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Fun Find Friday

June 13, 2014

Location: Sunset Boulevard, Disney's Hollywood Studios

As tradition has gone on Fun Find Friday, whenever we come across a Friday the 13th we focus the article around everyone's favorite spooktacular ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. After guests enter into the main lobby for the Hollywood Tower Hotel, they can find the following image on their left hand side:

Tower of Terror Mahjong

The game that is being played is Mahjong. While most Americans know Mahjong as a game on their computers where they have to match separate tiles, in reality the game can also be played similar to card games like Poker. In the late 1930s, Mahjong was played amongst more cultured Americans (similar to ones that would stay at an upscale resort like the Hollywood Tower Hotel).

To give more depth to the story dealing with the lightning strike that occurred on that fateful Halloween night in 1939, one Imagineer taught himself how to play Mahjong. He then spent a while playing the game against himself. After playing for a while he stood up from the table and abandoned the game forever, much like the guests staying at the Hollywood Tower Hotel would have after the lightning strike.

Just goes to show that no detail is overlooked at Disney!


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