Tower of Terror in Tokyo DisneySea (Japan)

The Tower of Terror in Tokyo DisneySea features an original storyline and a new exterior design. Mechanically, the Tokyo Tower of Terror is identical to the California and Paris towers with the backwards push at the start of the ride, the “Wave Goodbye” screen, double-decker loading floors and the single-shaft design.

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In this Tower, the lighting strike came from within. Photo credit: Tokyo DisneySea Resort official site

Pre-Show

What happened to Harrison Hightower III?  The New York Preservation Society has restored his glorious hotel of stolen artifacts and guests retrace his last steps on a tour of the tower – what they encounter instead is a recreation of Hightower’s last moments!

Ride Experience

Seated guests are pulled backwards as Hightower’s voice explains the importance of his stolen idol treasure. The elevator shaft darkens, revealing stars and Shiriki Utundu’s glowing green eyes. The elevator begins its ascent.

The elevator doors open, revealing a dusty hallway and a ghostly figure Hightower figure.  He approaches the idol on a table, but the idol glows green and sends him screaming and spinning down an elevator shaft at the far end of the hallway.  As he plummets, the idol turns its attention towards the elevator passengers and laughs menacingly as the doors shut and the elevator continues its ascent.

When the doors open for the second time, it’s to a very wide mirror reflecting the elevator’s guests. Similar to the DCA and Paris Towers, the reflection is replaced with a glowing green effect as Hightower’s voice tells riders to wave goodbye to the real world. The haunting image fades, and the idol appears in the glass – and suddenly, it strikes!  The elevator drops, and the grand finale drop sequence continues from here.  Riders are lifted to the top of the shaft for a view of the park through the tower’s broken glass windows, and then the free-falling mania ensues.

As the elevator car returns to the loading/unloading position, Shiriki Utundu glowing green eyes appear again, glaring at guests as they fade away and the service door is illuminated. Guests exit the ride.

Where’s the Twilight Zone?

TV show licensing is a tricky thing – contracts must be agreed upon, payments must be made to the property’s owners.  To license the show for Tokyo DisneySea would have required the park’s owners and operators, Oriental Land Company, to pay fees to both Disney and CBS  in addition to royalties to CBS.  So instead, Disney’s Imagineering team invented a completely new storyline.

 

Comments

  1. Mark Ebenfeld says:

    Hi, i don´t know if you know about a little card they give to you upon request at Tokyo Disneyseas ToT. When we were at Tokyo Disneysea this November and rode the ToT a Cast Member recognized that we are not Japanese and could not follow what she said about “Harrison Hightower”. So she opened a little box and gave a nicely done card to us, which explains the Story of the ride.

    I scanned that card and if you are interested to publish it on this Website i can send that scan to you by Email. Just send me a message if you are interested.

  2. I still have some questions. One, how did they make the pre show? It’s glass, and then suddenly, it’s a tv. How did they do that? Also, in the pre show, how did they make the idol dissapear in the library? #magic.

  3. I’m interested. Harrison Hightower had to go somewhere after he disapeared! You can’t just make somethingg disappear!

  4. i have a question you left out. how did they make the disapearing shirki untudu in the pre show room, well, DISSAPEAR!