Disney’s Tower of Terror attraction will offer guests a new “Level 13” ride experience . . . if they dare.
Disney’s Tower of Terror attraction is one of the most thrilling ride experiences guests can have during their visit–and one of the most daring experiences ever developed by Walt Disney Imagineering.
So daring was the development of the ride that a considerable amount of work done toward the completion of the attraction involved creating and implementing systems inside the attraction that ensure guests don’t plunge to their deaths as part of the already creepy experience.
A Backstory Unlike Any Other
Formally called the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios inside the Walt Disney World Resort, the heart-pounding ride not only delivers on the thrills–it has a backstory that comes with all the chills.
Since it first opened to guests on July 22, 1994, the of ride at Disney World has been a park staple, as well as one of the attractions at the top of thrill seekers’ must-ride list in the parks. The ride premise, along with the theming and props inside the queue, is so impressive that guests have little time to ponder the “terror” that awaits them aboard a haunted elevator that seems to have a mind of its own.
According to the story of the attraction, a freak lightning storm struck the Hollywood Tower Hotel, and a group of five individuals who had just boarded an elevator at the hotel disappeared and were never seen again.
The ride is so popular with guests that it can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Tokyo DisneySea, and Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. It was formerly located at Disney California Adventure but was rethemed to create the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction at the park.
A Different Story, A Different Experience Overseas
But the story behind the attraction changes at other Disney Parks.
At Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo Disney Resort, for example, the story begins in New York in 1912 at the Tower of Terror Hotel. It got its name because of an awful incident in 1899 that resulted in the mysterious disappearance of the hotel’s owner.
Now, the New York City Preservation Society has just finished the work of restoring the infamous hotel. Tours of the structure have begun again. But what happens if tourists dare to ride the elevator to the topmost floor?
And now, Tokyo DisneySea has announced a brand-new “Level 13” ride experience at the Tower of Terror attraction, in which guests can experience even more drops and thrills.
The “Level 13” Ride Experience at the Tower of Terror
From now through April 7, 2024, the Tower of Terror ride experience at Tokyo DisneySea will be very different. Guests can experience two different ride sequences and choose their favorite one.
From now through February 4, 2024, guests can experience the “Tower of Terror: Level 13” sequence during the ride, during which there are more thrills and more drops than ever before. From February 5 through March 6, 2024, guests will be subjected to the “Tower of Terror: Level 13 Shadow of Siriki” ride sequence, during which they’ll reportedly experience the “horror of the Siriki Utundu curse even more.”
Guests will be able to vote for their favorite ride sequence, and the ride sequence that guests will experience from March 7 through April 7, 2024, will be based on which sequence received the most votes from guests between now and March 6.
Per Tokyo Disney Resort, voting details will be announced at a later date, and ride photos will not be taken during the ride sequence variation period.
It’s the lesser of two horrors. Which horror do you think you’d choose–Tower of Terror: Level 13 or Tower of Terror: Level 13 Shadow of Siriki?