I have minimal skills, and I was able to do enough research to find the basic computer hardware I wanted (halloween/escape room equipment controllers) to use to automate the whole thing, and then set about finding people that could help me do the electronics/programming part, and do the set construction (local set/prop design/construction company).
I placed a craigslist ad for someone who worked with the specific equipment I was planning to use and probably the best person I could ever find contacted me who lived in my city. He has done escape room design, construction and electronics for many yrs of his young life. The best part is that he was probably was excited as I was with the whole concept and opportunity to be a part of a unique project as he loved Rod Serling/Twilight Zone/Tower of Terror. We negotiated a price for him to do the electronics/programming/prop design for the entire project. The most fortunate part for me is that he really does have passion and a love of his work as I think the goals for the project might have grown at least 3X from relatively limited effects to its current state. He was responsible for suggesting and designing and making multiple props in the project. Bottom line I that I think he was a real bargain, and I ended voluntarily paying him >2X of the agreed cost and was happy to do so.
We are still working on the project with multiple props and effects completed and just waiting for integration. He has agreed to be "on-board," for the investigation design and integration of an autonomous robotic Tower of Terror elevator reproduction which could be programmed to automatically carry 2-4 people around in the room, rotate, open close elevator doors, have tactile transducers under the seats, have a pneumatic drop effect, etc. Honestly I probably will have multiple sleepless nights dreaming up audio/visual/tactile/ lighting effects for this mobile elevator. If we proceed with this it will undoubtedly be on the same scale as the entire project to date in terms of time, cost, labor and ambitiousness, and then the project would have a tactile/motion aspect it currently lacks compared to the actual Tower of Terror ride.