How has the storytelling of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror been central to making this attraction a Disney Park special?
Tom Fitzgerald stated that guests are immersed into an episode of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror the minute they step foot into the attraction. From entering the Library and learning about the backstory, they themselves have now entered the Twilight Zone. Tom Fitzgerald then said that the “Imagineers have expanded the storyline, with a new story thread and ride sequences that offer more chills and thrills for this classic attraction”. Please note that this version of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is only at Disneyland Paris!
Why reimagine the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror experience now?
According to Tom, the idea of reimagining the attraction began many years ago at “Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, when Imagineers created new ride profiles for the existing attraction”. However, Imagineers at Disneyland Paris extended this by “not only adding new, more thrilling ride profiles but adding new story sequences that extend the original story”.
What enhancements to the storyline can guests expect in this new experience?
The television sequences in the Library which featured a group of characters has been taken one step further, by focusing on the young girl becoming a “starring character on the ride, warning us not to cross over into the Twilight Zone. When we fail to heed her warning, thrills follow!” The Imagineers at Disneyland Paris have also added “new illusions, media sequences, and audio soundtracks to create not one, but three different show and ride sequences for the attraction”.
What was the biggest challenge you faced in creating new storylines?
“It’s always a challenge to go back into a classic attraction and make changes. But advances in technology and storytelling made it hard to resist revisiting, and building on the original storyline and show”, said Tom.
What are you most excited for guests to experience?
The reimagined Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disneyland Paris has received incredible reactions from guests, with the new storylines becoming iconic for fans which is “great fun”.
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