of the series hidden throughout the lobby.

The episode “Time Enough at Last” is referenced with a pair of glasses with broken lenses. The library has a book called To Serve Man, which is a reference to an episode of the same name. There is also an inspection certificate by the elevator which is signed by “Cadwallader,” who is a character from the episode titled “The Escape Clause."

5 Subtle Disney References

Disney theme parks are littered with references, especially when it comes to Mickey Mouse. Just because this ride is for horror fans does not mean they held off on the nods to Disney.

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Little references that can be found include sheet music titled “What! No Mickey Mouse?” and a Photoplay magazine with a four-page spread of Walt Disney-designed caricatures.

4 It Could Have Been Based On Stephen King Works Instead

In the brainstorming phase of the Tower of Terror, a lot of ideas bounced around. Park staff wanted to make a horror-themed ride for their Hollywood themed park. So they researched popular horror movie icons.

According to Oh My Disney, "They also looked into an attraction based on the works of novelist Stephen King, a 'ghost tour' ride with Vincent Price (who wound up narrating one of the park’s very first nighttime spectaculars), a horrifically comedic (or comedically horrific) attraction hosted by Mel Brooks, and perhaps most tantalizingly even considered putting an actual haunted hotel inside the park."

3 Joe Dante, Director Of Gremlins, Directed The Pre-Ride Video

Before you ride the thrilling elevator, you get to watch a video. In it, you see the Twilight Zone narrator, Rod Sterling, explain the story of the tragedy that took place on the elevator. This video was directed by Joe Dante, and he delivered the real Rod Sterling despite the man having passed away before the ride was built.

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The Imagineers used clips from old Twilight Zone episodes that matched up with the story they wanted to tell in the ride. While you see Rod Sterling though, it is not all his voice. The voice impersonator is Mark Silverman, who was actually picked by Rod Sterlings' wife for the job.

2 Guests Don't Actually Drop

What you are feeling and what is actually happening on the ride are two very different things. Guests may feel like they are free-falling but they are actually being pulled. The technology used pulls the elevator down faster than gravity which gives guests the butt-off-seat sensation of a free-fall. It is crazy to think about, but an actual free fall would be slower than what the tower does.

1 It Is The Second Tallest Disney World Attraction

This fact may not be so surprising if you have seen the tower firsthand. It is 199 feet tall. It is only second next to Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, and that ride is 199.5 feet tall!

The reason those two are so close together is that any building that reaches 200 feet tall requires a flashing red light as an aircraft beacon. That would have been distracting to the theme of their rides, so Disney keeps it below 200 feet.

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