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P. 391: All the details about Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland!

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With all this talk of Disneyland's Space Mountain being closed, I wonder if it's time for Disney to get rid of it?

 

I can't tell if this is a joke or not. If it is, it's a terrible one, and if it isn't, it's something that Disney would never even consider. Space Mountain is a signature ride of Disneyland that has been one of the park's two or three most popular attractions since the original opened in 1977. Removing it would be like Cedar Point removing Millennium Force, Six Flags Magic Mountain removing X2, or Darien Lake removing Ride of Steel (although to be fair, it wouldn't be quite the same since Disneyland has more than one headliner).

 

Anyway, it's unfortunate that the resort has to have several E tickets down at once, but I'm sure they'll do whatever they can to get them back up and running as soon as possible. If Disney has known about these issues for months and has done nothing, then I can't give them any sympathy (and won't give them any money until the rides return to operation), but I do feel sorry for any visitors who were really looking forward to these rides and now can't ride them.

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People should just come to Florida and ride the better Space Mountain!

 

I've never understood the appeal of MK's Space Mountain. i've always found it to be a rickety wild mouse indoors. From what I've seen on youTube DL's Space Mountain looks to have more of the dips of the classic wood coasters with some pretty cool projections and an amazing Michael Giacchino soundtrack.

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^ Have you not ridden it recently? It hasn't had a rehab since it reopened.

 

I've ridden it as recently as Friday, I thought it's been riding great, nice and fast. Lots of fun, that's for sure.

 

So it seems like this is a "maintenance access" issue and not a structure or ride safety issue.

 

From the information provided, it sounds like they want all inspection catwalks above 30 inches to have rails along them. I can't really verify if its always been this way, or if its enforced at other parks as well. I can only think of one inspection catwalk at Magic Mountain that doesn't have rails along it. And if it is a rule, it's odd that they wouldn't have added them during Space Mountains newest track installation.

 

Anyway, unfortunately, I'm sure the news will make a bigger story of this than it really is.

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Your post is complete nonsense. Florida's Space Mountain is FAR from a "rickety wild mouse".

 

After watching both DL and MK's Space Mountains, they are both based on the wild mouse design of flat turns. Going on it pre rehab it seemed was pretty rickety and unappealing. I'll give it a try next time I go to the MK even though it is Giacchino-less

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People should just come to Florida and ride the better Space Mountain!

 

I've never understood the appeal of MK's Space Mountain. i've always found it to be a rickety wild mouse indoors. From what I've seen on youTube DL's Space Mountain looks to have more of the dips of the classic wood coasters with some pretty cool projections and an amazing Michael Giacchino soundtrack.

 

Florida's Space Mountain is by far the more intense version. It is definitely rougher, but also offers tons of real airtime to go with it!

 

Back on topic: these violations just seem like an oversight on someones part. They probably just assumed what they had in place was adequate, as nothing had happened prior to the Space Mountain incident and on the surface it seemed safe (if they guy had never fell, no one would ever know they were tied off onto something that turned out to be unsafe).

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After reading the attached PDF, it seems as though all of the issues are behind-the-scenes and have nothing to do with the stuff that the guests experience like the condition of the track, support structure, and trains. I'm not quite sure why Disneyland has neglected to do stuff like build railings on their catwalks.

 

Also, the Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom is not terrible. It's a...BLAST! [rimshot]

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^Totally agree. A "rickety wild mouse" is just plain insulting for a great ride that IMO is quite smooth, my favorite ride at MK.

 

I think the Matterhorn is a more apt comparison (only with more comfortable trains and airtime). The ambient sound they've added to MK's space Mountain is a definite plus, and I've come around to preferring it slightly to DL's version (they both have their good points).

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Disneyland's website lists Space Mountain in the "Closed For Refurbishment" section of their calendar through at least the first week of May. Soarin' is currently not on that list, but is still clsoed as far as I know. Apparently, Matterhorn was slated to be down this week and next for refurb, but as of now, they are leaving it open to compensate for Space Mountain being down, along with Big Thunder which is closed through October or so.

 

Going in two weeks, I am mildly disappointed, but since DCA is new to me and I am a huge fan of DL's dark rides, I think I will survive without Space Mountain and Soarin' being open.

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Disneyland's website lists Space Mountain in the "Closed For Refurbishment" section of their calendar through at least the first week of May. Soarin' is currently not on that list, but is still clsoed as far as I know. Apparently, Matterhorn was slated to be down this week and next for refurb, but as of now, they are leaving it open to compensate for Space Mountain being down, along with Big Thunder which is closed through October or so.

 

Going in two weeks, I am mildly disappointed, but since DCA is new to me and I am a huge fan of DL's dark rides, I think I will survive without Space Mountain and Soarin' being open.

 

Soarin' is now listed as closed until May 28 (last day of the calendar currently available) along with Space Mountain. I'm hoping they are just covering themselves and will have the rides open earlier than this, from a park operations perspective I doubt it's ideal to have three headliners down at the same time.

 

I'm heading there in just over two weeks, personally I don't mind giving Soarin' a miss but my brother hasn't been to Disneyland before so it'd be a shame if he doesn't get to ride it that or Space Mountain at least once.

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Maybe it'll take a while because they have to install fall protection to install fall protection. I would have thought they would have done a thorough check of all the rides after having to do work on Alice. I know the current ones are in employee areas, but it's somewhat similar.

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I imagine the date for reopening is not known yet so they are being cautious and listing it closed through May at this point. I'm sure they have to review safety procedures, write new ones and fix what ever problems there are. Once they know the scope they will probably be able to set a date to re-open. Better to let people know that are planning a trip that it might be closed then have them think it will be open and it is not when the show up.

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