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Change is in the Air: Iconic Ride Space Mountain Sees Signs of Demolition

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Demolition has seemingly officially begun on the beloved Disney ride Space Mountain.

Change is a constant at the Disney Parks, any Disney fan knows the feeling of their favorite ride closing for refurbishment, being given a seasonal overlay, or occasionally the opening of a brand new ride like TRON: Lightcycle/Run in Magic Kingdom Park in the Walt Disney World Resort. In some more extreme cases, rides can close for good, as with Splash Mountain in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

Space Mountain, Tokyo Disneyland

Space Mountain, Tokyo Disneyland / Credit: Disney

Space Mountain at the Disney Parks

Few rides are as popular and iconic as Space Mountain at the Disney Parks. Found in practically every Disney Resort around the world (it’s in five of six Disney Parks—Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland), it’s one that is universally loved and cherished.

In 2022, Disney announced that changes would be coming to one Space Mountain; it’s the one at Tokyo Disney Resort. And per the latest photos, it appears demolition has officially begun at the attraction.

Per the tweet seen above, Guests can see cranes surrounding the ride. The translation reads, “The piling of the dome is about to begin.”

In October 2022, we shared photos that depicted work had officially begun on the transformation. Earlier this year, we reported that Disney officially broke ground. It appears Disney is continuing to make sure they meet their 2027 deadline for the newly revamped Tomorrowland area. The Oriental Land Company—the owners and operators of the ride—shared in a press release at the time of the announcement,

“Space Mountain, an exhilarating, indoor roller coaster that takes guests on a high-speed joy ride through space, has been a favorite of guests since the Grand Opening of Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. This entirely new attraction will maintain its original concept as an indoor roller coaster, but will have enhanced performance and immersive special effects that will give guests even more thrills on this exciting rocket ride.”

Cinderella Castle, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort

Cinderella Castle, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort / Credit: Disney

The transformation will reportedly cost Disney ¥56 billion, around USD 390 million.

Stay tuned to Disney Fanatic for updates on this story and all the latest Disney Park and Disney news.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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