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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
(La Tour de la Terreur)
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Walt Disney Studios Park
Land Production Courtyard
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Attraction type Drop tower
Theme The Twilight Zone
Opening date December 22, 2007
Hosted by Rod Serling (voice of unknown actor)
Music Richard Bellis (attraction)
Marius Constant and Bernard Hermann (original music)
Vehicle type Service elevator
Vehicle capacity 21
Ride duration 2:25 minutes
Total height 183 ft (55.8 m)
Number of lifts 3
Number of vehicles 6
Tagline(s) "Drop in if you dare!"

"Un Plongeon dans la Quatrième Dimension!" (A plunge into the fifth dimension!).

Walt Disney Studios Paris version

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney Studios Park is based on the same designs as the version at Disney's California Adventure. However, it was originally Imagineered for the Paris park at the same time as Tokyo's tower and planned to open just 2 years after the opening of the park itself.[1]

When financial troubles again hit Disney's Parisian theme park resort, the attraction had to be put on hold. In the meantime, it was constructed for Disney's California Adventure as an additional crowd-puller.

The attraction was finally greenlit in 2005 and was under construction right in the center of the park, behind the "La Terrasse" seating area, in early 2006. Upon completion, it was joined by a new theme development producing an outdoor Hollywood Boulevard of faux movie sets.[2] Unlike its American cousins, the Paris Tower was constructed using concrete rather than steel due to French construction guidelines and standards, at a total cost exceeding 180 million. [1]

The Paris and California versions were originally believed to become identical versions upon completion, but some differences remain, notably the height of the building, the location of some rooms backstage as well as other differences due to construction and work regulations being stricter in France.[3]

The name of the attraction in French is La Tour de la Terreur - Un Saut dans la Quatrième Dimension. ('The Tower of Terror - A Jump into the Fourth Dimension)

The default audio language for the pre-show library video and the ride is French but can be changed to English by the Cast Member. The library video is the same as the American version but is dubbed in French and subtitled in English.

The Walt Disney Studios version opened on December 22, 2007. The official opening to the press was April 5, 2008.

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