30 October 2012

From Hollywood's golden age

Seeing as how tomorrow is Halloween, I thought we'd look at one of the early announcements for one of Walt Disney World's spookier attractions.

The March 4, 1993 issue of Eyes & Ears had a covered story dedicated to the 1992 Stockholders Meeting for The Walt Disney Company. Specifically, the story dealt with the upcoming plans for Walt Disney World. Hidden among the rest of the plans for a town called Celebration and the revamped Tomorrowland, which was being constructed around the Alien Encounter experience, were a few words from President Frank Wells speaking on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and a gorgeous piece of artwork featuring the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

Here’s an excerpt from the article, which I think could be used today to describe the experience that anchors Sunset Boulevard!

“ ‘Work is under way,’ Frank continued, ‘at the Disney-MGM Studios to construct a whole new section call Sunset Boulevard.’ The first adventure to open here with be the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in 1994. In this attraction, Guests will travel through an abandoned hotel from Hollywood’s golden age, with frightening twists and turns, and they will end the adventure with the most memorable thrill ride anywhere – a 13-story drop in a runaway elevator.”

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