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IT'S shockingly sudden. One minute you're riding the lift up to your hotel room, the next, you're plunging 13 floors to what must be a messy end.

Forget Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy - Disneyland Paris just grew up.

The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror cements the park's white knuckle reputation. At a reported cost of pounds 55m, the ride - only the fourth of its kind in the world - is a killer.

A sensational son-et-lumiere show announced the big attraction - at 183ft tall it can be seen for miles in all its faded Pueblo Deco glory - complete with explosions and fireworks. Zombie-like actors stumbled from the rolling mist to lead guests one by one into the hotel.

The first stop is the library, where a television is playing an episode of Rod Serling's classic Twilight Zone, only to find they're the stars of the show. It's October 31, 1939, and lightning is about to strike.

You're led through a boiler room to the doors of the service elevator.

On one floor there are ghosts; on another a mirror in which you watch yourself disappear. Then the lift falters, and drops momentarily, before straining creakily to the 13th floor. It's then that the cables snap and the lift plunges down the shaft.

What will be your fate?

Legend has it the original guests were transported into the Twilight Zone, and remain trapped there haunting the hotel. As the bellhop at the elevator door says: "Drop in any time. If you dare."

During the Disneyland Paris 15th Anniversary Celebration, until March 2009, children under the age of seven get free hotel accommodation and park passes when staying with at least one paying adult per room. April prices start from pounds 156 per adult and pounds 79 per child (aged seven and over) for a two-night, three-day stay at Disney's Santa Fe hotel.

Further details from tel: 0844 800 8222 or www.disneyland paris.com. A through rail fare with Virgin Trains to Euston and Eurostar direct from St Pancras to the park gates, starts from pounds 77 standard return. Visit www.eurostar.com
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2008
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