Walt Disney World will open a themed bar inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ thrilling Tower of Terror ride. While a name for this daring watering hole has yet to be released, it will be situated close to the ride’s exit—close to where you pick up souvenir images of your face mid-scream.
It’s also unclear whether there will be seating and when it officially opens, but the bar is expected to have Hollywood Tower Hotel-themed drinks and, according to reports. Construction is expected to begin this spring.
This is the latest adult offering at Walt Disney World. The Beauty and the Beastthemed restaurant in the Magic Kingdom called Be Our Guest Restaurant serves beer and wine. And an Indiana Jones themed café opened in Disney Springs in September offering cocktails.
Armed with a treatment by Big Fish scribe John August, Disney is now looking to hire a screenwriter to give feature treatment to Tower Of Terror, long one of the most popular rides in its theme parks. Jim Whitaker is producing this with August, after he and the A-list writer hatched an idea based on the theme park attraction and the studio sparked to their vision.
The premise: Five people in a posh hotel take an elevator and disappear after it is hit by lightning.
The theme park ride combines footage and narration by what sounds like the late Rod Serling doing a Twilight Zone episode, with a jaw-dropping elevator car that falls precipitously, and climbs back up. That classic anthology show isn’t part of this; indeed, it’s being developed as a freestanding movie at Warner Bros, produced by Appian Way with Joseph Kosinski. This will be a haunted house picture, and having a family brand tied to it might help it fare better than an original creation like Crimson Peak.
Tower of Terror was reportedly the very first theme park ride turned into a movie, but it was done for television in 1997 and starred Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst.
Guests that have a MagicBand linked to the Memory Maker photo package can now get a souvenir onboard video at the Tower of Terror.
The Tower of Terror attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the first attraction at Walt Disney World to offer on-ride videos as part of the new MyMagic+ system. More attractions are expected to follow, with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Haunted Mansion strongly rumored to get the on-board photo and video experience.
After riding, those guests with a MagicBand and a linked Memory Maker photo package should expect to see their videos online at My Disney Experience within 24 hours of riding. The video is captured, edited, and uploaded to the guest’s My Disney Experience account automatically – all driven from the MagicBand and RFID readers in the attraction.
The on-ride video will not be available to any guests not wearing a MagicBand with a linked Memory Maker account.