New bench art celebrating the glamorous Hollywood Tower Hotel and its illustrious Tip-Top Club has been introduced throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. Two different pieces of art themed to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction currently appear on benches at the park, with new the Tip-Top Club art, in particular, serving as a precursor to the temporary installation of the club itself.
Hollywood Tower Hotel Bench Art at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Art that looks like a stylized advertisement for The Hollywood Tower Hotel appears on a bench as you walk down Sunset Boulevard toward The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction. This particular art appears on a bench in the restroom area next to the Sunset Club Couture building.
The art features a grand illustration of The Hollywood Tower Hotel in the center. Wealthy guests and a bellhop look on from a distance at the Southern California-inspired structure and its palm tree-lined entryway. “‘It’s A Good Life’ at the Hollywood Tower Hotel” is written across the top of the art; “It’s A Good Life” is the title of the eighth episode of the third season of “The Twilight Zone,” the episode that features the Rod Sterling narration used in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror queue video (though in an altered form).
The Hollywood Tower Hotel icon is printed in the bottom corner of the art.
The other new piece of art can be found on a bench in front of the Sunset Ranch Pins and Souvenirs shop. It celebrates the Tip-Top Club, a lounge area that was on the 13th floor of The Hollywood Tower Hotel, according to the attraction’s lore. References to the fictional club can be seen throughout the queue.
The art again looks like an advertisement, with its black, white, and gold color scheme exuding an aura of elegance. A well-dressed couple dines and more duos dance behind them as an orchestra plays on in the background. The Hollywood Tower Hotel logo appears on the side of the art, and “Disappear into the Night at the Tip-Top Club” is written across the top. ‘Disappear into the night,’ of course, is exactly what five people did at The Hollywood Tower Hotel on Halloween night in 1939, as described before riding the attraction.
The Tip-Top Club will soon make a physical debut, of sorts, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A Tip-Top Club-inspired soiree will be coming to the foot of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction for Disney Jollywood Nights, a new holiday celebration offered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on select nights from November 11 through December 20, 2023. The soiree will “replicate the feeling” of the fictional lounge and serve custom food and craft cocktails.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror first opened its doors and elevator shafts to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios) in 1994. Presented as an episode of the anthology horror television series “The Twilight Zone,” guests traverse through the immensely-themed Hollywood Tower Hotel before getting stuck in its elevator, the ride itself consisting of a series of stomach-flipping drop sequences that became randomized in 2003.
The attraction proved to be popular with guests, prompting similar attractions to open around Disney’s global parks. An altered version of the attraction opened at Disney California Adventure in 2004, and that model of the ride was replicated for Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2007. The Disney California Adventure version of the attraction closed in 2017 and was re-themed as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, a ride based on the popular Marvel franchise.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror also inspired the Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea, which opened in 2006. Unlike its American and European counterparts, the Tokyo DisneySea tower does not take place in Hollywood; that version of the ride instead takes place in New York City at the Hotel Hightower. The attraction centers around hotel owner and namesake Harrison Hightower III, with guests witnessing his downfall at the proverbial hands of Shiriki Utundu, an idol that the eccentric adventurer took during a trip to Africa.
What do you think of the new The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror bench art at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Will you be checking out the Tip-Top Club soiree at Disney Jollywood Nights? Let us know in the comments.