While organizing his personal archives, former Walt Disney imagineer Tom K. Morris stumbled upon a note scrawled on Mickey Mouse letterhead. Because of this, Morris posted the note to Twitter rather innocuously, not expecting much reaction from his experiment.
Space Mountain sometimes themed as Hyperspace Mountain is an indoor, space-themed roller coaster in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Opened on May 27, , it was the second roller coaster built at Disneyland, and was the second of the five versions of Space Mountain built by The Walt Disney Company. Walt Disney originally conceived the idea of a space-themed roller coaster for Disneyland following the success of the Matterhorn Bobsleds , which opened in However, a number of factors including lack of available space, Walt Disney's death, and the Disney company's focus on building what would become Walt Disney World led to the project's postponement in the late s. Soon after, Disney began plans to build a smaller version of Space Mountain at Disneyland, and opened Disneyland's Space Mountain in
I'm hurtling upside down through the dark while a fighter pilot jabbers incomprehensible French words in my ear. I'm not in a galaxy far, far away, but at Disneyland Paris riding the Hyperspace Mountain roller coaster. Opened in May after a four-month refurbishment, Hyperspace Mountain rebrands the park's version of the famed Space Mountain. It uses the same ride design and infrastructure but broadcasts video of the space battle I glimpsed onto the interior of the "mountain" while piping a soundtrack through speakers in each seat. At the start of the ride, trains are "shot" up the cannon on the right side of the mountain's wonderfully steampunk exterior. I rode Hyperspace Mountain two weeks ago on my first trip to Disneyland Paris. I'd been eager to experience the only Space Mountain with inversions, so it was the first attraction my husband I tried when we entered the park. But even after one ride, the concept didn't work for me. Sure, the roller-coaster portion is thrilling, but I wasn't feeling the force of the Star Wars theme.
Originally themed around Jules Verne 's classic novel From the Earth to the Moon , the attraction first opened on June 1, , three years after the park's debut in an attempt to draw more guests to the financially unstable European resort. Unlike other Space Mountain attractions at Disney theme parks, the installation at Disneyland Paris had a steampunk -detailed appearance with a Columbiad Cannon and a plate-and-rivet exterior under its previous theme. It is the only Space Mountain to feature inversions, a launch, a section of track that exits and re-enters the interior, and a synchronized on-Board audio track. This version of the ride used the same track layout, but without the Jules Verne theme. A refurbishment took place in to improve the special effects and overall presentation. The newest renovation to the ride implements a Star Wars theme to celebrate the resort's 25th Anniversary. However, after the Parisian site had been chosen and work began on Discoveryland, a showcase attraction was planned.