The attraction, the tallest at the site, follows the pattern of the similar and popular rides at Disney parks in the US and Japan. Guests enter the once-grand lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, boarding one of the service elevators, which ascend through floors filled with ghostly images of lost guests, before being plunged in a 13-storey drop into a pitch black shaft.

"Tower of Terror affects every one of the senses, leaving you feeling as if you have really been in your own episode of the Twilight Zone," said Theron Skees, show producer for Walt Disney Imagineering.

"We wanted the guest to feel completely out of control – not knowing what to expect next, and give the die-hard fans a lot more to talk about."

The park’s operator, Euro Disney, has agreed a preliminary agreement with its main lenders as it seeks to implement a refinancing strategy. With almost £1.5bn of debt, the company is currently in negotiations with major banks as well as Disney to approve a new finance package before July 31.

Despite its debt, the park is still the most visited in Europe, attracting over 12 million visitors during the 2007 season.