OK, so it's been too quiet around here of late, so the spirit moved me to create this thread.
My conclusion: Space Mountain is an abysmal embarrassment in its current 2006 state. It's dirty, loud, and rough with tacky effects. It's pre-post shows don't wow like they once did either. Version 2.0 should have been installed 10-15 years ago.
The future: who knows? I have heard from a few sources that Space Mountain is going under in '07 or early '08 for a major overhaul and updating, heard that the $$$ is trickling down the pipes (with some likely going to Jungle Cruise and possibly Pirates too). But I've also heard this isn't the case at all. And that's what other Disney gadflys have said too.
If Space Mtn isn't getting any work that is just incredibly lame but not surprising as TWDC has shown it doesn't believe in keeping its parks (especially in Florida) fresh.
Now, anyone want to argue that the attraction is great the way it is? Or that it's pathetic state makes it 'a classic' that shouldn't be touched. Or anyone think it's as good as it always has been (if so, you had better ridden in the 70s and 80s)?
Let's see what we stirred up.