and The Magic Kingdom:
Disneyland Resort's Disneyland Park
Walt Disney World's The Magic Kingdom
Disneyland's Tomorrowland received a complete makeover in 1998
which included repainting Space Mountain. The ride seats 2 across
and has one track. An onboard sound system was added in 1997 featuring
a guitar rock soundtrack that is synchronized to the ride. (Disneyland
first used this patented system on EuroDisneyland's Space Mountain.)
Note: This picture was taken before the 1998 redo of Tomorrowland.
Trivia: One of the projected meteors you see passing by
is actually a photo of a chocolate chip cookie.
Trivia: The guitar player you hear on the soundtrack is
the legendary Dick Dail.
At TMK, they didn't update Space Mountain's exterior at all when
they redid most of Tomorrowland in 1994. The coaster has
two different tracks (mirror images of each other) and sits three
per car (like a bobsled). The queue area is long and impressive
with windows looking out into space scenes. The exit queue goes
through a Federal Express sponsored set of planet scenes involving
the future FedEx teleportation services.
Trivia: RCA was a longtime sponsor of Space Mountain. The
original ending was the "Home of Future Living" which
had an almost Epcot-looking view of how we might live in the future.
Several of the items predicted actually exist today, though they
were total science fiction in the 1970s.