One of the best examples of Disney architecture being used to tell a story has to be The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
The ride is set at The Hollywood Tower Hotel which opened in 1928 and is known for it’s rich and famous guests. But on October 31, 1939 tragedy strikes in the form of lightning hitting one of the elevators.
a billboard highlighting the Hollywood Tower Hotel
The elevator and a portion of the hotel mysteriously disappear with 5 people inside: a couple that look to a singer, her boyfriend, a child, her nanny, and a hotel bellhop. The hotel immediately closed until …. well until 1994.
You are now invited to board the only elevator (service elevator located in the basement boiler room) to discover the secret of the Hollywood Tower Hotel.