Several new updates are in the works for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. In Frontierland, Splash Mountain is now permanently closed to make way for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a retheme of the original attraction set to open in 2024.
In Tomorrowland, TRON Lightcycle / Run is preparing to open this April, with Cast Member previews already underway and Annual Passholder and D23 Member previews coming very soon. But there is one more Tomorrowland attraction that is currently undergoing maintenance work as well.
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Located right next to TRON Lightcycle / Run, Space Mountain has been a fan-favorite roller coaster at the Walt Disney World Resort since 1975. While work has been ongoing at the gift shop located at the end of Space Mountain, the attraction itself is also currently in the midst of a refresh.
Thankfully, the attraction is still open to Guests while work is being done, but if you visit the Magic Kingdom soon you may notice some maintenance work taking place on the ride’s exterior show building. @bioreconstruct recently shared aerial images showing the work in progress to Twitter:
Aerial look at cleaning of the Space Mountain exterior. Spires have scaffolding. Arrow at some staging. pic.twitter.com/Lq4JasiMEz
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) February 14, 2023
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With the opening of TRON Lightcycle / Run about to make Tomorrowland a go-to destination for most Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain is currently being deep-cleaned and repainted.
The impacts of the work for Guests visiting the Park are minimal; however, as the photo above indicates there is some scaffolding set up around the outside of the building. These structures are not in Guest areas and are located backstage, but Guests may still see some of the work taking place from a distance.
Once the work on Space Mountain is complete and TRON is officially open to all Guests outside of certain preview dates, Tomorrowland will be looking brand new (especially at night, Guests who have attended previews have already remarked that the TRON canopy creates breathtaking views of Tomorrowland after dark.)
Disney’s official description of Space Mountain reads:
Zoom Through the Galaxy
Dip and careen into the inky blackness as a futuristic soundtrack echoes all around you. Fly past shooting stars and celestial satellites. Roar past streaking orbs of light, wayward comets and migrant meteors. Feel the pull of gravity as you’re drawn into a swirling wormhole!
As always, we will continue to monitor updates to attractions at Walt Disney World and will report back with new information as we have it here on Disney Tips.