Beloved Disney Attraction Is Closing Its Doors

Space Mountain Disneyland
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Racing through the cosmos may no longer be possible at this Disney Park. Gasp! Space Mountain is an iconic ride known at many Disney Parks. The attraction first opened at Walt Disney World in 1975, sending Guests on an adventure to outer space. The thrilling roller coaster was unique for its time, designed to be completely indoors and in the dark. “Since you are unable to see which way the tracks are going, it is hard to brace yourself for the drops and turns, adding to the thrill,” D23 writes.

Space Mountain

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In 1977, Disneyland fashioned after Disney World and added the attraction to its Park. Since both openings, it has become a staple in both Parks. But not just in Florida and California but around the world with versions in Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland. For parkgoers, it’s always a must to ride if you’re a thrill seeker. Now, one Park will no longer have Space Moutain open.

Space Mountain to Close

As announced on Disneyland’s website, Space Mountain will be closing for refurbishment. Although posted on Scott Gustin’s X account, a reopening date has since been listed. Beginning on Monday, September 18, the ride will be closed. Space Mountain is set to reopen as of October 26, 2023. While it isn’t closing for good, and thank goodness for that, it is important to note for those visiting during the closure.

Guests have expressed their thoughts on attraction closures and how difficult it can be for your favorite ride to be closed when you’ve paid for a Park ticket. Furthermore, Guests seem to be more upset when rides are down for maintenance the day of, or even randomly throughout the day, without giving a warning. While some things are out of everyone’s control, even Disney’s, a heads up for an attraction closure is more than fair.

Space Mountain Disneyland

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Although Disney did not reveal what the refurbishment would entail, the closure isn’t a long period of time. As an older attraction, it may need some fine-tuning or even a facelift after all the wear and tear of riders from the last 46 years.

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.