Space Mountain/DL closes months early

Monday, April 14, 2003 8:41 AM
The closure was not planned until after summer, but is now down for a total rebuild. It appears to be an unplanned closure, as fastpass tickets were handed out the day it was closed. Consipiracy theories abound.

http://www.mouseplanet.com/parkupdates/dlr/dlr030414.htm

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Monday, April 14, 2003 10:17 AM
With that ride being closed their will be little reason to go into tomorroland and i would guess that the other more thrilling rides wil have longer waits as a reslut, im glad i went in Dec, and not now!!!
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Monday, April 14, 2003 10:57 AM

Bob O said:
..."wil have longer waits as a reslut..."

Freudian slip there Bob?

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Monday, April 14, 2003 11:09 AM
I like the term they used in the article, "mother of all 101's" I would like to see what a "mother of all 101" is! :) note(in the article they describe a 101 as the park's code for a ride malfunction)

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Monday, April 14, 2003 11:11 AM
ROFL George!

FYI, from what I understand the entire ride will be removed and replaced with new supports and track *but* with the exact same layout. Not sure why they would do this, especially given the $60million budget they've been given to rebuild the ride, queue, soundtrack, and effects. Seems to me this would be a good opportunity to update the coaster with the latest technology.

Moosh

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Monday, April 14, 2003 11:45 AM
Isn't everything a conspiracy on MousePlanet?

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Monday, April 14, 2003 12:04 PM
Is MousePlanet Al Lutz site? I've never visited the site but I hear what he has to say about Disneyland is pretty wacked.

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Monday, April 14, 2003 12:08 PM
60 mill? Wow, it better be good.
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Monday, April 14, 2003 12:16 PM
I totally agree with you Bob O. Since they "Say" they will keep it closed until 2005, there really is no reason to go to that area of the park (other than innoventons) To keep it closed that long would mean they would start to loose out becuase that is one of the main attractions...

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Monday, April 14, 2003 12:35 PM
There must have been a big reason for closing it as others have stated. Anyone who thinks of Disneyland will instantly think about the mountains right off the bat (Thunder, Splash, Matterhorn, and Space) and to have one closed for two years seems extreme. However how bad of a problem can they have with the ride- It's basically a wild mouse. Maybe a rocket flew off the track!!$^11 ;)
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Monday, April 14, 2003 12:52 PM
Frank & Bob - the only people I can see steering clear of Tomorrowland are enthusiasts. The other attractions [Honey, Autopia, Monorail, Orbiter and Star Tours] continue to be huge draws for the average guest.

Moosh

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Monday, April 14, 2003 1:08 PM
Self, with SoCal trip on 4/30 - 5/5

"Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!"

First the silly Ducks are makin' my boys look bad, and now this. It IS a Disney conspiracy!

*beats head against desk in frustration*

Later,
EV
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We are the Detroit Red Wings. You will be defeated. Resistance is futile.

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Monday, April 14, 2003 1:11 PM

Mamoosh said:
Is MousePlanet Al Lutz site?

Nope, he left Mouseplanet and founded Miceage.com

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Monday, April 14, 2003 1:50 PM
Yeah, you think the mouseplanet guys are paranoid, wait 'till you read miceage!

Moosh: Agreed. If it is going to take two years, might as well build something with a bit more zip. Then again, theming ain't cheap, apparently. ;)

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*** This post was edited by Brian Noble 4/14/2003 5:54:40 PM ***

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Monday, April 14, 2003 2:32 PM

ClarkChavez said:
However how bad of a problem can they have with the ride- It's basically a wild mouse. Maybe a rocket flew off the track!!$^11 ;)
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Monday, April 14, 2003 2:48 PM
i think this is a really big problem for Disney, as Space Mountain i think is thee most popular ride on site (maybe with the exception of Splash), and can anyone back up the confirmation of the ride layout being the same?

Last time i went to Disneyland (Anaheim) i loved Space Mountain, it's thee most thrilling dark ride i'v ever been on (now don't put me down...) and i thought it's slight roughness was great in emphasizing the speed (although it really doesn't go very fast) and the head choppers. I hope they restore space mountain quickly, and i feel sorry for u EV (hahahaha)

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Monday, April 14, 2003 4:07 PM
Actually, Space Mountain has been a lot better recently, it seemed a heck of a lot faster than it did before and it was pretty smooth. I was planning to ride it for the last time this summer but that won't happen anymore. By the way, the Starcade next to Space Mountain was closed and gutted. Rumors say that that area may be used as well.
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Monday, April 14, 2003 4:13 PM
Glad I got my first rides in a few weeks ago!
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Monday, April 14, 2003 6:33 PM
Yes,George is was a mistake due to bad typing skills!!!

Mamoosh, when i visited the park this past Dec. tomorrowland wasnt busy at all and honey i shrnk the kids/star tours had no waits at all and even indy car ride had a very small wait. The only ride in that area with a wait was SM and this part of the park was much slower than any part of the park i visited. Since all the rides /attractions in tomorrowland are dated i can see new visitors going there but i cant see locals spending alot of time there.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2003 8:46 AM
"mother of all 101s" sounds pretty dramatic doesn't it?

Anyway, when I took my first spin on DL's Space Mtn. last month I was appauled by the condition the building and ride are in. I'm very happy to hear the thing is down for its rehab. It needs it badly.

That's not to say it's a good ride. It's a great ride, it's just in deplorable shape... and the WDW ride isn't much better off from what I've seen either.

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