Good morning! This day in Disney history, May 5th, 2004.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has its official grand
opening at DCA. While similar in concept & theme to
the original attraction in Florida, this version has been redesigned in order to conserve space & money.
The attraction features three elevator shafts. Each shaft, in theory, is its own separate ride w/ its own separate operating system. Doing this made it easier to repair individual areas of the attraction w/out causing the entire attraction to "go down" (pun intended). Each shaft has 2 vehicles & 2 loading levels. It is designed so that the lower vehicle can be in profile while the upper vehicle is loading, making the attraction much more efficient. The ride is about 2 minutes & 28 seconds long. When all the elevators are in use 1,543 people per hour can ride. Since each vehicle loads & unloads from the same point, it also saves space. Since this system works so much more efficiently, it is the system used in both the Paris & Tokyo versions of the attraction. To watch a short clip of the opening day ceremony: http://is.gd/r2jMX8
Have you tried any of the other versions? Perhaps in WDW? Which version do you prefer & why?
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