Aerial photos offer a rare and unusual glimpse of the Disney’s parks and attractions. This is a collection of my favorite Tower of Terror aerial photos. Obviously, these are not my photos. 🙂 If they are yours, please contact me for credit or removal.
Hollywood Studios, Florida
A couple of these aerial photos are quite old, especially the first two in this sequence which appear to predate digital photography. These photos are quite possibly from the attraction’s early years (the Florida Tower of Terror opened in 1994).
I think this shot is great because it shows a rather plain portion of the Tower that wasn’t meant to be seen by guests. Since the addition of Rockin’ Roller Coaster, it’s sometimes possible to see this plain wall part from the line queue to that ride, although the view-blocking trees grow taller every year, it seems. 🙂
Below is a rare left-side view of the tower, showing off all the attention to detail that Disney put into this beautiful structure. Most guests will never see 90% of this – and the details are pretty hard to see and appreciate from within the park, where you can only really stand at the base of the building.
Disney California Adventure
Google Maps has some great aerial views of the Tower of Terror in Anaheim, showing off the back and the front of the structure. The Tower is all party in the front, business in the back.
I think it’s cool to see all the “normal building” stuff on top of the roof and behind the building. Some people might think this spoils “the magic”, but I’ve always loved peeking behind the curtain. In some of these shots, you can see parades getting ready to go “on stage”, as well as cars, trucks, and utility buildings that no doubt contribute to the smooth operations of the park.
The mysterious conga line of blue boxes in its back lot (which I’ve been told just contain parade costumes).
Rotate the view on Google maps to see the front, along with a clearer view of the roof and backstage area.
Walt Disney Studios Park, Paris
I’ve never been to Paris, but their Tower is a near identical twin to the California Tower of Terror…. except for the roof tops. The roof tops in the Paris version are red. Most park guests will never know this, but now you do!
Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo
One more set of aerials: this series depicts the Tokyo DisneySea Tower of Terror. Remember, this Tower doesn’t use the Twilight Zone branding, so Disney pursued an entirely different look and feel for it! This Tower is very similar to the DCA and Paris Towers in terms of layout and structure, so you’ll probably notice that this version has basically the same “bones” as the two yellow towers.
The brickwork is considerably less elaborate on the back side, and the backstage area is much more compacted than the luxuriously large landscapes that fill in behind the Florida and California towers. 😉
I hope you enjoyed this tour of the Towers from above!
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