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May 5, 2004 – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Attraction Opens in Disney’s California Adventure


“Hold on tight for a thrilling journey into another realm of sight and sound you’re sure to never forget.”

On May 5, 2004, the thrill attraction The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened in Disney California Adventure Park (DCA). Based on the hit attraction that opened in Disney-MGM Studios in 1994, the DCA version is 183 feet tall, making it one of the tallest buildings in the city of Anaheim. The attraction differs from the Walt Disney World attraction significantly in terms of technology, particularly in the setup of three separate shafts for the ride, which results in fewer breakdowns; this advancement in the ride system was then replicated in the original Florida attraction, and added to the Tokyo DisneySea’s version, Tokyo DisneySea’s Hotel Hightower. The backstory of the attraction, however, is still the same as the Florida attraction, where five unlucky souls got lost in another dimension when lightning struck the Hollywood Tower Hotel on Halloween night, 1939.


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