Space Mountain set to officially reopen tomorrow at Magic KingdomBy , Saturday, November 21, 2009 12:12
Space Mountain at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is due to officially reopen tomorrow following its seven month refurbishment.
The rollercoaster has been opened to the public sporadically for the last week as part of a "soft opening" period, but should return to a more normal operating schedule from Sunday (November 22). It has been closed since April, to allow Disney to upgrade the ride's special effects and add interactive games to the queue system.
There have been some minor upgrades to the Space Mountain coaster itself, including the addition of new special effects at the beginning of the ride. However, the most noticeable change for guests is the addition of interactive games to the queue, which see riders "preparing for blast-off" as part of a storyline building up the ride. The games last around 90 seconds and can handle 86 simultaneus players, and feature challenges such as deflecting asteroids to protect a runway.
As well as making the ride building darker to increase the unpredictability of the ride's drops and curves (which remain unchanged), Disney has also added a camera to the course to take ride photos which can be purchased for $18.
Videos of the updated Space Mountain queue and ride experience are embedded below. Both were produced by Orlando Attractions Magazine.
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