Let me preface this by saying: I adore Space Mountain. Well, I do now; I was ungodly terrified of the thing eleven years ago. But I've grown up and developed a taste for such rides, much like I did for cayenne pepper.
The queue, however...falls flat. Now, a good queue can truly transport you. The front lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel gives me the heebs. The ruined temple housing Indy has me wondering where my backpack of rations and spare rope are. Space Mountain, conversely, doesn't quite deliver in this area. Rather than feeling I am in an actual spaceport, I feel I am in a cramped aluminum hallway with signs telling me I am in a "Space Port" in a vintage 1980s NASA font. Which has led me to quote on more than one occasion from the 1980s celluloid classic Space Mutiny (known only from its spoofing on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and starring Cameron Mitchell as Captain Santa): "Wall-mounted keyboards...it must be THE FUTURE!"
And that's the better part of the queue. The outside portion is no more impressive than it was when I was a kid. It still has the "future as imagined in the go-go '80s" vibe to it, and when you're non-Fastpassing it, you often end up staring at absolutely nothing for over an hour.
So during one of these lengthy waits back in November, my friend Sheep and I indulged in a little fantasy queue retheming to pass the time. I mentioned how cool it would be if they themed it to the show Cowboy Bebop and had the queue wind through the Bebop’s living quarters. You could watch “Big Shot” and I.S.S.P. briefings on their big-screen TV while you waited, and you could take a peek into Jet's bonsai room, and you’d be able to hear Spike and Faye arguing offscene about who botched the last bounty instead of a bunch of random Mission Control guys. And of course they’d pipe Yoko Kanno’s “Bad Dog No Biscuit” into your little rocket car during the ride. But then Sheep, voice of reason, pointed out that if Disney ever got their hands on Bebop, the existence of God would be disproven.
So really, I have no feasible idea for a new queue. I know other people have talked about it; usually by way of what it would have looked like had it received a "Black Hole" movie treatment. But I'm curious as to how my fellow MiceChatters would re-imagine it; or would they leave it the way it is?