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  • [Review] Space Mountain

    DON'T read if you don't want to know.

    So after work last night, I swung by the MK to take in a few rides on Space Mountain. I liked the nod to the orginal concept they now have, once inside the attractions there are lots of referances to "Space Port Seventy Five". Space Port being Walts orginal name, and the other being the year it opened. But that aside.... do not expect anything in the lines of the HM's last major refurb and update. This is very cosmetic and not very extensive.

    Some posted on here that the car were new. They are not. Not that I needed to but I also confirmed this with the castmembers working there. The seats are, but the shells are the same, just repainted. The first long blue light tube is slightly updated. The sound is better and not as painfully high pitched as it use to be. The back mirror is gone, and with it the illusion that you are headed for a head on crash. Its replaces with some light up cystal like wall that has the effects of shoots the lights down the tunnel. Sort of. Hard to explain but the Wiki on Space Mountains has a good discription. The upside down space cedets are back and also with the figures in the windows, they look has been updated but its minor in nature.

    The ride is EXACTLY the same, BOTH SIDE. I *THINK* its darker, but I wouldn't swear to it. Did not notice it being significantly smoother. If it is, its not a black and while difference from before. Does seem to have more star field effects.

    I was completely underwhelmed by the line. Same back light signed are almost everywhere, just the signage itself is change. For example, when you first walk in the entrance, the floor to ceiling sigh now reads Space Port Seventy Five. The bubble domes of space stars are still next, but the pictures of the nebulas have been replace with very simular pictures with very amature "space charts" laid out over them. The next part, where it sort of zig zaged for a bit before getting to the main load area is where the interactive games are. I do wonder how thats going to work. Once side of the this tunnel is new with the interactive games installed, the other side looks pretty much exactly as it previously did. Not too excited about how they don't match. Oh well.

    Enter the main line, and they modified the que so that once again they can use the interior space AND accomodate fast pass. Can't look up into the attraction anymore but you can look up into a slowly rotating space effect. The area looks nice sans the surface the floor which I don't think was complete yet, and the back wall which look complete but with an odd mix of some teal like color mismatched with a purpleish pinkish hue of something. Just odd.

    And of course the attraction now has load gates.

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    It's Star Port 7-5, not Space Port 75.

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    • #3
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      I can't wait to ride and give my own critique.

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      • #4
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        Is the "Packages will be sent on a beam of light" thing still in the exit??? That always made me laugh for some stupid reason.
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        • #5
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          I rode Space Mountain last night too. I really enjoyed it.

          And something new they added, is now they do a ride photo.
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          • #6
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            Originally posted by joanna71985 View Post
            I rode Space Mountain last night too. I really enjoyed it.

            And something new they added, is now they do a ride photo.
            Woo-Hoo 7 month wait for the chance to buy an overpriced ride photo!
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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Coastierox View Post
              Is the "Packages will be sent on a beam of light" thing still in the exit??? That always made me laugh for some stupid reason.
              No. They changed the post show. It now showcases inter-galactic travel.

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by aimster View Post
                No. They changed the post show. It now showcases inter-galactic travel.
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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
                  I can't wait to ride and give my own critique.
                  I Already know what that's gona be like. " there were some apsects I like but it was a major disapointment! After the refub at Tokyo Disneyland there Space was better! Speaking of Tokyo its way better then Magic Kingdom! Magic kingdom stinks..."

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                  • #10
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                    I can't wait for your review TDLFAN I bet it will be extremely unpredictable and not pessimistic at all.
                    Motor Mania!:yea:

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                    • #11
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                      Wow... Just because someone has something they can compare the MK to.
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                      • #12
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                        Will I still need a visit to my chiropractor after riding this?

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                        • #13
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                          I'm just glad they didn't get the boring Disneyland version!!!

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                          • #14
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                            People, please use spell check. Yikes!

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                            • #15
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                              Yeah I definitely prefer the MK's version, even before the refurb. It just feels more like a coaster. Disneyland's version is snazzy and all, but why did they tame the beast so much? I used to scream on that ride. Now, the first half is fun, but the second half is too mild. I do like it, but it just doesn't offer the same thrills as it did before. For those flying-through-space thrills, I'm looking forward to riding the MK SM on my next trip.

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                              • #16
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                                I didn't see anyone saying that the rockets are new. From what I've heard is that the cars got complete refurbishments including a new paint job (Boring that is) new seats and I think new Chassis. Sometimes it takes time to upgrade some things that we can't see. Some parts of this attraction must've taken a while to do, which means a 7 month refurb. I'm actually surprised to see that many were expecting new track and effects like DL's, but Disneyland's took a little more than two years to re-do... It's kind of hard to pull the same thing off in just 7. The ride may be darker since they did enclose the loading area.

                                I think MK's and Disneyland's Space Mountains are very unique and should stay that way.. I've rode WDW's Space 15 times in a row once and then I went to DL the next year. When I rode Disneyland's I thought the ride was too smooth. I guess I do like it when WDW's Space beats you to a pulp.
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                                • #17
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                                  I'm actually surprised to see that many were expecting new track and effects like DL's, but Disneyland's took a little more than two years to re-do... It's kind of hard to pull the same thing off in just 7. The ride may be darker since they did enclose the loading area.
                                  Disneyland's didn't really take 2 years to do. They had to close it before they were ready to begin the refurb since the track was failing. It sat untouched for several months.

                                  None of us really expected the 7 month refurb to have new track. However, when the ride first was budgeted for refurb it was supposed to be closer to 14 months, was going to include all new track, onboard audio, new effects, plus the things we got. As you can see most of that got slashed out of the budget so they could have the ride back open before Christmas. That whole efficiency before show thing again.

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                                  • #18
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                                    Originally posted by kcnole View Post
                                    As you can see most of that got slashed out of the budget so they could have the ride back open before Christmas. That whole efficiency before show thing again.

                                    But you have to think about all the guests as a whole. WDW guests expectations are completely different than that of a Disneyland guest. The WDW guest is usually a first timer or has saved up for months to take their family to WDW for a vacation. For an attraction that is expected to be open all the time to have a 14 month referb the guests that come to the park would be outraged to have a staple attraction closed that long. Granted that Disney does post these things online but not many first timers take the time to plan out their vacation based on certain rides being open or not. I would have loved to have seen a great deal more done to space but Ive been there countless times. For a first timer (and I hate hearing this excuse from others) they won't know there was a change at all and so a smaller referb would cost less and take less time to open. From a business point of view it makes sense but from a Disney fan point of view it's a bit disheartening. I'm glad that space had anything done at all. For them to close space was a major act alone. Plus with Fantasyland on the way they need to start that asap if they expect to be open in the time frame they gave people during the D23 expo.

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                                    • #19
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                                      So it isn't smoother?
                                      Yeah still not sure I'll ride it!
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                                      • #20
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                                        Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
                                        I'm just glad they didn't get the boring Disneyland version!!!

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