Monday, November 3, 2014

Queue Review - Tower of Terror

All four of the Tower of Terror queues have the same basic structure - line to heavily themed hotel lobby, guests are brought by groups into the library for a pre-show, then another line to the elevators.

Disneyland Paris - La Tour de la Terreur - Un Saut dans la Quatrième Dimension

Disneyland Paris and Disneyland are almost identical.  The entrance abuts directly to the walkway, with switchbacks sprouting off to the sides.  For some reason, I get a bad vibe from the facade in Paris - too much fakey purple wear and tear.

Disney California Adventure - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Much the same as above.  One advantage these two have over Disney World's is that you get a better chance to see the theming in the lobby.

Walt Disney World - Disney's Hollywood Studios - Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

This one wins for best outdoors area.  The lobby is well done, but there is an issue with line timing here.  There is only a few feet of line before guests are hurried forward to the area by the library doors, so there is very little time to check everything out.

Tokyo DisneySea - Tower of Terror

Not much of an outdoor area, but this one wins best facade.

This one has a different premise, that of a cursed explorer, so the preshow is completely different - a cast member makes an introduction and winds up a gramophone, which is awesome.

I couldn't find a lot of footage of it, but DisneySea's really shines in second line.  The second line is in a dingy boiler room in the other three versions - true to theme, but boring.  Here we have a two story walk through various items our explorer host has collected, mostly Egyptian stuff.

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