Yes and no.
Originally Posted by AbominableSnowman1
From the December 28 Press Release:
Rockin’ Space Mountain fans will find the attraction sporting new technology that features illuminated dancing rock fans, more than 200 lights brightening the track and a brand-new, customized soundtrack by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
From the October 4 Press Release:
Rockin' Both Parks – Space Mountain at Disneyland park and California Screamin’ at Disney’s California Adventure park are getting new twists. For a limited time, beginning January 3, 2007, exciting new soundtracks and technology will temporarily transform each attraction into unique rock ‘n’ roll experiences with music that will be custom choreographed to heighten the experience of every twist, turn and drop. Rockin’ Space Mountain will be a new experience in which rockets will launch guests through an out-of-this-world rock adventure thanks to the latest and greatest rock ‘n’ roll lighting and technology. Along with new technology and lighting, all systems are go. Riders of California Screamin’ at Disney’s California Adventure park will also be treated – and bopping – to a new groovin’ soundtrack. On-board rock ‘n’ roll music will be choreographed to every twist, turn and drop. With a ride track-turned-soundtrack, this is one experience guaranteed to rock guests visiting the Paradise Pier section of the park. The rock ‘n’ roll adventure will last until April 2007. (January-April 2007)
...What new technology?
I'd really love for Disney to release some specs on what new technology/new state-of-the-art concert lighting they're using.
Because really, there's nothing new. I've been to some recent concerts including No Doubt, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Gwen Stefani, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New/Dashboard Confessional, Rob Thomas, etc. I've seen televised concerts and awards shows.
I've seen "new and exciting" concert lighting "technology".
I've seen impressive lighting.
Rockin' Space Mountain hardly offers anything impressive or anything that appears to be "new" or cutting edge in concert lighting. ...Not to say I'm an expert or anything, but from what I've seen, its really nothing special.
Projections of dancing "rock fans" is just swapping out some programming on the projection systems they already have installed showing flying meteorites and asteroids during normal Space Mountain. Projections of spinning "targets" on the wall near the end of the attraction is hardly "exciting." And flashing LEDs aren't too great either.
Disney cheaped out on it, plain and simple. That's why its been getting the negative criticism from the online fan communities.