A New Space Mountain?

Space Mountain construction at Tokyo
Credit: @Sea_Mattsu on Twitter

Space Mountain is one of the most iconic attractions at Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on January 15, 1975, showcasing the world of tomorrow. As a cornerstone of the Magic Kingdom Park, it takes Disney Guests on a high-speed mission into the darkness of space – sending them into the cosmos.

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Space Mountain became such a success it was duplicated in many Disney Parks throughout the world and stood as a tried and true success untouched…until now.

Exterior of Space Mountain at Disney World

Credit: Disney

Why Fix Something That Isn’t Broken?

The premise of Disney’s Tomorrowland is – and has always been – to innovate and move forward, and that is precisely what Tokyo Disney Resort is going to do!

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Last April, Tokyo Disney Resort announced it would be giving Space Mountain a considerable renovation (the very first since it opened in 1983). They are overhauling their entire Tomorrowland for 2027 and the new and improved Space Mountain will debut with that.

The goal of the renovation came from Senior Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering, Owen Yoshino “With the overarching story of appreciating our home (Planet Earth), we are making this change to spread awareness of caring for our Earth and what she’s gifted us throughout time as we know it.”

Space Mountain Tokyo Disneyland

Credit: Disney

Construction seems to have begun!

Twitter user @Sea_Mattsu tweeted a photo showing some demolition starting. The English translation of the tweet says, ” The piling of the dome is about to begin.”

A New Tomorrowland for Disney Parks in the US?

Although the image of the iconic ride looking like it’s in ruins can be jarring to see, the excitement of a new Tomorrowland cannot be ignored. Who knows? Perhaps it could start a revamp of Tomorrowland’s throughout other Disney Parks such as Disneyland in Anaheim or the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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Walt Disney Imagineering Producer Kathleen Davis said, “I’m thrilled to introduce this attraction to guests. It’s not only a whole new ride experience, but the story also has so much emotion. Through the queue and then on the ride, we see our connection to our planet and gain a new perspective for how special it is in all the universe. It’s a roller coaster with both thrill and heart.”

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)