Space Mountain is going to be refurbished at the end of the year. But the return of "De la Terre à la Lune" is also rumored. The ride is going to be rethemed and the trains are likely to be replaced by brand new ones.
I suppose its good news, although lost on me as I won't be riding.
It does strike me as odd that while its good that Indy and Space are getting refurbed, they seem to be changing things when it was not in desperate need.
I don't recall any fan calling for the Temple du Peril to be reconstructed in stone. And I think many could put up with Mission II if it meant instead that the funding went towards another new attraction in the resort.
"We're not trying to entertain the critics ... I'll take my chances with the public." - Walt Disney
Fantastic news. I loved the original space mountain. When I saw mission 2 last year I wasn't impressed and the ride was so jerky it made me sick. Anything that returns SM back to its former glory is fine by me
Just imagine what else needs to be fixed if something that looked as fine as it did like Indy is getting such a big renovation. I just wish they could have changed Indy a bit. It could need an indoor portion.
Speaking as a former Temple of Peril Cast Member, I can assure you that, while it looked fine at first glance, I spotted some serious problems with the temple structure when I visited in December. The outer concrete layer has always been prone to flaking and cracking, requiring a lot of maintenance to keep it looking good. During my visit, I spotted a lot of sections where this layer had broken away, exposing the wire mesh and foam innards beneath. A lot of the upper sections of the Temple were also covered in (fairly discreet) safety netting, to stop bits of the Temple dropping onto the ride track. (Luckily, Temple of Peril is one of the few places in the park where such netting doesn’t break the theme). It’s worth remembering that this was built as a temporary structure, 20 years ago – it’s stood up remarkably well under the circumstances but DLP had to do something radical to prevent any further deterioration. Rebuilding in stone means they will save a lot of time, effort and money in the long run. Most guests will never know the difference of course, but I really welcome the change. (Although I agree with Timmy that it’s a shame they didn’t add a few extra show elements at the same time).
As for Space Mountain, a very well placed friend of mine has confirmed that DLP plan to return the ride to its De la Terra à la Lune storyline (with more modern show technology, of course), but that the project has yet to be assigned a budget. This means that, while there is a definite will to see this happen, it’s not yet been green-lit. However, we can expect to see some Space Mountain: De la Terra à la Lune themed merchandise hitting the resort in the next year or so!