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Space Mountain refurbishment nears completion at Magic Kingdom

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The refurbishment of Space Mountain at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is nearing completion, with the rollercoaster set to reopen on November 22.

Disney has begun testing the updated ride, and the outside of the attraction is beginning to take shape. An updated color scheme (yellow and blue) has now been used to decorate the ride building, and new FASTPASS machines installed at the entrance.

The video embedded below, captured from the newly-reopened Tomorrowland Transit Authority, shows the exterior of the attraction. A circular structure outside the attraction has yet to be explained, although it could be a decorative feature such as a fountain.

It is not yet clear to what extent Disney has revamped the existing Space Mountain attraction. Reports have suggested that much (or all) of the original ride track remains in place, while the ride trains also appear to be broadly identical. This suggests that the primary addition may be new special effects within the darkened ride building.

Space Mountain closed on April 19. The original plans for the refurbishment are rumored to have included adding an audio system to the ride cars, but this is not now believed to be the case. However, the ride's queuing area should receive a major upgrade, adding interactive elements in order to liven up the wait.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority, which passes through the Space Mountain ride building, was closed at the same time but reopened on September 12.

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