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How come the only ride that ever breaks down when I am actually on it is "It's a Small World"?

Space Downtime
by Allen Huffman, Staff Writer

March 2, 2001

A few years ago, Disneyland allowed people to ride Space Mountain with the work lights on. This was at one of the last Annual Passholder parties Disneyland offered which is a shame. Today it seems very unlikely many of us will ever have a chance to see any of the attractions "behind the scenes" without getting a job at The Happies Place on Earth™.

During my recent Disneyland visit I had gotten almost to the main queue are for Space Mountain when it went down. Drats, I thought. It seems rides always break down before I am about to get on. (Come to think of it, Peter Pan did the same thing the next day.) A few minutes into the "wait and see if it is going to start up again" process the work lights were turned on and I was able to capture a few shots of what the Mountain looks like when it is not floating in deep space. There are also a few QuickTime movies for you to view which let you see and hear various stages of the reset process, including cast members walking up to a vehicle so it can be released back to the loading area. Clicking on the smaller images will bring up the full size version. Enjoy!

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QuickTime videos of the Disneyland Space Mountain reset proceedure:

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