So I was at Disneyland yesterday covering several of the special/new offerings at the resort. My boyfriend and I got fastpasses for Space Mountain.
Not long after starting our descent through the main show building, I could hear a semi-far-away announcement voice and I knew there was some sort of breakdown. This kept continuing on, but our rocket continued it's ride. I kept bracing myself for a sudden stop, but it wasn't happening. Finally we got to the photo location (I think we were at brake 14?) and we stopped. I could finally hear the announcement more clearly and we were told to remain seated and wait for a cast member to assist us.We were sitting in the dark for a short period with the disorienting lights (spooky!) until someone came on the PA and warned us that they would be turning the lights on. We saw that there was a rocket in front of us several feet away. The CMs arrived, went through their motions to unlock the rocket from it's position and then run it back into continuing back to the loading station, and then they did the same thing with our rocket.
What surprised me was the fact that they instantly loaded our rocket with the next group pf guests, even though the ride was still broken down and even though they had announced over the ride's PA to people waiting in line that it would be broken down for an unknown period of time.
I figure someone that is a member of this board knows something of the new protocol. I am only guessing this, but I wonder if they essentially force all of the rockets in the main room to finish their journey now. I know they can't really unload people in the main building anymore (or at least that is my understanding). But - why did they automatically load the rocket I was in with guests waiting? Wouldn't they need to reset the attraction by sending all of the rockets through empty? And does anyone know how many rockets can run down the track in the main show building?
I suppose it's not really that important that I know, but with all of the changes implemented, I am admittedly curious.