THE TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR
A NEW ATTRACTION AT DISNEY'S CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Tiger Woods on a Recent Visit to DCA
Props: The Lobby features an extensive array of period props and furniture that creates a bygone era of Hollywood splendor. Magazines and newspapers from 1939 are casually placed just where the guests left them. At the front desk, a set of luggage remains where a guest was about to register. On a table, a deck of cards, a cribbage board, two wine glasses…all carefully placed to indicate that the people in this lobby left in a hurry without a thought of taking anything with them - and never came back.
The Boiler Room is especially rich in prop and set details that suggest an actual working facility, from the time clock to the maintenance man's desk filled with photos and personal effects.
The two glass fronted display cases just outside the library contain:
The Library contains the richest cache of Twilight Zone ® referenced props, including:
In “Modern Wonders” store front along the exit corridor:• Box Camera - “ A Most Unusual Camera ” - A camera that photographs the future.
Other references from The Twilight Zone ® :
Location: The Hollywood Tower Hotel is located in the southeast corner of the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. The site is typical of an upscale, urban hotel in the Hollywood area in the late 1920s. The building is oriented so that it can be seen from the Sun Plaza of Disney's California Adventure.
DESIGN: Towering 183 feet above Sunset Boulevard on the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, the Hollywood Tower Hotel recalls the faded grandeur of period hotels from the “Golden Age of Hollywood.” Abandoned and fallen into disrepair, the glamour that the hotel once exemplified is still apparent. The pale ochre colored hotel appears to be locked in time, with nothing changed since its sudden closure in 1939, when five unlucky souls mysteriously vanished on “one stormy night, long ago” as they rode the elevator to the top of the tower. Guests to the attraction are invited to repeat their journey, if they dare.
This journey leads them through the lobby, the library, and into the boiler room and a bank of service elevators which are still operational after over 60 years. As it carries guests up the tower, the elevator stops to reveal strange, disquieting sights and sounds. At the top of the tower, the elevator doors open to reveal a gaping hole in the tower and a brief view of the outside world before the elevator plummets.
Architectural Style: “ The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” is housed in an abandoned luxury hotel, reflecting the architectural style known as Pueblo Deco. This stylish, beautifully detailed structure creates an immediate, haunted, otherworldly impression, appropriate to its Twilight Zone ® theme. Pueblo Deco, popular when the hotel was built in the 1920's, is characterized by the clean, geometric shapes common to the Art Deco style. However, from southwestern Native American art, it borrows elements such as radial sunbursts, arrowhead shapes, and simplified thunderbird motifs. A prime southern California landmark in the Pueblo Deco style is the L.A. City Hall Building.
Landscaping: The landscaping has been designed to reflect what was typical of an upscale hotel in 1930s southern California . Chinese flame trees, magnolias, and various forms of palm trees have been used. A particularly beautiful specimen of coral tree is located near the Disney's FASTPASS ® light rail station. Overall, a sense of neglect is suggested in the look of the landscaping to accompany the tone established in the architecture. For instance, dead palm fronds have intentionally not been stripped from the palm trees, to indicate a lack of care for many years. Tall grasses grow among the shrubs and ground cover, contributing to the "unkempt by design" look.