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Anniversary of the Disappearance of Five Elevator Passengers at the Hollywood Tower Hotel

Updated on November 1, 2011
The Hollywood Tower Built in 1929
The Hollywood Tower Built in 1929
Inside the lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel
Inside the lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel

Perfectly fitting it being Halloween, yesterday October 31st, marked the anniversary of the five passengers that disappeared at the Hollywood Tower Hotel, in 1939. The original Hollywood Tower was built in in 1929. Located in the Hollywood, Ca the tower, at the time, was known to be a popular residence for the entertainment industry employees. When it was built it was considered a Class A building with more than 50 apartments, 3 penthouse units, a subterranean garage, and private and public roof gardens. This sophisticated living for film luminaries is known to be the inspiration of Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Attractions.

The attraction takes place at a fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel, itself inspired by the Hollywood Tower named a historic landmark by the US Department of Interior in 1988. The story of the hotel, adapted from parts of the television series goes, that on October 31st 1939, the hotel is struck by lightning. When the building got struck, this caused an elevator carrying 5 passengers to lose control and drop down the elevator shaft, sending the passengers to the "Twilight Zone." A place that once was a star in its own right, with guests of the film industry elites in the middle of its Golden era, was changed forever after that fateful night, causing the hotel to close and be abandoned ever since.

The attraction is ultimately bringing you into the abandoned hotel, where those guests once disappeared. "One stormy night long ago, five people stepped through the door of an elevator and into a nightmare. That door is opening once again, and this time, it's opening for you."

Though this actually is a fictional story, many believe that this same sort of scenario did indeed take place, causing the Disney attraction to be all the more scary and authentic, for the fact that falling 170 ft in an elevator could actually happen. When walking into the abondoned hotel that Disney imagineers created, the creepy, mysterious ambience receive, definitely does not settle ones nerves, but keeps bringing you back, wanting to see if you can survive the Twilight Zone one more time!


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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Wow, what a spooky story! Thanks for sharing about this...I had never heard of this particular event or story. Voted up!