Space Mountain Question

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by bornwiththeears, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. bornwiththeears

    bornwiththeears Disney Addict

    Feb 11, 2003
    Happily I see that Space Mountain will be open in time for our December trip. Does anyone know if there have been any "enhancements" made to the ride.....or was it just regular maintenance?
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  3. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

    Nov 18, 2001
    (The Link is now dead, but the below was copied from it, verbatim.)

    14th March 2009, 01:26
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    Space Mountain Refurbishment Info

    Hello all,

    I just thought it might be nice to give you some information on the Space Mountain refurbishment. We're getting closer and closer, and while I know you're going to miss a third of our triple mountain trio, I know you'll be pleased when it reopens in time for the holiday season. So, here's some of the information that I am able to provide at this time:

    - New lift mechanism installation
    - Audio track being added to the ride experience
    - Additional sound effect speakers being installed, along with upgraded audio quality
    - Light levels are being adjusted to provide a darker experience as the ride was originally intended to have
    - Banked hairpin turns installed
    - Sloped quick-drops installed
    - Significant track and structure upgrades
    - Queue line is being modified for a more efficient queue
    - Queue audio is receiving a significant upgrade
    - Queue effects are receiving a significant upgrade
    - Queue entry room rethemed
    - New safety spiel videos added
    - New (and expensive) star field projector added
    - Upgraded and new projection effects
    - Upgraded E-Brake system
    - On-ride Special Effects overhaul (lighting and audio), including possibility of new CO2 effect
    - Mannequin and set refurbishment
    - Upgraded ride surveillance and control booth computer system installation (specifically reducing infrared-induced issues).
    - Recarpeting
    - Post-show refurbishment
    - Tomorrowland Arcade refurbishment (modified layout)

    Sorry I can't be more specific at this time, and I'm sure many of you have already heard most of these upgrades. I think the refurbishment will make many people happy by keeping the original Space Mountain "flavor" but plussing it so that it feels very modern and futuristic. Many of the things wihch I refer to as a "refurbishment" mean that all I know is it is receiving a "refurbishment," and while that is quite generic, it's all the information I have to give. Please note that as the refurbishment takes place, PR will begin to release information as per their PR schedule. Marketing will also be taking advantage of the "New Space Mountain."

    If you have any further questions, feel free to ask although I probably won't have another chance to respond until Monday.


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  4. PoohsFan1

    PoohsFan1 DIS Veteran

    Feb 19, 2007
    Thanks Robo...sounds like there are going to be some pretty awesome stuff on the new SM....Can't wait for December to come :goodvibes
  5. ElementCamper

    ElementCamper DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2009
    Hi Robo,

    I get an error trying to use your posted link:

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  6. A Mickeyfan

    A Mickeyfan DIS Veteran

    May 31, 2000
    Great info...thanks so much ... I am looking forward to its opening...
  7. bornwiththeears

    bornwiththeears Disney Addict

    Feb 11, 2003
    Robo - thanks so much for taking the time to answer. Just another reason to look forward to our 23rd trip.
  8. wdwislife

    wdwislife DIS Veteran

    Apr 13, 2009
    thanks Robo!
    wow, can't wait to try SM in February! I was a bit worried that the ride would lose some of its old-fashioned disney magic with this refurb, but it honestly just sounds cool!
  9. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

    Nov 18, 2001
    Looks like the link is now dead, but the info in my Post #2 was copied from it, verbatim.

    I have more quotes, too.


    Disney's Space Mountain will close for a makeover
    Jason Garcia | Sentinel Staff Writer
    January 8, 2009

    One of Walt Disney World's iconic attractions is getting a makeover.

Disney said Wednesday that it will shut down Space Mountain this spring for what the company described as a months-long "refreshment" of the 34-year-old Magic Kingdom roller coaster.

The ride will close April 19, just after the Easter holiday. It is expected to reopen late in the year, Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said, though a specific reopening date has not been set.

The timetable means Space Mountain will be closed throughout the busy summer-travel season.

    The construction work will include installing new track inside the enclosed coaster, which carries guests in the dark through a series of sudden drops and sharp turns. The layout of the track will remain the same, however.

Other upgrades will include a new enclosure for the ride's queuing area and a new ceiling inside its signature white dome, Finger said.

Finger said the renovations are the first substantial work on the ride sinceSeptember 1999. The project follows a series of other makeovers Disney has made in recent years to some of its oldest attractions, including the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean in the Magic Kingdom and Spaceship Earth in Epcot.

Disney fans have been swapping rumors for more than a year that the company was planning a sweeping overhaul of Space Mountain. In 2005, the Walt Disney Co. completed an extensive, two-year makeover of the Space Mountain at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

But the changes to Orlando's version of the ride -- it's the original Space Mountain, having opened Jan. 15, 1975 -- are likely to be more modest.

"We're retaining many of the classic elements that made Space Mountain a rite of passage at the Magic Kingdom that's been enjoyed by generations," Finger said.

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    The queue will be the same, but updated with new projections and interactive games (think Soarin' but cooler).

    The entire track will be replaced with new higher guaged steel, but the layout WILL NOT change - this includes new brakes and conveyors of course, and new main lift chain.

    Digital projections will be placed in the ride area (there are already a few currently in place) with some new effects.

    The load area will be enclosed so you cannot see the ride area, but there will be star effects on the new load ceiling.

    New rocket trains with audio soundtrack will make an appearance (they will still be single seaters like the current ones).

    Quick reset conveyors to help make downtimes less time consuming.

    Slight re-themeing of the unload area to make you feel like you truly just pulled into a space port.
    The post show area is still up for debate - it may change or stay the news yet.
  10. cbg1027

    cbg1027 Florida Girl

    Aug 21, 2009
    I last rode Space Mtn in late March, and will be back in the MK on Dec 15! Perfect timing for a comparison...I cannot sounds like it's going to be even better than before!!!!!
  11. joshsmom

    joshsmom <font color=009933>I baked a cake, put on respecta

    Nov 19, 2003
    Wow!! THanks for that rundown!! I can't wait to see (and feel) the new stuff!! I'm sure the track will be much smoother and it will be awesome!!!
  12. DonnaDuck

    DonnaDuck DIS Veteran

    Mar 16, 2002
    Can't wait!! :cool1:
  13. WEDWDW

    WEDWDW DIS Veteran

    Mar 27, 2004
    I am SO glad they are making Space Mountain "super dark" once again!:)It makes the ride SO much better!:)
  14. LMO429

    LMO429 DIS Veteran

    Mar 20, 2007
    wow the new space mountain sounds amazing! I cant wait to ride it

    is the projected opening date towards the end of novermber
  15. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

    Nov 18, 2001
    Set to open Nov. 22.
  16. pipermae

    pipermae Mouseketeer

    Mar 29, 2008
    I missed it this year, so now I have to talk myself into riding it next year. I'm a big chicken. :lmao:
  17. JasonsPrincess

    JasonsPrincess Mouseketeer

    Aug 3, 2008
  18. Chelley00

    Chelley00 DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2005
    And chant with me "Open on time, Open on time"

    DD really wants to ride it before we leave for home on the 22nd. I'm not holding my breath, though.
  19. disneymomof2boyz

    disneymomof2boyz DIS Veteran

    Apr 13, 2007
    Will it still be a one-seater? My kids will be tall enough, but I would only let them at their age if it turned into a side-by-side seating arrangement.

    GOLFDISNEY72 Mouseketeer

    May 10, 2008
    any news on previews for AP holder's? We are going down nov 1-8.
  21. rlovew

    rlovew Moderator Moderator

    Mar 12, 2006
    Unless they were replacing the whole track I would guess it will still be one seat.

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