Space Mountain in Tokyo is permanently closing. The Oriental Land Company stated that the Space Mountain attraction at Tokyo Disneyland will be replaced with a brand new version of the famous ride. The replacement should open in 2027. From here on out, Space Mountain as we know it will close for good at an unknown time in 2024. However, this will happen sometime after the park’s 40th anniversary.
We got to see an amazing piece of concept art to show off the new land. In the art, is a peek of the new Tomorrowland plaza. This extremely iconic show building, which is a carbon copy from the Disneyland in Anaheim, will be supposedly be demolished. Or, at the very least, completely overhauled for the upcoming version.
The Oriental Land Company said the following about the project:
Space Mountain, an exhilarating, indoor roller coaster that takes guests on a high-speed joy ride through space, has been a favorite of guests since the Grand Opening of Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. This entirely new attraction will maintain its original concept as an indoor roller coaster, but will have enhanced performance and immersive special effects that will give guests even more thrills on this exciting rocket ride.
The new Tomorrowland plaza will express the connection between Earth and the universe, representing an image of a future where humans are in harmony with nature. Guests will be able to enjoy moments of rest and relaxation in this plaza where various icons and other design elements create a sense of hope for the future. After dark, the area will draw guests into a spectacular world of light and soundscapes.
The new attraction building pulls inspiration from Shanghai Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. We can also see a large ramp leading up to the attraction similar to the Tron attraction.
Apparently, the Oriental Land Company will spend approximately ¥56 billion ($437 million) on the new project. Despite the complete overhaul, the name Space Mountain will stay, as well as, the Coca-Cola sponsorship. The new version will open in 2027.
It is not clear when in 2024 the attraction will close. However, all eyes are sure to be on the progress of this project at Tokyo Disneyland. It will be interesting to see if any other Disney Parks announce updates to any of their versions of Space Mountain in the future.
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