Next week is the anniversary of the opening of the Tower of Terror, so to celebrate we're dedicating a lot of content this month on Studios Central to the Tower of Terror and today we're going to look at the color of the building and it's dual purpose.
The Tower of Terror's exterior has been based on a number of famous Hollywood hotels, but the actual color of the building has a different reason for being used. It's orange/beige color is no accident and there isn't a real life hotel that mirrors this color. Rather, the color of the Tower of Terror has more to do with Epcot.
Due to the fact the Tower of Terror is 199 feet tall, it can be seen from Epcot's World Showcase (the two parks are rather close to each other). Imagineers didn't want the Tower of Terror to create an eyesore in Epcot nor ruin the look of the story being told in World Showcase.
Therefore, Imagineers painted the exterior of the Tower of Terror a somewhat Moorish color to match the buildings in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot because Tower of Terror is visible from a certain angle in World Showcase and Imagineers wanted to make it look like Tower "fit in" with the landscape of Morrocco.'