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  • Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

    In the book Imagineering, published in 1996, there is a picture of a model of Tokyo DisneySea. One thing I read about Tower of Terror is that it was an "emergency" E-Ticket, built based on complaints that there were not enough E-Tickets in the park.

    But on page 75 Hotel Hightower can be see plain as day in the American Waterfront. It seems that as early as 1996 Hotel Hightower was planned to open with the park but they decided to wait for whatever reason. Was Raging Spirits the "emergency E-Ticket" or am I mistaken? It's not in the original model.

    Another interesting thing I noticed was that the Stormrider building was originally supposed to look like a mobile vessell instead of a stationary whether station/research center or whatever the hell it's supposed to be. It looked pretty cool in the model, "docked" in Port Discovery.

    The last difference I noticed was a large building in Mediterrean Harbor that is present in the model but not in the park today. It's placed where that huge wall is that runs along to path to Mysterious Island. Behind it would be the dock for the boats/show floats. It looks big enough to house a decent sized attraction, especially some kind of Soarin' variant.

    Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I'll try to get a picture of it as soon as possible, but the image in the book is pretty small. If anyone can shed some light on this model it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

    I think Tower of Terror was originally planned for the park, but they decided against building it until it was necessary. And I think that the large building in Mediterranean Harbor was supposed to be, like you said, a version of Soarin'.
    ~ Tokyo DisneySea’s Arabian Coast at nighttime ~

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    • #3
      Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

      Hopefully that wall is easily demolished to make way for the building that was intended to be there.

      Damn, I really screwed up the subject line. Oh well.

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      • #4
        Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

        Originally posted by Acetone View Post
        Hopefully that wall is easily demolished to make way for the building that was intended to be there.

        Damn, I really screwed up the subject line. Oh well.
        I kind of like the Roman Ruins though. Maybe it would be possible to create a path to the attraction without demolishing the wall. After all, it would reveal many backstage buildings and other unsightly things.
        ~ Tokyo DisneySea’s Arabian Coast at nighttime ~

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        • #5
          Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

          The "Roman Aqueduct" doesn't have to be completely destroyed in order to build the show building backstage. I can picture the attraction entrance being built to the right of the Roman ruins area behind "Zambini Brothers".

          And back to the OP, "Tower of Terror" was planned for TDS all along. It was just brought in sooner than OLC originally planned. "Raging Spirits" was planned too, later in the concept stage though. OLC/Disney wanted the "Indiana Jones" tie-in but passed on the licensing fees Lucas demanded. Thus, eliminating a real two-attraction interaction in that area.

          Instead, OLC/Disney decided to pull their resources (read: OLC's money) to try to convince Lucas to upgrade Star Tours which hopefully the US & Tokyo Parks will get one of these years.

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          • #6
            Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

            ^ Please tell me that upgrade has nothing to do with pod racing...

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            • #7
              Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

              Originally posted by JoeInJpn View Post
              The "Roman Aqueduct" doesn't have to be completely destroyed in order to build the show building backstage. I can picture the attraction entrance being built to the right of the Roman ruins area behind "Zambini Brothers".

              And back to the OP, "Tower of Terror" was planned for TDS all along. It was just brought in sooner than OLC originally planned. "Raging Spirits" was planned too, later in the concept stage though. OLC/Disney wanted the "Indiana Jones" tie-in but passed on the licensing fees Lucas demanded. Thus, eliminating a real two-attraction interaction in that area.
              That's good to know. I would happily welcome a Soarin' attraction if it does not force the destruction of the Roman architecture. It's a nice photo spot and just about the only Roman influence in Mediterranean Harbor.

              And thanks for the explanation; I have always wondered why they didn't just get a clone of the Indiana Jones coaster at Disneyland Paris.
              ~ Tokyo DisneySea’s Arabian Coast at nighttime ~

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              • #8
                Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

                As for TOT at TDS, some of the original park concepts before it was built did show the TOT in it's present location. It was my understanding the TOT was not built because of weight issues in regards to the land-fill where the resort now sits.

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                • #9
                  Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

                  It is funny how people complain about TDS not having enough attractions. Sure, some more attractions would always be good, but they by far have the highest number of quality attractions of any second gate. I haven't been there, yet but I am judging on what I have seen online.

                  TDS opened with:
                  Journey to the Center of the Earth
                  Stormrider
                  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
                  Indiana Jones Adventure (I have riden the DL version)
                  and
                  Sinbad

                  all sound much more fun and imaginative than America's second gate E-Ticket attractions like California Screamin', Test Track, Grizzly River Run, Soarin', Mission: Space, and Rock N' Rollercoaster.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

                    Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.. Some people actually do not care for TDS' offerings. Maybe you should not jugde by what you see online, as you may get a false sense of greatness. That is how the powers at WDW fool most unsuspecting new guests into visiting... by making things look much better via print or video.

                    TDS is a park best approached with NO expectations.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

                      It sounds like a SOARIN' OVER THE WORLD movie might make sense for EPCOT, Tokyo DisneySea and Walt Disney Studios in Paris. It would make more sense than a flight over California for those locations.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

                        ^^^Don't forget Aquatopia!

                        I always wondered why TOT wasn't present at the opening of TDS... It couldn't be any better now though.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Was Tower of Terror was planned for DisneySea from the beginning?

                          Originally posted by stitchon
                          I always wondered why TOT wasn't present at the opening of TDS... It couldn't be any better now though.
                          Re-read post #8 please.

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