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Walt Disney World (WDW) News Discuss Space Mountain Rhab in the News & Rumors forums; Saw this posted on a few different sites this AM including Debs and wdwdmagic.com.... Space Mountain closes for big refurbishment April 19 2009 Jan 05, 2009 Space Mountain is set ...
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    Space Mountain Rhab

    Saw this posted on a few different sites this AM including Debs and wdwdmagic.com....

    Space Mountain closes for big refurbishment April 19 2009
    Jan 05, 2009

    Space Mountain is set to begin it's year long refurbishment on April 19, 2009. It is expected to open late 2009 with no specific date. During the refurb, the TTA People Mover will also occasionally be closed for the Space Mountain work to be carried out.

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    I keep hearing about this but no details. One site says they are just doing work on the track and cleaning things up a bit and other say they are bringing the Disneyland redo to WDW. It sure seems it's going to be closed for a good while to just be minor work and cleaning.

    EDIT: It just dawned on me that the refurb at Disneyland took ages and ages... if they are saying it'll be back open in late 2009 I don't think that'd be enough time to do much. Maybe just some TLC?
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    Even if they just made the track a little smoother, I'd be happy!

    Can't wait to hear more details...

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    No more details but this is from a reliable sorce:

    In an effort to maintain our parks for future Guest enjoyment, we schedule periodic refreshments of our attractions. As a result, beginning Sunday, April 19, 2009, Space Mountain® attraction at Magic Kingdom® Park will begin its refurbishment. It is anticipated that the work will be completed in late 2009. As always, Guests are encouraged to check the Magic Kingdom® Park Times Guide and Guidemap upon arrival for the most updated theme park information.

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    The official site doesn't have it listed in the operational updates for April yet.
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    Can someone who has been tell me how the disneyland refub changed it? Just curious....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DissyLove View Post
    Can someone who has been tell me how the disneyland refub changed it? Just curious....
    It's much, much darker in the ride and the soundsystems were all updated. I don't believe there were any track changes, but I'm just trying to remember back from when it happened, so I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrp4352 View Post
    It's much, much darker in the ride and the soundsystems were all updated. I don't believe there were any track changes, but I'm just trying to remember back from when it happened, so I could be wrong.
    There were really two phases to the refurb in Disneyland. The first was when they added the speakers to the rockets, sort of like in Rock-N-Rollercoaster and some other minor things.

    The big refurb actually involved rebuilding the entire track due to instability and changing the lighting, soundtrack, and adding a new queue. They also added the ability to change the experience on the fly, giving way to a different experience at night and on special events like Grad Night.

    From Wikipedia: "The new Space Mountain features new rocket sleds, a new queue, new music (composed by Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible III score director Michael Giacchino), new special effects and a storyline. The completely rebuilt track is the exact same layout as originally designed by Walt Disney Imagineer Bill Watkins in 1976, including the original track from the station to the top of the lifts. The original track was removed and the foundation was laid 30 feet deeper, making the ride much safer than before. The floor of the building was also lowered ten feet. The rockets no longer glow in the dark."
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    Wow - I knew that they had done a lot of work to the Disneyland SM, but I didn't know it was that in depth! It sounds like if they do that much work on the WDW SM, it will be well worth the wait!
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    I'm excited to get one last ride on it. I was bummed back when they thought it would be closed in January (during our trip).

    That said, I'm excited about the refurb! Even better is that since we try to go down about every other year it should be back up in its new state when we go in 2011!
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    Now officially confirmed on official Web site:
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    Also note the TTA is down for refurbishment during that time as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clion View Post
    Also note the TTA is down for refurbishment during that time as well.
    I don't believe the TTA is down for refurbishment much as it's down because it goes through Space Mountain and they wouldn't want folks seeing what's going on in there... would ruin the magic.
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    True -- though I'd be surprised if Disney didn't do some touch-ups to the TTA while it's down anyway.
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