A Notice For Tower Of Terror Over The Holidays

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Over the past several weeks wait times at Terror of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have shown suspicious spikes. We have confirmed that these were due to the temporary shut down of one of the elevator shafts that take guests into the other dimension. Historically, we have found that the shut down of one shaft, although rare, usually results in a posted time that is more than double the wait time from before the shutdown. These shutdowns have been more frequent recently, affecting as many as 5 days out of 7. If I had to guess, I would suspect that during the busy holiday season, Disney may be less likely to shut a shaft down for fear of driving wait times too high. Regardless, we want our holiday touring-planners to be prepared.

Most of you who follow an optimized touring plan will find that Tower is Terror is slotted in the first half the day, which is good, but we want you to be aware that if these temporary shutdowns continue you may come to the queue with a Christmas wait time surprise in the range of 200 to 300 minutes. We have tried to adjust our estimates for the wait times at Tower of Terror, but it is difficult to predict when the elevator shaft will go down. (Pun intended!)

If Tower of Terror is on your must-do list over the holidays, make sure to re-optimize your Hollywood Studios touring plan while in the park. Lines will adjust to the current wait times and the optimizer will adjust as well.

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Fred Hazelton

Fred Hazelton maintains the crowd calendar, theme park wait time models and does hotel rate analysis for the Unofficial Guides. He's also done the models for the new mobile wait times product Lines. Fred Hazelton is a professional statistician living in Ontario, Canada. His email address is fred@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @DisneyStatsWhiz.

2 thoughts on “A Notice For Tower Of Terror Over The Holidays

  • December 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Which Tower of Terror location? Thanks

    • December 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Fred is referring to the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida.


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