Listen to the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror area loop from 1995

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  1. Thanks. I’m enjoying this over dinner in the backyard.

  2. So incredible! Visited D/MGM a week before the Sunset Blvd opened to the public (ToT should be turning 20 this year, right?), and they had a promotion where you could buy a $80ish watch and get to tour the street and go into the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Well, my enterprising mother asked if we could forgo the watch and just do the tour. The CM said to just meet at the tip board and play along. We did and it went off perfect.

    There were maybe 6 of us being led down the deserted Sunset Blvld by a fairly high up CM host (not in a host uniform) but in a bellhop uniform. He gave us the history of each of the facades on Sunset – most of which did not have stores behind them at this point. If I recall, only the stores on the lefthand side (facing TOT) had stores. All the stores on the right (including Carthay), were empty facades at that point. I was shocked to to come back years later to see them open with actual merchandise in them.

    He pointed out the tracks in the street and the abandoned concept of the RedCar attraction that was planned but didn’t happen (there was no cart attached to the overhead lines at that point either). He gave us the history of the Farmer’s Market. We got to tour the Hollywood Bowl theatre backstage – and then on to the main attraction.

    We stopped at around where the fastpass machines are now, and he told us the story. Hollywood. 1939. Among the glitz…. Then he left. He let us wander our way alone through the queue until we made it to the door. When we got there, we were greeted by WDW security and the bellhop host. We had to put on surgical footies to walk in (I think now of all the people that have walked through that lobby).

    The security guy was named Orlando. He told us a little about his job. While working overnight i in the tower by himself, through a thunderstorm not long ago, lightning actually hit near the tower (not the tower itself), but it created a power surge that made the library video startup. The bellhop told us about the game of mahong, empty glasses, how imagineers scoured all over the country hunting for the right props to fill the lobby, library, and boiler rooms – then the coolest thing – we got to sign the guestbook. So, I was there in 1939 when it happened.

    Moral of the story – always ask!

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