I know that SM is an awesome ride already...but that doesn't mean it can be better! I present to you my ideal Space Mountain; take it for what you will.
The entrance will be completely moved to the opposite side of the Magic Eye Theater. Starcade will be demolished, but the floorplan will remain the same. Guests will enter through what used to be the Starcade entrance. The first floor will be switchbacks, in a room that looks like a spaceport (neon lights, posters...etc). The line then moves up the escalators (already present) to the second story. Here, the real experience begins.
The guests are shuttled through a series of three preshows, with each preshow room taking the exact number of people able to fit on one train (24 people).
Preshow 1: A stewardess welcomes you to the Intergalactic Spaceport. She notes that you have chosen to travel on a certain line that takes you through a "war zone" among two planets. She urges the guests to take precautionary measures.
Preshow 2: The guests are funneled into a second room which shows advertisements for space flights. Suddenly, the lights go off and the room rumbles and shakes. Surround sound audio suddenly crackles to life. The stewardess comes online and yells that the spaceport and its inhabitants have been taken hostage by one of the belligerents. She then tells the guests that they are the spaceport's only hope of notifying the Intergalactic Federation to their plight. She notes that a cargo liner has not yet been commandeered by the belligerents.
Preshow 3: The guests board an elevator which will take them down to the loading bay. The elevator rumbles down the shaft. The audio crackles to life again. This time, it is one of the belligerents. He warns that any attempt to escape will be suicidal.
Suddenly, the shaft opens up into a vast hangar. The elevator shudders to a stop. The cargo liner cruises up to the loading dock. The 24 guests take their places.
The train slowly moves forward. It takes a corner into an airlock. The doors behind the train shudder to a close. There is another pair of doors ahead of the train. It is also closed. Suddenly, shafts of light revolve on the walls. The guests feel air rushing into the vault as pressure equalizes. A mechanized voice proclaims that a space launch is imminent. It counts down. 5...4...3...2...1...
The second set of doors burst open and the train launches to 50 miles per hour. Guests are immediately launched into a starfield with comets, planets, asteroids, and galaxies all visible in the distance. The train rockets towards the destination: the home planet of the Intergalactic Federation!
Suddenly, the train shudders to a stop. Ahead are two cruisers that are bearing down on you. The cargo liner (the train) then launches backwards, with lasers flying left and right, above and below the cargo liner. All seems lost, when...
Rescue! An interceptor belonging to the Galactic Federation has spotted your plight. It fires back on the attackers, disintegrating them. It then tells you to follow them back to the home planet. Your train launches forward, following the friendly interceptor. You maneuver back into sublight speeds as gamma rays spin around you, an effect of the sudden speed slowdown.
You disembark at the Union Spaceport and take a speedramp back up to the surface.
What do you think?