Tower of Terror Shaft Construction Completed Drops Wait Times Drastically

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Tower of Terror Shaft Construction

Tower of Terror Shaft Construction Completed Drops Wait Times Drastically. For the past year, Walt Disney World has seen long wait times for The Hollywood Tower Hotel. Disney crews were hard at work fixing the shafts for the elevator lift/drop and only leaving one elevator shaft open at a time. Now that has ended, with the opening of both shafts at the same time.

Disney has finished the refurbishment of the second elevator drop in Tower of Terror and now wait times are cut in half. We have seen wait times skyrocket in the past year since construction started. Some days and in certain situations, we have seen the wait time reach upwards of 185 minutes. On average we have seen the ride times around 80-90 minutes daily.

For the past few days, we have seen the Tower queue times around 20-45 minutes at its peak time. Which leads us to try to find out why. Today we went over to Hollywood Studios and got our answer, When we noticed both sides of the tower drop opening and closing the outside doors together. Meaning Disney has opened both sides at the same time.

Below you can see both shaft doors open at the same time.

Related: Hollywood Tower Hotel Receives some Hilarious Reviews on Yelp

Tower of Terror Shaft Construction

Tower of Terror Shaft Construction

Hurtle up and down aboard a haunted elevator-style lift. You’re about to enter… The Twilight Zone!

Next Stop: The 5th Dimension

Step uneasily inside the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel and find a dusty lobby frozen in time. Even the subdued hotel staff seems strangely out of another era. 

Suddenly a television set springs to life and Rod Serling welcomes you on a journey into the Twilight Zone. He reveals that on a gloomy Halloween night in 1939, some hotel patrons were riding the elevator when a violent storm struck the building… and they were never seen again. The hotel closed down and has stood empty ever since. 

Going Up? 

Enter the rickety, elevator-style lift, strap yourself in and prepare to discover what lies beyond the darkest corner of your imagination. 

Shriek in terror as you’re suddenly propelled up and down the abandoned shaft—unexpectedly dropping and rising—as you hear the sound of cables snapping and metal clanging overhead. 

Will you make it back to the real world… or will you become a permanent resident of the Twilight Zone?

Based on the Television Series

This attraction is based on the popular television series which originally aired from 1959 to 1964. Created, hosted and written by Rod Serling, the award-winning show—with its imaginative storylines and unexpected twist endings—was wildly successful.

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and used with permission pursuant to a license with CBS, Inc.

Too Terrifying for Kids?

This attraction includes sudden, fast drops in a dark, enclosed space which may be frightening to some Guests.

Related: New Hollywood Tower Hotel Pandora Charm Available At Hollywood Studios!

Tower of Terror Shaft Construction Completed Drops Wait Times Drastically
Tower of Terror Shaft Construction Completed Drops Wait Times Drastically


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