Why Disney World’s Creepiest Hotel Was Never Built

Disney World Resort hotels are known for their immersive theming and close access to the theme parks, but did you know that Disney came close to building a hotel inside of a park?

Hollywood Studios

It’s true! Fans of Disney+’s Behind the Attractions likely are familiar with what could have become if one of the most glamorous (and creepiest) hotels on property had actually been built!

Here’s Why Disney World’s Creepiest Hotel Was Never Built!

The Opening of Disney’s MGM Studios

Back in 1989, Disney World opened their third park, MGM Studios (which is what we know as Disney’s Hollywood Studios nowadays). The entire park was themed after the glitz and glamor of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s and it was a wild success with guests.

A publicity photo of the Disney-MGM Studios after opening in 1989 ©Disney

And, because it was so successful, the Walt Disney Company CEO at the time, Michael Eisner, almost immediately gave Disney Imagineers the go-ahead to expand the park.

The Chinese Theater

So, Imagineers sat down to brainstorm what the expansion could involve and knew that they needed something that could fit into the theming of the park and was outside of the Disney catalog, and they really needed another hotel for all the guests that were flocking to Disney World. Plus, Eisner had given Imagineers some encouragement to build an attraction that had a controlled drop experience.

Sunset Boulevard

What could have all four of those requirements? Well, The Hollywood Tower Hotel, of course!

Learn More About the Opening Day of Disney’s MGM Studios HERE!

The Original Hotel Idea

Instead of creating a separate hotel and attraction, Disney Imagineers thought, “why not have both?” and began piecing together the idea of having a ride with an elevator drop within the same building as a hotel. After all, those two things would certainly fit the same storyline.

The Hollywood Tower Hotel

So, the idea for The Hollywood Tower Hotel was born because it would fit right into the glitz and glamour that the park was known for!

The Big Problem With the Plan

As the team moved forward in the planning process for the combined hotel and elevator drop attraction, one big problem presented itself — there was going to be a lot of screaming going on at the ride which doesn’t create the best atmosphere for a hotel.

Tower of Terror

So, knowing that most guests likely wouldn’t want to stay the night at a hotel filled with screams, Imagineers settled on moving forward with the attraction and working on a hotel separately.

The dreaded service elevator

But, the idea for the elevator drop stayed and eventually transformed into the Tower of Terror ride that we know today!

Check Out More About the Original Ideas for Tower of Terror HERE!

Could a Hotel Like This Ever Exist in Disney World?

While there are currently no plans for transforming the Tower of Terror into a part thrill ride/part hotel, Disney is getting closer to mixing an attraction and a hotel into one with the upcoming experience at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

Plans for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser ©Disney

While no ride is set to exist at the hotel itself, it will be a fully immersive experience where guests will participate in a storyline, learn how to fight with a lightsaber, and even take a day trip over to the planet of Batuu (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios).

©Disney | There will be tons of activities for the whole family!

So, Disney won’t be mixing screams with your restful sleep anytime soon, but access to Disney “attractions” will be just steps away from your door in some ways soon!

Learn More About Disney’s NEW Star Wars Hotel HERE!

And, though a real hotel may not exist at the Tower of Terror, there are plenty of other creepy details to look for on your next ride — check them out in our video below!

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One Reply to “Why Disney World’s Creepiest Hotel Was Never Built”

  1. An actual hotel would have been really cool! Seems like they could’ve been able to soundproof the walls or stretched it out a ways like the garden view rooms or something and maybe just the lobby and things other than the rooms inside the actual ride building. I’m team hotel lol