Walt Disney World's Space Mountain cl...

Walt Disney World's Space Mountain closing for 'refreshment' on...

There are 11 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 7, 2009, titled Walt Disney World's Space Mountain closing for 'refreshment' on.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

One of the more iconic attractions at Walt Disney World is getting a makeover. Disney said Wednesday it will shut down Space Mountain this spring for what the company described as a months-long "refreshment" of ...

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Ceramic

Naples, FL

#1 Jan 7, 2009
That would be a "Rite of Passage " as opposed to a "Right of Passage ".
The Band Plays On

Zephyrhills, FL

#2 Jan 7, 2009
I would beg to differ on the assertion it is the "original" Space Mountion.

Au Contraire, the original Space Mountain had only one set of tracks. It was closed down many years ago for an "up grade" and the single track was redesigned and divided into two seperate tracks, each shorter than the single original single track. This allowed for twice as many riders at once and really didn't seem to impact the ride experience at all.

Go Disney!
citizen

Orlando, FL

#3 Jan 7, 2009
I hope they don't screw this up like they did to Spaceship Earth, they took all the interesting things to look at while you are going down and installed those computers on each car, whose brilliant idea was that????
UpStateNyr

Troy, NY

#4 Jan 7, 2009
WOW, I was one of the 1st riders on Space Mtn. Back then each area had their own tickets, so many for Fantasy Land, Tomorrow Land etc, and this was "free" no ticket required. The ride today is nothing like the ride that day, much slower and more lit up. What a blast it was. Not sure what Band Plays on means by single track, there has always been two the Alpha and Beta. Sad day I am going there this summer and wont be able to ride it.
J Lynx

Leesburg, FL

#6 Jan 7, 2009
Great. Smooth out the track. Keep everything else the same or close to it.
DCM

Orlando, FL

#7 Jan 7, 2009
citizen wrote:
I hope they don't **** this up like they did to Spaceship Earth, they took all the interesting things to look at while you are going down and installed those computers on each car, whose brilliant idea was that????
Welcome to the 21st century, Spaceship Earth is about the history of man and the future. The decline is suppposed to be about the future and that is why they installed the new interactive system where you create your own future. Face reality, times have changed and we have computers now, this is the modern era whether you like it or not.
Jack

Covington, LA

#8 Jan 7, 2009
From my observations (I'm 50) the Disney people who actually worked with Walt Disney, the man, were far and away better than the people they have now.

I'm not sure whose idea it was to redo the Tiki Room, but while the original show was a masterpiece of art and music, the new show really sucks royally. Who ever was responsible for putting Gilbert Gottfried in the show was a complete idiot. Gilbert Gottfried is a grating jerk with the appeal of someone else's brat who is having a tantrum. Plus, the show is extremely amaturistic. Whoever was responsible for it should have been not only fired on the spot, but also sued by Disney for ruining the park. I would use stronger language to describe the Tiki Room under New Management, but this is a family news paper.(i.e. It's a piece of crap!)
Casey Rots

Zephyrhills, FL

#9 Jan 8, 2009
Jack wrote:
From my observations (I'm 50) the Disney people who actually worked with Walt Disney, the man, were far and away better than the people they have now.
I'm not sure whose idea it was to redo the Tiki Room, but while the original show was a masterpiece of art and music, the new show really **** royally. Who ever was responsible for putting Gilbert Gottfried in the show was a complete idiot. Gilbert Gottfried is a grating jerk with the appeal of someone else's brat who is having a tantrum. Plus, the show is extremely amaturistic. Whoever was responsible for it should have been not only fired on the spot, but also sued by Disney for ruining the park. I would use stronger language to describe the Tiki Room under New Management, but this is a family news paper.(i.e. It's a piece of crap!)
A lot of those things, like ruining the "Figgy" imagination ride were done during the Eisner "let's get down to business" years.

However, Disney did find a needed way to cope and manage a tremendous increase in attendance during those years. Overall, I give the Mouse a B on managing it's tremendous growth while still giving a meaningful Disney experience.
DriveBy Poster

Richardson, TX

#10 Jan 8, 2009
Jack wrote:
From my observations (I'm 50) the Disney people who actually worked with Walt Disney, the man, were far and away better than the people they have now.
I'm not sure whose idea it was to redo the Tiki Room, but while the original show was a masterpiece of art and music, the new show really **** royally....Whoever was responsible for it should have been not only fired on the spot, but also sued by Disney for ruining the park...
Even factoring out the ridiculous hyperbole, I sense some degree of "disgruntled-ness" in your post.......

Since: Sep 08

The Boondocks of North Florida

#11 Jan 14, 2009
I think it's a good idea. I rode this ride when it first opened and on and off through the years. Last time I rode it 5 years ago, it had gotten so crickety that I felt like my entire body had been banged around and my neck hurt for days. The ride needs to become a tad bit smoother, we have the technology now that we didn't have almost 25 years ago, time to put it to good use. They need to get rid of that arcade place and I will admit, I surely do miss the old Tomorrowland which imo looked more futuristic than the present one which looks like something out of the 50's. Miss If You Had Wings, but I do like the background music they've been playing a few years now, in which you can hear Miracles From Molecules. My 6 years old, who has been going for 6 years now still dubs the People Mover as his favorite ride followed closely by the Monorail. Interesting.
jables

Orlando, FL

#12 Jan 14, 2009
By "first on the Sentinel" do you mean well, well after every other Disney news source discussed this? This has been in the rumor mill for months.

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