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Secrets of Tower of Terror Twilite Zone Episodes

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Twilight Zone Episodes

How much time did Walt Disney Imagineers spend watching old Twilight Zone episodes in order to create the preshow?

There are 156 original Twilight Zone episodes. Every episode was screened at least twice (174 hours). Many episodes were screened three or four times and studied in regards to props, guest stars, settings, and music. Rod Serling's opening and closing comments were viewed seperately at least 10 times each for inspiration as well as to find the most representative quotes and characteristic phrases by Serling in his role as host of the show.

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In The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, there are objects that are from various Twilight Zone episodes. Here is a list of what object goes with which show.

pict from hiddenmickeys.org

In the lobby

  1. There is a poster for the Anthony Freemont Orchestra playing at the Tip Top Club on the right hand side of the queue
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 FEB 99

In the library

  1. pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  2. On the ledge above your head is a small metal robot. This is from "The Invaders" with Agnes Moorehead. The robot is a human astronaut who landed on a planet full of giants.
    REPORTED: Chip Lundell 13 JUL 95
  3. In one room, there is a pair of broken glasses. These are from "Time Enough At Last," one of the best episodes of the Twilight Zone, starring Burgess Meredith. It is about the only survivor of a nuclear holocaust who loves to read. He comes upon a library and is in heaven until he breaks his only pair of glasses.
    REPORTED: Chip Lundell 13 JUL 95
  4. There is a folder with a file card on it that may or may not say "To Serve Man." It is from the episode of the same name starring Richard Kiel (JAWS from the James Bond movies) as a race of 9-foot tall beings from another planet. They try to become friends of ours, accidentally dropping the folder, then a government agent decodes their language only to find the book to be a cookbook.
    REPORTED: Chip Lundell 13 JUL 95
    I saw the "To Serve Man." book - it's diagonally opposite from the preview monitor, sitting face-up on a table.
    CONFIRMED: Dan Amrich 24 SEP 95
    CONFIRMED: Melanie Emmons 28 MAR 96
    I only saw it in the left library.
    CONFIRMED: Patrick Jandorf 17 AUG 96 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  5. Another icon is a machine on the ledge that has a little devil head on it and it says, "Ask Me a Yes or No Question." It is from "The Nick Of Time" starring William Shatner, about a couple who become obsessed with a machine thay believe is predicting the future.
    REPORTED: Chip Lundell 13 JUL 95
    CONFIRMED: Melanie Emmons 31 MAR 96
  6. I believe there is an envelope in the left side library that has an envelope in it. The envelope has some writing on and some film in it, I think. I believe the envelope might say "To Jenny" or something like that. I don't know what episode it is from, though.
    REPORTED: Chip Lundell 13 JUL 95
    The episode in question is "A World of His Own." A man in the episode can create people and objects by describing them in his tape recorder. One of the people he makes is his wife, Jenny. He keeps the film he described the person on in an envelope for safekeeping. Unfortunatly at the end of the show, he is forced to destroy the film and her with it.
    CONFIRMED: Freddy Zanfardino 06 AUG 96
    Jenny is not a name in the Twilight Zone episode, "A World of his own." The wife that he creates is named Mary, not Jenny!
    UPDATE: Jeremy Fassler 23 JAN 00
    Someone said that the name Jenny is in the episode, "A World of his Own." Sadly, it isn't. However, I suggest you watch the episode, "The Fugutive." You might just find the name Jenny in it...........
    UPDATE: Jeremy Fassler 30 JUN 00
  7. The movie that you see in the library is taken from the episode "It's A Good Life" starring Billy Mumy of Lost In Space fame. Since Rod Serling died in the late '70s, they had to use existing footage of him. They finally found a suitable intro in the episode about a boy who can change things with his mind. This episode was also remade as a segment in the mid-1980's Twilight Zone movie. The shot of Mr.Serling standing in front of the elevator where he says "Tonight's episode of the Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. This as you may recognize is a..." In the real episode, he says "...map of the United States." In the Tower of Terror video, they cut him off there and replaced the original with "...a maintanence service elevator. Still in operation, waiting for you."
    REPORTED: Chip Lundell 13 JUL 95
    CONFIRMED: Terry Schermerhorn 16 AUG 96
  8. The trumpet on the sheet music in the library is from the episode with Jack Klugman as a trumpet player.
    REPORTED: John Emmons 17 SEP 96
    The Jack Klugman episode of the Twilight Zone referenced is titled "A Passage for Trumpet".
    CONFIRMED: Buzz Spacely 24 FEB 01

After the drop

  1. After the drop (but before you exit the elevator) there is a slot machine in the "basement." This is from an episode called "The Fever" where the slot machine talks to the man playing it, and taunts him.
    REPORTED: John Emmons 17 SEP 96
    The slot machine from the episode "The Fever" is also in two other episodes. "The Prime Mover," is about a man who can move things with his mind,(played by Buddy Ebsen better known as Jedd Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies"). The slot machine is in a part when Ebsen's partner flips a coin with a trucker, and the trucker puts it in the one armed bandit and wins the jackpot. In "A Nice Place to Visit", Larry Blyden dies and finds himself in the afterlife, where he can get anything he wants. It also features Sebastain Cabot. In two brief moments, Larry hits the jackpot on a slot machine. In the next scene, he's tired of winning (it all that ever happens), so he goes to the slot machine to see if he'll loose. But he wins again. Be aware of those two quick moments in these episodes.
    UPDATE: Jeremy 02 OCT 00 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  2. After you exit the elevator look at the left hand wall before you get to the photo area. You can see the wall from the "Little Girl Lost" episode.
    REPORTED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 FEB 99
  3. The last time I went to the Tower, I noticed that in the area where you can view the photos on the screens (behind) there are various boxes and props. Seated in the chair at the desk was the ventriloquist's dummy from one of the episodes. I remember that the dummy looked like the guy in the episode. I also remember that on the show, the dummy came to life. The creepy thing was, when I returned just a week later, the dummy was gone. A perfect "twist" to the ride.
    REPORTED: Brian V 01 OCT 96
    I'm pretty sure it's in the area next to the elevator before you get off, not behind the photo area.
    CONFIRMED: Melanie Emmons 25 SEP 98
    The 'ventriloquist's dummy' episode referenced could be one of either of two T.Z. episodes that featured a dummy coming to life. Since I haven't been on the ride, nor seen a picture of the dummy in question, I can't say which it is! But it is either from the episode entitled "The Dummy" (more likely) or another episode entitled "Caesar and Me" (less likely). I rate them this way as "The Dummy" is the episode 'everybody knows', whereas "Caesar and Me" the more obscure of the two.
    CONFIRMED: Buzz Spacely 24 FEB 01

At the picture gallery

  1. After getting off of Tower of Terror near the area where you get your pictures there is a dirty glass display case. Inside there are many different notices such as for sale and wanted ads. The cool part was that the ones that i could read had to do with episodes of the Twilight Zone. Such as "Wanted: A pair of glasses". There were alot though that I couldn't read.
    REPORTED: Ry Ogron 07 OCT 99

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