Listen to the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror area loop from 1995
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When the Tower of Terror opened in 1994, it was truly spectacular. While the Magic Kingdom was in the mode of shutting down classic attractions (all of Tomorrowland, The Main Street Electrical Parade, The Walt Disney Story) Disney-MGM Studios was in a era of rapid expansion. The attraction was hyped to be the park’s crown jewel and it more than lived up to the hype when it opened in July of 1994.
While the ride got high marks, even with a single drop (the multiple drops and random multiple-drops weren’t added until years later), people also went absolutely nuts about the beauty and detail of the queue, which meanders through the hotel grounds past empty fountains and vine-covered pergolas until reaching the superbly-detailed lobby. A lot of the credit to the queue’s success goes to the haunting music loop which perfectly sets the mood. Within a minute of listening to the songs, you get the feeling that the hotel is old and something spooky happened. It’s amazing what a little echo effect can do.
I’m certainly not the only person that recorded this loop live and by this point it’s been pretty widely distributed, but another copy can’t hurt. This was recorded on February 6, 1995, in the planter directly outside of the gift shop’s exit.
Sony MZ-1 MiniDisc recorder
Radio Shack 44-533 telephone pickup
Note: If you’re in need of a vector version of the Hollywood Tower Hotel’s logo, see this earlier post.
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