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Imagineering Inspiration - Tower of Terror

The Tower of Terror shares a lot of it's archtectual influence from many Hollywood landmark hotels. Different elements from these famous landmarks have been incorporated by Disney Imagineers into the overall design of the faux-pas hotel serving as the backdrop for the Tower of Terror storyline. The architecture of the Hollywood Tower Hotel was inspired by the revival styles that swept California in the early 20th century.

Mission Inn Riverside

This remarkable property took more than 30 years to complete and combines design elements from throughout the Southwestern United States, particularly the California mission style, as well as several Mediterranean countries.  It incorporates the work of various California architects, including Arthur Benton, Myron Hunt and G. Stanley Wilson.  
Mission Inn Walkway
Tower of Terror Walkway
The archway decorations at the Mission Inn
Twisted columns at the Mission Inn
Similiar archway decorations and spiral columns can be found at the Tower of Terror


Château Marmont

As the name suggests, this place looks like a castle in France; The Chateau Marmont is a hotel built in West Hollywood, California in 1927 and modeled after the Chateau Amboise in France's Loire Valley. This is truly the most noteworthy hotel in Hollywood history (originally it was an apartment building). In its early days virtually everyone important in the film industry stayed or partied here. In later years, all the greats of rock and roll hung out here including John Lennon and Jim Morrison. .

The Château Marmont sits atop a hill
The Tower of Terror is atop a hill
Château Marmont Lobby
Tower of Terror lobby


Biltmore Hotel

This columned, classically designed hotel has played host to the Academy Awards, kings, queens, and other Hollywood royalty since it opened in 1923. The Milennium Biltmore is distinguished by its Renaissance-style architecture and served as a great deal of inspiration for the interior of the Tower of Terror.

Biltmore Hotel Lobby
Tower of Terror Lobby
Biltmore Hotel Lobby
Tower of Terror Lobby
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