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TWISTER is a walk-through special effects show based on the 1996 film that starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as "storm chasers," driving around the Midwestern U.S. trying to measure the intensity of tornados as they appear. The pre-show presentation includes many clips from the film's action sequences, interviews with Hunt and Paxton, and real-life footage showing the devastated aftermath which follows a tornado. (Hidden Mickey alert! Look for a Mouseketeer hat stuck to the crashed car's tire in the second preshow.)
The main presentation replicates a scene from that movie involving a tornado ripping through a drive-in theater. Guests stand on the far edge of a soundstage, in between a gas station and a restaurant, with the movie screen off in the distance. The tranquil calm of a summer evening is disturbed when storm clouds appear in the distance. The storm gathers strength as it gets larger and heads towards the audience. Wind and rain soon surround everyone, and the town has to ride through the full impact of the tornado that eventually appears the middle of the soundstage. The climax combines a five-story-tall simulated tornado (created by circulating more than 2 million cubic feet of air per minute) with enormous explosions and a short but dramatic floor drop.
We like Twister quite a bit, especially when the strong wind and a/c provide a few minutes of shelter from Florida's own brutal summer weather. Although the attraction is well into its second decade, most guests are still impressed when an actual floor-to-ceiling mini-tornado is created inside the soundstage. It's one of our favorite effects too. Our favorite effect, though, is Bill Paxton's almost entirely monotone delivery of his script in the pre-show film. By the time he says his big line – “Hold on for your life” – in a robot-like drone, you'll be repeating every line as flatly as you can.
The wind, pounding rain, and freight-train sound of the tornado are deafening, and the entire presentation is exceptionally intense. Schoolchildren are mightily impressed, while younger children are terrified and overwhelmed. Unless you want the kids hopping in your bed whenever they hear thunder, try this attraction yourself first.
It's exceptionally rare to have to wait more than one show cycle (about 15 minutes) for Twister. The best view of the finale is from the front and center of any level; guests in the back get the most water sprayed on them. If you are interested in effects, ask to stay and watch the set reset; you may even be invited into the booth to see how it all works.
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