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Tower of Terror

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Tower of Terror

I really want to do the tower of terror ride but hate free fall rides. How sudden and how far are the drops on this ride?

I am OK on roller coasters and stuff

I know im a big sook. LOL


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I don't speak NZ...what's a "sook?" lol!

Yes the TOT *will* drop you unexpectedly in certain places. It's all random but you will feel like a Yo-Yo when done. Maybe take a pass on this one?

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i'm a sissy on rollercoasters...but i love tower of terror. i think b/c like space mountain, you can't really see around you. with the exception of once at the top the door opens, but it's far enough away that i'm not bothered by it.

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I am a major chicken when it comes to rides and we did the Tower of Terror the last time in DL. The worst for me was when you get to the top before you drop they open the doors and you can see out. I didn't enjoy that but otherwise it was fun. Scary as heck but fun and glad I did it.

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My husband is a big sook and I had to go on the Tower of Terror on my own! He is a wuss!

I did go on this ride in Orlando (1996) as well as Anaheim (2005) and was glad I did it.

I would probably go on it again when I get back to Anaheim next year.

From memory, the drops were short and it didnt overly bother me.


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I'm a big sook, too, lol. But I went on TOT 10 times in the 5 days we were at DL resort. It was really fun. The first part is the worst - you have a short little drop and then they shoot you up for what seems like forever. All of a sudden you drop again. I was scared silly that we were going to drop as far as we'd gone up, but we never. It was a quick drop, and then back up again.

I had no idea what this ride was all about, or I probably would have been too scared to go on it. But after I'd tried it, I realized that it really wasn't that bad.

My recommendation would be that you give it a try.

- CG

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It isn't as terrifying as you would think. You are strapped in your seat in rows with other people. It takes some of the scary away! Even if you don't ride, go inside to see the setting before you skip out. My husband had to be talked in to going on it, but was willing to go again. We didn't eat breakfast first, but felt fine.

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OK, I am a real wuss in theme parks; I am pettrified of roller coasters and get sick on anything that spins round (e.g. tea cups in Disneyland). I 'suffer' the simulated rides - e,g, Back to the Future. Even though I don't like heights, I was persuaded to go on the TOT. Brilliant. It's not like 'free fall' in the old parachutes in Knotts Berry Farm. You are seated, strapped in, with around a dozen other fun seekers. Yes it's scary but this is the thrill factor. It was great and I would advise you to have a go. You will regret it if you don't.

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I don't like falling type rides either, but went on TOT with my daughter when we were in DL over Christmas. We reluctantly took my 7 year old grandson on the ride with us (weren't sure how he'd react), but he loved it!

I think I screamed from the time the ride started to the time the ride ended, and I'm not sure I'd do it again (knowing what I know), but it was definitely worth the experience!

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TOT is not for the faint of heart. I took my 9 year old on it and we cried. It is quite a ride and quite a drop. If you have medical probs or bad back or neck, I wouldn't advise it. I felt weird afterwards and I suspect it's because I an 5ft 2 and weigh next to nothing and have tachardia which is racing of the heart at times. It doesn't happen very often but felt this ride was even a bit much. Would I do it again... heck NO. LOL Call me a sissy but I am not into thrill rides. If you are an adventurer seeker then this would be the ride for you.

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Looking back TOT was fun however at the time my daughter and I were terrified!!!

Yes you are seated and have a lap belt, however my lap belt stretched out everytime we dropped (6 times on our ride) and my bottom lifted off the seat a good couple of inches each time, I'm sure the people on the otherside of Disneyland could hear me screaming!!!

Our legs were shaking and we chickened out of any scary rides for the next few days.

The ride is definitely an adrenaline rush!!!