Have we told you that our favorite ride of all time is the Hollywood Tower of Terror at Disneyland’s California Adventure?
We love, LOVE it! In fact, every time I ride it, it’s a relaxing trip to the Twilight Zone. While those all around are screaming their heads off, I am enjoying the few weightless moments floating in the air as I ride. Yes, I find it to be utterly relaxing.
Now, let me share the reality for everyone else, it is a terrifying ride. The last time I went to Disneyland (with MousekeKiz mind you) we rode it six times. Each time, we had to calm others down in line.
You start with a line through the lobby of the hotel. Yes, the hotel is freaky for most – for me, I just want to pick up a broom and a duster and get to work…
Seriously – this mess is no excuse even for a hotel that has been abandoned since 1939 – NO EXCUSE!
Where’s that duster??
Next, you enter the library of the hotel. The doors shut, the lights go out and you have the feeling that’s it thundering and lightning outside as you can see it through the windows. A short 1.5 minute video pops up in black and white giving you a brief history of the Hollywood Hotel and those that disappeared in 1939 into the Twilight Zone.
The library door opens and you are in the “service area” of the hotel as you will be riding the “service elevators.” And you will wait in line for a few more minutes. It is darkish, although you can still see, but the atmosphere is going to be frightful for little ones.
There’s a secret going up in this part of the line, but you have to get the 10 Secrets Found Around Disneyland ebook to read about what you should be watching for….
Then, you enter the ride. Don’t be fooled by the seating arrangements with where you are standing waiting to board the elevator. Rows 3 and 4 are the back, rows 2 and 5 are the middle and rows 1 and 6 are the front.
All of the seats offer a great view and a great experience but the 3rd dots row 6 and 1 will be the best seat in the house! The elevator is nearly entirely enclosed and you are buckled in. Both of which make it for a safe, fun relaxing ride.
Once it starts, it will be dark, there will be ghostly holographic figures on the screen in front of you as they set the scene for your elevator ride. You will fall and the first time the elevator doors open to the outside world, your picture will be taken (so smile big!). Then you will rise and fall a few more times and then the ride comes to a close.
For most people, this is the most terrifying 4 minutes of their whole day a Disneyland’s California Adventure (and perhaps all of Disneyland), but it will be totally worth it!
From a mother’s point of view, this may be overly terrifying for young kids. It may cause some ride damage emotionally. But older kids would probably love the fright and thrill and be terrified in the middle, but come off of it totally amazed.
And while the rest of you are screaming in terror MousekeKiz and I will be taking those 4 minutes to kick back, relax from the cares of the world and family and enjoy a free floating few seconds.
let us show you our Many Faces of Terror as we share the joy! Here’s a snapshot of our last 5 rides we made that fateful day in California Adventure. Enjoy!
We don’t buy the pictures as we ride so much and we could buy another trip to Disneyland just in the money we save not buying the pictures, but we shot the preview real quick with our cell phones. A smart way to preserve the memories without the cost.
How do you show the Terror as you are riding?
What is your favorite ride at Disneyland or California Adventure.