Tower of Terror, located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort,, has become the third attraction to allow guests to place their photos directly on the Disney PhotoPass system, according to cast member @BellHopDave (who provides a photo of the options). Like Space Mountain, the ability to add the Tower of Terror photo to PhotoPass requires a paid purchase and it seems to be fairly identical to the Space Mountain options and prices, save for no mention of the USB drive option.
Since the Test Track photo system was rebuilt to add PhotoPass capability several years ago, Tower of Terror has become only the second additional attraction to allow it. Because the PhotoPass system is incompatible with the traditional system in which prints are simply purchased, the upgrade requires installation of a new photo system.
Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Walt Disney World for ‘Summer Nightastic’; Tower of Terror Upgrade
At a media event taking place this evening at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Walt Disney World has confirmed a ‘Summer Nightastic’ line-up of events beginning in June in which the historic Main Street Electrical Parade will find its way back along the streets of the Magic Kingdom. With updated LED technology, a new audio system and even new floats, featuring Tinker Bell, Pinocchio and Snow White, the classic favorite is sure to thrill a whole new generation.
During the summer-long event, it’s also expected that Wishes will be temporarily replaced by Magic, Music and Mayhem, the odds-on favorite from the former Pirate and Princess Parties.
Also announced is a mysterious upgrade for the Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including new effects and a new drop sequence.
Journey, if you will, to the Tower of Terror gift shop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on October 2 from 1 pm – 2 pm and 5 pm – 6 pm where you will cross over to another dimension to meet Douglas Brode, author of Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone.
The Twilight Zone has always been considered the greatest science fiction/imaginative fantasy series in the history of television. The series featured an intelligent subtext on the time period during which it was made. Now, with the publication of the book Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, comes a fresh analysis of the Twilight Zone also serving as an autobiographical look into the life of its creator, Rod Serling.
2009 marks the 50th Anniversary of “The Twilight Zone,” which was recently honored over the 2009 New Year’s weekend with a two-day marathon on the Sci-Fi Channel. The definitive book about the fabled series contains never before seen photographs and personal remembrances by Rod Serling’s widow, Carol. She discusses some of the famous episodes that featured stars of the future like William Shatner, Robert Redford and Cliff Robertson.
During Twilight Zone’s five-year-run, Rod Serling employed imaginative/allegorical fiction to comment on (and sharply criticize) Post-World War II culture. Some of the renown episodes include: “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” “Living Doll,” “After Hours,” “The Dummy,” “A Stop at Willoughby,” “In Praise of Pip,” ad one of the best-remembered shows, “Time Enough At Last,” which starred Burgess Meredith who later provided the voice for a sequel to the original show.
Over the past seven years, Carol Serling, working with Douglas Brode, agreed to reveal never before disclosed stories about her husband in a “warts and all” manner, withholding nothing. Douglas Brode blends this personal information with discussions of all the classic episodes of the series as they reveal the personal and sometimes very dark demons that haunted Rob Serling’s psyche. The result is the definitive book not only about the show but also about the man who created The Twilight zone.
Limit two (2) per guest. Items must be purchased at the event. No personal items may be signed. Theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required.
The Leicester Mercury reports that Leanne and June Deacons’ lawyer, Robert Melton, told them that his clients deserve at least 14 million dollars as a result of permanent injuries Deacon sustained allegedly as a result of riding Tower of Terror in 2005.
The article quotes Leanne’s mother as saying ,’The amount we get has got to be enough to support Leanne for the rest of her life. That is important’ and also denying that Leanne had ridden the attraction multiple times throughout the trip despite reports at the time that even quoted her to the contrary.
The article also claims it has seen the actual complaint which uses a string of absurd, hyperbolic adjectives which must be a boiler plate tort complaint since a quick google search finds almost the exact same phrase used in another unrelated case in 2001.
It’s just not a good week for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that UK residents Leanne Deacon and her mother have filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney World following a 2005 incident in which Deacon suffered from eventual cardiac arrest and a brain hemorrhage which required emergency surgery. The suit, which is claiming unspecified damages exceeding $15,000, claims that Walt Disney World was behaving as a ‘common carrier’ and thus was subjected to specific regulations guaranteeing guests’ safety. The suit also cites that Disney failed to present ample warnings and safety restraints. For it’s part, Walt Disney World conducted a full inspection of the attraction that same evening, even inviting oversight from the Florida Department of Agriculture Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection and found the attraction to be operating successfully. In Florida, amusement parks of a certain size (which includes Walt Disney World) are not regulated by the state. Read more…