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  • #21
    There's something to be said about the sparseness of the Original that allows you to fill in the gaps with your own imagination. It's nice to not have an explicit story given to you all the time and allow yourself more of a sensory experience. The Original is more about the experience of being in outer space, rather than being part of a specific story.

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    • #22
      Originally posted by Professortango View Post

      The original seemed polished and complete. While Hyperspace Mountain does have some flair, the screens feel tacked on and cheap. Space Mountain is like a classic film. It's classy, stylish, and works really well, even if it isn't as zippy as modern films are. Hyperspace Mountain is like a campy 80's B-movie. A blast with friends and full of color and gags, but not something that feels "good" or that you want to see constantly.
      Like with everything here... "to each their own"

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      • #23
        Originally posted by RPaul View Post

        Would you prefer to watch the $1 million budgeted independent film with a fascinating storyline and interesting characters or the $100 million budgeted summer blockbuster where you don't know what's going on?

        The original Space Mountain is a fantastic example of less is more. Yes, you're in the dark, but that's entirely the thrill. You don't know what's coming up next or where you're going. Everything is a surprise. And then there's the soundtrack which is wonderful. And, while I know it didn't go away with Hyperspace Mountain, the queue's detailing and theming is some of the best in the park, honestly.
        Excellent post. The darkness is the best part of the regular version. In Hyperspace, we are moving to fast for me to even know what I am looking at and there really is no story in my opinion.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by YeaDZNY View Post

          Like with everything here... "to each their own"
          I would love an attraction like Hyperspace Mountain, but I'd want it designed to actually be that so the projections are better integrated and don't have odd stretch and squash moments and it to incorporate some set pieces as well. It's a cool new concept, but unfortunately Hyperspace is limited by the fact its a layover shoved in. People can feel the difference, which is why so many are wary over the new Mission Breakout attraction. Layovers are fun, but we don't want something that feels like a layover to be a permanent fixed product.
          Women, they make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by Donald1980 View Post

            In Hyperspace, we are moving to fast for me to even know what I am looking at and there really is no story in my opinion.
            The story is that you're defending Jakku against Imperial forces. You're a rebel pilot in the middle of the dogfight. It's fast moving because that's what combat piloting is. It's not like Pirates where you're a third party bystander watching the show unfold before you. In Hyperspace Mountain you're a character in the story.
            Last edited by Co Foo; 04-20-2017, 10:50 AM.

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            • #26
              I still have not rode it so I will have to give it a go when I go in May

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              • #27
                Originally posted by Co Foo View Post

                The story is that you're defending Jakku against Imperial forces.
                Wait, then why is Blue Squadron there? They all died in Rogue One.

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by RPaul View Post

                  This is what I'm expecting, but honestly, as long as I can ride classic Space Mountain, the Disneyland Railroad, and the Mark Twain all in one day this year, I'll be happy.
                  You guys! Something will make RPaul happy!

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by Woodsman View Post

                    You guys! Something will make RPaul happy!

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                    • #30
                      This news just makes my freaking day/week/months/whatever! FINALLY! Thanks for posting!!

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                      • #31
                        Just to be technical, when people say "original" Space Mountain, there is no soundtrack.

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                        • #32
                          As much as I love Star Wars, the overlay seemed to be in bad shape last time I rode it a month ago. I believe some projections just stopped working entirely.

                          Happy the classic will be back, but with that said when The Last Jedi opens, wouldn't they bring back the overlay?

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by RPaul View Post

                            Wait, then why is Blue Squadron there? They all died in Rogue One.
                            Hasn't it been, like, 30 years between those movies? I'm sure that they can recycle those colors again.

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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by tands4 View Post
                              Darn I was hoping to ride it at least once, we're going to be there on 31st, nothing on the calendar indicates space mountain is going to be closed so hopefully I can get a ride in. Can they change the overlay that fast overnight?
                              I just posted this over in the refurbishment schedule thread but it looks like Space will be down for two day prior. So Hyperspace last day is the 29th and Space reopens the 1st of June.

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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by Co Foo View Post

                                The story is that you're defending Jakku against Imperial forces. You're a rebel pilot in the middle of the dogfight. It's fast moving because that's what combat piloting is. It's not like Pirates where you're a third party bystander watching the show unfold before you. In Hyperspace Mountain you're a character in the story.
                                "Admiral Gial Ackbar sends out a brief holo-transmission to a group of reconnaissance pilots to investigate an Imperial Star Destroyer in orbit around Jakku. He also announces the Blue 77 Squadron will provide support for the mission.

                                After boarding the reconnaissance vehicle (played by Space Mountain's sled-like rocket vehicles), the recon team and Blue Squadron make a jump through hyperspace. Upon arrival at Jakku, a group of TIES ambushes the team almost immediately. The recon vehicle ducks and weaves its way through the dogfight and assorted laser-fire from either side. With the TIE squadron destroyed, Blue Squadron is able to make a critical destructive hit on the Star Destroyer's bridge area and make a quick jump through hyperspace back to the base."

                                http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hyperspace_Mountain
                                "Have I gone mad?"
                                "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are. "

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                                • #36

                                  Happy the classic "SPACE MOUNTAIN" will be back!

                                  Would like to see,Disney to clean , the out side of mountain,
                                  from TACKY Dirty Grey , to Bright WHITE again !
                                  Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by YeaDZNY View Post
                                    I still dont understand why people want the original back? If your comparing both aspects of this ride (even if your not a Star Wars fan) the Hyperspace overlay is way more entertaining and puts in the midst of an actual space battle. Now as we all know the original verison of the ride has been gone for some time now, but I dont understand how riding around in the dark with just stars and a big orange moon or sun is a better experience?
                                    I'm with you. I like the original space mountain, but the overlay is better in that is has a story that you follow along with while you ride. I don't see why so many people think it's classic just to ride around in the dark. To each his/her own I guess, but I thought people generally want more story and theming - not less. Seems to me like there is a touch of "Disney Museum" sentiment in people's reactions to hyperspace.

                                    As Professor Tango points out, hyperspace would be even better if it were designed to integrate projections and theming into the entire ride (including the queue area - it bugs me that it's not star wars themed during the overlay). So here's how I see it:

                                    1. Orignal space mountain - really cool
                                    2. Hyperspace overlay - even cooler
                                    3. Brand new star wars indoor coaster with built in projections and theming - would be amazing

                                    I'm not holding my breath for option 3, so I'm sad to see option 2 go away.




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                                    • #38
                                      I'm happy the OG is coming back, but I would love to see Hyperspace come back around the Holidays. I absolutely LOVED Hyperspace Mountain when it opened - still do. But I prefer a bit of variety. It'd be nice if it was the OG from Jan-Sept, then Ghost Galaxy (which I think is pretty meh) during Halloween and wrap up the year with Hyperspace. Might be a good win-win for everyone.

                                      With that said, the projections in both Ghost Galaxy and Hyperspace have always been rather sub-par in my book. I think what gets me jazzed is the "jump to light speed" along with the Star Wars music pumping through the system. For years, I told my wife that this would make for a perfect Star Wars overlay with the initial tunnel being a light speed jump into the ride. When it actually happened, pretty verbatim to what I envisioned, I was on cloud nine - couldn't be happier. BUT, I understand that Star Wars isn't for everyone so maybe switching everything up between the OG and two overlays is a great compromise.

                                      Can't wait to go check out the original again - it's been too long :-)

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                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by BW1 View Post

                                        I'm with you. I like the original space mountain, but the overlay is better in that is has a story that you follow along with while you ride. I don't see why so many people think it's classic just to ride around in the dark. To each his/her own I guess, but I thought people generally want more story and theming - not less. Seems to me like there is a touch of "Disney Museum" sentiment in people's reactions to hyperspace.

                                        As Professor Tango points out, hyperspace would be even better if it were designed to integrate projections and theming into the entire ride (including the queue area - it bugs me that it's not star wars themed during the overlay). So here's how I see it:

                                        1. Orignal space mountain - really cool
                                        2. Hyperspace overlay - even cooler
                                        3. Brand new star wars indoor coaster with built in projections and theming - would be amazing

                                        I'm not holding my breath for option 3, so I'm sad to see option 2 go away.



                                        Hyperspace Mountain very cool

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                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by monster heck View Post
                                          Just to be technical, when people say "original" Space Mountain, there is no soundtrack.
                                          Beat me too it.

                                          And OG Space had projections and "light pollution". The added light came from said projections that lit up sections of track well into the course as faint light reflects from the ceiling (a flash on the track and/or silhouette of track), the lighted sphere before lift 3, and very old school disco-ball tech that were never hidden as well as the refractive/reflection technology of Space '05. There was also the glow strips that were quite a distraction or thrill depending on your personal tastes.

                                          Space '05 is superior to Space '77 imo. And as much as I adored HSM, I sorely miss the Michael Giaccino (sp?) soundtrack.
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                                          Mission: Breakout
                                          ...is abbreviated like this
                                          GOTG M:B
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