The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror at Disney World

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is an attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The theming of the Tower of Terror is based on The Twilight Zone television series that originally aired on CBS in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

The story is presented when you board the attraction. It tells of a few guests riding the elevator when lightning struck the building. They vanished into thin air, and the hotel shut down soon after.

And you sure can tell it’s been vacated for quite some time. The whole place is covered in dust and cobwebs! This is not your average Disney resort, that’s for sure.

As for this review, the need-to-know details are listed in the table below. And there’s a little further Tower of Terror commentary on down below.

Twilight Zone Tower Of TerrorHollywood Studios Attractions


Sunset Boulevard

Disney Height Requirement:


Disney Genie+ Eligible


Ride Type:

Elevator, Dark, Free Fall

Seats Per Vehicle:

Several rows/groups of seats

Rider Switch at Disney World:


Good For:


Scare Factor:


Must-Do List:

High Priority

Perfect For:

Tweens, Teens, And Adults

Special Mention:

On Ride Photo/Video

Review of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

If there were one solitary, iconic structure representing Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is probably it. It genuinely towers in the distance and can be seen from Walt Disney World’s skyline from many different viewpoints.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a thrill ride but different from a roller coaster because it offers a free-falling experience.

Is the Tower of Terror Scary?

For many, the Tower of Terror is probably a mind-over-matter type experience. Therefore, this attraction is a top priority for most, similar to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and meets to high wait times the majority of the day.

And yes, it is scary. There are various drop sequences, and if you haven’t ridden it much, each one comes as a surprise.

The drops feel a lot more intense than they actually are. However, the falls along with the darkness, sudden bursts of light when the elevator doors open, and audio effects might lead to an unpleasant experience. It could especially be scary for children and anyone scared of heights.

And that’s not even mentioning how watching the Tower of Terror operate from the ground outside can be very intimidating as well. So my suggestion is not to make a timid child try it unless they feel confident.

What is the best time to ride the Tower of Terror?

With so many recent ride additions, it’s hard to say when is the best time to ride Tower of Terror. Formerly, it made for an excellent FastPass+ option. However, FastPass+ is a thing of the past.

Now you might want to select this as a Genie+ option if you decide to purchase the upgrade. However, if you don’t, you can probably experience the lowest wait times before 10:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m., depending on park operating hours.

Make sure to check out the complete list of the Hollywood Studios attractions or enjoy these other individual reviews:

Additionally, you might consider planning a stay at one of the nearby Skyliner Resorts. The following reviews are an excellent place to start:

Or you can browse our list of all Walt Disney World Resorts.

Will you ride the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on your Disney vacation? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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