PHOTOS, VIDEO: Disneyland Unveils New Space Mountain Queue, Surrendering Another Bit of History

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The PeopleMover, America Sings, and now the Tomorrowland Starcade: all beloved Disneyland institutions we hoped would one day make an unlikely return. Given the brand new opening of the sparkly Space Mountain standby queue extension, all hope for the Starcade’s reemergence is now lost. It does spruce up this previously uninspiring bit of line, though.

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Truly, it’s a little like lamenting the loss of an obscure New Orleans Square courtyard. Every inch of Disneyland real estate is valuable beyond compare. To leave such a large swath of space (😉) unexploited for so long must have cost some sleepless nights in the Imagineering Department. Walt himself said Disneyland will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. From Pixar Pier, to the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, to an entire new hotel, there’s apparently still a wealth of imagination left.

Space Mountain’s upper patio was a brutal place to queue up. An unfortunate stretch of the outside, hazardously sun-soaked line remains, though the redesign will be a significant relief on Southern California summer days. Preserving the wherewithal of Space Mountain standby guests wins out over those of us who were still really good at Galaga and who were sentimental over the original Tron game.

Space Mountain new queue upper level, Disneyland

The Starcade’s popularity had been dwindling for decades. The brief boost provided by Wreck-It Ralph gave hope to those of us who spent way too much time, and tokens, inside similar venues. Still, that too, quickly faded. The new queue, and the barren wasteland on the lower level, are the two-toned death knell for another former Disney institution. The next time you’re not trapped out in direct sunlight, an hour from your ride on this attraction for which you should have definitely secured a FastPass, you’ll be thankful for at least this bit of the ever-changing landscape.

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  • Nothing is lost with the new Space Mountain queue. Starcade was mainly on the first floor if at all. Most times, the upper floor isn’t used.

  • How is this surrendering history? The upper part of starcade hasn’t been effectively used in 20 years. The history was lost 20 years ago.

  • I’m pretty stoked about this.
    I spent countless hours at Starcade as a kid (upstairs & down), and have long since given up hope it’s ever coming back.
    This will give me a chance to move through that space again on a regular basis.

  • I miss the Starcade as well, as I do the PeopleMover (BRING IT BACK!) and America Sings (I don’t see how realistic it is to bring that back and somehow squeeze 40 more years of music history into it). But the Starcade just cannot compete with cell phones. While there would be some, not too many people would want to spend 25¢-$4 per game in an arcade when they can play on their phone for free (or…you know, ride Space Mountain instead).

  • Chris, I see your point in that it feels like a lower order utility for that space (a la how imagineers seem to approach space at Disney World). I wonder if a bigger vision for this space wont come until tomorrowland itself is reimagined and some bigger elements are tackled (Innoventions, Peoplemover track, ect.)

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