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The Tower of Terror Theater

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by orangele, Feb 26, 2020.

  1. Message #1 of 13 Feb 26, 2020
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    orangele

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    The theming of my home theater was based on my decade-long dream to recreate the Disney Tower of Terror basement elevator ride entrance from a standard sliding glass door entrance to my home theater. I originally started with the goal of recreating the look of the elevator entrance, but has progressed beyond that to recreate the look, and also expand on the effects, and even define the story behind the Tower of Terror. My initial plans were stifled by getting an astronomical estimate to recreate the Tower of Terror elevator entrance set of 50-75 K. That estimate pretty much put my dream back to sleep until five yrs later I found a professional company in the city where I live who gave me a much more reasonable estimate. Once the initial work on the elevator set was completed, I was thrilled with the result, and over recent months I have continued to add special effect after special effect to the planned automated scene. The effects added thus far include simulated rain, lightning and thunder system synchronized with video, "bursting steam pipe," vintage TV which plays the Tower of Terror intro video as seen in the library of the ride, exploding fuse box with simulated smoke and fire, motorized lighted elevator dial, motorized and lighted steam pressure gauge, simulated elevator doors via vinyl wrap, video monitor playing Tower of Terror ride sequence seen through the elevator door wrap, motorized "elevator door," unique "flipping table prop." The entire sequence of special effects is triggered by the press of the elevator button on set. The project is ongoing with the creation of a Rod Serling deepfake video to be projected inside the theater. Check it out if you are a fan of Rod Serling, the Twilight Zone, or the Tower of Terror ride. Below are links to the Tower of Terror Theater Youtube channel, and some demos of some of the special effects created for the project.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcTO0no5eLSdGT8u6C-mcJg?view_as=subscriber




     
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    This is absolutely amazing. Well done.
     
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    Amazing work but where's the Theater?
     
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  4. Message #4 of 13 Feb 26, 2020
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    orangele

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    Here is the theater inside the elevator doors. As you can see I did limit the theming to OUTSIDE of the actual theater although in the corner you can see a Twilight Zone pinball machine which did serve as some inspiration for the project.

     
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    You are perhaps my new Hero. I tiled the kitchen back splash [in Oakland Raiders Silver & Black] some years ago while my wife was out of town. She had approved both colors separately but did not like them together once she returned. Since then, we've sold that house. :)

    Beautiful theater, although I would suggest more comfortable seats. I got my current seats from Sams Club so what do I know???

    https://4seating.com/heritage-exposition-media-room-sofa?autoselect=1&color_id=select_18901&color_value=194785&configuration_id=select_18903&configuration_value=194790&gclid=CjwKCAiAy9jyBRA6EiwAeclQhJFxgKQT6o2qsazGhDl6NqncFC9rWDw2s-U5jKds9CG_UoZRX9_peRoCYZgQAvD_BwE
     
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    orangele Auditioning

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    Well I was once married, but now as a single person, I can do whatever I want, haha. NEVER getting married again.
     
  7. Message #7 of 13 Feb 26, 2020
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    John Dirk

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    Kinda suspected that. I'm happily married but my wife and I agree, we would never do it again with different people.

    Congrats on an amazing HT!
     
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    Seriously I am happy for you, and anyone that can find the right partner; I just have not been so fortunate in romance.
     
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    NOYCE! I shared this thread with the Facebook Tower of Terror present/past (I was opening year crew...) Bellhops group. :)
     
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    And I shared it with some well known Disney fans. Welcome to you new readers!
     
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    Great, thanks! Love to share with others.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Wow that is so cool you were part of the opening crew.
     

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